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9 Easy Steps to Install a Gooseneck Trailer Ball

by karimi

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Trailer balls are used to attach gooseneck trailers to tow vehicles. The trailer balls mount to the vehicles bed directly, just in front of the rear axle slightly. The trailer ball can be easily removed when not in use. The vehicles bed can hence be put to full usage. The trailer ball should meet a vehicle’s towing specifications before being installed. A trailer ball should only be installed on a vehicle that has been approved for towing.  A gooseneck hitch purchase includes all necessary hardware. Ask a friend to assist you during installation to make it much easier.

You need an adjustable wrench, a 3-3/4-inch circle cutter drill bit, 2 jacks, a power drill and drill bits that can penetrate the bed of the vehicle.

  1. The circle cutter should first be attached to the drill. Following the instructions of the manufacturer, drill 3-3/4 inch holes into the cargo bed of the vehicle according to the instructions of the manufacturer. The hole should be centered between the vehicle’s passenger’s side and that of the driver.
  2. Use jacks on both rear sides of the vehicle to jack it up. The axle should not be used to jack up the vehicle, the frame should.  If the spare tire is available, remove it to create more working space. The owner’s manual will provide the guidelines. On the frame rails found underneath the vehicle, slide the front crossbar. The crossbar holes should face upwards.
  3. Next, the appropriate bolts should be inserted into the holes. Make sure the bolt’s threading faces the ground. The parts list should help you determine what bolts to use. The parts list should be kept close since it will be required up to completion of installation. The list will help you know which hardware to use.
  4. Your friend should help you install the goosenech hitch head under the vehicle. Make sure the vehicle bed hole is aligned to that of the hitch head. To enclose the hitch head, the rear crossbar should be slid onto the frame rails top. The appropriate bolts should be inserted into the crossbar holes. Make sure the threading of the bolts is facing the ground.
  5. The hitch heads mounting holes should be aligned to the crossbar bolts. Then the bolts threaded end should be inserted through the hitch head holes. As you mount the hitch into place, the friend should have the hitch head held in place. An appropriate washer should be slid into each bolts threaded end. An appropriate nut should be slid into each bolt too using an adjustable wrench. The nuts should all be tightened all the way down.
  6. The trailer ball’s bolt should be inserted in the vehicle bed. The trailer ball should lie perfectly centered in the hole. If it doesn’t, one or two spacers should be placed on the trailer ball bolts and adjusted till it lies centered perfectly into the hole when inserted.
  7. Next use the trailer hitch installation instructions to drill holes using a specified on the manual. The holes should be drilled on pre-marked indicators on the head of the hitch. The holes should be drilled through the hitch head’s bottom into the truck’s bed. Make sure you are slow and sure because the holes cannot be drilled twice if drilled wrong on the first drill.
  8. The appropriate bolts should then be inserted into the holes and the springs slid onto the bolts. Tighten the appropriate nuts onto each bolts threaded end to secure the bolts to the head of the hitch.
  9. Tighten the appropriate nuts onto the trailer ball’s threaded ends to complete the trailer ball. Connections should be tight solid and secure for the trailer ball.

Following these easy steps will help you install a gooseneck trailer ball. The manual is very important. It will make sure you follow the manufacturer’s specifications. Different hitches have different specifications.

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