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Old 10-30-2018, 10:21 AM   #1
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Hide a goose?

Have any of you do-it-yourselfers installed your own hide a gooseneck for using an Andersen Ultimate?

My inclination is to do it myself, but I sure would feel better about it if others have done it too. Some of it is I have a vast array of tools at my disposal.

I intend to do it in a 2013 F150 Super Crew with a 5.5 bed

Thanks,

Frank
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Old 10-30-2018, 10:42 AM   #2
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Have any of you do-it-yourselfers installed your own hide a gooseneck for using an Andersen Ultimate?

My inclination is to do it myself, but I sure would feel better about it if others have done it too. Some of it is I have a vast array of tools at my disposal.

I intend to do it in a 2013 F150 Super Crew with a 5.5 bed

Thanks,

Frank
It's not hard. A few tools, may need to buy/borrow 4 inch hole saw to cut the hole in the bed. It is also worth getting a 7 pin outlet for the trailer put in the bed of the truck where you can reach it.
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Old 10-30-2018, 11:31 AM   #3
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It's not hard. A few tools, may need to buy/borrow 4 inch hole saw to cut the hole in the bed. It is also worth getting a 7 pin outlet for the trailer put in the bed of the truck where you can reach it.
Thanks Chris! A few questions:

1. What kind of truck did you install it in?
2. What kind of gooseneck did you use?

I have more than enough tools to do the job (including the 4" hole saw). We intend to buy a 5.0TA within the next year or so, but are hoping maybe for a lightly used one that I could just go get.

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Old 10-30-2018, 12:04 PM   #4
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Thanks Chris! A few questions:

1. What kind of truck did you install it in?
2. What kind of gooseneck did you use?

I have more than enough tools to do the job (including the 4" hole saw). We intend to buy a 5.0TA within the next year or so, but are hoping maybe for a lightly used one that I could just go get.

Frank
I did not do a gooseneck but a regular 5th wheel rails in my Toyota Tundra. I bought a kit w/truck specific brackets and it was relatively easy...a couple of the bolts were a PITA to get to but not impossible. The gooseneck setups I have seen look easy enough...especially if you get the kit, they come with good instructions and even brackets to move things in the way and someone has already done the work of fitting it to your truck. Just block the tires well so your truck doesn't end up in Coeymans!
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Old 10-30-2018, 12:14 PM   #5
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I did not do a gooseneck but a regular 5th wheel rails in my Toyota Tundra. I bought a kit w/truck specific brackets and it was relatively easy...a couple of the bolts were a PITA to get to but not impossible. The gooseneck setups I have seen look easy enough...especially if you get the kit, they come with good instructions and even brackets to move things in the way and someone has already done the work of fitting it to your truck. Just block the tires well so your truck doesn't end up in Coeymans!
Actually we live in Coeymans, but have a Ravena mailing address.
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Old 10-30-2018, 01:46 PM   #6
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Actually we live in Coeymans, but have a Ravena mailing address.
My mother lives in New Baltimore...they used to own a rental property in Coeymans! You are thinking about a 5.0 TA again?
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Old 10-30-2018, 01:47 PM   #7
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Thanks Chris! A few questions:

1. What kind of truck did you install it in?
2. What kind of gooseneck did you use?

I have more than enough tools to do the job (including the 4" hole saw). We intend to buy a 5.0TA within the next year or so, but are hoping maybe for a lightly used one that I could just go get.

Frank
I installed a Draw-tite hide-a-goose in our 2017 F150 supercrew 5.5' bed. It was doable but an air wrench would have saved a lot of work. The Draw-tite center section attaches to the cross members with vertical bolts that require 212 ft lb of torque. The B&W hitch uses horizontal bolts that require only 110 ft lb so should be easier with just a torque wrench.

Also, the Draw-tite cross members were too large to slide under the truck bed from the side even though the directions showed it that way. I finally found a way lying on my back to wrestle them in at an angle without having to remove anything under the bed - difficult and frustrating. I've been satisfied with the finished product but don't think the money saved justified the extra work for the Draw-tite.
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Old 10-30-2018, 01:58 PM   #8
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The B&W hitch uses horizontal bolts that require only 110 ft lb so should be easier with just a torque wrench.
B&W like this Tom?: https://www.etrailer.com/Gooseneck/F...WGNRK1104.html
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:36 PM   #9
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Thanks Chris! A few questions:

1. What kind of truck did you install it in?
2. What kind of gooseneck did you use?

Frank
I have a 2017 F150 SCrew with a 5.5 ft bed. Installed a CURT Double Lock Gooseneck Hitch Kit #60724. We use the Andersen Ultimate Aluminum version. Ball is hidden when not setup to tow and the Andersen Gooseneck is way lighter than any regular fifth wheel hitch.
I had the standard rail setup in a previous truck and they were a PITA when not towing.
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Old 10-30-2018, 04:36 PM   #10
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Yes, costs more than mine but looks simpler.
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