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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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  • Weight Ratings 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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  • Can a 2014 or 2015 Chevy Silverado 3500 Dually Diesel Tow a 16,000 Pound 5th Wheel Trailer
  • 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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  • Can a 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Tow a 2015 Cougar Fifth Wheel Trailer that weighs 9,600 lbs
  • First thing you want to do is consult the owners manual of your 2013 GMC 1500 Sierra and be sure not to exceed the towing capacity listed there with your 2015 Cougar Fifth Wheel Trailer that weighs 9,600 lbs when loaded. From the research I did it looks like you would be over the capacity so I would not recommend you tow that trailer with your truck. Suspension enhancement like the Timbren System part # TGMRCK15S do not give you additional towing capacity. They only help your truck tow...
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  • What is the Recommended Clearance from Top of Truck Bed to Trailer for a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • The recommended minimum distance between the top of the truck bed side rail and the underside of a fifth wheel trailer is 6 inches. This is usually enough clearance to allow for roll and pitch when driving on uneven roads, dips or hills, but there may be some towing setups that require more clearance. If you think your trailer may hit your truck bed with it's current setup, then I recommend either raising the height of your fifth wheel hitch or lowering the pin box position on the trailer....
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  • Where is the Height Range of a Fifth Wheel Hitch Measured From
  • The height range of the Curt Slider Fifth Wheel Hitch part # C16521 is from the top of the install rails to the top of hitch with the head sitting level. Most rails are about 1-1/4 inches in height. So the maximum height the Curt Q16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # C16521 that you referenced would sit in the bed of your truck would be 18-1/4 inches. Slider hitches are usually pretty heavy and this hitch is no exception as it weighs 193 lbs. The price for this hitch is available at the link...
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  • Will Tonneau Cover On Bed Rail Clear Fifth Wheel Hitch When Installed On 2012 Ford F-250 Crew Cab
  • I spoke with my contact at Cequent about the Pro Series Fifth Wheel, part # PS30094. The weight of the hitch is 130 lbs. If you choose to just remove the head, the weight of it is 42 lbs. The slider handle may protrude above the bed rails of your truck and may interfere with the tonneau cover. Based on what I have been able to find for the depth of your 2012 Ford F-250 truck bed at 20 inches, removing the entire hitch may be the easiest way to make sure you have the room for your cover....
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  • What is the Optimum Towing Level for a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • Being 1.2 inches high on your fifth wheel trailer should be just fine. Typically being within a couple inches of level will work just fine. Obviously being perfectly level is absolutely ideal, but in your situation you are close enough and would not have any issues. When a trailer is too high usually tracking or sway problems can occur, but it would have to be a higher than where your trailer is sitting.
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  • How Much Does the B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch for Ram Towing Prep Package Weigh
  • The B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch for Ram Towing Prep Package # BWRVK3600 weighs 149 lbs.
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  • Will the Reese Elite Slider Hitch part # RP30144 fit the Hitch Prep Package of a 2013 Ford F250
  • Yes, the Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Hitch # RP30144 that you referenced will install into the underbed hitch prep package that you have in your 2013 Ford F250. This hitch should work well for you and since it has a slider on it you should be able to make 90 degree turns with your short bed truck. I attached an FAQ on the Ford hitch prep packages for you to check out as well.
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  • What is Meant by 16K Gross Towing Weight Rating on Curt 5th Wheel Hitch # C16115
  • The Curt E16 5th Wheel Hitch that you referenced, part # C16115, is rated for 5th wheel trailers up to 16,000-lbs gross towing weight. Gross towing weight means the trailer weight plus the weight of all loaded water, propane, supplies and equipment - everything. The weight of your 39-foot Forest River Wildwood 5th wheel will depend on the exact model and how it is equipped. For example, Wildwood model 33BHOK has a shipping weight of about 9100-lbs but its gross vehicle weight rating...
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  • Does the Angle of the Head Assembly of the Reese Slider Hitch # RP30084 Affect Pivoting Ability
  • Although the angle of the head assembly appears to angle back this does not negatively affect the ability of the head to pivot. The pivoting range of the head assembly was designed with the angle of the slider unit in mind and does not cause any issue. I confirmed this with my contact at Reese. If you wanted a very similar setup with an upgraded slider that has the head crossmember not angled check out the Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Round Tube Slider # RP30083. Round tube sliders...
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  • Distance from the Rear of the Bed of 2004 Ford F250 to the Rear Rail for Installing 5th Wheel Hitch
  • The distance from the rear of the bed of your 2004 Ford F250 to the first rail will be 32-1/4 inches. I attached a picture that I took from the installation instructions for the rail kit part # RP50082-58 that is confirmed to fit your truck that shows other installation dimensions that you might find informative as well.
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  • Can a 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel Tow an 11,500 Pound 5th Wheel Trailer
  • The truck's gross weight when loaded at 7,900 pounds will subtract from the gross combined weight rating which you stated is 20,000 pounds, not the payload capacity. The payload capacity is the amount of weight the bed can hold. As long as the pin weight of the trailer is under 2,340 pounds then your 2010 Ram 2500 is more than capable of towing the trailer. If needed, put some of the cargo towards the back of the trailer instead of in the truck cab or bed. Given that the trailer you...
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  • Is there a Maximum Bed Height to Tow a 5th Wheel Trailer without Hitting the Truck Bed Sides
  • Turning comes into play if you have a short bed truck and not enough clearance from the center of the hitch to the back of the truck cab. There is no specific height from bed floor to the top of the rails that you have to have in order to use a 5th wheel hitch. Hitches are height adjustable by several inches and so is the pin box on most trailers. Between these two adjustments even the taller beds on newer trucks should not be a problem. What can cause issues is trucks with lift kits...
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  • Distance from the front of the Box to the Center of 5th Wheel Head on a 2003 Ford F350 Short Box
  • The center of the hitch will be approximately 36-1/8 inches from the front of the box. For a installation kit for your 2003 Ford F350 short bed I would recommend the Reese Fifth Wheel Installation Kit # RP50082-58. The measurement I just gave you came from the installation instructions for this product. They are attached. Custom install kits will install in about half the time as a universal kit and will minimize drilling. I attached an install video for this product for you to check...
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  • Weight Of Pro Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider # PS30857
  • I called my contact at Pro Series about the weight of the Pro Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider, part # PS30857. They told me that you can remove the head, which would weigh approximately 58 lbs separate from the head base and slider. The head base and slider would weigh approximately 75 lbs. Since this fifth wheel hitch is quite heavy, I would strongly suggest you enlist the help of someone to help with lifting the hitch when removing from the bed of the truck.
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  • Slider Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2012 Ford F250 With Short Bed
  • You need to make certain you have the correct towing capacity, GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating), for your 2012 F250 truck. You can get this information from either your owners manual or your local dealership. You will need to find the GTW. The easiest way to determine this is by adding the actual weight of the vehicle and the trailer, giving you the GCW (Gross Combined Weight), then subtracting the GVW (actual weight of the vehicle when fully loaded). This will give you the maximum...
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  • What are the Dimensions of the Center Pin on the Husky Silver Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • I believe you are talking about the large center pin where the head pivots. I have included a picture showing the measurements I took. The overall length is approximately 7-3/4 inches. And the diameter is approximately 1-1/2 inches.
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  • Distance from the Rear of the Bed of a 2000 Chevy Silverado to the Rear 5th Wheel Rail
  • If you have the Reese Fifth Wheel Installation Kit # RP30035 (the recommended universal rail kit for the 2000 Silverado) the correct distance from the rear of the bed to the rear of the back rail is 25-1/8 inches. I attached a copy of the installation instructions for this rail kit and a picture that I took from the instructions that shows the measurement.
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  • How Far Does the Pro Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Extend Beyond the Forward Rail
  • On the forward rail measuring to the center point between the 2 rails is approximately 11 inches (measuring from the center of the forward rail to the center of the hitch jaws). When slid forward the full 10 inches, the center of the hitch jaws will be 21 inches back from the center of the forward rail.
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  • How to Determine if Rails are Standard Fifth Wheel Rails
  • It sounds like you could have a set of standard fifth wheel rails that most manufacturers use for their fifth wheel hitches to install into. The different manufacturers all make their own brand of rail kit, but they all have basically the same dimensions so that other manufacturers hitches would fit into them. Check out the picture I attached to see dimensions of standard rails and compare them to yours. If you do determine that you do have standard size rails the Curt E5 5th Wheel Trailer...
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  • Where Should Fifth Wheel King Pin Sit in Relation to Axle Centerline on 2004 Ford F250
  • The exact placement of the hitch will depend on which installation kit is used. Generally speaking, fifth wheel hitches are installed so that the king pin will fall either directly over the rear axle centerline or within a few inches forward of that point. According to Reese, if their universal install kit, part # RP30035 is used, the hitch should be installed so that the king pin sits approximately .4 inches forward of the rear axle centerline. If the custom install kit # RP50082-58...
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  • How is the Height Adjustment Measured on the Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • When measuring the height of a 5th wheel hitch it would be from the top of the truck bed corrugations to the top of the head. The Q20, # C16130, is height adjustable from 13 to 17 inches. Since the X5, # 16310, sets in a gooseneck ball hole but the rails would be no higher than regular rails, it does not add height. To get the proper height setting you would need to know the distance from the top of the bed side rails to the bottom of the trailer overhang. You need 5 or 6 inches of space...
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  • How Much Clearance is Needed Between the Top of a Truck Bed and a 5th Wheel Trailer Overhang
  • The clearance between the bottom of a 5th wheel overhang and the truck bed is going to depend on several factors including the ride height of the truck, the height setting on the pin box on the trailer and the height setting on the 5th wheel hitch. What you are looking for when connected is a distance of 5 to 6 inches between the bottom of the trailer overhang and the top of the truck bed. Fifth wheel trailer hitches and most 5th wheel trailers are height adjustable to varying degrees...
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  • Determining the Type of Hitch that was Previously Installed on a 2011 Chevrolet 2500HD
  • The bolt pattern that you are describing in the bed of your 2011 Chevrolet 2500HD sounds like a fifth wheel hitch with industry standard 4-bolt base rails. You can verify this by measuring the distance between the bolt holes front to back. Each of the bolt holes should be 22 inches apart on center. The 4-bolt base rails have two bolt holes per base rail on opposite ends, but people will often add a middle bolt to provide extra support (see photo). The 4-bolt base rails are used by multiple...
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  • Experiencing Chucking When Towing a Car Trailer with a 2010 GMC 3500 Diesel and Curt Q24 Hitch
  • There are a few things to look that could cause chucking when towing a fifth wheel trailer. The Curt Q24 is one of the best hitches on the market to reduce chucking when towing a fifth wheel trailer. The first thing I would check is to make sure everything in your towing set up does not exceed any capacities. The weight of your trailer does fall within the capacity of this hitch, but based on my research of your 2010 GMC 3500 Dually 6.6L turbo diesel, the weight of your trailer is close...
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  • Mounting Tab Dimensions of Reese R20 # RP30867 Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • I am assuming you are asking about the distance apart of the mounting tabs that insert into the bed mounting rails. The side to side dimension, measured center hole to center hole is 20-1/2 inches. Front to back, center tab to center tab measures 22 inches, as you can see in the photo I edited for you. The Reese R20 is compatible with Reese, Curt, Hidden Hitch, Draw-Tite, Pro Series, Husky or Valley bed rails.
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  • Ability of 2012 Ford F150 to Tow 8 by 32 Foot Office Trailer
  • The ability of your truck to tow the office trailer will depend primarily on the weight of the trailer and the towing capacity of your truck. You will not want to tow the trailer if its weight exceeds your trucks capacities. The GCWR (gross combined weight rating) should be listed on a sticker in the drivers side door jamb of your truck. This weight rating represents the maximum weight of the vehicle, its cargo and the weight of the trailer and its contents. If you subtract the GVW (gross...
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  • Towing Capacity of 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
  • To determine the towing capacity of your Silverado, you will need to know the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), which is the curb weight of the vehicle plus the weigh of passengers, cargo and gas, and the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCVR) which is the maximum amount that your vehicle plus the trailer can weigh. If you subtract the GVW from the GCVR, the result will be a close approximation of the maximum trailer weight your vehicle can safely tow. The GCVR and GVW are typically listed on...
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  • Will a Slider Hitch in the Tow Position Be in the Same Position as a Stationary Hitch
  • When in the towed position a 5th wheel hitch with a slider like the Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Square Tube Slider # RP30051 that you referenced the hitch will be in the same position as a stationary hitch. Its only when you have it in the rearward, maneuver position that it will be slid further back in the truck bed. I attached an FAQ on fifth wheel hitches for you to check out also.
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  • What are the Pin Hole Dimensions on the Reese Select Plus 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30081
  • The mounting pin holes on the Reese Select Plus Fifth Wheel Hitch, # RP30081, measure front to back 21-15/16 inches center to center and side to side 20-5/8 inches center to center. This hitch is designed to fit all standard base rails. I have attached a photo showing these dimensions for you to check out. If you determine that this hitch will not fit your rails, then you will want to choose a hitch based on the brand of your base rails. If you can tell me the manufacturer of your...
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  • Is the Sidewinder Fifth Wheel King Pin Any Longer Than the Standard King Pin On Fifth Wheel
  • The Sidewinder Fifth Wheel King Pin relocates the pivot point from the connection of the hitch and the king pin to the point where the pin box connects to the trailer, thus providing 22 inches of additional clearance between the rear of the cab and the trailer. The Sidewinder will attach to your pin box on your fifth wheel and replace the standard king pin you have now. It will keep the king pin in the same location as your standard pin box. It is not any longer. The Sidewinder can...
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  • What are the Mounting Hole Spacing Measurements for the Reese Low-Profile 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • I spoke with my contact at Reese and I have the following dimensions for you for the Reese Low-Profile 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, # RP30054. First, the mounting holes front to back are 15 inches apart on center. From side to side with the brackets turned out, the hole spacing is 25 inches apart on center. From side to side with the brackets facing in, the hole spacing is approximately 22 inches on center. And the overall width with the brackets turned out is approximately 28 inches. I...
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  • How to Determine Clearance Between 2011 Ford F-250 Cab and a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • Every truck and trailer combination is different so measuring and plugging the numbers into a formula are a must. On a 2011 Ford F-250 with a 6-1/2 foot bed, and using the custom installation kit # RP50073-58, the hitch center line will be 36-1/8 inches from the back of the cab. Add to that the distance of travel of a round tube slider like # RP30075, (12 inches of travel) you will have 48-1/8 inches. If the trailer had an extended pin box, you would also add the amount of extension...
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  • Distance Between Bed Rails for Installation of Curt E5 16K Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • Do you know who manufactured your existing bed rails? The Curt E5 16K Fifth Wheel Hitch you referenced, part # C16115 are compatible with universal rails manufactured by Reese, Curt and Valley. A universal rail will have three mounting slots on each side of the rail, as shown in the photo with dimensions I have linked to. Your front and rear rail should be 22 inches apart, measured from the center of the front rail to the center of the rear.
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  • Can a 5th Wheel Slider be Used to Tow a Trailer in the Rear Maneuvering Postion
  • The purpose of a slider is to make it easier to maneuver a trailer into parking situations, when the vehicle is at a very low speed. A slider is not to be used in the rearward position while towing the trailer. The slider was not designed for that and it would be unsafe to use it that way. The weight of your trailer would be too far back on your truck bed to allow you to be able to safely maneuver and brake your trailer in the maneuver position. I attached an FAQ article on fifth-wheel...
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  • Height Above Truck Bed Floor of Reese 16K Fifth Wheel Hitch Part # RP30047
  • The Reese 16K Fifth Wheel Hitch you referenced, part # RP30047 is height-adjustable. Depending on how its adjusted, the top of the fifth wheel head will be between 14-1/2 and 18 inches above the floor of the truck bed. For the RP30047, we offer the install kit, part # RP50066-58. To see the install instructions for the hitch, as well as the instructions for the install kit, click on the provided links.
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  • Installation Instructions for 5th Wheel Hitch Rails in a 1989 GMC Pickup
  • It will depend on the manufacturer of the fifth-wheel rails that you are installing and the bed length of your 1989 GMC truck. If you are installing a Reese fifth-wheel hitch you will need to determine if you have a 10 bolt installation kit, or a 4 bolt installation kit. If you are installing the 10 bolt kit, # RP30035, page 6 of the instructions, see link, shows the installation dimensions. Be sure to match your truck to the year, make and models at the top of the page. If you are...
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  • Weight of Reese Universal Rails and Installation Kit # RP30035, 2000 Ford F-250/F-350 Super Duty
  • The rails and installation kit that comes with Pro Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Square Tube Slider, # PS30129, is actually Reese Universal Base Rails and Installation Kit, # RP30035. The shipping weight on this kit is 54 pounds. I have included a link to the installation details for reference. The hitch alone, which is the Pro Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Square Tube Slider, # PS30094, has a shipping weight of 131 pounds. I have also included a link to the 5th wheel trailer...
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  • Was the Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Wiring Harness 22k, # RP30033, once only Capable of 20k
  • I spoke with my contact at Reese and he told me that the current 22k fifth wheel was at one point the 20k hitch. They retested the Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Wiring Harness - 22,000 lbs, part # RP30033, back when it was only 20k and found that it was capable of 22k so they relabeled it as such. So yes, the old 20k hitch is the same as the new 22k hitch.
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  • Towing a Trailer Rated for 15,500 Pounds with A 15,000 Pound Rated Hitch
  • Congratulations on the purchase of a new RV. For safety reasons, I can not recommend the setup that you are suggesting. Even though your, # 30046, hitch is rated to tow 15,000 pounds, the potential to overload the hitch exists. I would recommend upgrading your 15k hitch to at least a 16k model. There are two models that you can use to upgrade your existing hardware to either 16,000 pounds or 20,000 pounds. The Replacement 16K Fifth Wheel Hitch Head, item # RP30047A, would use your existing...
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  • Distance Between Feet of Reese 16K and 18K 5th Wheel Hitches
  • I spoke with my contact at Cequent, the manufacturer, and have found the information for you. For the 18K Reese 5th Wheel (30081): Front to Back (center to center of feet) is 21-15/16 inches Side to side (center to center of feet) is 20-5/8 inches For the 16K Reese 5th Wheel (30047): Front to Back (center to center of feet) is 21-15/16 Side to side (center to center of feet) is 29 inches
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  • What are the Pin Hole Dimensions for Reese 22K Fifth Wheel Hitch Base
  • On Reese 22K Fifth Wheel hitch, part # 30033, from left to right, driver to passenger, the pin holes measure 20-5/8 inches center to center. From front to back, the pin holes measures 21-7/8 inches.
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  • How Do I Install Fifth Wheel Rails in The Bed of My Pickup
  • The rails in the bed of your pickup are installed so that the king pin will be just forward of the rear axle when hitched. The mounting location is vehicle specific and if you would like to provide your trucks year, make, model bed length and cab style I would be glad to get instructions to you and make a recommendation for an installation kit for your truck. When mounting a fifth wheel hitch the first measurement you use is the distance from the farthest back part of the bed, tailgate...
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