Curt Underbed OEM-Style Gooseneck Installation - 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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How to Install the Curt Underbed OEM-Style Gooseneck on a 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Hello, everyone. Clayton here at Here at, we install, test, interview a lot of different products to help you as the customer, make a more educated decision before your purchase.Today, we're going to be working on a 2017 Ford F250 and we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Curt Under Bed Gooseneck Edge. This is what our gooseneck is going to look like installed. One nice feature to have our sprung safety loops. Whenever we're not using them, they can be sprung right back down into the bed.

So they're not sticking up. Now you might be asking yourself, "Well, does the ball stay in there all the time" It absolutely does not. All we have to do is turn that tab, lift up. We can just leave this in our truck and we do get a nice cover to protect our gooseneck.There are a lot of advantages to towing a gooseneck versus a fifth wheel or just a regular old bumper mount trailer. We're going to have a lot more turn ability.

It's going to look a lot nicer. You don't have to worry about hitting our cab. Also, we'll get a little bit more weight out of the gooseneck, especially with something like a three-quarter ton, that is essential. As far as our weight capacities are concerned, our gooseneck hitch is going to have a 30,000 pound towing capacity and a 7,500 pound load limit and keep in mind that's the weight of the trailer and the load included. It's always a good idea to check with your Ford's owner's manual and make sure that your truck is capable of towing at those capacities.

And the only thing that's going to be visible on the outside of our truck outside of our bed is going to be our side plates here.Now there's the brackets underneath do have a really nice black powder coat finish. And they are a steel construction. So they're going to hold up really well for a long time. And my favorite feature about this gooseneck kit with it being an OEM style gooseneck, is we're not going to have to drill any holes. Drilling holes in our frame rails is really tough and it takes a long time.

So being able to just bolt it up, torque it down and go is definitely a really nice feature. With that being said, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed now.To start our installation, we want to remove our spare tire. We can now move into the bed of our truck. We're going to have this dimple here in the middle, that's if you get a factory gooseneck package or fifth wheel, but there is a little dimple right here in the middle. It tells us where the center point is. Now I'm just going to grab a center punch, just kind of punch that a little bit. That's just going to help keep our drill bit from wobbling. Now I'm going to grab a small drill bit and just open that up a little bit. We'll start off nice and slow. And we have a pilot hole drilled. We now want to grab a 3 1/4 inch hole saw with a quarter inch drill bit. And we're just going to put our drill bit right over that hole. We want to go really slow with our hole saw and just get it cutting on a nice flat level. This stuff is going to take a little while, so just be patient and don't try to rush it. And you don't want that drill bit to wobble or skip that we have a nice circular hole.We now have our hole drilled out. We do want to come back with a file and just clean up those edges. We'll grab our vacuum cleaner and just clean up all of our shavings. Now we're just going to spray some clear coat. This is just going to help prevent any corrosion over time. I'm moving on to our driver's side frame rail. We want to grab our outer plates. Our truck is already equipped with the brackets on the inside. So we want to grab our hardware and we slide it through our factory hole. Then the plate will support itself. On the backside of that hardware, we're going to be adding a flange nut. You want to make sure the teeth are facing the frame. And the front bolt is going to be kind of hard to reach behind our gas tank. Our model is gas, so the diesel might look a little bit different under here, but we just want to get this hardware hand tight.With our outside side plate, hand tight. We want to repeat that same process on the other side. This is a rough estimate of what our gooseneck is going to look like installed. I went ahead and just mocked up our rear most passenger plate, but for the outside bolts, we're going to be adding a spacer block, a conical tooth washer with the teeth facing towards our spacer. And we're going to add our 5/8 bolt through, and this is going to get it bolted up through the bottom of our plates. We now just want to grab our plate and kind of slide it around our wiring. We're just going to push it up and through our frame and then line up the hole on the outside.We want to make sure that our plate is centered with our vehicle, and then we can start our hardware through that hole there. Get a couple of threads on, we can move to the center. It's kind of hard to see, but our hole to add our other hardware on our forward-most bracket is going to be right up there.Before we get any farther, we want to drop our carriage bolt in from the top and it will be there right when we lift up our middle piece and then we can just get a nut started on there and it'll support itself. We're now going to repeat that same process for our remaining brackets, lining up our holes on the inside and the outside on our frame plates. Before we raise our center piece into place, we want to make sure to add our rubber gasket materials to the hole. This is just going to keep those sharp edges from cutting our hitch. And it's just going to make it look nice in the back of our truck. Then we just trim off the excess, just like so. We're now ready to lift our center section into position, this side with the four holes on the back all in a line are going to be the back of the gooseneck and the three with the one kind of offset, it's going to be the front.Now with an extra set of hands, we can lift our center section into place. You want to line up your carriage bolts in the top of your hitch. Then we're just going to slide a couple carriage bolts through the holes on each side. I just want to grab our flange nuts and just get them started on the backside. We now have all of our hardware in. We had to go back and loosen some things up just to get some more play, to get all of our hardware to line up properly.I already went ahead and just snugged down all of our hardware. Now it's time to come back and torque it down. And our torque specs are going to be found in our instructions. For these bolts are going to be using a 24 millimeter socket. And for our brackets on the outside, we're going to be using a 21. With all of our hardware torqued down, we are now ready to come back and draw out the holes for our safety loops. Now we're just going to grab our drill bit and drill a pilot hole here in the bottom with our pilot hole drilled we can now move back up top and drill it out with the drill bit that's specified in the instructions.With our holes drilled out, just want to hit it with some clear coat, just kind of hit that, all those edges and then wait for it to dry and put our loops into place. We then move underneath and have the hardware. And I want to grab a flat washer. We're going to slide our spring over it and then add our other flat washer. Then grab our provided hex nut, and get that started. Now repeat that same process for our remaining bolts. Now I just want to tighten these nuts down to where the U bolt is going to be flush with the bottom of our nut. We use a 24 millimeter socket. We'll repeat that same process for the last three bolts.We have all the components in for our gooseneck and they're all tightened down. To drop our ball into our hitch, we just want to lift up on this tab, turn it, drop it in and turn it back and close that latch, we're nice and secure. With our ball in place, we are now ready to hook up to our favorite trailer and hit the road.That's going to do it for our look at and the installation of the Curt Under Bed Gooseneck Hitch on our 2017 Ford F250.

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