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  • How to Measure to Determine Which Hitch Height Should be Used on a Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • To determine the hitch height needed for a fifth wheel hitch is pretty easy. Back your vehicle under the fifth-wheel trailer stopping when the center of the king pin is directly above the center of the fifth-wheel attachment jaws. Measure from the top of the bed on the truck to the base of the pin box on the trailer. This will give you the measurement needed to select a mounting height for the fifth-wheel hitch.
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  • How Much Does B and W Companion Hitch for Mopar Rail Kit Weigh
  • The B and W Companion hitch part # BWRVK3600 weighs in at 216 lbs. What most people do is remove the head of the hitch before removing/installing the base of the hitch since that will lighten things up a bit. In the install video I attached for this hitch you can see our installer do this.
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  • Distance Between Fifth Reese Wheel Rails When Installed in Bed of Truck
  • The distance on center that you want have between fifth wheel rails is right at 22 inches. Typically we recommend you place the rear edge where the installation instructions recommend and then use the fifth wheel hitch to place the front rail. But if you don't have a hitch available using 22 inches would be the correct dimension.
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  • Where to Place Fifth Wheel Rails in the Bed of a 1982 Chevy 1-Ton Truck
  • When installing a fifth wheel hitch with a universal rail kit like with what comes with the # RP30035 you will want to place the rails so that the center of the fifth wheel jaw is right above or slightly forward of the rear axle. For your truck it is recommended to have it 3-1/2 inches forward of the rear axle. To do this you will measure 34-7/8 inches from the rear edge of the truck bed. That is where the rear edge of the rear rail will be. You will use the hitch then to place...
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  • 2016 Ram Power Wagon Towing Capacity and Rear Helper Spring Recommendations
  • According to Ram the 2016 Power Wagon has a towing capacity of 9,800 pounds. The trailer you choose cannot weigh more than this when loaded and ready to tow. If it is a Laramie Power Wagon it is rated for a max of 12,450 pounds. And if it is a Tradesman Power Wagon it is rated for 12,650 pounds. For your 2016 Ram Power Wagon I recommend adding Timbren springs # TDR2500D which will fit 2- or 4-wheel drive models with or without overload springs. These springs will prevent the rear of...
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  • Height, Length, and Width of the Demco Hijacker 18k Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • As far as height goes for the Demco HiJacker 5th wheel hitch # DM8550034 the minimum measured up from the base rails in the truck bed is 15-1/4 inches. You should not have a problem closing the Tonneau cover on your 2015 Chevy Silverado 3500HD depending on the type of cover it is. Should there be an issue you can easily unpin the head from the base and set it aside. The overall width is approximately 31 inches and the overall length is approximately 35 inches. I have included a picture...
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  • What Mounting Slot Spacing on 5th Wheel Rails Fit the Curt Q24 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • The Curt Q24 5th wheel trailer hitch # C16245 fits in industry standard above the bed rails. Industry standard rails have mounting slots that measure 22 inches on center front to back (it is actually closer to 21-13/16 inches). Side to side there are 3 sets of mounting slots per rail. The outside set is spaced 29 inches apart on center, the middle set, which is where the hitch will mount, is spaced 20-1/2 inches apart on center. And the inner set is spaced 10 inches apart on center....
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  • Dimensions of Reese Low-Profile 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch RP30054
  • According to my contact at Reese, their Low-Profile 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30054 has a base that measures 17- x 28-inches. The four mounting holes' centers are spaced at 15-inches front-to-back and 25-inches left-to-right. Do note that welding and possibly also some fabrication will be required when you mount this hitch to the truck's frame. A review video and the installation instructions are linked for you.
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  • Under-Bed 5th Wheel Hitch Puck Placement on Ford and GM Trucks
  • Under-bed 5th wheel hitch puck placement is different between Ford and GM vehicles. Hitches that fit one do not fit the other. On a Ford truck the pucks are spaced 13-inches apart front-to-back and 30-inches apart side-to-side. On a GM truck the pucks are spaced 22-inches apart front-to-back and 27-inches side-to-side.
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  • Can Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch Be Lowered to Lowest Height Setting
  • A hitch like the Pro Series 5th Wheel Hitch # PS30129, because it has a slider base, will not adjust down to its lowest head height setting. This is true for many 5th wheel slider hitches. If your same head assembly were installed on a fixed hitch base then it would be possible to lower the head height to the lowest setting. You also referenced the Reese 5th Wheel Rail Adapter for Ram trucks, part # RP30154, which allows any industry-standard hitch to be mounted in a Ram that has the...
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  • Hitch Height Dimension of Demco DM8550034 Hijacker Auto Slide 5th Wheel Hitch
  • I can help you understand why there are differentiating measurements on the Demco Hijacker # DM8550034. Both specifications are correct per the manufacture's instructions; the unit has adjustments from 15.25, 16.5, and 18.0. See attached image. According to the video, Jeff states the measurements from the bottom of the truck bed, so his measurements take in account the height of the above the bed rails this unit will need to be installed on. In the video that the lowest hitch height...
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  • B&W 5th Wheel Hitches that Allow Full Truck Bed Access
  • The B&W Patriot 5th wheel hitch and installation kit you referenced, parts # BWRVK3270 and # BWRVK2501, is a confirmed fit for your 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 with 6-1/2-foot bed. This system uses industry-standard rails (ISRs) for mounting in your truck and these remain in place when the hitch is removed. The hitch head unit alone weighs approximately 50-lbs; the remainder of the slider/base weighs about 165-lbs, a bit much for one person. If you want to have the bed totally clear...
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  • Footprint of B&W Companion Slider Hitch in 2014 Ford F-250, 6-3/4 Foot Bed
  • The overall dimension of the B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Slider # BWRVK3400-5W is 45 inches long x 34-3/8 inches wide. For your 2014 Ford F-250 with 6-3/4 foot bed, you will have approximately 20 inches between the front (cab-side) of the truck bed and hitch, and approximately 16 inches between the tailgate and end of the hitch. I have attached a photo of the # BWRVK3400-5W in a truck bed with these measurements shown for you. The angle of this photo distorts these measurements....
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  • Can a GMC Sierra 3500 Diesel Tow a 16,000 Pound 5th Wheel Trailer
  • You did not mention the year of your GMC Sierra 3500 but looking back at the last few years (2013 to 2016) the 3500 diesel models can tow at least 17,000 pounds so a trailer weighing 16,000 pounds would not be a problem. If you can tell me the year of your truck I can verify that. It is also listed in the owner's manual in the towing section. The 20K Curt hitch, # C16130 for long beds or # C16536 for short beds, is an excellent choice. These hitches have a 360 cushioned head for ease...
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  • Towing Capacity and Replacement Base for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Hitch in 2007 Silverado
  • B&W makes several versions of their Companion 5th wheel hitch. Their Companion fixed-style hitch # BWRVK3500-5W is rated for 20K. This hitch fits long beds. For short beds they offer a sliding version # BWRVK3400-5W which is rated for 18K. You can use Replacement Base # BWRVB3500 or slider base # BWRVB3405. The linked page will let you select your truck version and bed length to then see the B&W hitches that fit.
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  • Weight of Legs and Head of the Curt Q24 5th Wheel Hitch Ram Towing Prep Package C16545-16021
  • The head of the Curt Q24 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for Ram Towing Prep Package # C16545-16021 weighs 111 lbs and the leg kit weighs 94 lbs which brings it to a total of 205 lbs together.
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  • Weight of the B and W Companion for Ford Hitch Prep part # BWRVK3300
  • The B and W Companion part # BWRVK3300 that you referenced weighs 148 lbs. This hitch will fit the Ford Super Duty hitch prep packages on 2011 and newer Ford trucks.
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  • How to Determine if There is Clearance with Short Bed Truck to Make Tight Turns with 5th Wheel
  • There is a formula you can plug in the dimensions of your setup into to determine if there would be enough clearance to make sharp turns. (A + B) - C = Clearance A = Distance from the center of fifth wheel jaws to the truck cab B = Offset used like if you had a slider. Your extended pin box does not count since it pivots too. C = Width of the nose of the trailer divided by 2. If you are dead set on using that hitch you are most likely going to have to go with a Sidewinder pin...
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  • How to Determine if a Dodge Ram 1500 Could Tow a 34 ft Flagstaff Trailer
  • The final answer on whether or not your truck can tow your trailer is dependent on the towing capacity of the truck (in the owners manual), and the loaded weight of the trailer as it is ready to tow. Since I do not know the year of your truck I couldn't get any type of tow capacity range for it, and since I do not know the specific model of your trailer I couldn't find a dry weight of it either. From similar questions we have found that the most your truck can tow typically is around...
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  • Height Adjustments for Curt Q20 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider for Ford Towing Prep Package
  • The height adjustments for the Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Slider for Ford Towing Prep Package # C16530-16020 measure from 17-1/2 inches - 21-1/2 inches from the bottom of the truck bed to the top of the hitch skid plate. I spoke with my contact at Curt and he confirmed that this is the height measurement for all of the Curt Q Series hitches when they are on a slider for the Ford Towing Prep Package. The slider causes the hitch to sit a couple inches higher than the Q Series...
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  • When Are 5th Wheel Slider Hitches and Sidewinder Replacement Pin Boxes Required for Short-Beds
  • Some 5th wheel trailers are designed with a tapered nose to provide better trailer-to-cab turning clearance when towing with a short-bed truck. This is by no means an industry-wide standard but some trailer makers are realizing that a crushed truck cab tends to ruin a day, if not an entire trip. Trucks with a bed shorter than 6-feet generally require a replacement 5th wheel pin box called a Sidewinder. This is a bolt-on pin box that moves the trailer's actual pivot point back from the...
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  • Towing Capacity of 1994 Chevrolet C/K Series 3500 V8
  • Towing capacity for your 1994 Chevrolet 3500 pickup will depend on several factors, including engine displacement, transmission (2x4 or 4x4), cab style and bed length. If you have the owner's manual for the truck that is the best place to check since that manual should reflect the capacities of the actual equipment in your particular truck. I reviewed a GM document that indicates a maximum towing capacity of 10,000-lbs for V8 3500s and a minimum rating of 8K. You can also check the...
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  • Height Range of the Pro Series 5th Wheel Hitch # PS30133
  • The lowest setting the Pro Series 5th Wheel Hitch # PS30133 will go is 14 inches in height. The slider assembly prevents you from being able to use the lowest setting so you get the range of 14-17 inches of height adjustability instead.
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  • Weight of the Head and Slider of the Curt Q20 Fifth Wheel Hitch part # C16530-16020
  • The head of the Curt Q20 Hitch part # C16530-16020 weighs 108 lbs and the roller weighs 170 lbs. I attached a review video for this hitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Mounting Measurements and Overall Width of Body of Reese 20K 5th Wheel Hitch and Square Slider
  • The mounting tabs on the Reese 20K 5th wheel hitch with square slider # RP30084 are 22 inches apart on center front to back and 20-1/2 inches apart on center left to right. The overall width excluding the handles/levers is 24-1/4 inches. I have included a link to a video review of this hitch for you.
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  • Recommended Clearance Between Truck Bumper and Fifth Wheel/Gooseneck Trailer
  • It is generally recommended that you have at least 2 feet between the rear bumper of the truck and the fifth wheel trailer so that you have clearance around corners. I can't recommend you move the fifth wheel hitch behind the axle center as that will unload the front suspension slightly which will affect braking and turning in emergency situations. For a flat bed fifth wheel hitch the Demco Hijacker SL part # DM6076SL-FLAT would be a great options since it is designed for flat bed...
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Height Adjustment Range for Curt 5th Wheel Hitches 16516 and C16521
  • All of the Pro Series 16K slider 5th wheel hitches offered for you 2008 Ram 2500 Quad cab have a height adjustment range of 13 to 17-inches. Curt E16 series 16K sliding 5th wheel hitch # 16516 has a height adjustment range of 15 to 17-inches while their Q16 Series hitch # C16521 that you asked about has a taller head unit that gives it a height range of 17-1/2 to 21-1/2-inches. The E16 Series hitch will be closer in height range to your original Pro Series slider. If your hitched trailer...
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  • Height Adjustment Range for Curt 16K 5th Wheel Hitch in a 2016 Ford F-350 Factory Prep Package
  • I checked with Curt about 5th wheel trailer hitch # C16520-16020 for the 2016 Ford F-350 with the factory 5th wheel prep package. The hitch is adjustable from 17-1/2 inches - 21-1/2 inches measured from the pickup bed to the top of the hitch skid plate. I have linked a video review of this hitch for you.
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  • How Far Forward Does the Handle Extend on Reese Elite Series 18K 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • I went out to our demo area to measure the Reese Elite Series 5th wheel trailer hitch # RP30142. From the center of the nearest puck to the end of the handle it is approximately 8 inches. You technically could turn the handle upside down so that it points towards the tailgate. However, this is not an approved method from the manufacturer because it has not been tested and confirmed. The Elite Series hitches are compatible with the Sidewinder pin boxes. There is a custom wedge for...
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  • Dimensions of Demco Hijacker Autoslide for Ford Super Duty Prep Package
  • I spoke with my contact at Demco about the dimensions of the Demco Hijacker for Ford Super Duty Prep Package # DM8550024. He told me that with the mounting brackets, the 5th wheel hitch measures 35 inches long x 33 inches wide. I have attached a diagram showing these measurements for you.
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  • Weight of Reese Titan 16 Hitch Head, Titan 16 Round Tube Slider, and Reese Elite Series Adaptor
  • The head assembly of the Reese Titan 16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Round Tube Slider # RP30869 is detachable from the body. The body weighs approximately 134 pounds. The head assembly weighs approximately 42 pounds. The Reese Elite Series Underbed Rail Adapter # RP30156 weighs approximately 52 pounds.
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  • Towing Capacity for a 2007 Chevy Silverado Duramax for Fifth Wheel Towing, 20k Trailer
  • If your trailer weighs 20 when fully loaded you are going to need a truck that has at least that much capacity to safely tow it. From the research I did it looks like your truck would have a 16,700 lb towing capacity. I checked and the 2015 3500HD trucks from Chevy only have a 17,800 lb capacity so it would be in your best interests to go with a 4500 or 5500 truck. The Reese Select Plus # RP30081 that you referenced has a 20k capacity. If the weight of your trailer is right at 20k...
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  • Towing Capacity of a 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 5.3L Crew Cab with 3.73 Rear Axle Ratio
  • I checked the owner's manual for the 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500. The maximum trailer weight for a 1500 Crew Cab short bed with 5.3 liter motor and 3.73 rear end is 11,100 pounds for a 2-wheel drive model and 10,900 pounds for a 4-wheel drive model. There is also a footnote for these trucks in the configuration that you have that states "This model is neither designed nor intended to tow fifth-wheel of gooseneck trailers." It doesn't say that you can't just that the truck wasn't made for...
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  • Towing Capacity of a 2011 Ford F-150 with 3.5 Liter EcoBoost
  • The 3.5 liter EcoBoost motor was not available until the 2011 model year Ford F-150. Based on the 2011 owner's manual your truck will have a capacity of 8,200 to 11,300 pounds depending on the configuration of the truck. I have included a picture that points out the various towing capacities of the F-150 with the 3.5 Liter EcoBoost motor. Things that have an effect on towing capacity are the cab style, bed length, axle ratio, and 2 or 4-wheel drive. So be sure to look at the correct...
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  • Size of Castle Nut on Husky 16k Silver Series Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • I spoke with my contact at Husky Tow and he informed me that the castle nut on the Husky 16k Silver Series Hitch part # HT31326-31314 that you referenced is 2-1/4 inches. That would be the size of wrench or socket needed.
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  • Rear of Cab Clearance Provided By Reese Elite # RP30144 Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch on 2015 Silverado
  • Whether or not you'll be able to make 90 degree turns will depend on how wide your fifth wheel is at the front, and the distance between the rear axle centerline and the rear of the truck cab. You'll need to measure the distance from the rear of the truck cab, rearward to the rear axle centerline. This will be a very close approximation for where the king pin will sit in the hitch jaw, with the hitch fully slid forward. Then, add 10 inches to that distance, to represent the 10 inches of...
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  • What Is Actual Weight Of Reese 15K Slider Fifth Wheel Hitch And Universal Installation Kit
  • Per the technical specs I found, the weight of the Pro Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, part # PS30094 is 131 lbs. This is a square tube slider hitch that has a 15,000 lb towing capacity. The weight of the Reese Universal Base Rails and Installation Kit, part # RP30035 is 53-1/2 lbs. This is a universal installation kit for a fifth wheel hitch. I have attached links to product review videos you can check out.
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Slot Dimensions that Reese Fifth Wheel Hitches Use for Installation
  • The Pro Series fifth wheel hitch part # PS30093 is designed to install in the middle slots of a rail that are 20-1/2 inches apart on center left to right and 22 inches apart from one rail to the other. I attached a picture that shows the dimensions of the industry standard fifth wheel rails.
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  • What is the Towing Capacity for a 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 with 3.42 Rear Axle Ratio
  • I was able to find the towing capacity of the 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 with 3.42 rear end in the vehicle owners manaul. The capacity is going to depend on the bed size, cab style, and if its 2 or 4 wheel drive. I have included the gross trailer weight capacities for all 1500 models with 3.42 rear ends below. 2-Wheel Drive Models 5.3 liter, regular cab, standard box: 14,000 pounds 5.3 liter, double cab, standard box: 15,000 pounds 6.2 liter, double cab, standard box: 17,700 pounds 5.3...
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  • Hitch Height Range for the Reese Low Profile hitch part # RP30054
  • The lowest profile fifth wheel hitch that is designed for applications like yours is the Reese Low Profile hitch part # RP30054 that has an adjustable hitch height of 9-1/2" - 12-1/2". I attached a review video for you to check out as well.
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  • Weight Capacity of Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch RP30143
  • The gross towing weight of the Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30143 is 25,000 lbs. The rails themselves do not have a published weight capacity because they exceed what the hitch would be capable of. So you would go by the lowest rated component in the system whether it be the hitch or the truck. Consult the owners manual to determine how much weight the truck can tow based on how it is configured. I have included links to the installation instructions for the install kit.
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  • 5th Wheel Towing Capacity and Hitch Recommendations for 2014 Ram 2500 Diesel
  • The one best place to confirm your Ram's towing capacity is at your local dealership using the truck's VIN. This method will include all of the equipment on your truck - engine, transmission, transmission cooler, cab style, bed length, etc. According to the Ram trucks website a 6.7L diesel Ram 2500 starts with a minimum towing capacity of 15,840-lbs. The exact configuration of your truck can mean it has a higher capacity so its best to check with the dealership rather than any 3rd party....
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  • Towing Capacity of 2013 Ford F150 5.0L 8-Cylinder for 5th Wheel Towing
  • The surest way to determine your F-150's towing capacity is to check the door jamb sticker on the driver's side. You will want to find the GCWR (gross combined weight rating). GVW is curb weight plus the weight of passengers and cargo. You will subtract the GVW from the GCWR and the difference will be your towing capacity. You can also check with your local Ford dealer who can look up your truck's VIN to confirm its specific equipment and resulting towing capacity. In all cases the auto...
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  • Can A Demco Hijacker SL Series 16K Fifth Wheel Hitch's Weight Capacity Be Increased 21K
  • For your Demco Hijacker SL Slider # DM6076SL-16K, you will need part # DM5991 to increase your hitch's weight capacity to 21,000 pounds.
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  • Height of L-Bracket On Side of Demco Hijacker Hitch part # DM8550024
  • I spoke to my contact at Demco and he informed me that the height of the L-bracket on the side of the Demco Hijacker Hitch part # DM8550024 that you referenced is 6 inches. Since you have 8-1/2 inches from the bottom of the truck bed to the bottom of the toolbox it should fit.
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  • What is the Towing Capacity of a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7 Liter
  • I checked with Dodge and the 2004 Ram 1500 5.7 liter has a towing capacity of 9,150 pounds for a regular cab 4x2 short bed, 7,850 to 8,800 pounds (depending on how its equipped) for a regular cab 4x4 short bed, and 8,600 pounds for a regular cab 4x4 long bed. For a quad cab 4x2 short bed it is rated for 8,850 pounds, 8,550 for a 4x4 short bed, and 8,300 for a 4x4 long bed. Based on these figures the truck is not quite capable of towing the 9,950 pound 5th wheel trailer. But that is...
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  • How Much Does a Husky 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch and Installation Kit Weigh
  • For Husky 5th wheel trailer hitch # HT31313-31314 the head weighs approximately 80 pounds and the base legs weigh approximately 30 pounds for a total of approximately 110 pounds. The installation kit (rails and brackets) will depend on which kit is used but estimate another 50 to 100 pounds bringing the grand total to 160 to 210 pounds. A total weight of 160 is very light for a whole 5th wheel set up. At 200 pounds that is more average but there is a lot of variation because of the different...
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  • What is the Maximum Towing Capacity for a 1993 Chevy C/K 3500 with 7.4 Liter Motor
  • I will be happy to help sort all this out. The maximum gross trailer weight for a 1993 Chevy 3500 series truck with the 7.4 liter (454) motor is 10,000 pounds. Everything else is lower. It depends on a few other factors such as if it is a 2x4 or 4x4, cab style, bed length. This information is straight from a GM document that covered all the capacities for all of their trucks for the 1993 model year. So, now all we have to do is figure out exactly what your truck is rated for and then...
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  • What is the Towing Capacity for a 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500HD 4x4 to Tow 5th Wheel Trailer
  • According to section 9-85 of the owners manual for a 2011 Chevy/GMC Silverado/Sierra 2500HD the lowest capacity of any of the 4x4 models is 13,800 pounds. Consult your owners manual to confirm. Since the 5th wheel trailer you are looking at has a gross weight of 9,733 pounds, the truck will be able to tow it with no problem. For a 5th wheel installation kit I recommend Curt custom kit # C16413-204. It will fit both long and short bed models and it requires much less drilling than universal...
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  • Can a 2014 Ram 1500 Short Bed 5.7 Tow a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • The trailer, once loaded, will be closer to the towing capacity of your 2014 Ram 1500. Provided it does not exceed the truck's capacity it can tow the trailer. How well it tows the trailer depends on several factors including but not limited to the condition of the truck (since it is a 2014 it is probably still in like new condition). Another factor is the terrain. It will be harder on the truck if pulling the trailer in hilly or mountainous areas and/or in high temperature areas or...
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  • Can 2013 Ram 2500 Longhorn Diesel Tow 19,000-lb GVWR 5th Wheel Trailer
  • According to the Ram Trucks website the 2013 Ram 2500 Longhorn crew cab with Cummins diesel engine and 6-speed automatic transmission has a maximum trailer weight capacity of 17,630-lbs. This covers your trailer's dry weight plus about another 2000-lbs, but it is still a good bit below your trailer's maximum GVWR of 19K. We always suggest having a healthy safety margin for any towing, 5th wheel or bumper pull, so in your case you might want to consider a lighter trailer if you expect...
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  • Can a Toyota Tundra Tow a Fifth Wheel
  • Most likely your Toyota Tundra can tow a fifth whee. However you will first want to determine the loaded weight of your fifth wheel. Then, you will need to find out the towing capacity on your Toyota Tundra to make sure the loaded weight of the fifth wheel does not exceed the towing capacity of your vehicle. If it is close to or over the towing capacity I would recommend not to tow the fifth wheel with your Tundra. If you are able to tow the fifth wheel with your Tundra you will need...
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Location Recommendation for Bed of 2015 GMC Sierra 3500
  • If you were installing a set of universal fifth wheel rails in the bed of your 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 like the part # RP30035 the distance from the rear edge of the truck bed to the rear edge of the rear rail would be 29-3/4 inches if you have a long bed truck or 25-1/4 inches if you have a short bed truck. The front rail will need to be 22 inches in front of the rear rail measured on center.
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  • Distance Between Base and Underside of Fifth Wheel Head Unit of Curt Q24 # C16245 Hitch
  • According to my Curt Representative, the distance between the top of the base and the underside of the fifth wheel hitch head varies from nearly zero closer in to about 2-1/2 inches around the outside edge of the skid plate.
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  • Location of Rear Fifth Wheel Rail in Bed of a 2005 Ford F-250 Short Bed
  • When you install the Reese 4 Bolt Bracket kit part # RP30125 the rear rail edge will be exactly 30-3/16 inches from the rear edge of the truck bed.
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  • Can 2015 Ford F-150 Supercrew Cab, 6-1/2 Foot Bed, 4X4, 3.5L EcoBoost Tow a 10,000 Pound 5th Wheel
  • Based on the information from Ford you would have to make sure that the truck has the 3.31 or higher rear end axle ratio to have enough towing capacity to tow a nearly 10,000 pound trailer with the 2015 Ford F-150 Supercrew with 6-1/2 foot bed, 4x4, with the 3.5 liter EcoBoost motor. Since the truck has the short bed you will need to have a slider 5th wheel hitch. If you choose an 8 foot bed then you would not have to use a slider hitch. For an installation kit you can use # RP50086-58....
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  • How to Determine Maximum Towing Capacity of Ford F150
  • I'd be more likely to believe the owner's manual over the RV dealer, but I have a way you can definitively determine how heavy of a trailer you can tow. Look in the door jamb of the driver's side front door for the manufacturer ID tag. You should see the acronym 'GCWR' or Gross Combined Weight Rating. This weight represents the maximum combined weight of the trailer and the truck. Load your truck up as you would if you were traveling with all the gear and passengers. Drive onto a truck...
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  • Mounting Hole Pattern for Draw-Tite Hide-A-Goose Hitch on a 2006 GMC Sierra 3500 Long Bed
  • The Hi Rise 5th wheel adapter # 9480-5W doesn't have holes at the corners. It mounts in a gooseneck ball hole, specifically B7W Turnover ball hitches and Reese, Draw-Tite, or Bulldog Hide-A-Goose hitches. Likewise, the Draw-Tite gooseneck hitch # 9465-45-5W will have the large center gooseneck hole and the holes through which the safety chain u-bolts go. It and the Hi Rise are compatible with one another. The center hole will be 3-1/2 inches in diameter. The holes to mount the hitch...
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  • Where Would the Center of the King Pin Be Towing Fifth Wheel Trailer with 1997 Ford F-350/350
  • Typically when a fifth wheel trailer is installed in the bed of a truck the center of the jaws of the hitch where the king pin will sit will be either right above the rear axle or slightly forward of it. For your 1997 Ford F-250/350 with a short bed it will end up being right at 1-1/2 inches forward of the rear axle. To determine the distance from the pin to cab of your truck you will need to measure 40-1/4 inches from the rear edge of the truck bed. That is where the center of the...
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  • How Much Side-to-Side Movement of 5th Wheel Trailer is Acceptable When Using Curt Hitch # C16521
  • It is important for any trailer to be level when hitched, whether a bumper-pull or a 5th wheel, and it is also necessary to have enough clearance at the bed rails for the trailer's overhang. The linked diagram shows the recommended minimum clearances for a 5th wheel a the bed rails, tailgate and bumper. Because the Curt hitch # C16521 has a cushioned head, it will tend to provide more sideways movement than a non-cushioned type. It may be possible to increase the height of the trailer...
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  • Where to Find Towing and Weight Capacities for a 2014 Chevy Silverado Diesel and 5th Wheel Trailer
  • First, you are going to want to check the owners manual for your 2014 Chevy Silverado 2500. Different configurations of the truck have different towing capacities, gross combined weight ratings, and gross vehicle weight ratings. Once you have found your specific configuration that should cover the truck and the gross combined rating which is the most the truck and trailer can weigh together including all passengers, cargo, and fuel. For the trailer there should be a gross trailer weight...
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  • How To Determine Towing Capacity For 2014 Dodge Ram 2500
  • It sounds like you are trying to determine how much weight you can tow with your 2014 Dodge Ram 2500. You can open up your driver side door and there will be a plate or sticker with the Gross Combined Weight Rating(GCWR) is for your truck. The GCWR can be different based on what your truck was originally equipped with. You would need to subtract the weight of the vehicle when it is fully loaded from the GCWR figure. That will give you the maximum weight of a fully-loaded-ready-to-tow...
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  • Pin Weight Rating of Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Part # RP30047
  • The Reese fifth wheel trailer hitch # RP30047 that you referenced will have the same pin weight capacity of 4,000 pounds, just like the Reese fifth wheel trailer hitch # RP30051. You can find the towing and pin weight specs for all of our fifth wheel hitches on the product pages. Please note that the terms vertical load limit, tongue weight and pin weight are used interchangeably with fifth wheel hitches.
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  • Distance between Mounting Tabs on Reese Titan 16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • I went out into our showroom and the exact center to center distance of the mounting tabs of the Reese Titan 16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30866 is 20-3/4 inches. This hitch will fit your industry standard rails that have the distance from side to side on center of 20-1/2 like you stated. The one we have in our showroom is actually installed in a set of rails.
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  • How Much do the Individual Parts of Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Weigh
  • The head only on the Reese 5th wheel trailer hitch # RP30142 weighs about 45 pounds or so. So the 50 pounds is a good estimate. The center section that the head pivots on also weighs about 50 pounds. The legs weigh about 35 pounds total.
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  • Towing Capacity of a 1994 Dodge Diesel
  • The best way to determine your towing capacity is by contacting your local Dodge dealer and provide them your VIN. They can pull up all the specifications for your truck. I attempted to find an owners manual online but was unsuccessful. Another way is to find the maximum trailer weight you can tow is by subtracting the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR.) of your truck from the gross combined weight rating (GCWR.) that will give you the maximum gross trailer weight and/or max towing capacity...
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  • Weight Capacity For B&W Companion On 2013 Ram 3500
  • The weight capacity for any system is limited by the weight rating for the lowest rated component. There are many trailer hitches listed with much higher towing capacity than the vehicle is rated, but towing would be limited to the lowest rated component, which would be the vehicle. For your towing setup, you are limited to the 20,000 lb capacity of the # BWRVB3500 base.
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  • Towing Weight Capacities For 2015 Ram 3500 With Cummins Diesel
  • It is good that you are doing your homework before you buy your truck. Many people make that purchase only to find they are unable to handle the trailers they want to haul. I did some research and found that a 2015 Ram 2500 with the Cummins diesel has a payload about 2,996 lbs and a towing capacity of 17,600 lbs. The towing capacity would be for the fully-loaded-ready-to-tow condition of your trailer. Another rating I found for this truck is the GCVW. This is the combined weight of the...
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  • Draw Down Bolt Torque Rating for B and W Companion Hitch
  • I spoke to my contact at B and W and she said that sticker you have on your B and W Companion was put on your hitch by mistake. The older style of Companion used 40 ft/lbs and a few of the newer style hitches went out with the older sticker. You will definitely want to use 60 ft/lbs like the installation instructions indicate.
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch With Capacity to Tow 18.5K 5th Wheel Trailer With Safety Margin
  • The excellent B&W Companion OEM 5th-Wheel Hitch # BWRVK3300 for Ford trucks that you referenced is indeed rated for 20,000-lbs towing capacity. And if your trailer is 18,500-lbs dry, I certainly see why you are looking for additional capacity and safety margin. We do offer an alternative that is also designed for your F-350's factory 5th wheel rail kit. Reese's Elite Series hitch # RP30143 also drops right in to your rail kit and offers a gross towing rating of 25,000-lbs. Its built...
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  • How to Determine the Towing Capacity of Vehicle
  • Dual wheels on a drive axle transmit the torque to the road through twice as many flexible sidewalls and that offers more efficient power transfer and longer tire life. However, for a 16K trailer, you should be able to get by just fine without a dually. You will want to know the towing capacity of your vehicle. Basically you will look in the vehicle owner's manual for the towing capacities of your vehicle. Also there should be listed a gross combined weight rating. This is the maximum...
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  • Available Height Adjustment of Curt # C16521 Q16 5th Wheel Hitch
  • The Curt # C16521 5th wheel hitch you mentioned is indeed height adjustable from 17-1/2 to 21-1/2 inches in height. Some of the bed sides on todays trucks are pretty tall (like the Ford F Series), so the hitch heights needed to increase as well. To determine the necessary hitch height so your 5th wheel tows level, jack the 5th wheel so it's level. Measure from the bottom of the skid plate to the ground (not the king pin). Take the bed height above the ground and add the hitch height...
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  • 5th Wheel Towing with 2014 Dodge Ram 3500 HD 8-ft Bed That Has 20-Inch Wheels
  • A truck that is lifted above standard height - either by a suspension lift kit or by use of larger diameter wheels - will make 5th wheel towing more difficult. This height increase reduces clearance between the 5th wheel overhang and the truck's bed rails and/or tailgate. The linked diagram shows you the recommended minimum clearances between a truck and trailer. I checked the Grand Design website's specs for the pin height of the 320X but this information is not provided. You will want...
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  • What is Lowest Height Setting of Curt Q20 5th Wheel Hitch When Used as Slider
  • I spoke with my contact at Curt and he said the lowest height possible of the Curt Q20 5th Wheel Hitch, # C16536, when used as a slider is 17-1/2 inches, and that the adjustment increments are 2 inches. I have included a video review of this 5th Wheel Hitch for you to check out.
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  • Distance Between B&W Companion 5th Wheel Hitch to Front Bed Wall of 2014 Ram 3500 8 Foot Bed
  • If your 2014 Ram 3500 has a factory rail kit, then measure the front puck to the back edge of your bed. It will provide you the approximate distance from B&W Companion 5th wheel hitch # BWRVK3600 to the bed front edge to determine the width of a tool box you can add. If you don't have a factory rail kit, measure from the centerline of the rear axle (easiest to stand by the rear tire) move forward 1-9/16 inch and then begin measurement to the back edge of the truck bed cab. Then subtract...
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  • What is the Towing Capacity for a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 2-Wheel Drive Regular Cab Long Bed 5.7 Liter
  • I checked with Dodge and for your 2005 Ram 1500 with the 5.7 liter, regular cab, long bed there are 2 possible rear end gear ratios. If your truck has the 3.55 rear end then the max towing capacity is 8,000 pounds. If it has the 3.92 rear end the max towing capacity is 9,000 pounds. Also on 1500 models you have to use a special rear differential lubricant. The owners manual mentions this in the trailer towing section. Given that the trailer weighs 9,000 pounds you would either need a...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Ford F350 with Hitch Prep Package
  • The B&W Companion OEM model, part # BWRVK3300, which you reference, has a 20K capacity so you will not want to go over the 20K capacity of the hitch. If your trailer weighs 23000 lbs you will be over the weight limit. As long as you have the long bed, and the fifth wheel prep package you can use the Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30143. This hitch has a capacity of 25,000 lbs and would have plenty of capacity for your setup. You should have 4 slightly raised pucks...
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  • How Tall is the B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for a 2012 Ford F-350 with OEM Prep Package
  • B&W Companion hitch # BWRVK3300 for Ford trucks with the OEM prep package is height adjustable from 16-3/4 inches to 18-3/4 inches from where it mounts to the top of the head. Another option that fits directly in the OEM pucks is Curt hitch # C16530-16017. It is height adjustable from 13 to 17 inches. If space is an issue and you need to go lower than 16-3/4 inches, go with the Curt hitch.
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  • Why Can't a Slider 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch be Slid Back When Using a Sidewinder Pin Box
  • There are a couple of reasons why you cannot slide a slider hitch back when using a Sidewinder. First, if you were to do so, you would have to remove the tailgate on the truck because there is no room otherwise. There may not even be enough room with the just a slider and not using a Sidewinder at all. The second issue is stress. The hitch is set up to have the center of the trailer king pin, or the Sidewinder king pin, over the center or slightly forward of the rear truck axle. Using...
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  • What is the Towing Capacity for a 2006 Ford F-350 Dually
  • According to the owners manual to calculate the capacity of your 2006 Ford F-350 Dually: Take curb weight, hitch hardware and the driver’s weight, then subtract them from the GCWR gross combined weight rating) listed for your vehicle series, engine, transmission and drive axle ratio. This calculation will give you the maximum trailer weight possible for your vehicle. 5.4L Motor with 3.73 rear axle, manual transmission the GCWR is 15,000 pounds, 16,500 with automatic. 5.4L Motor with...
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  • How Much Clearance is Required between Truck Cab and Trailer to Safely Make 90 Degree Turn
  • To safely execute a 90 degree turn you want at least 4 inches of clearance between the truck cab and trailer. The head of the # BWRVK3400-5W is adjustable from front to back so you may be able to adjust it back a little bit for better clearance while pulling out of your driveway. Otherwise you will need to slide the hitch back in the bed of your truck to make the turn. The reason for needing 4 inches is because if the turn your making has an elevation change the added clearance will...
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  • Minimum Required Clearance Dimensions for 5th Wheel Trailer and Short Box Ford F-250
  • The diagram I have linked for you shows the recommended minimum clearance distances for trucks towing 5th wheel trailers. The diagram includes vertical clearance at the bed rails as well as lateral clearance at the tailgate and bumper. When adjusting your hitch and pin box heights you want to find the sweet spot where you get the maximum clearance between truck bed rails and trailer overhang that still keeps your trailer dead level or close to it. It may be necessary to also adjust the...
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  • Determining Proper Height of Fifth Wheel Hitch in Truck Bed
  • Here's how to figure out the hitch height you'll need. Jack the trailer up so that it's level. Measure the distance from the underside of the pin box to the ground. Then, measure the height of the floor of the truck bed above the ground. The difference between these two measurements is the height at which you'd want your hitch. You'll want at least six inches of clearance between the top of the bed sides and the underside of the trailer loft. For a 6-3/4 inch bed, you have two options...
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  • What To Consider to Set Fifth Wheel Hitch Height
  • The thing about the hitch height is that it will depend on the trailer. So without having the trailer in front of you there is no way to know exactly what height setting you will need. The goal is to have the trailer sit as level as possible. Until you have the trailer in front of you and can determine what height setting will be needed to tow the trailer level there's no way to know what your ideal height setting would be.
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  • What Are Dimensions For Installing Fifth Wheel Hitch On 1995 Ford F-250
  • When installing a fifth wheel hitch like part # RP30081 on your 1995 Ford F-250, you will need to install base rails like part # RP30035. The measurement for installing the # RP30035 base rails on your F-250 is 32-1/2 inches from the rear edge of your truck bed to the rear edge of the base rail. I have attached the installation instructions for the base rails you can check out.
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  • Do Fifth Wheel Hitches Have a Shelf Life
  • As long as the hitch was properly maintained and is still in good working condition your hitch would still be fine to use. There really isn't a shelf life for a hitch. There are many factors that can wear out a hitch faster like overloading or exposure to salt, but if your hitch is still working fine I would recommend you keep using it. If you find that it has more play than usual in the moving parts, makes more noise while towing, starts showing excessive wear in metal parts, or...
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  • Can a 2014 Ram Tow a 9,400 Pound 5th Wheel Trailer
  • According to the owners manual for the 2014 Ram trucks, all of the models that have a 5.7 liter motor, despite the trim level of the truck, have a maximum towing capacity over 10,000 pounds. Even though 9,400 pounds is close to that, it is still under the limit so you can tow the trailer with your truck. However, you mentioned that the 9,400 pounds is the dry weight. Once the trailer is loaded and ready to tow it will weigh more. What is the gross trailer weight, the most that it can...
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  • How Much Space is Needed Between the Top of Truck Bed Sides and Bottom of 5th Wheel Trailer Overhang
  • Bed sides on trucks are getting taller and taller. The 6 inch clearance from the tops of the bed sides to the underside of a 5th wheel trailer overhang is correct. So if you have 56 inches from level ground to the tops of the bed sides now then you will need to find a trailer that measured 62 inches from the ground to the bottom of the overhang. With that said 5th wheel hitches are height adjustable, as is the pin box on a trailer (usually). There are also ways to raise the back end...
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  • How to Measure to Find the Right Rise or Drop Ball Mount to Tow a Trailer Level
  • On any given vehicle, the hitch height can be different depending on many factors. So the only way to determine the correct drop needed to tow the trailer level is to take a couple of measurements. First you will need to have the truck and the trailer parked on level ground. Then measure from the ground to the top of the receiver opening on your 2011 Chevy Silverado. Next you will need to level the trailer and measure from the ground to the bottom of the coupler. If the trailer is...
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  • Can 2014 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab Handle 16,500 Lb Trailer
  • There are a few things that you will want to take into consideration when determine the towing capacity of your 2014 Dodge 2500 Ram Mega Cab. First, you will need to find the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of your Ram. This may be located on a spec label on the inside of your door or in your owners manual if you have one. A local Dodge dealer can also find this rating with the VIN. Once you have your GCWR, you simply subtract the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of your Ram, which...
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  • Truck-to-5th-Wheel Trailer Clearance Distances for '99 Sunnybrook and 2003 Dodge 2500 Long Bed
  • We do recommend certain minimum clearance distances between a 5th wheel trailer and the truck's bedrails, tailgate and rear bumper. The diagram I have linked for you at right shows these recommended minimums for safe 5th wheel towing. Between the top of the bed rails and the bottom of the trailer overhang we suggest no less than 5-inches of vertical clearance; between the truck's tailgate and the front of the trailer no less than 4-inches when making turns; and between the rear edge...
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  • Will the Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30047 fit the Rails in my Truck Bed
  • If you have industry standard fifth wheel rails installed in the bed of your truck the Reese Hitch part # RP30047 would install and work well for you. To see the dimensions of rails this hitch is designed to fit check out the picture I attached to the right. This hitch is designed to fit in slots that are 20-1/2 inches left to right and are 22 inches apart front to back.
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  • What is the Weight of the Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Hitch # RP30144
  • I spoke with my contact at Cequent and she said the Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Hitch, part # RP30144, weighs 218 pounds. I have included the installation instructions for this hitch for you to check out.
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  • What is the Towing Capacity of a 2014 Toyota Tundra 5.7 Liter Standard Bed Off Road Package
  • According to the owners manual for the 2014 Toyota Tundra the maximum that the truck can tow is 10,500 pounds and that is for a specific model (2-wheel drive, regular cab, long bed with 5.7 liter and factory towing package). Since your model has the off road package it is likely 4-wheel drive. Depending on the model code of your truck you might be able to tow up to 9,900 pounds. You will want to consult the truck owners manual to know specifically what your towing capacity is since there...
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  • How to Determine Towing Capacity for a 2004.5 Dodge Ram Cummins
  • The final authority on what your towing capacity will be the owners manual of your 2004.5 Dodge Ram. Without knowing whether you have a 2500 or 3500 would make it pretty hard to determine. You also need to consider that even though you have modified your vehicle you still are limited to the factory capacity for your truck. Taller tire and lift kits can make it more difficult to tow the vehicle level, but it's still possible. Capacities are more than just the power the engine produces....
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch and Install Kit for a 2014 or 2015 Chevy Silverado 3500 Dually Diesel
  • A 2014 or 2015 Chevy 3500, single rear wheels or dually, will be able to handle a 16K 5th wheel trailer without a problem. Diesel models of the 2014 can tow over 17,000 pounds (Chevy website). For 2015 it is 22,900 pounds. This is assuming a dually, crew cab, 2 wheel drive, 6.6 liter diesel motor. These figures are consistent with what you have provided. You just need the proper installation kit and 5th wheel hitch. For a 2014 or 2015 I recommend custom installation kit # RP50066-58....
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  • Can a 2015 Ford Super Duty Truck with 6.2 liter Tow a 15k Trailer
  • From the research I did it looks like you wouldn't be able to. The towing capacity I found said 14k was the max. I would recommend you consult your owners manual to verify this though. You also have to consider whether or not that is the dry weight for the trailer. If it is, then most likely the trailer will weigh even more when loaded and ready to tow.
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  • Can a 2012 Ram Tow a 9250 Pound 5th Wheel Trailer
  • A 5th wheel trailer weighing 9,250 pounds is on the lighter side of 5th wheel trailers. I am pretty sure that your 2012 Ram can handle that if it is a 2500 or 3500 but to be sure you will want to consult the owners manual for the towing and payload capacities to make sure that your specific model has the capacity to tow the trailer. If it is a 1500 series then based on what I could find only the Tradesman Heavy Duty models have enough capacity to tow the trailer. If you can tell me more...
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  • Can 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 with 6-Ft Bed Pull a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • We do offer a range of sliding 5th wheel hitches for your 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 with 6-foot bed and all can be seen on the link provided. Check your manual for the vehicle towing and payload capacities, or you can determine the maximum trailer weight your truck can tow by taking a few figures from your driver's door jamb sticker. From the GCWR (gross combined weight rating) subtract the GVW (gross vehicle weight); the difference will be the maximum trailer weight you can safely tow. We...
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  • Does Rear Axle Gear Ratio Matter when Choosing a Truck to Tow a 36 Foot 5th Wheel Trailer
  • What matters is the tow capacity of the truck you use to tow the trailer. It needs to have a towing capacity that exceeds the gross trailer weight when loaded and ready to tow, regardless of the gear ratio. It is possible that a truck could have a lower gear ratio and still have enough towing capacity. Most 3/4 and 1-ton trucks are going to be able to tow the trailer without issue (more likely a 1-ton) just be sure to check the towing capacity prior to buying a truck. On trucks with...
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