B and W Turnoverball Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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How to Install the B and W Turnoverball Gooseneck Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty


Ryan: Hey everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today on our 2018 Ford F-150, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the B&W underbed gooseneck trailer hitch with custom installation kit. Being that this is an underbed kit, all of our main components are going to be located here underneath the truck, which in turn means you're going to have full-bed access here on top. That can be especially useful whenever running around the job site, maybe refer a few motorcycles back here, or even our belongings whenever, we're taking our family on vacation. One of the biggest differences I noticed about this kit compared to some of the other ones is the overall craftsmanship. Everything's going to be really nice and heavy duty from the brackets, the crossmembers, even the hardware.

This is one that I personally recommend to my friends and family, because it is nice and high quality.Everything's going to go together really smooth, and the overall finish once it's installed is going to look really good. Another thing that really separates this hitch apart from some of the others is how easy it is to use, especially the handle. Whenever you're ready to unlock your ball, just grab it, pull back, slide to the left and you're done. Whenever you are ready to use it or put it in that towing or locked position, pull it to the right, and load it back in. Some of the other ones are a little tougher.

You have to pull it out and find that lock position and mess around with it. This one you don't even have to think about it. Grab it, lock it and ready to go, put it right back in. One thing I think is pretty cool about this kit is that it can easily be converted into a fieldfare, and you do that using the B&W Companion, which is more or less an adapter that goes in here.That way, since you have a gooseneck now, you might have fieldfare trailers as well or planning on getting one in the future. You can use this one kit to tow both types trailers.

Since this is a turnover ball, it's going to be really convenient whenever you're not using the gooseneck. So what that turnover means is the ball neck should be pulled out, flip it over, and stored inside of the edge. That way you don't have to worry about losing it or have to worry about it rolling around in the backseat of the truck. The ball itself is going to be 2-5/16-7 inch, and it's going to have a 30,000 lbs maximum gross towing weight. That's going to be the amount of weight that's pulling on the hitch.

It's also going to have a 7,500 lbs vertical load limit. That's going to be the amount of weight pushing down on the hitch. Now I do always like to recommend to check with your truck's owner's manual to see what its weight capacity is.The safety chain hooks are going to be spring loaded. So they're going to sit nice and flat with your bed whenever you're not using them. They're actually going to get pulled down pretty tight. So you're not going to have to worry about them wiggling too much and making a bunch of noise. When you are ready, can you grab them, pull them up, and they're going to give you more than enough room keys, just about any size hook that you might have. So overall, I think that this is probably the best hitch option as far as gooseneck trailer hitches go. That's because it's how well built it is, how easy it is to use and how nice everything fits together, and because of that, whenever you're getting it installed, it's really not too difficult. Everything's pretty straightforward, and shouldn't take you a whole lot of time. Speaking of which let's go ahead and do that together now. To begin our installation, we're first going to temporarily remove our spare tire and that'll give us a little more room to work.Now we can hop up in the bed of our truck and take a few measurements, that way we find out where we need to create our hole. Now I want to point out whenever you take your measurements, you want to measure from the end of the bed itself and not the tailgate. So that'll give you the distance and then you're going to need to find the center of the bed, and the way I do that as measured from wheel well to wheel well, and split the difference, and that'll give us a center. So once you make your mark where you need to drill after taking your measurements, you can grab a whole saw and create an opening. Now, before you do this, it's never a bad idea to get underneath the truck and look down there and make sure there's nothing important that you can only damage. Once you make your hole, it's not a bad idea to take a file and just work the edges and get them nice and smooth. Go ahead and grab a vacuum and clean up our mess.Now that we do have some bare metal exposed, it's not a bad idea to grab some spray-paint and just get a layer on it, just to help keep it a little protected. Underneath the truck here what we're going to do is lower our exhaust a little bit, give us some more room to work, and if you come back here to this hanger here towards the back, there's going to be four bolts holding it up. We'd have two 10 millimeters on this side of the frame rail, and then two more just like it over on the other side. We can move over to our wheel well. We can't get our side plates installed. Now I'm on the passenger side and the plates are going to be a little bit different. So just keep an eye out for that. The way you can tell, the side plates as the passenger side is going to be a little bit shorter. The driver's side is going to be a little bit longer and you can always check your instructions.There's a bunch of diagrams that'll help identify each plate. What we're going to do is take our long bolts and a flat washer, two of them. If you hold our side plate up, it's actually going to line up with these two holes in the frame. Just take our bolts and passing through, and then we can move underneath the truck to get the other hardware installed. So here's where our bolt passes through inside of our frame rail here. So what we're going to do is take a flat washer, a split lock washer and a hex nut. We're just going to get both those started hand tight for now. Now one thing I do want to mention, some trucks are going to have these brackets here installed right out of the factory like ours does today. If yours does not, what you would do at this point, or before you put your hardware on, would take the bracket that is included with the hitch, put that on the side of the frame and use that same hardware to get that hand tight.Now we can get ready to install our crossmember brackets, just going to be for these total, two for passenger side and two for driver's side. Before we put these up, what I'd like to do is these holes are threaded, and sometimes at powder coating get down in that thread and make it a little difficult to get our bolts installed. So if you just grab a half inch bolt out of the kit, get it started hand tight, and then run it down and pull it out. That just makes it a little easier to get all of our hardware once we have it up on the truck. Now we're going to have to come underneath the truck to attach our brackets. But just to give you an idea on how these work, this one is going to be in the front and it's going to be pointing towards the back. This one's going to be in the rear and it's going to be pointing towards the front. So they're going to point towards each other.Now the driver's side, the brackets are shaped a little bit differently, but it's the same concept. So to get these in, you have to lock it up and over our exhaust. Slide it on top of our inner and outer brackets on our frame rail. It's going to sit like that and more or less the same thing with the front one. We're going to get those brackets loosely secured using our hex bolts that come with some threadlocker on them. Now, each one of our brackets is going to have one bolt inside of our frame rail. Now that we got both of them hand tight, we can move to the outside of the frame rail and get those as well. Now the other side of our truck is going to be set up the exact same way. So we're just going to repeat that whole process over there. Now we can take our front crossmember and somewhat preassemble it to get it installed. Now, there is a few things you got to have to pay attention to make sure you orient this in the right position.What I've done is actually figured that out and just wrote up on passenger side. This is making it a little easier for me. The front crossmember bracket, you're going to be able to tell is the passenger side. It's going to have four holes and inside of the crossmember, one of the sides is going to have a welded seam. You're going to want that welded seam side to face up towards the bed of the truck. Now, the way this is going to work, it's going to sit in front of our brackets and get bolted in like this on that backside. We're going to want to take a washer plate here, and the holes will line up with the holes in the crossmember. Then the passenger side, these two holes here, take your large 5'8 bolts and drop them down like that. This is how your preassembled crossmember should look like. Now we can go to our front brackets and get it locked up. Let's take our front crossmember and get that up in place.Get that lined up, and we're going to secure the passenger side first over here. Bolts line up. You can grab a split lock washer all by a hex nut. Let me get these hand tight, same hardware combination for the other bolt. Then we're able to move over to the driver's side and get that loosely secured as well. On the driver's side, we're going to have one large bolt. This will run through the bracket as well as on the crossmember, that for sure. Well, this side, we're going to take this spacer block, put that on all by a split lock washer and a hex nut. Now we can grab our rear crossmember, and again, this has threaded holes in it. So I don't want have them resist the corresponding hardware to clean all of threads out. So we're going to take this and push it up against our rear brackets.What we're going to do from this side, let's take our hardware to get it loosely secured. I'm going to have a 5'8 bolt, a flat washer and a split lock washer. Now before we put our center section up, what we're going to do is come back to our frame plate or a side plate hardware, and switch it out for the larger diameter 5'8 bolts. Now, the reason I use these smaller ones at first is because that's gives our side plate and everything else, a lot more wiggle room, and it makes it easier to line all of our components up. With that being said, and everything's lined up and hand tight bolted together. What we're going to do is switch out our side plate hardware one by one, pull that off. You can move around to the outside of the frame rail, push this bolt out and get it replaced with the larger ones.So the hardware combination is more or less going to be the same, just larger. Let's take our flat washer, 5'8 bolt, run it through, go back to the inside of the frame rail, get the rest of the hardware started, and then just do that one by one. So on this side, again, pretty much the same combination, our flat washer, split lock washer and a hex nut. So if you come up here to our front crossmember, what I'm going to do is loosely get our hardware in place. That's going to attach to the center section. So what you're going to want to do is take the half inch long bolts and put the head of the bolt facing towards the front of the truck. I'm going to pass them through. I'm going ahead and do all four. What I'm going to do is just pull that bolt more or less flush the front crossmember. That way while we're holding our center section up, it'll just be a lot easier just to be able to push the head of a bolt instead of trying to find the hole and work it through everything.Grab our center section, and you have to put the sand in a particular way. You want the handle here to be on the driver's side. With that being said and lifted up, lined up and push our bolts through. Push all of our bolts in through. You can take a flat washer, split lock washer and a hex nut. We're going to get all of those hand tight. The other three bolts are going to take that same hardware combination. For this side of our center section, the hardware that we're going to use is a half inch bolt. You're going to put on a split lock washer and a flat washer, and then you can come in from this side and get all those starters. Now we can start to tighten up our hardware and the ones that you want to tighten up first are going to be the bolts that are holding our center section to our front and rear crossmember.Now for all the other hardware, what we're going to do is tighten it down enough to hold all of our brackets, nice and flush to each other, but not so tight that we can't come back and make a minor adjustment. What I actually want to do is hop in the bed of the truck and we could take a look at our hitch here. So we want to make sure that the hitch is nice and centered in that hole that we created, and you want to make sure that the square opening is nice and straight. Back underneath the truck, what we can do is tighten down all the larger bolts that hold our crossmembers to the brackets. The next bolt we can tighten is this bolt here that had the pre-applied threadlocker on it on the passenger front. We'll run that all the way down, and we can tighten the same bolt over on the driver's side. However, we're going to do this one right here in the back.Go back to the passenger side. We're going to do the same thing just with the one in the back. Again, moving over to the driver's side, you can do the one that's in the front. Once you get the bolts tightened, what you're going to want to do is hop up in the bed of the truck and make sure everything is still nice and straight and centered. I went ahead and verified that it is, and then we can come back to the outside of our frame rails here. We can tighten down these two bolts, and then you can go ahead and snug up these bolts. Now we can use a torque wrench to torque all the hardware down to the amount specified in the instructions. Now, when you do this, you want to make sure to use that same pattern that we did a minute ago to snug down all the bolts. Now that all of our hardware is torqued down, we can get our handle installed. So you'll want to be on the driver's side here, and there's not a ton of room to work with.So you might have to slide this in at an angle and play with it to get it to go through. What you're going to do is take the handle in and push that forward until this bent portion clears our wheel well there. You have to be a little patient with this. Like I said, it's not a ton of room, but you'll find that spot that just allows it to drop in, and take it and move it to about the center our bracket here. That should get us pretty close to where we need to be. So underneath the truck, here's where our handle came through. Then we can move it to where we need it to be, but to make life a little easier, getting it secured to our center section, which you can do is take the pen and pull it out and lock it. Pull it all out and push it towards the driver, I'm sorry, the front of the truck.What we're going to do is take our carriage bolts, drop them into the holes in the handle, and wind those up the holes here, which you might have to do since it sits at an angle, work it around a little bit. I'll just get these loosely on for now. What I'll do is release this pin, and I can come back with a half inch socket and snug these down. We need to drill out some holes for our safety chain U-bolts, and we're going to be using these two holes as a guide on each side of our center section. So what I'm going to do is take a smaller drill bit and drill pilot holes from the bottom up, and then we can go up inside of the bed and enlarge them coming down. Makes it a little bit easier. So the pilot holes made, now we can enlarge them to the correct size.Now we've enlarged the holes, we can clean up our mess. Again, I'll come back with a little spray paint just to help cover up that bare metal. I waited a few minutes and let our paint dry, and we're going to take our U-bolts and inaudible 00:23:31. Let me go underneath the truck and get them secured. Underneath the truck, our U-bolts are strapped down through. We're going to take the conical shaped spring in the wider end. It's going to go up against the hitch and take a hex nut, just get it started hand tight for now. I'm going to do that same thing for all the ends of each U-bolt. We're going to tighten the nuts down and we're going to tighten them up until the bottom of the nut is flush with the bottom of U-bolt. That's pretty flush. That's what we're going to go with. Now we can go ahead and re secure our exhaust. Now at this point, we can go ahead and reinstall our spare tire. That'll finish up our look at and our installation of the B&W underbed gooseneck trailer hitch with the custom installation kit on your 2018 Ford F-150.


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