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  • Cost to install a GN hitch

    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.

  • #2
    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!


    • #3
      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.
      "The Threat of Internet Ignorance: ... we are witnessing the rise of an age of equestrian disinformation, one where a trusting public can graze on nonsense packaged to look like fact."-LRG-AF


      • #4
        $275 for standard ball with safety chains
        $450 for fold down ball

        Bartley Heath
        Buy Direct and Save at DoubleDTrailers.com


        • #5
          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. 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.

          Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão


          • #6
            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!
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            • #7
              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.


              • #8
                You can buy the B&W ball kit for $399.00. Then pay for an hour of an installion guys time.
                ... _. ._ .._. .._


                • #9
                  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.
                  ... _. ._ .._. .._


                  • #10
                    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.
                    ... and Patrick


                    • #11
                      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!

                      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.
                      Proud owner of a Slaughter-Bound TB from a feedlot, and her surprise baby...!