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Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Dodge Ram

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How to Install a Gooseneck Trailer Hitch on a 2010 Dodge Ram


Today on this 2010 Dodge Ram pickup were going to install part #: 9464-35. This is from Draw-Tite. First thing that were going to do to make our installation a little bit easier is that were going to go ahead and remove the rear wheels. Were also going to remove the inner fender well liners as well and lower the spare tire. Were also going to lower the heat shield for the spare tire, so we can go ahead and lower the exhaust as well. To lower the exhaust were going to spray down the rubber hangers with some lubricant and well go ahead and remove the retainers for the hangers so we can slide them off.

Therell be two sections of the rubber hangers that well remove, one closest to the end of the vehicle by the bumper and a set going farther up. All right, our next step is to go ahead and loosen up the bed. We cant put the hitch in from underneath, but we can actually do some preassembly on the hitch first before we install it in the vehicle. Well go ahead and loosen up all the bed bolts. Well remove the bolts on the passenger side and then raise the bed up a little bit so we can slide the hitch in from the side.

Before we go ahead and raise the bed up well go ahead and get inside the bed and go ahead and mark out our hole. Now, if were going by our measurements well go ahead and measure out the location for our hole in the bed. Well measure our length first and then find our left to right measurement. Well go ahead and mark it in the bed, then well go ahead and use the one eighth inch pilot bit and well go ahead and drill out the hole. Now, well leave it alone for now, then well go ahead and raise the bed up.

All right, with our bed lifted up a little bit well put a wooden block underneath there to help support it. Now well go ahead and do some preassembly on our hitch. Well take our cross members, lay them out and then well go ahead and install the hitch between them. Well install the hardware, but leave everything loose. Okay, now with an extra set of hands well go ahead and install the hitch underneath the bed.

Now this is going to be a test fit. Well slide it in position and then well go ahead and eye it up with the pilot hole to make sure that everything is in the right spot. That way we can make our corrections before we have to drill our biggest hole in the bed. Now, at this point well go ahead and remove the hitch. all right, with our hitch removed lets go ahead and drill out our hole to the final size. All right, now well go ahead and put our hitch back into place and then lower the bed on to it. Now well get as close as we can and let the bed jelly sit on the hitch, then well see which way we need to move the hitch. well put the ball in place and then we can maneuver the hitch with that. Once the bed sits around the hitch collar well go ahead and reinstall the bed bolts and then we can go ahead and start installing our hardware and side plates. Well also have to have the ground wire on the driver side and remove it temporarily. Okay, well go ahead and start installing our hardware and our side plates. Well take the plate and well line it up with the threads on the crossbars. Now, you may have to spread them back a little bit, so thats why we leave everything loose. Once we have it lined up well go ahead and put the side plate over the threaded rod on the crossbars and then well loosely install the hardware. Therell be a flat washer, a lock washer and a nut. Now well go ahead and move on to the hardware at the bottom of the frame. The plate wraps around the bottom edge of the frame and lines up with a hole. Well go ahead and use the included bolt leader, well run it through the hole and then out of an existing hole on the side of the frame. Well go ahead and thread in the block, push into the frame and then well throw down our bolt and pull everything through. With the bolt lead removed well go ahead and install a conical tooth washer and nut. All right, now well get inside the frame and then well go ahead and loose up the wire harness on the inside so we have room to install the U-bolts. Well loosen up all the wires as best as possible and then well go ahead and sneak the U-bolts inside and line the U-bolts up with the existing holes in the side plate. Once theyre installed well go ahead and install our conical tooth washer and nut. Now, when we install our conical tooth washers its always a good idea to make sure that the teeth are always facing towards the hitch. Now well go ahead and take our ground wire strap, pull it over, pull it over the top of the hitch and then back down onto the stud. Then well go ahead and reinstall the nut. All right, were done with the driver side. Lets go ahead and repeat the same process over on the passenger side. Okay, with all our fasteners loosely installed we can go ahead and start tightening them down and torque the bolts down as specified in the instructions. Well start off by fastening the side plates to the frame with the U-bolts. Well tighten those down and torque them down, then well also do the bolt on the bottom of the frame. All right, next well go ahead and tighten down and torque the bolts that go from the cross members to the frame bracket. When both sides are complete well go underneath the vehicle and then tighten up the head assembly to the crossbars. At this point our hitch is virtually installed. Well go ahead and reinstall the inner fender well liner on the passenger side and then well go ahead and install the handle for the hitch on our driver side. All right, now with the handle installed lets go ahead and reinstall the inner fender well liner on the driver side. Okay, now it covers up the handle, so lets make a cutout for it. Well operate a few times to give you an idea of how much room we need and then well go ahead and make our cutout. Basically were going to make a small rectangle and cut it out. Well use some tin snips to make the vertical cuts and well use a knife to score for a horizontal cut. Then well go ahead and fold the inner liner back a little bit until it pops loose. Now well go ahead and move on to the U-bolts for the safety chains. Well go ahead and use one of the U-bolts to go ahead and feel the corrugation so we know where to drill at. To drill our holes we want to drill out of the bottom of the corrugation. So once we find that out well use a 9/16 bit to mark the center of our hole. Then well go ahead and use a one eighth inch bit and drill through. After that well go from the top and work our way down through. Well through with a 3/8 drill bit and then follow up with a 9/16 drill bit. Now well go ahead and install our U-bolts from the top down and then well go ahead and install the hardware underneath. First off itll get the flat washer, the spring and then the nut. Well loosely install all the pieces and then tighten them down. Now the nut is a lock nut, so it only so far before it stops. Then well go ahead and tighten down the nut past the threads about two or three. With the U-bolts installed we can go ahead and reassemble the rest of the truck. Were going to reinstall the exhaust back into the hangers and also put the heat shield up for exhaust. Then we can go ahead and reinstall the tires and wheels and the spare tire. With our vehicle reassembled we can go ahead and show you how the hitch will work. Well go ahead and pull the handle to the open position and you can see how you can pull the ball up and out of the hitch. Well go ahead and turn it down and show you in its stored position. Now, once I remember, if you load your truck up and you do compress the suspension you may want to remove the ball so it doesnt hit against the differential. All right, now Ill go to the outside of the vehicle and show you how the lever works. You just pull it straight out and then push it to one side or the other or a detent will catch the hitch and itll hold it open. Then push it back to center and the spring will pull it back in and lock it. Its that easy to work. All right, and with that, thatll finish it for our install of part #: 9464-35 from Draw-Tite on our 2010 Dodge Ram pickup.