Curt EZr Double Lock Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super

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How to Install a Curt EZr Double Lock Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch on a 2012 Ford F-250 and F-3


Hello, everybody Clayton here at etrailer.com. Here at etrailer, we install, test, and review a lot of different products to help you as a customer make a more educated decision before your purchase. Today, we're going to be working on a 2012 Ford F-150, we're going to be taking a look at. I'll be showing you how to install CURT's Double Lock Gooseneck Hitch. And something that I really like is this hitch is able to be used with fifth wheel hitch adapters. So if you do have a fifth wheel trailer that you pull from time to time, you can definitely use it with this hitch.

We do sell those adapters here at etrailer and those will just drop right into your gooseneck hitch. Adding a gooseneck hitch to the bed of your truck is going to be a great upgrade. In my opinion the goosenecks pull pretty nice compared to the fifth wheel, but it's not going to take up as much room in your bed. One really nice feature about this is the ball actually flips over into the storage position. So whenever you're not using it, you can flip that ball over or put your provided cover over your hitch to keep everything protected from the elements.

And whenever you're ready to put it in the storage position or remove your ball, simply pull out on the locking arm on the driver's side. With that pulled out your ball will be free to be able to be moved. And you can put your arm in the locking position to keep it locked out. That way you can do this by yourself. And when you do put it in the storage position or whenever you're going to use it, and you want it in the upright position, you want these channels on the driver's side.

The one thing that I really like, wherever you put it in the storage position it drops down pretty low. And you can just add your cover. With our cover on as you can see, we have full bed access but we're not going to have to worry about our gooseneck getting debris inside since we do have this cover. Whenever you're ready to grab that ball, lift up on your cover and you can grab the handle on the bottom of your ball, then flip it over drop it back into place, and lock it in position. Whenever you're ready to hit the road simply slide your lock in and you're good to go.

Something I really like about this kit is our safety chain loops are actually sprung down. So whenever you're not using them they stay nice and low to your bed. When you are ready to use them simply pull up and add your safety chains. We are going to have a standard 2 5/16 inch ball and you don't have to worry this is a very common size for goosenecks. So that's probably gonna work with your trailer. As far as our weight capacities are concerned we are going to be 30,000 pound towing capacity. You want to keep your mind that's the weight of the trailer and the load on the trailer. As far as our vertical load limit we are going to have a 7,500 pound vertical load limit. So that's going to be 7,500 pounds pushing straight down on your ball. Our hitch is going to be constructed out of steel. So it's going to hold up really good for a long time. It's also going to have a nice black powder coat finish to help resist rust and corrosion as well. Something that I really like about this kit that you're not going to see with a lot of the other ones on the market is gonna be this metal collar on the outside. It's nice and shiny and matches our ball. I think it gives it a really nice and finished look. And one cool feature of our kit is that it actually does work with airbags and in our application do have Firestone airbags installed. Probably my favorite feature of this kit as a whole is when you're going to get it installed there's no measuring. Simply throw your rails in, bolt it all together, and then just start drilling your holes. Now to get this installed there's no welding, no major cutting, and very little drilling. So it's definitely something that you can do at home. With that being said, I'll walk you through the installation now. To start our installation we want to lower down our spare tire. I went ahead and already did so, and then we're going to be removing our heat shield right here on the edge of our exhaust using a 10 millimeter socket. We're gonna have two more on the backside of this flange up here. Just lower our heat shield down and we'll reinstall it later. We're now gonna have another heat shield to remove It's going to be right on the top of the bend here on our exhaust. It's just going to be glued to our bed. So you're going to have to pull that down. It helps to get a pry bar in there and just kind of twist it to help break that adhesive lose. We now want to put in our rear most rail. I already did that. So you can see where it ends up but we'll show you how to get that in between your frame rails with the front rail. There's going to be a little notch in our bracket that we're going to kind of slide that through and we want to make sure that that notch lines up with your frame rails. And this is that channel I was talking about and our long bracket, we're going to take our rail like so you want this flat side at the holes in it facing towards the middle. We're going to take our bracket, kind of slide it through that lower notch and our frame rail where it gets to the other side. Now we'll move over to the other side and get it around our struck. You're just gonna feed that through. Just like, so then we should be able to turn our rail for those channels, line up with our frame rail. Now with an extra set of hands on the other side you got a wiggle our bracket to help get it in place. With our frame rail in the correct spot we don't want to slide it all the way back just yet. We still have to raise up our center section. Before we raise our center section into place. We want to grab our center locator. We're just gonna drop that into our hole. Now, whenever we raise this up this is just gonna let us know where to drill our hole. Before we raise up our center section we are going to put some hardware in to help hold the hardware, grab our carriage bolt, slide that into place, and we'll thread on our locking washer. So all you want to do is to start threading that on there and you can take your spacer and use this to help push down and get our locking washer all the way down on the bottom of our carriage bolt. We do that same process, right here. Now you have an extra set of hands. We want our tab here for our locking arm on the driver's side. Now with that extra set of hands we can lift our hitch up into place. We're just going to get one of your flange nuts started on each of those bolts we had positioned. Now with our two flange nuts started our center section can support itself. We can add the rest of our hardware. With all of our hardware started you don't want to tighten it down just yet because we are going to have to shift the whole thing forward or backward to line up with our outer frame brackets. Our truck does have airbags installed. So we are going to have to remove one of our mounting nuts for our airbag to get our side plate put on. Now, our bolt is going to be located in the top hat of our airbag over here and from a different angle, you can definitely see it. We're just gonna to take that out. We'll not be reinstalling our airbag hardware. We're now going to grab our passenger side frame bracket. It's going to have this tab that comes off of the side here. And what we're going to do is we're actually going to come to our frame rail. We're going to feel around for our opening. Our opening is gonna be right here. So you are going to have to slide our rails just a little bit forward. That way we can get our bracket in the correct position. With our bracket slid forward we are gonna grab our frame bracket like so just to make sure everything's gonna line up. You also want the hole that we took that bolt out of to line up with this bottom hole in our bracket. So with everything close to the right position we can actually just set this on here carefully and we'll go underneath and slide our bolt with our spacers through. Now I want to grab our biggest carriage bolt with our provided spacer. We're gonna drop our carriage bolt through that spacer. And that's gonna come through the back of that hole and our airbag mount. Now on the backside, we're going to add our provided flange nut. And again, you don't want to tighten everything down snug yet until we get all of our hardware lined up. We now want to grab our 1/2 inch carriage bolt. We're gonna be dropping it through the top of that bracket and having our flange nut on the bottom. Right here is going to be that hole in our bracket and our frame rail. We just want to take that carriage bolt, feed it sideways, then drop it down, and add our flange nut. On our passenger side we are going to have some wiring in our way. So we're gonna grab a trim panel tool and just pry that plastic fastener right here out of our frame rail, that's gonna give us enough clearance in the middle of our airbag bracket right here to get our hardware started. And if your vehicle does have airbags there's going to be a bolt that comes out right here. We're just going to need to cut the end of that stud off as close to our flange nut as possible. I'm just going to do this with a Dremel tool and I cut off wheel. Our big hole in our frame rail we are gonna be adding our same series of hardware being our biggest carriage bolt with our provided spacer and then going through our bracket. To add the hole in the front of our driver's side frame bracket we're gonna grab our 1/2 inch carriage bolt with a spacer, push that through our frame rail, and then through our bracket and add a flange nut. Now we'll grab our 5/8 carriage bolt with our spacer block and slide that through. We're going to come to our side plates, we're gonna slide that through the side plate, and then through our rails. You might have to kind of jimmy it around and shake it just to get it to go through. Then on the backside, we're going to add our flange nut. And again, you don't want to tighten these down all the way yet because we still have to come back and tighten everything else down first. With that started we'll repeat that same process for our plate here and the same thing on the other side. With all of our hardware in and started we can now come back and tighten everything down. We're now ready to come back and torque down all of our hardware. We're going to torque it down to the specifications in our instructions. You do want to follow the correct order indicated in your instructions. With all of our hardware now torqued down, we're ready to drill our holes. Since we have our template in our hitch, we can grab our 3/16 drill bit and drill out that center hole on our template. This is gonna be where our pilot hole came out from where we drilled underneath. We're now ready to open this up with a four inch hole saw. Now I want to come back with our vacuum and clean up all of our debris, file down our rough edges, or just take some clear coat and paint over our edges to keep it from rusting in the future. Our kit is going to include this rubber gasket to go around the hole that we cut. Now, if your truck does have a bed liner, this may not work due to the thickness of your bed, but if your bed is painted, this should go on no problem. Our kit is going to include this metal ring. This is going to go right over our opening. This will align those holes up, then thread in the provided hardware. You just want to come back and tighten these down. There's going to be a diagram on your instructions. It's going to tell you where to drill your hole for your safety chain loops. But since this is a Ford, or you can come to the inside hole and we're going to go on the outside edge here. We're just going to mark our spot with a 1/2 drill bit. We now mark our other three holes, then we'll come back with a pilot drill bit get our hole opened up. We now come back to our pilot holes and open that up with our 1/2 inch drill bit. With all of our holes opened up to a 1/2 inch our U bolt actually, isn't going to fit through there. So now we want to come back with a step drill bit just kind of slow and open that up until our U bolt slide right through. And with our holes cut out for our safety chain loops. We now want to come back and spray some clear coat or black spray paint to protect that rough edge from corrosion. With our safety chain loop in on the driver's side we'll repeat that same process on the passenger side. We're now ready to add our springs to our safety chain loops. I'm going to start with the flat washer push that all the way up followed by your spring. You'll have to compress that a little bit add another flat washer and then your provided nylon locking nut. This one to get that started on there run it down until the nylon starts to catch. We'll do that same thing for our remaining holes. We're now going to come back with a 24 millimeter socket and tighten down our hardware. We're just going to tighten this down to where there is a thread protruding through the bottom of our nylon nut. Just a little bit more than that. Just like that, we'll repeat that same process for our remaining hardware. We now want to grab our pin. We're going to slide that through the holes in our hitch and we can grab our arm. We're going to feed our arms through that hole of our side plate. And it's going to come into our hitch and feed through a couple of holes there. Before we push that all the way through we're gonna grab one of our provided flat washers slide that onto our arm. Push that through just a little bit more. And then we want to grab our spring. This part is going to be kind of tough just due to the area. We're just going to slide that to where it almost goes into our locking pin. It's going to pull that back a little bit and add our second flat washer. This part is kind of tricky. So just take your time here. You just want to push it through where that hole lines up. We can grab our provided hardware. We're just gonna put our bolts through there. On the backside we're gonna add our nylon lock nut. With our bolts started and I want to grab a seven millimeter socket we're just gonna tighten this down. We are now ready to add our sticker. We are now ready to re-install all of our components we took off in the reverse order we took them out. With all of our components re-installed and our ball in place we're now ready to hit the road. That's going to do it for our look at and our installation of CURT's Double Lock Gooseneck Hitch, our 2012 Ford F150..


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