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post #1 of 10 Old 01-30-2012, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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installing a gooseneck hitch

I need to install a gooseneck hitch on my truck and I'm a little confused by all the options and how they attach. I don't mind having a ball in the bed all the time so I am thinking of going with a plate style to save some money. I know that this requires spacers between the bed and frame of the truck, but what is generally used for spacers?

Also, for this style of bent plate:



Is the purpose of the bent rise in the middle to eliminate the need for spacers?

Thanks in advance for advice. I know this stuff is simple enough to do on my own if I can use figure out the specifics!
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-31-2012, 09:03 AM
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I have a ball in the bed, but you can turn it over so it is flat when you are not using it, I like it very much. Helpfull hint keep it oiled or it will be the devil to get out, I had to take mine to the muffler shop to have them get mine turned over, I looked kind of silly.
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post #3 of 10 Old 01-31-2012, 10:24 AM
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I've had both the plate with the ball on it and a turnover ball. The problem with the plate is you loose the ability of haul stuff in the bed of your truck or you have to put a pallet down when you need a flat service back there. Spend the money for a turnover. You'll thank yourself later.
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The way stuff rusts down here, I'm worried I'd end up with a fixed ball anyway lol
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post #5 of 10 Old 01-31-2012, 11:37 AM
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Put plenty of grease on it and it will be fine. Whichever type you decide to go with I'd take it to a trailer shop and have it installed by a pro. If you do it yourself and don't get it right it may cause a serious wreck and at the very least cost you a lot of money and maybe your life.

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post #6 of 10 Old 01-31-2012, 11:42 AM
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Put plenty of grease on it and it will be fine. Whichever type you decide to go with I'd take it to a trailer shop and have it installed by a pro. If you do it yourself and don't get it right it may cause a serious wreck and at the very least cost you a lot of money and maybe your life.
So totally agree! The shops have the equipment and the warranty.
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The way stuff rusts down here, I'm worried I'd end up with a fixed ball anyway lol
So remove it and carry it in the truck when you don't need it. I have the problem of it freezing so I can't get it out. Nothing a hammer and a pot of hot water can't fix.
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So remove it and carry it in the truck when you don't need it. I have the problem of it freezing so I can't get it out. Nothing a hammer and a pot of hot water can't fix.
We store ours INSIDE of the truck when the trailer isn't hitched. Those balls are PRICY and I don't want a thief to take mine!
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I'm with Left Hand Percherons... Turnover ball will be well worth it.
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post #10 of 10 Old 01-31-2012, 07:32 PM
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checkout Trailer hitch, hitches and bike rack (800)298-8924 and get a complete bolt on kit, then get a shop to do it. This is one of those jobs you wont do often, buying the extra extensions, and saws, and tools involved will probably cost more than the labor charge. I installed mine myself, but spent bout 20 dollars on the bit, needed another 1/2 inch drive extension, was pretty hard job alone, burnt up a drill that was probably to light for the job, so woulda been better off just getting it put in.
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