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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:34 pm    Post subject: Goose neck plate Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ive got a 2004 GMC 3/4 ton truck. Ive been looking at hitches i love the b&w hitch that every one uses. I just can't afford to spend the money on the hitch. Ive a buddy that is wheeling to sell me a gooseneck plate. How is the best way to install the plate

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:25 am    Post subject: Re: Goose neck plate Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would bolt it with a spacer plate to the frame. The spacer plate under the box to hold the weight, and make the top plate tight to the frame, without squashing things when you tighten up the bolts.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:28 am    Post subject: Re: Goose neck plate Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Be sure to get it that 3/4 inch or whatever it is ahead of the axle center.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:49 am    Post subject: Re: Goose neck plate Reply to specific post Reply with quote


The steel in the bed of a 2004 is not strong enough for a gooseneck plate. Please, do it right or don't do it at all. Go with the B&W.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Goose neck plate Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you have time, watch CL,I see B&W for $200.00 and less. Yes I see them for $800.00 too.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:59 am    Post subject: Re: Goose neck plate Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-504 wrote:
(quoted from post at 20:04:21 07/23/1Cool If you have time, watch CL,I see B&W for $200.00 and less. Yes I see them for $800.00 too.


$800 for a B&W hitch? Has the price gone up that much in 15 years? Don't remember now what I paid for mine, but it was nowhere close to $800.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:20 am    Post subject: Re: Goose neck plate Reply to specific post Reply with quote

What ever you do, wont drill through the top flange of the frame. Bolt through the side of the truck frame and run legs up to the plate. Gm trucks are harder to make mounts for because the frames are not parallel, but are wider in front tapering to the rear. So it will be easier to install a factory hitch, or one already made.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Goose neck plate Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Watch CL for a rail set up. I got a set of rails, gooseneck adapter, 5th wheel, and installation hardware for $225. Just takes patience.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Goose neck plate Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I stopped at the Pawn shop tonight to kill a little time, B&W ball hitch looked new, $100.00
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:13 am    Post subject: Re: Goose neck plate Reply to specific post Reply with quote


The BIG reason I went with the B&W instead of building my own is liability. If a homemade hitch fails, and injuries are sustained, It would be 100% my responsibility.

If the B&W hitch, properly installed, and being used within its limits fails and causes injuries, At least I would not FEEL that it was all my fault.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:46 am    Post subject: Re: Goose neck plate Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have bolted the plates sold from TSC into older trucks and they worked fine. I think I still have one slightly used around here somewhere. I'm in Ohio if interested.
That being said having a gooseneck hitch that the ball can easily pop out of the way is worth the extra money !
 
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