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2015 Ford F-150 Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitch

2015 Ford F-150 Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitch

  • Lighter is Better...Right?

    Vehicle manufacturers are constantly searching for ways to improve performance, ergonomics and fuel efficiency in the cars and trucks they put on the market.  For 2015, Ford has updated its F-150 with an aluminum-alloy body and a lightweight steel frame.  An advantage of this new construction is a weight savings of around 700 pounds and what should be a noticeable improvement in fuel efficiency.  While all of this innovation sounds great on the surface, there are potential problems associated with combinations of aluminum and steel.

     

    Brief Chemistry Lesson

    Galvanic corrosion results when two electrochemically different metals form a galvanic cell by coming into contact with one another in a localized electrolytic environment.  In plain English, this is simply a case of two different metals, such as aluminum and steel, touching each other in the presence of moisture which can result in corrosion and rapid deterioration of one of those metals.
     

    It's Really Not So Bad

    Of course, Ford has done extensive research and testing to limit problems people might encounter with the new F-150 aluminum body.  Direct contact between steel after-market accessories, such as a gooseneck trailer hitch and the truck body will generally be limited by paint, appropriate fastening hardware, and in some cases, bed liners.
     

    Our Fix

    B&W Trailer Hitches is taking a pro-active approach with its products to help customers avoid issues.  Using the Ford SVE Bulletin Q-222 as a guideline, B&W will be supplying polypropylene tape with each GNRK1115 Turnoverball and instructions on how to use it.  When placed on key locations of the hitch, the tape will provide an additional barrier between the steel hitch surfaces and the aluminum truck bed. To view the Q-222 bulletin please click here.  We've released a video installation of the GNRK1115 that you can see here.