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  • Trailer Lights Not Working with 2011 Ford F-350 After Trailer Light Burned Out
  • Up until you said you switched relays I was thinking relay the whole time. But if using a good relay in place of a potential bad one didn't solve the problem and the fuses are all good then that could only mean there is a problem with the actual wiring somewhere between the front of the truck and the trailer connector. Trace the wiring all the way back to front and look for and repair any damage to the wiring. I assume the truck turn signals work fine but if they don't make sure the...
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  • Can Firestone Air Bag Kit F2525 Be Transferred to 2014 Ford F-250
  • My technical contact at Firestone confirmed that their Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring Kit # F2525 uses different air bags, brackets and hardware than the kit that fits your new 2014 F-250. The old kit cannot be transferred to the new truck. In your new truck you can use kit # F2550 which fits both 2WD and 4Wd models. The written instructions and an install video are linked for you. Kit # F2535 is intended only for diesel trucks.
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  • Is there a Difference Between Part Numbers CAB-C5G and C5G1216
  • There is not difference actually. The part # CAB-C5G is the part number we use here at etrailer for the Convert-A-Ball Adjustable Fifth-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Coupler Adapter. The part number that Convert-A-Ball uses is C5G1216. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Universal 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation Kit for a 2004 Ford F-250 Long Bed
  • If you are using the Reese universal installation kit # RP30035 then it is compatible with your 2004 Ford F-250 long bed. The measurement from the rear edge of the bed to the back edge of the rear rail is 32-1/2 inches on your truck. The rails and brackets can be reused but not the hardware. It is meant to be torqued down just once. To replace the hardware you will need # 58164. If you are using a different 5th wheel installation kit I would need to know what it is to determine if...
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  • Distance From Bottom of Mounting Bracket to Bottom of Motor on Atwood Powered Jack
  • The Atwood Powered Jack part # AT81070 that you referenced measures 18-7/16 inches from the bottom of the mounting bracket to the bottom of the motor assembly. From the bracket to the top of the motor it measures 30 inches.
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  • Distance From Bottom of Mounting Bracket to Bottom of Motor on Atwood Powered Jack
  • The Atwood Powered Jack part # AT81070 that you referenced measures 18-7/16 inches from the bottom of the mounting bracket to the bottom of the motor assembly. From the bracket to the top of the motor it measures 30 inches.
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  • Distance From Rearmost Mounting Holes to Hitch Opening on Curt Hitch C15316
  • I checked with Curt and the distance from the rearmost mounting holes of the Curt Hitch part # C15316 to the hitch opening measures 11-1/4. My contact at Curt also confirmed that this hitch will fit a 37 inch frame with mounting holes that are 34-1/2 inches apart.
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  • Recommended 2 Inch Weight Distribution Shank For Blue Ox SwayPro System BXW2000
  • You are correct. The # BXW2000 and # BXW2001 both come with the shank that fits 2-1/2 inch receiver openings. The 2-5/16 diameter hitch ball with a 1-1/4 inch shank is not included so I recommend part # 63840. Since the head of these systems will work with shanks that are designed for a 2 inch receiver opening I recommend a shank like part # BXW4002. This is a 9 inch long shank that features a maximum rise of 14 inches and a maximum drop of 1 inch.
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  • Recommendation for Solar Panel to Charge Battery in Enclosed Cargo Trailer
  • A solar panel would work well for you with this application. I recommend the Solar Power Kit from Torklift # TLA7713. This is a 10 watt panel that will maintain the charge to boost the life of your battery and bring a battery back from 50-percent life. We recently installed this solar panel on a trailer to maintain the charge on a battery. I have attached a review and installation video of this solar panel for you. If you plan on using this solar panel with a single battery, you...
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  • Options to Power Lights in Trailer Without Being Connected to 7-Way on Truck
  • When it comes to running the lights in your trailer without having to hook to the 7-way on your truck, I recommend using some 10 gauge wire to add a car battery to your trailer for power. You'll just need a few supplies in addition to a battery; 10 gauge wire, # 10-2-1 (sold by the foot), 2 ring terminals like # 44-5356A, and a couple quick splice connectors, # 562. Just find a spot on the trailer for a battery, splice into the 12 volt circuit on your 7-way with one of the wires in part...
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  • Can an RBW 5th Wheel Hitch be Installed in a 1999 Ford F-350
  • If your RBW 5th wheel trailer hitch is a Lil Rocker model then it will fit in industry standard rails. Take a look at the picture I have included that shows the mounting slot dimensions for industry standard rails. If your hitch matches up to any of the 3 possible mounting slot sets then it can fit the industry standard rails. For your 1999 Ford F-350 you can use Reese custom installation kit # RP50082-58. Custom kits require far less drilling that universal kits so they are easier to...
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  • Weight Distribution for a 10,415 Pound Trailer
  • It is likely that the 1,000 capacity system is not adequate for the tongue weight of the trailer. To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. If the trailer weighs 10,415 pounds (8,315 + 2,100) then the tongue weight is likely 1,041 to 1,562 pounds...
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  • Will a Reese Titan Weight Distribution Shank Work with a Curt Weight Distribution System
  • The Reese Titan weight distribution shank # RP54977 has a 1-1/4 inch hole spacing on center for the vertical holes and they have a 3/4 inch diameter. The Curt shanks are the same so you could potentially use the Titan shank. This shank is designed to fit a 2-1/2 inch receiver opening. If your hitch has a 2 inch receiver opening this shank will not fit. I recommend going with a Curt shank to avoid any incompatibility issues. Shank # 17120 has a 5-5/8 inch max drop on a trunnion system....
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  • Platform Style Bike Carrier that Can Hold at Least 3 Bikes for the Back of an RV
  • Thee are only certain bike carriers that can be used at the back of an RV. And since you are looking for a platform style and want to carry at least 3 bikes there is only 1 option, the Q-Slot, # PS63138. It does fit a 2 inch receiver though you can remove the second half and use it independently in a 1-1/4 inch hitch. I have included a link to a video review of this carrier for you.
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  • Platform Style Bike Carrier that Can Hold at Least 3 Bikes for the Back of an RV
  • Thee are only certain bike carriers that can be used at the back of an RV. And since you are looking for a platform style and want to carry at least 3 bikes there is only 1 option, the Q-Slot, # PS63138. It does fit a 2 inch receiver though you can remove the second half and use it independently in a 1-1/4 inch hitch. I have included a link to a video review of this carrier for you.
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  • Replacement 7-Way Trailer Connector for a 2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty
  • I can only confirm 7-Way trailer connector # 118243 as a fit for up to 2001 Ford Super Duty trucks. For a 2002 what you can do is use harness # 40167 which is designed as in-bed wiring for a 5th wheel or gooseneck trailer but would work just as well to add a 7-Way at the back of your truck.
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  • TorkLift Stableload Helper Springs for a 2005 Ford F-350 Dually
  • The folks over at TorkLift know their stuff so if they say StableLoad system # TLA7310 is going to work with the set up on your 2005 Ford F-350 you can take it as gospel. The normal set that is listed for the 2005 model year is # TLA7311 but unless I'm missing something it is the same brackets and main components in both kits. If you already have the appropriate hole then you wouldn't need the drill bits that come with # TLA7311. And without the drill bits it appears to be identical...
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  • Brake Controller in 2011 Ford F-350 Says Trailer is Disconnected when it is Not
  • Corrosion could get inside a switch and cause problems but usually it is the wiring or the battery in a breakaway system that causes the problems. Inspect the wiring and fix and broken or pinched wires. Make sure all the grounds are attached to clean and corrosion free bare metal surfaces. And you can have the battery tested to see if it needs to be replaced. You can also inspect the wiring to the brake magnets and their ground wires. Make sure the vehicle and trailer side connectors...
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  • Can Edge EvoHT or Superchips Flashpaq Change Shift Points and Firmness on 2008 Ford F-250
  • Yes, you will be able to adjust shift points and firmness on your 2008 Ford F-250 using the Flashpaq # SU1842 or the EvoHT # EP16030. I would go with the Flashpaq though because of the lower price and you still get all of the features.
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  • Multi-Tow Trailer Connector that Keeps Out Moisture the Best
  • Out of the three multi-tow connectors, # HM40975, # 20119, and # HM48470 I give the edge to the Hopkins Endurance # HM48470 since it will seal up better when closes. All three of them have a lip around the actual pins to channel any water away. What is going to help prevent corrosion is to use some dielectric grease on the pins, # 11755. It works quite well for this application and any electrical connection on a vehicle or trailer.
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  • Options for Correcting Sag on 2010 Ford F-350 Hauling 48 FT Haulmark Gooseneck Trailer
  • It sounds like you could benefit from a set of the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs. For your 2010 Ford F-350 you would need part # F2550. The air springs will help to keep your truck level which will improve stability and braking when hauling your Haulmark gooseneck trailer. I have attached a video of the air bags being installed on a 2011 F-250 that you can check out. Air bags are adjusted manually and with the addition of the Level Command II - Single-Gauge with Standard-Duty...
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  • Will Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner # SU1950 Work for 1999 Ford F-350 Hauling Shingles
  • The Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner, # SU1950, would be a great choice your 1999 Ford F-350 and will provide you with increased horsepower and torque. This tuner offers 2 different tow modes, heavy and light. Since you are planning to carry more than 5,000 lbs you will want to use the heavy mode which will provide increases up to 75 horsepower and 150 ft lbs of torque which will be very beneficial when hauling the shingles. For light mode, you will experience gains up to 80 horsepower...
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  • Availability of Gooseneck Coupler to Fifth Wheel Hitch Adapter for 4-1/2 Inch Wide Coupler
  • The best option I have that would work for you would be to remove the existing square outer tube from your gooseneck trailer and replace it with part # BD0289590300 which includes the outer tube that would weld onto your gooseneck and the compatible inner tube that would act as the adapter. When you tow a gooseneck trailer, you'd swap out the adapter and install a gooseneck coupler like part # BD1289210300. We retail the products shown on our website, we don't manufacture or fabricate...
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  • Recommended Truck Camper Tie-Down Kit for 2000 Ford F-250 with Lance Squire Camper
  • The truck camper tie-downs offered for your 2000 Ford F-250 can be seen on the linked page. All options are from TorkLift and the correct one for you depends on your bed length and the presence of other equipment such as steps or a hitch. At the top of the page there is a drop-down menu bar you can use to select your truck version. For example, if you have a 8-foot bed, no board or step under the bed and are using an aftermarket hitch receiver, then the correct camper tie down kit consists...
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  • Replacement Brackets and Hardware to Install Westin Bull Bar on 2006 Ford F250
  • We do indeed offer a replacement hardware/bracket kit for the Bull Bar for your 2006 Ford F250. The replacement brackets/hardware would be part # 32-164PK. Keep in mind that not only are the brackets/ hardware vehicle specific, but the Bull Bars are vehicle specific as well. If your Bull Bar wasn't designed for your 2006 F250, the brackets won't work. It's a common occurrence that somebody obtains a bull bar from a garage sale or swap meet, in the belief that they can simply purchase...
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  • Recommended Programmer for 2003 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty
  • We offer a performance tuner from Edge Products that is compatible with your 2003 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty with 5.4L Triton V8 Engine . I recommend the Edge Performance Chip, part # EP16030. This is a hand-held performance tuner that can re-tune your truck. No programmer is available for your vehicle. Please note this product does not provide comprehensive gauge display functions. The Edge EP16030 is a tuner only. This product plugs into your truck's OBD-II port and allows...
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  • Where are the Tow Package Fuses/Relays on a 2010 Ford F-350
  • There are numerous fuses and relays used in the factory tow package on a 2010 Ford F-350. In the cab there is just one in location 33 for 12 volt power and brake controllers. The rest are all under the hood in the power distribution box. Check the fuses/relays in the following locations: 5, 20, 21, 22, 34, 42, 44, 55, 56, and 63. Checking a fuse is easy but to check a relay the easiest way is to use a known good relay in place of a potential bad one.
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  • Hopkins Brake Controller Shows Short Circuit Error Code
  • The weight of the trailer would not cause the SC error code on your brake controller. The SC error code indicates there is a short circuit which is an electrical problem. The most common cause of this is a dirty or corroded trailer connector. Make sure that the truck and trailer side connectors are clean and free of corrosion inside where the wires attach as well as on the pins. The brake magnets, or even just one magnet could indeed cause this issue as well. As could wiring to the magnets....
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  • Replacement Hinge/Strut for a Thule Weekender Cargo Box
  • There is a different strut that looks almost identical that you will need for your Thule Weekender cargo box. The correct strut is # TH14933. I have linked a video review of this strut for you.
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  • Connect Trailer and Factory Brake Controller in 2005 Ford F-350 Still Shows Trailer Not Connected
  • Since the factory brake controller in your 2005 Ford F-350 isn't showing the trailer connected and this is happening with both of your trailers I think that it is safe to say that the issue is on the truck side. I would start by using a circuit tester like the Quickee, # 3808, to test for power on the brake output circuit at the back of the truck. You'll want a helper to hold the manual override while you do the testing on the connector. If you find that there is no power, which is...
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  • Why Would Trailer Tires Fail
  • Tire failure is usually caused by a few things. It can be from overloading the trailer, improper tire inflation, and/or exceeding the speed rating for the tire. You should verify that the tire capacity you have for you trailer is adequate for how much your trailer weighs. The pressure ran in the tires makes a big difference in longevity too. ST tires should be ran with the full pressure rating stated on the side of the tire, for full load capacity and longevity of the tire. If lower...
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  • Squeaky Gooseneck Hitch Troubleshooting
  • I spoke to my contact and B and W and he told me that their hitches don't usually squeak. If anything they would rattle if something wasn't tightened down all the way. In most cases squeaks come from trailers and not from the hitches. It would be hard to do, but if you can get someone to ride in the bed of your truck while traveling at a low speed in a straight line preferably somewhere like an empty parking lot you could hopefully pin point where the squeak is coming from.
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  • Do Bunk Style Boat Trailer Guide-Ons have to be a Specific Distance from the Boat
  • For bunk style guide-ons such as # CE27600 the bunk board and boat should only barely touch if at all. There isn't a hard and fast rule that says it should be this many inches. But since guide-ons are not meant to support weight like a regular bunk you don't want it so close that the boat could damage the system, but they have to be close enough to help guide the boat on accurately. If it is as rough as it sounds like then I would say maybe 3 inches on each side would work. And if you...
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  • SH On Prodigy Brake Controller But Trailer Brakes Work Fine with Different Tow Vehicle
  • The SH error on the Prodigy series of brake controllers indicates that the controller is sensing a short. Since it worked fine with your truck the likely culprit is a dirty or corroded trailer connector on the RV. Make sure that the RV side and trailer side connectors are clean and free of corrosion inside where the wires attach and on the pins. Be sure to fix or replace any questionable wires as well. If this does not solve the problem you can test the brake controller using the...
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  • Hitch and Ball Mount for a 2005 Ford F-350
  • The Curt Hitch part # C15410 that you referenced would be a great option for a hitch for your 2005 Ford F-350. In order to pick out the correct rise/drop ball mount you will need to have this hitch installed first though as the hitch height is a key part of figuring that all out. Most likely it will be 24 inches from the top of the hitch opening to the ground if you were at stock ride height. Which would mean that you would need a drop ball mount of about 4 inches as long as the figure...
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  • Replacement Parts Available for Reese 14K 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for 2006 Ford F-350 Short Bed
  • Reese has not made a 14K hitch in many years so replacement parts are going to be hard to find. The replacement mounting kit has been discontinued. The only replacement parts still available are the pin and clip set, # 6014, clip rings, # 58054, jaw kit # 58056, and handle kit # 58055. With the proper installation kit the hitch will fit your 2006 Ford F-350 short bed truck. If you want to go with a universal installation kit which costs less money but takes longer to install and requires...
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for Car Trailer Towing Race Car
  • The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I attached a help article on determining tongue weight for you to check out as well. You will want the loaded tongue weight of your setup to fall right in the middle of the tongue weight range of the system you use. If your loaded tongue weight ends...
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  • Can Channel Style Adjustable Ballmount # C45900 be Used with Weight Distribution Head
  • The Channel Style Adjustable Ballmount, # C45900, is not designed for use with a weight distribution head. Instead take a look at the attached link which includes all of the weight distribution shanks that we offer. You can use the filters on the page to narrow your search. For example, the Reese Weight Distribution Shank, # RP3215, provides a 10-1/4 inch rise and 6-3/4 inch drop when used with round-bar system and a 11-1/2 inch rise and 5-3/4 inch drop when used with a trunnion-bar system.
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  • Measurement of Rear Mounting Hole to End of Receiver on B&W Trailer Hitch # BWHDRH25230
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled the B&W Heavy-Duty Trailer Hitch # BWHDRH25230 and measured the distance from the rear mounting hole to the end of the receiver and found it is 26 inches. Check out the image I made of this measurement.
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  • How to Remove # AM3100 Ranch Hitch Universal 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Coupler Adapter
  • To remove the Ranch Hitch # AM3100, you'd remove the bolts attaching the flange to the pin box. At that point, use a spanner wrench like part # AM3104 to unscrew the adapter base. Once the base comes off, you'll need a slide hammer like part # AM3103 to push up the threaded collar, at which point the split collets will come out. Then the threaded collar can be slipped off the king pin.
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  • Recommended Fifth Wheel Hitch and Base Rails to Tow Fifth Wheel with 2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
  • The fifth wheel hitch and base rails I recommend is the Demco Hijacker Premier Series Ultra Slide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider # DM6076P-UL-21K and Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Semi-Custom Install Kit # DM8552001-71. The slider on this hitch will help eliminate clearance concerns during slow-speed turns on your trip to Texas. This hitch has a gross towing weight of 21,000 lbs and a vertical load limit of 5,250 lbs. Since you have a 4 wheel drive F-250 you...
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  • B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch & Custom Installation Kit for 2006 Ford F-250
  • For your 2006 Ford F-250, you will need the B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch with Custom Installation Kit, # BWGNRK1108. The ball location, as well as the mounting bolt locations on # BWGNRC900 and # BWGNRC800 are different. Due to these differences, the # BWGNRC900 could not be used with Installation Kit, # BWGNRM1108, for your F-250.
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  • DeeZee # DZ43203 Tailgate on 2008 Ford F350 King Ranch
  • According to DeeZee, the tailgate on your 2008 King Ranch is heavier by a few pounds than the tailgate of the 2003 F250 shown in the video. The reason your tailgate drops before the assist grabs it is this weight difference, it doesn't indicate a problem or defect with the tailgate assist itself.
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  • MaxxTow Spare Tire Carrier Fit on 2-1/2 by 5 inch Trailer Frame
  • Yes, the MaxxTow Spare Tire Carrier # MT70214 will fit your 2-1/2 inch x 5 inch trailer frame. I double checked, as the carrier will fit frames up to 3 x 5.
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  • Replacement Hitch Balls for Diversi-Tech Self-Locking Adjustable Aluminum Ball Mount # DTALBM6600
  • For your Diversi-Tech Self-Locking Adjustable Aluminum Ball Mount # DTALBM6600 a replacement ball set is offered, part # DTBM180. This is just the 2 balls and no platform.
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  • Can I Carry 5 Bikes on the Roof of 2015 Ford F-350 Super Duty
  • In order to carry five bikes on a roof rack on the roof of your 2015 Ford F-350 super duty crew cab you will have to stay under the weight capacity of your truck's roof, as well as the weight capacity of the roof rack, whichever is less. The roof racks available for your truck have a weight capacity of 165 lbs, so your five bikes and the bike carriers will have to weigh less than 165 lbs. You will also want to check your owners manual to determine the weight capacity of your roof. The...
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  • Recommended Replacement Soft Tonneau Cover for TruXedo Lo Pro Qt Tonneau # TX559601
  • The TruXedo Lo Pro Qt Tonneau cover that fits your 2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab SRW with an 8-foot bed is part # TX559601. The replacement vinyl cover for this set up is part # TX559601-CVR.
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Running Lights with 2002 Ford F-250
  • First, we will want to determine where the problem is originating. The best place to start is at the vehicle. You will want to use a circuit tester, like # 40376, to test the trailer connector at the back of the vehicle, without the trailer hooked up. The tail and running lights should be connected to the top left blade in the factory 7-way, approximately at the 11 o'clock position. If there is no power to this wire while your running lights are on, then the problem is with the vehicle,...
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  • 2011 F-350 Firestone Ride Rite System Recommendation for a Diesel 4 Wheel Drive Model
  • The Firestone Ride Rite kit part # F2535 has been confirmed as a fit for your 4 wheel drive, diesel 2011 Ford F-350 and Firestone also lists this kit as being compatible with fifth wheel rail/gooseneck hitches so it SHOULD work for you. What you can do is check out the install video and instructions that I attached to compare to your truck to see if the two would interfere.
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  • What's the Modern Tire Size Equivalent of F78/15
  • The F78/15 stated in modern tire size terms would be a 205/75-15. When you need replacement tires, I'd recommend going with a radial tire because radials do a better job of shedding heat. Excessive heat build-up is the number one cause of blowouts and premature tire wear. When the time comes to replace the tires, I'd recommend a Taskmaster radial tire in 205/75-15 load range C as part # TTWTRTM2057515C with a 1820 lb capacity at 50 psi or as part # TTWTRTM2257515D for a load range D...
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  • Curt Gooseneck Adapter for Fifth Wheel Rails on Short Bed Truck
  • I spoke to my contact at Curt and he said that you could turn the gooseneck adapter # 16055 to have the hitch ball at the back. We usually recommend keeping the gooseneck ball forward. Keeping the gooseneck forward keeps the attachment point in front of the rear axle and the safety chain loops behind the hitch ball. You want your chain loops behind the hitch ball in order to best protect the cab of your truck in the even that your trailer comes unhitched.
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  • Curt Gooseneck Adapter for Fifth Wheel Rails on Short Bed Truck
  • I spoke to my contact at Curt and he said that you could turn the gooseneck adapter # 16055 to have the hitch ball at the back. We usually recommend keeping the gooseneck ball forward. Keeping the gooseneck forward keeps the attachment point in front of the rear axle and the safety chain loops behind the hitch ball. You want your chain loops behind the hitch ball in order to best protect the cab of your truck in the even that your trailer comes unhitched.
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  • Base Rails and Install Kit for RBW 15K in 2010 Ford F-250
  • If your RBW fifth wheel trailer hitch uses standard above-bed base rails, you can use any universal or F-250 custom 5th wheel installation kit that has standard above bed rails. I recommend the Reese Custom Base Rails and Outboard Installation Kit for Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches # RP56005-53. These rails are custom designed to fit your 2010 Ford F-250 and will help make installation easier. To find out if your trailer hitch uses standard rails, the distance from the left foot to right...
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  • Recommended Fifth Wheel Hitch For 2003 Ford F-250 With Turnoverball Installed
  • If you have the B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch, part # BWGNRK1108 installed on your 2003 F-250, we have just the fifth wheel hitch you need. I recommend the B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, part # BWRVK3500-5W. This is a 20,000 lb hitch and has a height adjustment between 16-1/4 and 18-1/4 inches. I was unable to find the part number RSB3006 you referenced but part # BWRVC3006 is a replacement head for the B&W Companion fifth wheel hitch and will not work...
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  • Comparing the Curt Q16 and Pro Series 16K 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches
  • The Curt Q16 5th wheel trailer hitch # C16120 is a great option. It has the dual jaw like you want and the head pivots front to back and side to side. This hitch is also cushioned for a smoother ride and the 3-point indicator system lets you know if you are hooked up properly or not. It also comes with a lube plate attached to the head. This is the hitch I would go with. I have linked a video review of this hitch for you. The Pro Series hitch # PS30855 is also a good entry level hitch....
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  • Fluid Capacity of Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler Kit # D13504
  • I spoke with my contact at Derale and he confirmed that the fluid capacity of Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler Kit # D13504 is 8 ounces. For install details and some product demonstration videos, click the provided links.
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  • How to Determine If Loading a Fifth Wheel Will Exceed Towing Capacity
  • It would be extremely difficult for me to tell you how much all of your gear would add to the pin weight of your trailer. The only way to know would be to weigh everything you plan on bringing with you and depending on where you are loading it add it to the pin weight. The Timbrens will help prevent your truck from sagging, but they will not add additional capacity to the vehicle. If the weight of the cargo you plan to tow ends up being less than 635 lbs you should be just fine.
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Only without Connector, Fuses, or Relays for a 1999 Ford Super Duty Truck
  • The wiring harness by itself from kit # 118243 is not available as a separate part but what you could do is use # PK11998 but one end would have to be hardwired to the truck's wiring. It ahs the following wire colors and functions: Red - Left Turn and Stop White - Ground Blue - Electric Brakes Green - Right Turn and Stop Black - Battery Brown - Running Lamps Yellow - Backup Lamps
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendations for 2004 Ford F350 for Towing Jayco Legacy
  • Ultimately, you'll want to choose a fifth wheel hitch whose capacity exceeds the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your fifth wheel. The Pro Series # PS30094 is an okay entry-level choice, but the slide-bar jaw configuration would allow for some movement of the king pin in the hitch when accelerating and braking. This can cause a rough, noisy and uncomfortable ride. I'd recommend a dual jaw hitch that would do a better job of holding the king pin from moving around in...
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  • Size Wrench Needed to Install Firestone Air Spring Kit in 2011 Ford F-250
  • The nuts and bolts that come with the # F2535 come in two sizes one is 3/8-16 in size and would require the use of 9/16 inch wrench or socket. The other is 3/4-16 which would require a 1-1/8 inch wrench. Beyond that it's hard to say exactly what tools you would need as Firestone does not make a complete list. If you have a set of basic hand tools beyond that you should be just fine. Check out the install video and instructions I attached as well.
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  • Which Firestone Air Spring Kit Spacer for Use with Ride-Rite Air Spring Kit # F2550
  • Since your Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550 mount to your axles you will use spacer kit # F2375. The other 6-inch spacer you referenced, part # F2374, is the correct spacer for air spring kits that mount to the leaf spring stack.
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  • Fit of Air Lift # AL88212 Air Suspension on 2009 Ford F350 w/ Custom 5th Wheel Install Brackets
  • We do have an air suspension application that is compatible with your fifth wheel frame brackets. If your truck is a 2WD model, use # AL57397 or # AL57398 for 4WD models. The spring brackets mount to the bottom of the frame members, so the existing fifth wheel brackets won't interfere. The Air Lift # AL88212 system you currently have is unfortunately not compatible with the custom 5th wheel frame brackets, only with the universal fifth wheel mounting bracket kit, part # RP30035. I've...
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  • Will Using a Tuner Damage the Motor or Transmission on a 2011 Ford Truck with 6.7 Powerstroke Diesel
  • If installed and used properly a programmer should not damage a vehicle's motor or transmission. Abuse of the new power, using the wrong fuel type for the tune (on gas motors) or use on a truck that is not running well could result in damage. To help with gas mileage use the Mileage XS Save tune option.
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  • Hydrastar HBA-10 Electric-Hydraulic Actuator Compatibility with 2008 Ford F-350 Factory Controller
  • Yes, you are correct that your 2008 Ford F-350 with factory brake controller will not operate when connected to the HydraStar # HBA-10 unless you add the Control Adapter Module # HBA-CAM. This adapter allows the factory controller and the EOH actuator to communicate properly. The adapter works with HBA-10 units with a serial number of 313800 or higher.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 1999 Ford F-350 Super Duty
  • I have just the trailer hitch for your 1999 Ford F-350 Super Duty. Check out Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 41922. This is a heavy duty Class IV trailer hitch with a 1000 towing capacity and is a bolt on installation like you are looking for. If you want to do some towing you may be interested in the following parts: For a wiring harness use # 18252 If your F-350 has the tow package use # 118243 I also recommend etrailer ball mount kit # EBMK2416. It comes with a ball mount, 2 balls,...
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  • California Legal Programmer Recommendation for a 2011 Ford F-250 Diesel Powerstroke
  • Since you live in the state of California we really only have one option for a programmer for your 2011 Ford F-250 Diesel. It is a great option though so it would work well for you. You would want the part # EP16130. This programmer will boost the efficiency of your motor a solid amount without requiring you to upgrade your exhaust. This programmer has an economy tune that you would want to use for everyday driving and a tow tune that would maximize efficiency while towing.
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  • Adapter to Allow 5th Wheel Towing in Truck Fitted with B&W Gooseneck Hitch
  • It sounds like you have the B&W Gooseneck hitch # BWGNRK1111 installed in your 2012 Ford truck and need an adapter to allow 5th wheel towing. You can use Curt X5 Fifth Wheel Adapter # 16310 that fits into the square hole in your gooseneck hitch to provide the equivalent of industry-standard rails that will accept your 5th wheel hitch. The linked videos illustrate its design and use.
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  • Programming Shift Points with Edge Evolution on 2006 Ford F-350
  • I spoke with my contact at Edge Technical and he said if your transmission isn't having any issues they do not recommend changing the shift points. If you are having an issue, say if you don't like how it feels when shifting from second to third gear, you might want to change the shift points. When programming the Edge Evolution # EP85100 you will get an option to create a custom program. Scroll through the options and select the shift points or shift firmness option from the list....
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Height on 2007 Ford F-350 4x4 With Lift Kit Installed
  • Thank you for your photo of your trailer pin box and truck bed, and by the way, your terminology is just fine! It looks like the pre-owned Ford F-350 you purchased for your 5th wheel towing has had a lift kit installed. This would be why there is only limited space between the king pin on the pin box and the top surface of the truck bed. You are correct to be concerned about maintaining the hitched 5th wheel trailer level with the ground once you install a hitch and couple the trailer...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2004 Ford F-350 Diesel
  • For your 2004 Ford F-350 diesel I recommend the P2 # 90885 with wiring harness # 3035-P. The P2 is one of our most popular brake controllers of all time because it is easy to set up and use and it is reliable. This is a proportional controller that will apply the trailer brakes in proportion to how hard or soft the vehicle is braking. This reduces wear and tear on the trailer and vehicle brakes and is the safest way to stop. I have linked a video showing installation for you.
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  • Where Does a Brake Controller Plug Into on a 2004 Ford F-350
  • On your 2004 Ford F-350 the factory port to plug in a brake controller is located near the center console to the right of the steering column. I have linked a video that shows how to access it.
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  • Replacement Bushing for a Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series Tailgate
  • The Replacement Pivot Tube Inserts # 4000-V10 that you referenced will fit all 4000 series Stromberg Carlson tailgates so it would work on your # VG-97-4000.
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  • Westin HDX Grille Guard with Winch Plate Recommendation for a 2011 Ford F-350
  • Instead of the HDX Grille Guard part # 57-2370 that you referenced you would want the part # 57-92370 as it comes with a winch mounting plate built into it and has been confirmed as a fit for your 2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty.
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2006 Keystone Raptor 3319 5th Wheel Trailer
  • We have trailer hitches that would likely fit your 2006 Keystone Raptor. However, you will want to check the laws in your state and where you will be traveling because in some places tandem towing (towing something behind a trailer that is also being towed) can be illegal. So if it is legal where you will be going then take a look at the following 2 hitches. First we have # 82200 rated for 5,000 pounds and fits frame widths from 31 inches to 46 inches. Frame width is measured from the...
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  • How to Carry 2 Kayaks at the Same Time on the Roof of a 2006 Ford F-250 Crew Cab
  • The Thule Hull-A-Port kayak carrier # TH834 is designed to carry 1 kayak (the two cradles support one kayak). So you would need 2 of them to carry 2 kayaks. There are other options that will allow you to carry more than 1 kayak with just one carrier. First, you will need to have a roof rack installed on your 2006 Ford F-250 crew cab. To add a roof rack you can use the following parts: 58 inch crossbars # Y00409 Q Towers # Y00124 Q58 clips # Y00658 (you will need 2 sets of these) Then...
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  • Comparing Performance of Cushioned 5th Wheel Hitch to Air-Cushioned Pin Box
  • There are several air-cushioned 5th wheel hitches on the market like the E-Z Floater, AirBox and AirSafe. We do not offer these items currently so I do not have first-hand experience that I can share. However, my etrailer associates with 5th wheels tell me that their ride quality is quite close to that of an air-ride pin box such as the Trailair Tri-Glide # UF35-946229. The differences are that the cushioned hitches can be quite large and bulky, and often have their air bags exposed,...
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  • Brake Controller Installation for a 2004 Ford F-250
  • To install a Prodigy brake controller part # 90185 in your 2004 Ford F-250 all you need is the correct install harness, part # 3035-P. I attached an install video that shows this harness being used to install the Prodigy in a similar Ford truck as yours.
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  • Weight Distribution Alternatives for 8500 lb Travel Trailer w/ 940lb Unloaded Tongue Weight
  • Although the # RP58306 clamps I recommended would allow you to retain your existing Dual-Cam system, a Reese SC system could be a good choice as well. The sway control portion of the SC works almost but not quite as well as the Dual-Cam you're currently using, but it still works very well. The # RP66155 is rated for tongue weights ranging from 600-1200 lbs and might be a good choice for you, depending on the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your TT. Keep in mind that any...
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  • How To Carry A Canoe on a 2008 Ford F-250 Crew Cab
  • Depending on where you want to carry your canoe at on your truck, we have several options for you. If you want to carry your canoe in the bed of your truck, I recommend a load extender, like Darby's Extend-A-Truck Load Extender # DTA944. The load extender fits trailer hitches with a 2 inch receiver and has a 350 pound load capacity. This will allow you to support and tie down the end of the canoe that hangs off the bed of your truck. If you want to carry your canoe above the bed...
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  • How To Carry A Canoe on a 2008 Ford F-250 Crew Cab
  • Depending on where you want to carry your canoe at on your truck, we have several options for you. If you want to carry your canoe in the bed of your truck, I recommend a load extender, like Darby's Extend-A-Truck Load Extender # DTA944. The load extender fits trailer hitches with a 2 inch receiver and has a 350 pound load capacity. This will allow you to support and tie down the end of the canoe that hangs off the bed of your truck. If you want to carry your canoe above the bed...
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  • Adapter Availability to Allow Both Trailer Sockets on 2012 F-350 to Be Used at One Time
  • If your truck connector looks like Hopkins # HM40975 where the two socket covers back up to one another then your options are to remove one of the covers, to use a hardwire replacement socket like # HM48470 which allows both to be used at once, or to install a 5th wheel inline plug-in wiring harness like # 51-97-410 at the back of your existing 7-way. This would let you use the existing socket for your trailer's 5-pole and provide a 7-way for your camper connection. Unfortunately there...
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  • B and W Gooseneck Hitch Fit 2006 F-350 Short Bed And 2008 Ford F-250 with Short Bed
  • As long as you have the B and W Turnoverball Gooseneck Trailer Hitch with the part # BWGNRK1108, the trailer hitch will fit both the 2006 Ford F-350 short bed and the 2008 Ford F-250 short bed.
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  • Compatibility of Wheel Masters Airless Inflation Kit # WM80092 with Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
  • According to my contact at Wheel Masters, the # WM80092 wouldn't be compatible with TPMS systems, because there's no air in the tube. Using a regular extension like # WM80292, # WM8029 or # WM802990 would be a better choice, as they're compatible with TPMS systems.
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for a 2001 Ford F-350 without Drilling
  • The Curt fifth wheel bracket kit you would need to install a set of Curt rails in the bed of your 2001 Ford F-350 would be the part # C16443. This will require drilling though. For a rail and bracket kit for your truck that won't require drilling you would want the part number # RP50082-58. I attached an install video for you to check out. Since we don't recommend mixing rail and bracket manufacturers this would be your best option.
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  • Troubleshooting Severe Trailer Sway over 55 Miles per Hour
  • Friction sway control can help stop some minor swaying due to wind or a semi truck passing you, but for major sway issues like you have they will not fix them. The biggest issue that causes trailer sway is improper trailer loading. You will want to have the tongue weight of your trailer between 10 and 15 percent of the total weight of your trailer. It is also important to have the trailer being towed as level as possible. I attached a help article that details how to pick out the...
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  • Does Install of Westin # 40-2375 Grill Guard Require Removal of Front Tow Hooks on 2013 Ford F350
  • Installation of the Westin # 40-2375 Sportsman Grille Guard will not require removal of the tow loops. The installation brackets attach to the vehicle using the bumper bolts, as you can see in the photo I've edited for you. This grille guard would be a great fit for your 2013 Ford F350. The grille guard provides mounts for driving lights like part # 09-0205.
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  • Availability of Weight Distribution System With Chain Hangers That Clamp to Trailer Frame
  • If you can confirm that your fully loaded and ready to tow trailer tongue weight is below 1000 lbs, Curt offers their TruTrack Weight Distribution system, part # C17500. We no longer carry Equal-I-zer weight distribution systems, but the TruTrack is very similar. This being said, I have a solution that would allow you to continue using your Strait-Line Weight Distribution System. You can simply replace the chain hangers for part # RP58306 which is a clamp-on hanger. When using the clamp...
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  • Replacing Grease Trailer Hubs with Oil Bath Hubs
  • You can convert some hubs from grease to oil bath using a kit such as # XLPROLUBE1980KIT but for others it would not be possible without changing the hubs. This is because oil bath hubs use an oil cap that threads onto the end of the hub. Most regular hubs are not threaded so you would not be able to screw on an oil cap. If you can tell me the inner and outer bearing numbers on your existing hubs I can determine if there is a way to replace them with an oil bath system.
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  • Will Sheet Of Plywood Fit Between The Wheel Well With Access Storage Pockets On 2002 Ford F-250
  • The material the Access G2 Galvanized Truck Bed Storage Pockets, part # A60070 is made of is galvanized metal. I called my contact at Access and they said the material is approximately 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. The pockets run parallel to the wheel well and do not taper in. The photo can at times be deceiving based on the angle the photo was taken. From my research I found that the distance between the wheel wells is 50.9 inches on F-250 and F-350 trucks. Adding the # A60070 pockets should...
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  • Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System Spring Fell Off 2008 Ford F-250
  • This is extremely rare and I can only imagine this happening if the springs were incorrectly installed, or were in the wrong location, under an extremely heavy load, or possibly having the wrong system installed. Per the instructions, there should only be a gap between 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches when the vehicle is empty. That gap is eliminated when the vehicle has a load added. The Timbren system is designed to work with a suspension system that is in good working order.
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  • How to Use a Pro Series Fifth Wheel Hitch in the Bed of a 2011 Ford F-350 with Hitch Prep
  • The only way you would be able to use your Pro Series fifth wheel hitch in the bed of your 2011 Ford F-350 that came with a hitch prep package would be to use the Reese Adapter part # RP30156. It is the only adapter we offer that would allow your hitch to fit your truck.
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  • Step Recommendation for a 2008 Ford F-250 Supercab for Access to Toolbox in Truck Bed
  • The extended cab Ford trucks are typically referred to as Supercab. For your 2008 Ford Super Duty with an 8 foot bed and a Supercab you would want the part # AS-550 as this product is designed for exactly what you are looking for. It will install behind the cab of the truck to make accessing cargo in the truck bed easier. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Will the DeeZee Bed Mat # DZ86881 fit Truck with Slide In Bed Liner
  • That will depend on how tight your slide-in bed liner fits the bed of your truck. The bed mat part # DZ86881 that you referenced is designed to fit pretty tight to the wheel wells of the truck that it is installed on. If you check out the picture I attached you will see how tight. At worst the mat may end up angling slightly up as it fits the contour of your truck bed.
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  • 7-Way and Brake Controller Install Recommendation for a 2011 Ford F-350
  • A 7-way for trailer wiring will have the blinker and stoplights on the same circuit. I attached a picture that has a diagram that shows all of the circuits that a 7-way has. To install a brake controller like the part # 90885 in the truck you will need the correct install harness, part # 3034-P. If the vehicle had a 7-way from the factory that is all you would need to install the controller. If instead the vehicle had a factory 4-way you would need to then make a few connections under...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Base Rail Installation Kit for 2004 Ford F-250 with 6-3/4-Foot Bed
  • The Husky Universal Base Rail Kit # HT30686 installs using an installation kit that fits your particular truck. Universal install kits are available for these rails but none is offered for your particular truck. The easiest base rail installation for your 2004 F-250 is with a custom-install kit. The Husky part is # HT31407-686, which includes the rails, under-bed brackets and hardware. This custom kit will save you a lot of drilling and reduce your overall install time by several hours....
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  • Recommended Hitch for Carrying Bike Rack on Rear of Keystone Outback 210RS Travel Trailer
  • If the outside to outside dimension of the frame members of your RV is between 22-72 inches, the Curt # 13703 would work for your RV. The brackets would need to remain in the orientation shown in the product description photos. Because of the nature of your frame, I'd recommend a hitch that attaches to the underside of the frame member, part # 82201 from Hidden Hitch. This hitch is a fit for frame members that measure between 47-71 inches apart, outside to outside. The Curt # 13703 warranty...
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  • Differences Between Air Springs and Jounce Style Springs
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550 for your 2011 Ford F-350 maintain an even load distribution using air pressure. The Firestone air bags' air pressure is adjusted for the weight of each individual load. This system includes air lines that run from the air bag to an easily accessible point on your vehicle's bumper. These air bags can be adjusted independently of each other for off-center loads. This system is dependent on an air tank of some kind, such as those found at...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty
  • I have some recommendations for you, depending on some of the specifications of your 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty. If you have a short bed truck, I recommend a sliding hitch to gain the necessary clearance while turning. Starting in 2011, Ford began offering a factory fifth wheel tow package. If your pickup has a factory fifth wheel tow package, you can use a fifth wheel hitch designed for the package, or an adapter for a standard hitch. If you have a short bed pickup and do not have...
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  • Replacement Handle for Reese Titan 16000 Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • I have a solution for you, however Reese does not offer a replacement part for only the handle for the Reese Titan 16K Fifth Wheel Hitch # RP30866. In order to replace the handle on your Titan 16K, you will want the Replacement Head # RP58446. This replacement part gives you a new head and handle together.
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  • Electric A-Frame Trailer Jack with the Most Lift for a 7.5K Trailer and 2013 Ford F-250
  • Basically, the higher the capacity of the jack used the easier it will be for the jack to operate and the longer it will last. The highest capacity A-frame jack that we have is # HT87247 rated for 4,500 pounds. There is also a model with a wireless remote, # HT87641. Both jacks offer 18 inches of lift. If more height is needed you could add the Super Foot, # HT31610, for 7 more inches. The jack with the most lift is going to be the Bulldog jack # BD500186 rated for 4,000 pounds. It has...
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