Gooseneck hitch installation

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Read our guide on how to install a gooseneck hitch into your truck. Installing a gooseneck hitch can be very easy yet time consuming.

Well, here we are, you have your new Gooseneck Hitch, but how are you going to get that hitch into your truck?

Here are a few suggestions to get you prepared on what needs to be done before, during, and after installation of your new hitch.

Before gooseneck hitch install

  • Firstly, make sure you have the right hitch! Verify the manufacturer's part number with the part you ordered, and give it a brief visual inspection to make sure it was not damaged during shipping.
  • Another thing you may wish to do whilst checking is make sure the weld points and bolts throughout the Gooseneck Hitch are secured and tight. All hitches that are delivered are inspected before they are sent out, but it never hurts to double check.
  • Review the instruction sheet provided with the hitch.
  • Remember, there are different types of Gooseneck Hitches, and almost all of them require at least a second set of hands to install, so make sure you have a friend there to help.
  • Almost all Gooseneck Hitches require you to drill into your truck bed, and some even require you to remove the truck bed completely, so be sure you have the appropriate tools and wear safety glasses for everyone involved in the installation process.

DURING INSTALLATION

  • Measuring tape is your best friend! You are going to be doing a bit of cutting into your truck bed for this installation, so always make sure you measure twice, so you only have to cut once.
  • Most Gooseneck Hitches, especially ones that are compatible with late model trucks, only require bolting onto the frame, but you are going to be both over and under the truck bed, so plan accordingly.
  • Before you cut, you may want to mark the point where the center of the hitch ball will be mounted to inside the truck bed. This point should be forward of the rear axle of the truck. This will ensure that the ball will provide adequate clearance for the trailer itself during turns. Make sure you check underneath the truck to make sure that the drilling location won't interfere with anything under the truck bed.
  • If at any time you feel unsure about what you are doing, DO NOT TAKE CHANCES! Consult a professional and go from there, replacing a truck bed is a very unpleasant and expensive experience that you do not want to go through.
  • Double check your bolts. Make sure all of the bolts have been torqued to the specified levels.
  • Be sure your hitch is aligned properly and that all parts are used. Make sure that all bolts, washers, and other parts are accounted for and you did not overlook any step in the installation process.
  • After all is said and done, you may want to consider adding a rust preventative coating in and around all openings you just made.
  • Lastly, review and file your warranty information. Most hitch warranties last anywhere from 5 years to the lifetime of the vehicle it is on.

As always, if you have any questions, you can always contact us, and enjoy your newly installed Gooseneck Hitch!

How to Hook Up a Gooseneck Trailer

Towing a gooseneck trailer for the first time, follow our How to hook up a gooseneck trailer guide to learn how.

So, you have your Gooseneck Hitch installed and hooked up, and you are ready to haul. Here are just a few tips to help you safely and properly hook up a Gooseneck Trailer to your Gooseneck Hitch.

Before Hooking Up The Gooseneck trailer

  • Successfully hooking up a Gooseneck Trailer should be at least a two man operation, so be sure you have a friend there to help.
  • Check the jack feet of the trailer, make sure they are securely placed and on even, sturdy ground.
  • Be sure the Trailer Tires are properly inflated and tight.
  • Check that the trailer coupler is high enough so that the tow vehicle can pass safely underneath it. Make any necessary adjustments with the trailer jack system.
  • Slowly back your tow vehicle towards your Gooseneck Trailer, and make sure you have a friend there to help guide your tow vehicle in to the perfect position directly underneath the trailer.
  • Double check your truck bed, ensuring there is no loose cargo or other obstructions that may get in the way while you are hooking up the trailer.
  • If necessary, do not forget to close your tailgate before backing your tow vehicle towards the Gooseneck Trailer, in order to avoid damage to both the vehicle and the trailer.

While Hooking Up The Gooseneck trailer

  • Check that the coupler is locked in the up position, and that it is completely unlatched.
  • While using the trailer jack, slowly lower the coupler onto the hitch ball, stopping occasionally to check that they are lining up properly.
  • Keep using the jack system until the Jack feet are fully raised as high as they will go, and secure them into the legs of the trailer.
  • Do not forget to store your jack handle properly!
  • After the coupler is secured onto the hitch ball, be sure you attach BOTH of the safety chains securely onto the bed of the truck.

After Hooking Up The Gooseneck trailer

  • After the trailer is attached, be sure your electrical connector is free of any debris before connecting it.
  • Check to see your brake and turn signal lights are working properly with a friend checking for you.
  • Find a secure place for the connector, be sure it cannot get loose and swing freely during transit, possibly damaging or destroying it.
  • Lastly, double check your safety chains, trailer legs, running lights, brake lights, and turn signal lights before going on your way.

Conclusion 

Gooseneck Hitches as a whole are perfect if you need a heavier duty hitch, yet still need your truck bed for everyday use when not towing. Hopefully you now have a basic understanding of what a Gooseneck Hitch can do for you, and if it is the best fir for your wants and needs. Remember, if you ever have any questions, you can always contact us with any questions.

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