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Jan. 23, 2010, 10:25 AM
I'm upgrading to a GN. I need to have the ball installed in my truck bed and have gotten a lot of interesting quotes.
What is the best place to go to? Horse trailer dealer? RV place? Or hitch specialist?
What should I expect to pay for the hitch, install kit and the labor for install?
What hitches are the best? What should I avoid?
I have a limited budget and don't want to get ripped off. I also need a safe hitch that will hold up.
Jan. 23, 2010, 10:30 AM
I upgraded a couple of years ago. I went with the B&W turnover ball (which I like). Seems like the total cost to install the hitch and put a plug in the bed of the truck was close to $700. I had it done at a place that specializes in hitches. The trailer dealership quoted me about $75 more than the hitch place. Love the gooseneck!
Jan. 23, 2010, 10:47 AM
we had the B&W turnover system installed too. There were a couple of electrics problems with adapting our trailer to the truck, so the total cost for installing the hitch and fixing the electrics was around $900- I think $700-900 is about the going rate- we tried 3 different places and the quotes were all within $100. We went for the most experienced place that had a Better Business Bureau membership and good ratings- a long standing hitch place- which also offered a warranty for a year if anything went wrong. Nothing did.
Jan. 23, 2010, 10:48 AM
$275 for standard ball with safety chains
$450 for fold down ball
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Jan. 23, 2010, 12:15 PM
You don't want anything but a B&W Turnover Ball. Trust me on this! :)
I had mine put on a year ago and the hitch was $475 plus $100 for the installation.
I'm not much of a DIY guy but I've a friend who put one in with a buddy in an afternoon for the price of a couple of six packs and bag of Fritos. :cool: The hitch can be pre-drilled for the truck on which it is to be installed and he said all the holes but one were prefect; the one that wasn't took about 10 min. to "adjust."
Shop around and see what places want to charge.
Jan. 23, 2010, 01:11 PM
Absolutely agree about the B&W turnover ball. Fabulous product; wouldn't have anything else.
Call around to various places that work on trucks: garages, body shops, trailer/RV shops, etc. There can be a huge variation in cost.
You will love your goose!
Jan. 23, 2010, 02:00 PM
I had one installed last summer by a trailer dealer. I don't remember exactly what I paid but it was somewhere between $600-650 for the fold down ball and installation.
Jan. 23, 2010, 02:08 PM
You can buy the B&W ball kit for $399.00. Then pay for an hour of an installion guys time.
Jan. 23, 2010, 02:12 PM
You can buy one for $399.00 http://tweetys.com/turnoverball-gooseneck.aspx
then pay for an hour to install it or do it yourself/hubby/friend.
Jan. 23, 2010, 02:47 PM
While you're there, consider having them install a receptacle in the side of the truck bed for the trailer electrical plug.
DH had that done and it's way more convenient than plugging in under the license plate, and I don't need an adapter anymore.
Jan. 23, 2010, 04:31 PM
I have a pop up hitch and love it because it's so easy to work with, all I have to do is pull a bar and it's up. However, it's well over $400 including shipping so it's not really budget friendly.
I would also recommend going to a hitch specialist to have it installed. I made the mistake of having my mechanic install it and they didn't even install the hooks for the safety chains because they said I wouldn't need them! :eek:
I ended up having a hitch specialist reinstall it and of course had them put in the hooks for the safety chains.
The mechanic charged me $230 to install the hitch and I learned the hard way that I would have saved money and had a proper installation had I gone to the "pros" in the first place.