B and W Turnoverball Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation - 2021 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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How to Install the B and W Turnoverball Gooseneck Trailer Hitch on a 2021 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Hey everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today we have a 2021 Ford F-250. And we're going to be showing you how to install the BMW Turnoverball, underbed gooseneck trailer hitch with the custom installation kit. But before we do that, why don't we check the hitch out itself and make sure this is a product that would work for your truck. So since everything is mounted underneath our truck, it means up here we're going to have full bed access, which is great. You know, you're not going to have to sacrifice all the space in your bed just to pull your trailer down the road.

So regardless if you, you know, maybe pull your trailer on the weekends or something like that, and, you know, maybe go to the store, grab some lumber, put in a motorcycle or something back here, you're going to be able to without having to pull your hitch out or kind of just maneuver everything around it. So there is something about this hitch that I do think is really cool and that's how versatile it is. So not only is it a gooseneck, but you can also put in what's called the BMW Companion and that's gonna allow you to use a fifth wheel as well. So you kind of got all your bases covered. So whether you might have a couple of different trailers or maybe let's say you have a gooseneck now, maybe in a few years sell it, pick up a fifth wheel, you're gonna be able to tow both types of trailer with one a hitch.

So really convenient and something that can make your life a little bit easier if you did end up changing trailers or something like that down the road. So we do get a few questions from time to time asking about if you're going to be able to use a tonneau cover like this or more in particular, a toolbox in the bed of your truck and with it interfering with the hitch and things like that. And just from looking at it, I mean, you got quite a bit of space back here, so I really don't see that giving me any issues at least generally speaking. So this is the gooseneck ball and these things are no joke. You know, these things are solid steel, super heavy duty and something I would have faith in.

What's kind of cool about them is they're actually squared. So that way, when you put it in the hitch, you know it's going to stay there. It's not going to rotate or shift on you or anything like that. So real heavy duty and a nice setup. What's cool is whenever you're not using it, you can actually turn this over and then store it in your hitch.

Still nice and flat, not taking up any bed space. And you're not going to have to worry about losing this, you know, or have it rolling around in the back seat of your truck or anything like that. The hitch is going to have some really good weight capacities. As far as the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes, that's going to be 30,000 pounds. And that's going to be the amount of weight that's pulling on the hitch. So the weight of your trailer, plus anything that you might have on it. It's going to have a 7,500 lbs vertical load limit. So that's going to be the amount of weight that's pushing down on the hitch. Now I do always like to suggest, never a bad idea just to grab your truck's owner's manual, that way you can make sure you can pull that much weight safely. The safety chain U-bolts here are spring loaded so they sit flush to the bed whenever you're not using them. And keeps them pretty tight that way they're not going to rattle around like crazy. You still get a little bit of noise, but nothing you're gonna notice whenever you're driving. And they're going to be large enough to use pretty much any size hook. So as far as that goes, you're in the clear. So one of the things that kind of separates BMW hitches from some of the other ones is how easy the handle is to use. It might not seem like a big deal but honestly let me tell you when you start using it, it's nice to have something that works properly. And with this handle, it's nice and smooth, you pull out, pull it over just a hair and it'll lock in place. So that's an open position. So you drop your ball in, flip it around, whatever you're trying to do, when you're ready to lock it, you just move it back a little bit and push it right in. A lot of times, it just pops right in. Sometimes you have to give it a little push but it works like it should and is something that just makes your overall experience a little bit better. So one of the nice things about this setup is the fact that everything is mounted underneath the truck. So it's all out of the way. And just by taking a quick look at this hitch you can tell that, you know, it's solid. Everything is put together very nicely. The steel's nice and thick which in turn, you know, makes it a very reliable setup. So at the end of the day when it comes to gooseneck and fifth wheel trailer hitches, BMW is definitely the way to go, at least in my opinion. If I had a truck that was capable of pulling a large trailer and needed a hitch, definitely would you use the BMW. And that's really just because the quality of construction, everything is just so well-made, it fits together nicely and goes together like it should. So really can't go wrong there and something I would definitely recommend to my family and friends. Now as far as the installation goes, it can look a little overwhelming. There's quite a few parts, but it's really not too bad. You know, we'll go through it one by one and get it on there. And because it does fit so good, it really doesn't give you a whole lot of issues, getting anything lined up or anything like that. Honestly, I'd say probably the worst part about it is having to torque down all the bolts. But with that being said, let's go ahead, get this up in the air and put the hitch on together. To begin our installation, we're going to be here at the back of our truck. And the first thing that you're going to need to do is temporarily lower and remove the spare tire. I went ahead and did that. And the reason being, it just gives us a lot more room to work whenever we're underneath the truck. So underneath the truck, what I'm going to do is remove our heat shield here. Again, just to give us a lot more room to work. So this will be held in place by three fasteners. We're gonna have a 13 millimeter nut there and two more just like this nut, just here on the backside. I'll grab my socket and get those removed. Then you can pull this off. This point we can hop up in the bed of the truck and take a few measurements. That way we know where we need to drill out our opening for our hitch. So there's some measurements in the instructions that you're going to follow to find where you need to put your mark. And whenever you measure, you want to make sure to measure from the bed itself. So this edge here, you don't want to measure from the tailgate. So you make your mark and then you need to find the center. And what I do is measure from wheel well to wheel well, take that distance, split the difference and that gives you your center. So once you have everything marked, then we can get ready to drill it out. So I have my mark right here and I'm going to use a hole saw to create the opening. Just to be on the safe side, not a bad idea to check underneath the truck, make sure there's nothing of importance under there before we start drilling. But with that being said, go ahead and get this lined up and create our hole. So once your hole is created, not a bad idea just to grab a hand file, kind of work around the edges and smooth everything out. So I grabbed my vacuum cleaner, now we can clean up our mess here. And just so we don't have any bare metal exposed, I'm going to grab a paint stick and put a layer of paint over it just for some extra protection. You can also grab a can of spray paint or something like that as well. Now we can come to our wheel well openings and get our side plates installed. Now these are side-specific so make sure to check your instruction diagram, make sure you got the right plate. For reference, we're over here on the passenger side. The way it's going to work, these two holes here are going to line up with these two factory openings in the frame. So we'll take our side plate, and hold that up. And what we're going to do is take the four inch by five eighths bolts and a flat washer, and just push them through. Now we can go underneath the truck to the inside of our frame rail. Underneath the truck, you can see this is where our bolts come through. Some pickups will have factory installed inside side plates. And if that's your case, you don't need to worry about installing the BMW one, it's simply just use the hardware that we're going to talk about in a second and put it on the ends of the bolts. But ours is missing. Again, side specific, make sure you got the right one. This is going to just slide over our bolts there. And what we're gonna do is take a flat washer and a split lock washer, pop that over it, take a hex nut and we're just gonna get everything hand tight for now. So use that same hardware combination for this bolt and once I have this on, I'm simply just going to repeat the same process for the driver's side of our truck. Now we need to get our crossmember brackets ready. Just to kind of give you a reference, I have the passenger side ones here. This is the back, this is the front. So what you need to grab out of the kit are these, it's almost like a metal bush in here, some threads in it. And these need to go in all of our crossmember brackets. So see one's, one edger is flat, wind it up with the bracket, push it in, then we can just grab our hammer and tap it in. So I do that same thing for all of our crossmember brackets. Now that our crossing our brackets are ready, we can get them loosely installed. Check your instructions, these do have specific spots that we need to put them in. So this is a passenger rear, for example. You're going to take it and slide it over your inner and outer brackets. And the holes in our crossmember bracket are going to line up with the holes in our side plates there. So see it lined up there. What you're going to do is take one of these bolts that come with the kit. It's got that lock-tight sealer on there already. And we're just going to thread these in hand tight. Then grab our front crossmember bracket, do the same thing with this and once this one is loosely installed, we'll simply repeat this process for the other side of our truck. So now we can get our front crossmember ready. I figured we'd just kind of go over it a little bit because there's kind of a few things going on here. It's a little trickier to see underneath the truck. But so this is the front crossmember. If you feel inside, you're going to be able to feel a welded seam. And that side with the welded seam, you want to be facing up towards the bracket or up against the bracket. And just for reference, I put a couple of Ws there and we're going to start on the passenger side first. This will be the passenger side, this will be the driver's side. One way you can tell is that the two last holes here for the passenger side will accept larger five eighths bolts, and the driver's side will only accept one of the larger bolts. But when we're holding this up here what we're going to do is on the passenger side, hands up against the bracket. You're going to take this nut plate or washer plate rather, you get a line that up, put four inch by five eighths bolts through it till they come out the other side. And we're going to use a split lock washer on each bolt as well as a hex nut. The driver's side, it's going to be a little bit different. When it's up against the bracket, you're going to take one, four inch by five eighths bolt, put that through. And then on the backside of it, you're going to take this square washer, put that over it followed by again a split lock washer and a hex nut. So now underneath the truck I got our front crossmember and kind of just roughly put it together, that way he can lift it up almost as an assembly. So the way this is going to work, you can put in an empty place, get our bolts push through there. And then we can take the hardware that we talked about, and get that started hand tight. So once we have the passenger side loosely in place, we can work our way over here to the driver's side and take the hardware that we talked about and get this loosely secured as well. So now we can grab our rear crossmember which is this piece here and kind of prepare it. In the past what I've found out is this powder coating that's on the crossmember can get down into the threads and kind of make it difficult to start our bolts especially when we're holding it above our head. So what I like to do is just spray each hole down with a little lubricant and then take the corresponding bolts. So you're going to have five eighths bolt through few of the holes and the half inch bolt for the others. But what I like to do is get these started and then just run them down and clean out any potential powder coating that may hold us up later. So I'll do that for all of our holes in the rear crossmember. Now that the threads are clean, we can put our rear crossmember into position. So it's going to line up with our brackets here and the hardware that we're going to use is a five eighths bolt. You're going to put on a split lock washer and a flat washer. And coming from this way, we can thread it into place. Again, we're going to get it hand tight and we're going to use the same harbor combination for all of these attachment points here. So once you get all of these started, they're going to be a little tough just to turn all the way in by hand. So I'm going to grab a 15, 16 socket and just run these down pretty much all the way but not so far that they're tight. You still want to have a little bit of a wiggle room there. Now we can do this, get everything ready to get our center section in place. So you're going to take the rear crossmember rail and just push that as far back as you can towards the back of the truck. Front crossmember, just push it forward. It may not move at all, might move a little bit but that way it'll get us maximum space. And then I'm going to somewhat prepare the hardware here in our front crossmember. I'm going to take four of the four inch by half inch bolts and push them through this way. I'm gonna just put these in place real quick. And what I'm going to do is just push them back in until they're about flush. That way whenever we're holding up our center section, we can simply just push a bolt through to keep it in place as opposed to trying to hold the center section, hold our bolts up and get everything lined up. This just makes it a little bit easier. Grab our center section and when you put this in, you want the handle portion here to be closest to the front of the truck and on the driver's side. So I go ahead and hold this up, push our bolts through. And what we're going to do is get some hardware loosely installed. For all four of these bolts, you're going to take a flat washer, split lock washer and a hex nut. So I'll go ahead and get all those on and hand tight. So as far as this side of the center section goes, side close to the back, we're going to line that up and then we're going to take a half inch bolt, split lock washer and a flat washer and get all of these started as well. So now on the bed of the truck, I want to make sure that our center section lines up with the hole that we created and it does. Do your best to get it centered. And what I'm going to do is pull it up tight against the bottom of our bed. That way it'll stay in place when we tighten out all the bolts. So I just got a couple of blocks of wood here. I'm going to take a strap, put the hook around the pen inside of there. Same thing for the other side. The strap, I'm just going to pull this tight. And usually what you can get it to do, is kind of hold up nice and tight against the bottom of our bed, that way it doesn't move. Now what we need to do is start to tighten out our hardware. There's a specific order that we need to follow. The first bolts that we're going to tighten down are the ones that are holding the center section to our front and rear crossmembers. So I'm going to grab three quarter inch wrench and socket and snug those down. Same thing for the bolts here at the rear, grab our socket and snug them down. So once we have our center section bolts tightened, we can come to the rest of the larger bolts that actually hold the crossmembers to our brackets and get them snug. So not a bad idea once we snug up those bolts, just to come back and take a quick peek inside of the bed and make sure the hitch stayed in position and didn't shift or get crooked on you. Now what we need to do is on our passenger side towards the front of our truck, this bolt here that runs up through our crossmember bracket and our side plate, grab have a three quarter inch socket and snug that down. And then we're going to go in a diagonal line over here to the driver's side rear. Tighten this one down and once this is tight, we can take a quick peek up in the truck again make sure the center section is still where it needs to be. Come back and tighten down the other two bolts here on the inside. So this one up here and the one on the back on the passengers side. To verify that our hitch is centered still, we'll come back and tighten down these two bolts. Again, verify our hitch is centered and once you do that, you can come back and tighten down the bolts that have the lock-tight on them here on the outside of our side plates. And finally, we can come back and tighten down the five-eighths bolts that are attaching our side plates to the frame. Now that all of our bolts are snug, before we torque it's not a bad idea just to check, make sure the hitch is still centered, and I verified it is. At that point you can go ahead and remove the apparatus, and now we can go back under the truck and start to torque all of our hardware. So now we're going to take our torque wrench and tighten down all of our hardware to the amount specified in our instructions. And when we're doing this, we're going to use that same sequence that we used to just tighten all the bolts. Now that we have our hitch torqued down, we can come and install our handle. So I found out with this, if you kind of hold it this way, get it started like so, and then spin it. What you're able to do is push it in place. And once we have it like that, we can go underneath the truck and get it hooked up to the handle on the hitch itself. Back underneath our truck. So here's the handle that we put in and you can see that's going to line up with the handle here on the hitch. What I'm going to do is open it. So take this, pull it out and it locks in. We're then going to take the included carriage bolts here, put those through this portion of the handle. These are gonna line up with these here. We're gonna take the included flange nut, get both these started. And then we can come back with a half inch socket and tighten down. Now we need to drill out our holes for our safety chains. So underneath the truck here, you can see on each side of the center section, we're going to have two holes and those are there for our safety chains. And I'm going to use these as guides more or less. I'm going to take a small drill bit, put it in the center of each hole, drill it up through. That way we can go inside of the bag and with the full size bit drill completely down. That just makes it a little easier that way. Back up top, I can see my pilot holes. I'm gonna take my larger drill bit and open those completely up. Once you have our holes drilled, grab our vacuum and again clean up our mess. So I went ahead and just again, put a little layer paint on that exposed metal, gave it some time to dry and now we can take our safety chain U-bolts here, and these are just going to line up with the holes. You can push them down, that way we can go underneath our truck and put on the rest of the hardware. So back underneath the truck, you can see where our U-bolts come out. What we're going to do on each leg of the U-bolt fold, is take one of these springs, put that over it and just take on these nuts and get that hand tight for now. And what we're going to do is tighten the nut up until the bottom of the nut is flush with the bottom of the bolt. I'm gonna do that using a three quarter inch socket. Around there. Then I'm just going to repeat that process for this U-bolt over here. When you are doing this, you want to make sure that the big end of the spring is going to be facing up towards the bottom of our hitch. Now what we gonna do is put our hitch shield back in place and tighten it back down. So once you get your hitch shield up, you can go ahead and re-install the spare tire. And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the BMW Turnoverball Gooseneck Trailer Hitch with the custom installation kit on our 2021 Ford F-250..

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