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Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Dodge Ram Pickup

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How to Install the Gooseneck Trailer Hitch on a 2011 Dodge Ram Pickup


Speaker: Today on this 2011 Dodge Ram pickup we'll be installing the B & W Gooseneck Hitch, part number BWGNRK1313. Before we get into our install, we'll show you how the gooseneck assembly works. The balls in the lock position, so go ahead and pull it and twist it towards the front. We're going to go ahead and install our ball. Now we can also take your ball and store it upside down. Now when we lock it, pull back, twist it back down and let it slide back in.

When you store the hitch ball this way, if you ever load up your truck to the maximum you may want to remove this first. You don't want this hitting your differential, that's directly underneath. This gooseneck hitch can also be used for a BMW Companion Fifth Wheel hitch. Now I'll show you how the hitch is installed. The first thing we need to do, is get the truck ready to install our hitch. To make things easier, we'll get the spare tire out of the way.

We're going to remove the tires and wheels from the back axle. It makes getting access to the fasteners for the hitch a lot easily. Over here, we'll remove the internal panels in the fender liner. There are two fasteners holding them in on both the driver and passenger sides. We'll be using a screw driver to remove the fasteners.

We're done with our passenger side, let's go ahead and do the same thing on the driver's side. Now we'll remove the heat shield for the spare tire. Now we'll remove these three fasteners. To do that you have to get from the other side of the heat shield with an extension. The next thing we're going to do is lower the exhaust. This will make installing the gooseneck hitch easier.

First remove this rubber hanger here. We'll spray it down with some lubricant and pry it loose. To give us a little bit more leverage we'll use a block of wood to work against. Now we'll loosen this fastener going to the exhaust. At this point we'll move our exhaust out of our way. Next we're going to create some extra access to put our cross bars in. To do that, we're going to enlarge this hole. Basically we're just going to cut out the sheet metal just like that, we'll eye ball a triangle, and we should be good to go. Our next step is to and locate a hole to be drilled in the bed. We've got a bed liner to contend with. Before we do any cutting, we'll find our center line. We'll do this on the edge of the bed by the tailgate. Then we'll measure here back as described in the instructions. To make sure, we'll measure from the edge of the bed towards the front. Before we make the initial cut in the bed liner, we'll use a piece of wood to prop up the bed liner. That way we don't have to mark up the bed any more than we have to. We'll make a quarter inch pilot hole first, and then through our bed liner we'll do a three inch hole for starters. We'll take the timber out of the way. Now we'll double check our measurements. You can lay it on top, or possibly sneak it underneath. We'll make a mark for our length. Now we'll simply measure inside the edge of our ribs. We'll divide that in half. We're going to use a small one eighth drill bit for our starter hole. We're going to leave the drill bit sticking through for now. What I like to do next, is take one of the side plates, find it's correct location and just double check to get a good idea where the hole's going to be in relation to our plate, just to verify that it's in the right spot. We'll take our bracket and put it into place. According to instructions, it looks like it lines up with this hole here and if we lower it a little bit, we know our cross members will be on each side of the brackets. We take a look at our drill bit, it's all set towards the front. It looks like everything will match up. Let's go ahead and take our pilot hole and run it out to a quarter inch. Now we'll drill out to our final hole size, which will be four inches. We're just about ready to install our head assembly. First I like to clean the threads of the cross members by threading in the bolts a few times. This cleans out anything that may be in the threads of the cross members. Easier to do it now than when it's up in the truck. One thing to note, these bars have to go in a certain way. We want to make sure we have a threaded hole at the end of the bar faces up towards the head of the truck. We'll take our front cross member and put it into place first. We'll lay it in flat and then rotate it. Now we can work with our second cross member. We want this edge to be going towards the back of the truck. Pull that all the way to the other side, and we'll scoot it back a little bit. Eventually this bar will sit up like that when the hitch is installed. Pretty soon we're going to install the center section of our hitch. Before we do that, we'll show you how the hardware goes together, so it will be easier to see it now than underneath the truck. We're going to use our one and a half inch long bolt, flat washer. This side will actually go through the angle on the cross member, lock washer and nut. This will be the same across all three holes. On our front cross member, we'll use the same bolt, then a lock washer and a flat washer. Then it will thread into cross member. At this point it's good idea to get an extra set of hands to help hold up the center section of the hitch and put it into place, at least until we install our hardware. Let's work with our front cross member first, line up the hole and then thread in our hardware. Just enough to get it started and hold it's shape. It's a good idea to leave it some what loose so you can move it around. Rotate the cross member up. We'll line up our holes and install our hardware. Before we get too much farther, it's a good idea to make sure any wires or lines are out of the way and make sure we're not getting crushed. Let's start working on the side plates. On the driver's side, we have to do some modification, we need to remove this bolt. While we're here, we'll loosen up our bolt for our ground strap, just enough to move it around. The side plate has a cut out for the ground strap. Now we'll install some hardware to the inside of the frame. We're going to install some hardware to the inside of the frame. We're going to install our hardware through this hole right here. We're going to take our nice long bolt leader, comes with the kit. we'll run it through the hole and then down through the frame. Now we'll take our plate here, our block and we'll thread it on. Basically just thread it through and into the frame. Then we'll take our carriage bolt and thread into the bolt leader, pushing through the frame and pull through and out the hole. There will be some interference on the inside of the tube, but just rock it back and forth to get it to come through. Take your bolt leader and run it through the side plate, and then up to our bolt. We'll use that to help keep it in place. Then we'll move the plate around so it fits over our ground strap, then we'll hook up to our cross members. The hardware will be the same as we did on the cross members with the hitch head. Bolt, flat washer, lock washer and nut. Going towards the front bolt, flat washer, lock washer. We'll remove our bolt leader and install a lock washer and nut. Just enough to keep the shank where we can still move it around. Next we'll install our U bolt. This will go from the inside of the frame towards the outside. When we do this we want to make sure that any lines or wiring is out of the way before we install this, we don't want to crush it. We're just going to use a simple trim panel tool to pull these plastic rivets out of the way. We'll then put our clamp into place, then fasten into place with a lock washer and nut. At this point, we can reinstall our brake cable bracket. We'll line existing holes and we'll thread it back into place. Again, we're just going to leave this loose for now. Now we're done with our driver's side, let's repeat the same process over on our passenger side. That side will be a little bit less complicated. At this point, all of our hardware is installed for the hitch. We'll tighten down the center section and work our way out. It's also a good idea if you can, hold this up against the bottom of the bed to make sure it doesn't move around. To run this bolt, we're going to use a ratchet wrench. Now before we tighten down our fasteners for our frame bracket going to the frame, it's a good idea to measure out from the hat channel to this edge right here of the cross member. You can adjust the side brackets if necessary with a pry bar. Next we'll tighten down the fasteners for our side bracket that goes to the front. So our side plate's going nowhere, we'll tighten down our cross members to our frame brackets. At this point, we can torque down all our bolts and we'll use the same pattern as before. To tighten this bolt, we're going to take our pin, pull it out and pull it towards the back. This will keep it in place and we have just enough room in this case to get our torque bar into place. Now our U bolts will also need tightening one at a time. We'll hand tighten this bolt. Now we'll torque our cross members to our frame bracket. Now we'll tighten down our bolt for our ground. At this point, we'll take our wires underneath around our U bolt, we'll push them back into place. Now we'll install our handle. You want to take your handle, and run it through the opening here and you have to work our way to the outside. Then our loop will fit behind this tab right here. We'll take a bolt which comes with the kit, run it through the handle and onto the pin here, then we'll secure it with a lock nut. With our handle connected we'll try it out for operation. Go ahead and pull it out and twist it toward the front, and it should latch open. It looks like it does, rotate it back and it falls into place. Our handle's installed, let's go ahead and work on the U bolts. We'll use a half inch drill bit to mark our holes from underneath and then we'll use a quarter inch drill bit to drill from the bottom to the top. The holes we're going to use will be these two here. When we drill the holes out, we'll make sure that the bottom of the corrugation is sitting towards the hitch. That way we have our U bolt sitting as low as possible. Mark it with a half inch bit, now let's go back at it with our quarter inch bit. Now we also have a bed liner to go through too, so we'll slowly go through that. Then we'll drill out to our final hole size from the top down. We'll also cut out the bed liner as necessary to make room for the U bolts. We're actually going to use one size over and go with a nine sixteenth drill bit. We'll sneak this small piece of wood underneath the bed liner, and then we'll use a rotary tool to cut out the bed liner to make room for our U bolts. We'll take the U bolts and put them into place. Once we have them in place, we'll go underneath the truck and install the rest of our hardware. To install our hardware, we'll install a spring and a lock nut. Now we'll tighten down these nuts to our flusher threads or maybe one or two past. Go ahead and check for operation. At this point, our hitch is fully installed in our truck so basically we'll put our truck back together in reverse order. We'll put our exhaust up and our heat shield. We'll reinstall our side panels in the wheel wells. On our driver's side, we'll need to make sure we have access to our lever. If there isn't, we'll have to modify. In this case, we'll be using a utility knife. It's a good idea to start off small and then work your way up as needed to accommodate the lever. We'll reinstall our wheels and tires onto our axle and then the spare tire. For us, our tires and wheels back on, we're finished with our install of our gooseneck hitch, part number BWGNRK1313 on our 2011 Dodge Ram pickup, 3500 series crew cab. .


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