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Expert Answers about Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty


  • Will Adding Cold Air Intake Increase Gas Mileage on a Ford F-250 XLT V10
  • Adding cold air intake will help an engine to run more efficiently. But if that was the only thing you changed you probably wouldn't notice a difference in gas mileage on a single tank. It might take several months to see an improvement in mileage. Driving habits will have more of an effect on mileage. Other factors such as the condition of the vehicle, terrain, altitude will also have an effect on the mileage.
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  • Will the Length of Curt Bolt-Together Adjustable Weight Distribution Shank # C17122 Reduce Capacity
  • The longer Curt Weight Distribution Shank part # C17122 that you referenced will not reduce the capacity of your hitch. Hitch extenders reduce capacity by the increased leverage and the increased movement they create. Also, tongue weight affects weight distribution systems differently than a weight carrying setup, that is why this product has such a large gusset from the top piece and the lower piece and why it still has high capacities while being longer than most.
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  • Will a Sidewinder Fit B&W Companion Hitch for a 2014 Ford F-350 with Factory Prep Package
  • B&W Companion hitch # BWRVK3300 does fit the factory prep package on your 2014 Ford F-350. And it can be used with a Sidewinder since this version of the hitch fits in the 4 pucks in the truck bed. Models of the Companion that just fit in the Gooseneck ball hole are not compatible with Sidewinders. But to determine if there is as Sidewinder that fits the trailer I need to know the manufacturer of the pin box and the model number. This information should be on a sticker or plate on the...
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  • Torque Spec for Trailer Suspension Shackle Bolts
  • We recommend that shackle bolts be tightened fully, then backed off slightly to allow free movement. You can certainly use a medium-grip thread sealer like Loctite Blue, if you wish, but the above still applies. The shackle/equalizer bolts can be re-used if absolutely necessary but you'll want to be careful to check them for signs of wear and to confirm the threads are okay. All things considered, if you are going through the effort to dismantle your suspension (to replace your springs,...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Install Kits for a 2014 Ford F-250
  • I checked with Reese and you can install the 4-Bolt universal installation kit # RP30095 on your 2014 Ford F-250. We do not have a video showing installation of this kit but I have linked the instructions to the right. If you use this kit the rails are only held on by 2 bolts per rail and a center bolt just for stability. That is why Reese, and us here at etrailer, shy away from the 4-bolt kit. The 10-bolt kit, # RP30035, is much more secure. Each rail has 5 bolts on the 10 bolt kit. If...
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  • Mud Flap Availability for a 2002 Ford F-350
  • We do not carry the Ultra Guard Mud Flaps that you referenced that go all the way across the rear of the vehicle, but we do carry several other mudflaps confirmed to fit your 2002 Ford F350. Check out the link I attached to the right. We have fits for Dually and non-Dually models. You would need to select your vehicle style from the drop down menu at the top of the page.
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  • Breakaway Kit Recommendation for the HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Brake Actuators
  • You can use a Tekonsha breakaway kit with the HydraStar brake actuators, but it must have a 12 volt 5 amp-hour battery. For the HydraStar brake actuators, we recommend part # 50-85-313. The HydraStar actuators do not come with a breakaway kit and they do not have an integrated battery charger. The Tekonsha breakaway kit that I referenced comes with a Premium Integrated Charger, so you will not need to worry about picking up a separate charger. If you already have a breakaway kit with...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for a 2008 Ford F-250 Short Bed
  • The biggest differences between Husky 16K hitch # HT31326-31196 and Curt hitch # C16521 are the slider base, jaws, and head. The Husky slider base has a lot of moving parts. It is unlike anything else I have seen. I have used it and find it to be a bit complicated which is not a benefit if you find yourself stranded on the side of the road. The Husky slider base also can only travel 10 inches compared to the simpler Curt design with 12 inches of travel. More travel means more clearance...
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  • Compatibility of Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller with 2000 Ford F350
  • Brake controllers aren't vehicle specific, any controller can be used on virtually any vehicle. The Brake Controller Wiring Adapter, part # 3035-P is the vehicle specific part. The # 3035-P is compatible with your truck. One end of the adapter would plug into the rear of the controller, the other into the grey connector under the dash. In your vehicle, the connector should be located above and to the right of where your right knee would be while driving. If you click the provided link,...
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  • Will Reese Universal 5th Wheel Hitch Base Rails Work with BandW Hitch on Ford Super Duty
  • I show the B and W 5th Wheel Hitch that installs on below bed rails that is a confirmed fit for your 2010 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty is part # BWRVK3500-5W. This setup does have a B and W Fifth Wheel Installation Kit, part # BWGNRK1108-5W. This custom installation kit is required for installation. The Reese universal installation kit for below bed rails # RP30073 is not compatible with this hitch. The linked article on 5th wheel hitch installation may be helpful to you.
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  • B and W Companion Hitch with Slider Recommendation for a 2011 Ford Super Duty Short Bed
  • The B and W Companion 5th Wheel Hitches like the part # BWRVK3400-5W are excellent fifth wheel hitches that I can assure you will do well in B and W Turnover Gooseneck hitch in your 2011 Ford F Series Super Duty. Since your truck has a short bed you would need a slider hitch like this one to give you the needed clearance to make sharp turns. These hitches have a great reputation because they are well made here in the USA and provide a quiet, smooth towing experience due to the excellent...
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  • Superchips VIVID Performance Tuner Recommendation for a Ford 350 SuperDuty Gas 6.2 Liter
  • The Superchips VIVID Performance Tuner and Android Device # SU518580 that you referenced is for diesel engines. Since you have a the 6.2 liter gas engine in your Ford 350 SuperDuty you would want the part # SU518650 instead.
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer hitch Installation Kit for a 2014 Ford F-250 Short Bed
  • The measurement from the rear edge of the truck bed forward to the back of the rear rails should be 32-1/2 inches. For Reese universal 5th wheel installation kit # RP30035 you would look at the part in the instructions under the heading FORD F-150 & F-250 THROUGH ’96 / ‘97 F-250 OVER 8500 GVW, F350 THROUGH ’97 /1999 & NEWER F-250 / F-350 & F-450 SUPERDUTY PICKUPS (Not Cab-On-Chassis). This is sheet 11 of 23 inch the instructions linked to the right.
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  • Foot Plate Recommendation for a Jack with a Tube Outside Diameter of 1-3/4 inches
  • The Removable Steel Foot with Pin # DL22541 is designed to fit a jack tube with an outside diameter of 1-3/4 inches. The jack it is designed to fit is the part # DL22530. Without knowing what brand jack you have it would be hard for me to say for certain if this footplate would work for you but it would be the best option we have.
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  • Proper Mounting Flange Orientation for the B&W Heavy-Duty Trailer Hitch Receiver # BWHDRH25230
  • The correct orientation for the mounting flanges for the B&W Heavy-Duty Trailer Hitch Receiver # BWHDRH25230 that you referenced is what the installation instructions show. They should point in and not out. I attached a picture that I took from the installation instructions, that are also attached to the right, that shows how the flanges should be orientated.
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Installation Kit Recommendation for a 2014 Ford F250 Diesel
  • I checked with Husky and the only rail kit they recommend for your 2014 Ford F250 is the Husky Fifth Wheel rail kit part # HT31408-686. Their custom fit kit part # HT31563 is not recommended by them so I cannot recommend it for you. For a similar universal rail kit that has been confirmed to fit your vehicle I would recommend the Reese Fifth Wheel Installation Kit # RP30035. This kit has been confirmed to work with Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Reese, Valley and Husky hitches. Between...
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  • Recommended Air Spring Suspension Kit for 2008 Ford F350 Diesel Dually
  • As long as your truck isn't a V10 SuperCab model, the Firestone # F2550 would be my recommendation. Using an air bag system will allow you to adjust the stiffness of the suspension according to the weight of the load being carried. The kit is compatible with gooseneck/fifth wheel hitch brackets and would be compatible with your truck regardless of whether it's equipped with the factory top overload springs. There's also a compressor system available, part # F2097 that would allow you...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for a 2011 Ford F-250
  • When I hear the term standard bed, I think of a long bed (8 foot bed). If you do have a long bed on your 2011 Ford F-250 then you would not need a slider hitch. It would be an extra expense that isn't necessary for a long bed truck. But for a short bed, 6-3/4 foot for the 2011 Ford F-250, a slider would be the way to go. If you do anticipate a heavier trailer in the future then going with a hitch that has a higher capacity than what would be needed for your current trailer would...
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  • Adding Trailer Wiring Harness to a 1999 Ford F-350
  • If your 1999 Ford F-350 came with a factory 4-Way trailer connector, you can add a 7-Way using # 118243. I have linked a video showing installation for you. To add a 7- to 4-Way adapter the most popular option is # PK12716. If the truck did not come with any type of trailer connector then to add a 4-Way you would need to use # 18252. Then to add a 7-Way you would need # ETBC7.
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  • B and W Gooseneck Hitch Recommendation for a 2013 Ford F250
  • The only B and W gooseneck hitch I could safely recommend for you 2013 Ford F250 would be the B and W gooseneck hitch part # BWGNRK1111. The # BWGNRK1108 uses a very different bracket design that if modified to fit your vehicle would void the warranty so I can't recommend it for you. When a hitch manufacturer has to release a new style of installation brackets for a hitch it's not because they want to. It costs a lot of money in research, development and testing. I can assure you there...
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  • Clearance Concerns For Fifth Wheel On 2015 Ford F-350 Super-Duty With 8 Ft Bed
  • I don't think you are going to have an issue with your new 2015 Ford F-350. Since you have a fifth-wheel hitch already installed in your 2006 F-250, the above bed rails will normally sit about 2 inches above the bed of the truck. The adapter I recommend, part # RP30156, measures about 3 inches to the top of the adapter when installed in the pucks on your new truck. That would be a difference of about an inch. This adapter has a weight capacity of 20,000 lbs, and can work with standard...
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  • Replacement Inner Gooseneck Trailer Coupler Tube that Doesnt Use Load Bearing Pins
  • As far as an inner tube only, the BX1 coupler # BD1289170300 is the only option. It sounds like you need one that is held in the outer tube with set screws such as # CG or # BD0287690300. Coupler # CG has a 4 inch diameter tube and # BD0287690300 has a 4-1/2 inch tube. The other option is to replace both the outer and inner tube with # BD1289040300, # BD1289030300, # BD1289000300, # BD1289080300, # BD1289070300, or # BD1289140300. These are all BX1 couplers for 2-5/16 inch balls...
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  • Best Fifth Wheel Hitch for a 2015 Ford F350 Short Bed with Hitch Prep
  • The Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider # RP30144 that you referenced would be the perfect hitch for you to use on your 2015 Ford F350 crew cab short bed. Since you have a short bed you would need a slider to make tight turns, this hitch has a slider. This hitch also has 18,000 lbs of capacity which would be more than enough for your trailer. Although your trailer claims to have a nose that will allow for tight turns without a slider I would still recommend...
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  • Chain Hanger Recommendation for a Reese Weight Distribution System on a Trailer with Large Frame
  • If I am understanding your question correctly the issue you foresee with using a weight distribution system on your trailer is that the frame might make it difficult for attaching the chain hangers. We have just the product for this. You would want the part # RP58305. These will bolt onto the side of virtually any trailer frame and would work well for you. The Strait-Line Weight Distribution w Sway Control # RP66130 should work well for you, but before you order it I would recommend...
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  • Best B and W Hitch and Rail Kit Recommendation for a 2013 Ford F-250 Super Duty with Short Bed
  • Yes the hitch and rail kit you referenced would technically fit your 2013 Ford F-250 SD with a short bed, but since you have a short bed truck you would want a slider hitch instead of the B&W Companion Gooseneck-to-5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch # BWRVK3500 so that you can make tight turns otherwise the cab of your truck would interfere with the trailer preventing you from making any tight turns. For that you would want the slider version of this hitch part # BWRVK3400-5W. Check out the review...
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  • Under-Bed Fifth Wheel Hitch Mounting Options for 2013 Ford F250 Super Duty
  • The Reese underbed fifth wheel mounting rail kit that's compatible with your truck is part # RP30126. The rail kit is compatible with the # RP30142 Elite Series 18K hitch you looked at, as well as the 25K version, part # RP30143. You might also be interested in a gooseneck hitch kit, part # RP30138. Installing this would allow you to haul both gooseneck and fifth wheel trailers, which would offer you a great amount of flexibility. If you don't already have a 7-way trailer connector installed...
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  • Air Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for a 2001 Ford F-250 4WD
  • Yes, both air bags of the Air Lift Vehicle Suspension kit part # AL57390 and # AL88390 will install on the inboard side of the frame on your 2001 Ford F-250. The only advantage the # AL88390 has is it has an internal jounce bumper for additional support. The Reese Fifth Wheel install kit part # RP50082 that you referenced installs on the outboard side of the vehicle frame. The Firestone kit part # F2550 is a very similar kit but uses a slightly different brackets. Firestone has also...
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  • Troubleshooting Sidewinder on Fifth Wheel Trailer that Doesn't Straighten Out When Towing
  • If the arm of your Sidewinder is at an angle relative to the head of your fifth wheel hitch the issue is the wedge of the Sidewinder that is supposed to be locking the arm to the hitch head is not doing it's job. I would not recommend you tow anymore until you address this issue. You could be using the wrong wedge for your hitch or it needs to be orientated properly. Check out the installation instructions I attached, around page 7 there are instructions on wedge activation. I also...
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  • Installing Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate # VG-97-100 in 2006 Ford F-250
  • When you install the Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate # VG-97-100 in your 2006 Ford F-250 you will use your stock tailgate cables. These will only need to be removed and reinstalled one time when you do the tailgate installation.
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  • Will Bestop TrekStep Side Mounted Truck Step # B7540315 Fit 2013 Ford F-350 Supercab Dually
  • Yes, the Bestop TrekStep Side Mounted Truck Step # B7540315 will indeed fit on your 2013 Ford F-350 Supercab Dually truck. I verified this fit with my contact at Bestop. This spring-loaded step, which is shown being installed in the linked video, offers a substantial 400-lb weight capacity and installs without drilling.
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  • PullRite and Husky 5th Wheel Hitch Compatibility with 2012 Ford F-250 with 6-1/2-Foot Bed
  • Since your 2013 Crossroads Cruiser Aire CFL28CS 5th wheel has a dry base weight of 6885-lbs it is well within the 12K capacity of the PullRite 3100 Slider. However, this hitch is a fit only for 1/2-ton trucks; it is not usable in your 3/4-ton F-250. I confirmed this with PullRite. You will therefore need to either re-use your 16K Husky hitch or install a new one. I suggest a custom install kit for the new 2012 truck. Custom kits reduce installation time compared to universal-fit types....
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Installation Kit Part #RP50073-58 Recommend 2013 F 350 Ford 6.7 Diesel 6 3/4 Box
  • Yes, the rails of the Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit # RP50073-58 that you referenced are considered industry standard rails so they will work just fine with your older Reese 5th Wheel 15K Classic 5th Wheel Mounted on a Kwik Slide. This rail kit would also be the correct rail kit for your 2013 F 350 Ford W/ 6.7 Diesel and 6 3/4 Box. I attached an install video for this install kit for you to check out as well.
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  • Firestone the Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring Kit part # F2550 Recommend for a 2010 Ford F350 DRW
  • According to Firestone the Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring Kit part # F2550 that you referenced is compatible with gooseneck and fifth wheel hitches installed in the bed of your 2010 Ford F-350 dually so it would work well for you. I attached an install video for this kit for you to check out as well. You might also be interested in the Firestone Level Command Compressor part # F2097 to make maintaining air pressure in the bags easy.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2012 Ford F350 Dually
  • The tech tip for the Curt Hitch part # C15410 that you referenced that says, "Hitch fits vehicles with a 20 inch or smaller spare tire." is referring to the size of the rim. This hitch is confirmed to fit your truck so it should work well for you and will fit with your factory spare. If you are in the market for a new ball mount as well check out the link I attached that details how to pick out the correct one.
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  • DeeZee InvisaRack Truck Bed Ladder Rack Recommendation for a 2001 Ford F-250
  • Yes, as long as the length of the truck bed on your 2001 Ford F250 is 6-3/4 feet long the Ladder Rack part # DZ951600 would fit your truck, if you have an 8 foot long truck bed you would want the part # DZ951800.
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  • Air Bag Recommendation for a Lifted 2012 Ford F-250 Diesel
  • Although Firestone does not have an air bag set that will work on your 2012 Ford F-250 diesel with an 8 inch suspension lift, I do have a product that can work for you. Air Lift offers the LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Air Helper Springs with Internal Jounce Bumpers. With this kit you not only get the adjustability of the air springs but you also get the comfort and reliability of the jounce springs. If your truck is 2 wheel drive you will need part # AL88395 and for a 4 wheel drive, part #...
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  • Which Vehicles Will the Westin Sportsman Grille Guard Part # 45-1640 Fit
  • Your Westin Sportsman grille guard # 45-1640 will fit additional vehicles other than your 2006 Ford F-250. It will fit the following vehicles: 2005 Ford Excursions (all models). 2005-2007 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty's (all models). 2005 - 2007 Ford F-350, 450, and 550 Cab and Chassis (all models). Please note the installation brackets and hardware cannot be purchased separately because the brackets are specific to the vehicle. You would need to remove the brackets if you plan...
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  • Moving Valley Class III Hitch from 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis to 2011 Lincoln Town Car
  • Valley has gone out of business, which explains why you can't find them online. When it comes to the Hidden Hitch, Draw-Tite and the Curt hitches we offer, the 2007 Grand Marquis and the 2011 Town Car use the same hitch, so it would be a pretty good bet that a Valley hitch that fit a 2007 Grand Marquis would fit a 2011 Town Car. This being said, you'll need to replace the installation hardware. The nuts and bolts are intended for one-time use only, they're not meant to be torqued...
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  • Does Bedliner Need to be Removed to Install Gooseneck Hitch
  • The good news is you can keep your factory bedliner. You will just have to cut out a portion of the bedliner of your 2012 Ford F250 SuperDuty in order to install a gooseneck hitch like the Hide-A-Goose Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch, # 9460-48, which you reference. If you are careful how you cut the bedliner you can use the portion you remove as a plug to cover up the removed section when the ball is down. Check out the Gooseneck Trailer Hitch article and a video review of this...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan
  • Yes, the Curt Hitch part # 13364 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit your 2015 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan so I would recommend it for you. Check out the install video I attached. For trailer wiring you would want the part # C56150. I attached an install video for you to check out. For ball mounts I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag.
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2002 Ford F-350 with Knapheide Utility Body
  • Usually they put utility bodies like the one on your 2002 Ford F-350 on the cab and chassis versions of the truck (rather than the standard models that would come with a regular bed). You would need to look at the hitches for the cab and chassis models linked to the right. These hitches fit a frame width of 34 inches. This is measured from the outside of one frame rail to the outside of the other frame rail. If your measurement is 34 inches then you would look at the cab and chassis...
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  • Replacement Foot Assembly Kit Recommendation for a Reese Elite 25k Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • Sounds like you need the part # 58238 for your Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30143.
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  • Troubleshooting a Reese Elite 25k Hitch Stuck in the Pucks of a 2011 Ford Super Duty
  • The best recommendation I could make would be to get some lubricant down into the pucks and onto the levers of the # RP30143 like WD40 to hopefully break loose the hitch in the pucks. You would want to spray the lubricant liberally and let it sit for about 15 minutes. You could also use a rubber mallet on the outside of the legs to help get the lubricant to set and to help break the pucks free.
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  • Can a 5th Wheel Trailer Be Towed with a Slider Hitch in the Maneuvering Position
  • You cannot tow the trailer with the slider hitch in the maneuvering position. The trailer should actually be centered directly over the rear axle or a few inches forward of it but not behind it at all. That will cause all sort of issues such as steering and braking problems, it can make the headlights point up, and the capacity behind the axle is lower than directly above it or slightly forward. What you could do instead which would be much safer is add a Sidewinder to the trailer. A...
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  • Door Handle Covers for a 2012 Ford Super Duty
  • Putco lists the door handle covers # P401209 as a fit for 1999 to 2015 Ford Super Duty trucks but the passenger side handle covers DO NOT have a key hole. Alternatively, set # P401009 does have a cutout for the passenger side key hole.
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  • Does Edge Evolution CS Programmer # EP85100 Have to Remain Connected After Programming
  • The performance tuner you referenced, the Edge Evolution CS Programmer # EP85100, does not have to remain connected after you have re-programmed your 2008 F-250's 6.4L Powerstroke V8 Turbo Diesel Engine. However, since this product is both a tuner and a monitor removing it after re-programming will eliminate the monitoring functions, which include up to 8 different parameters. Do please note this unit is not approved for use in California. If you are more interested in the programming...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Hitch Recommendation for a 2001 Ford F-250 Short Bed
  • First you will want to start with a rail kit so that you can install a fifth wheel hitch in the bed of your 2001 Ford F250 short bed. For that you would want a custom install kit to minimize drilling and cut the install time in half. For that you would want the part # RP50082-58. Install video for this attached to the right. Now for a hitch you will want a slider hitch so that you have enough clearance to make sharp turns. One of the nicest slider hitches we offer that would work...
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  • Chrome Door Handle Recommendation for a 2012 Ford F250 Crew Cab
  • The Putco Chrome Door Handle Covers # P401209 are made overseas, but I can guarantee they will work well on your 2012 Ford F250 Crew Cab. We had a customer come back and tell us how well they worked and installed, plus these are covered by a one year warranty to protect you as well. Check out the installation instructions I attached as well.
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  • Recommendation of a Gooseneck Trailer Adapter for a 1999 Ford F-350 Dually
  • With a 6-inch lift on your 1999 Ford F-350 dually and 22-1/2 inch tires the Convert-A-Ball gooseneck adapter # CAB-C5G is a solid option if you need to change the attachment style of the trailer from the 5th wheel to gooseneck. The trailer will likely ride nose up but this adapter is height adjustable from 12-inches to 16-inches and has a 20,000 pound towing capacity. Of the adapters available this is likely the best option for your lifted truck. Please note this gooseneck adapter #...
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  • Will 15K Pro Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Fit Reese Universal Install Kit on 2001 Ford Super Duty
  • Yes, the 15K Pro Series 5th wheel trailer hitch # PS30093 for a fixed or # PS30094 for a slider (sliders are for short bed trucks) will fit the industry standard above the bed rails included with universal installation kit # RP30035. I have linked a video to the right that shows installation of the kit on a similar vehicle.
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  • Will Curt OEM 5th-Wheel Hitch Legs for Ford # C16017 Fit 2006 Ford F250 with Factory Pucks
  • My technical contacts at Curt are not familiar with 2006 Ford F-250s having a factory 5th wheel puck system, nor are any of my associates here at etrailer. This factory-installed feature has been offered only since late-2010 production trucks. It is possible that the pucks in your truck are dealer-installed, or if the truck were pre-owned perhaps it was fitted with an aftermarket system of some kind such as the Reese Under-Bed Rail Kit # RP30073. This Reese system does use a Power...
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  • LED Trailer Tail Light Lights up Wrong LEDs on One Side when Brakes are Applied
  • Take a look at the video I have linked to the right that shows how the LED trailer tail light # STL90RB is supposed to light up. The outer LEDs light up bright when the brakes are applied. If this is how your lights are lighting up then they are functioning normally. But it sounds like you have one that is functioning normal and one that is functioning opposite of how it should be. The center of the light is the running light and the outer LEDs are the brake and turn signal. On...
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  • Can the MaxxTow Adjustable Motorcycle Wheel Chock Hold a Honda Goldwing
  • The MaxxTow adjustable wheel chock # MT70075 does not have a weight capacity or a bike size limit. It is dependent on how it is mounted. For example if secured to a metal or solid wood floor using the proper fasteners for that material then it could handle a Honda Goldwing, no problem. With that said the chock will accept tires that are up to 5-1/2 inches wide so nothing larger than that would fit. I do recommend additional supports such as tie downs # EM05729. You would not want...
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  • Will a P3 Brake Controller Plug Into the Same Wiring Harness as a Draw Tite Activator II
  • No, the wiring for a Draw Tite Activator II # 5100 and a Prodigy P3 Brake Controller # 90195 are the exact same. It would be just a matter of unplugging the Activator and plugging the P3 in it's place.
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  • Fifth Wheel Rails and Hitch Recommendation for a 2000 Ford F250 to Replace Bed Mounted Rails
  • That is a very strange sound fifth wheel setup you have in the bed of your 2000 Ford F-250. Are there any brand names or part numbers you can get off of the hitch or rail system? We would love to see any pictures of this setup if you have them as well. For a rail kit that will install on the frame of your truck and has been tested to be safe I would recommend the part # RP50082-58. This is a custom install kit that will minimize drilling and install in about half the time of a universal...
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  • Motorcycle Carrier Recommendation for a 350 lb Scooter
  • For a carrier for your 350 lb scooter with 13 inch wheels you would be better off with the Trailer Hitch Mounted Dirt Bike Carrier # RHDC1. There isn't a wheel size restriction with this carrier and it would put both of your wheels off the ground. This carrier has a built in jack to make loading and unloading very easy. If you are planning on using a hitch extender with your F350 you need to be aware that doing so will reduce the capacity of your hitch by 50 percent. Most likely this...
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  • installing Firestone Ride-Rite System On 2011 Ford F-250 With Fifth Wheel Installed
  • I spoke with one of our Experts that does a lot of towing and he was able to give me some information that may help you out. It seems that on your 2011 Ford F-250, when you install the Reese Custom Base Rails, part # RP50073-58, the bracket that is attached under the bed of your truck covers the hole that the Firestone Ride-Rite System, Part # F2535 uses to attach the bracket. You do have a couple of options. You can replace the bolt that is used for the Ride-Rite system with a...
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  • Can a High-Low Adapter and Hitch Extender with Winch Mount be Used with Winch on 2012 Ford F-250
  • I do not recommend using a high-low adapter to achieve the rise you are looking for. The problem is that you would have to use the adapter, possibly an extension, and then a winch mount. That creates a lot of links in the chain so to speak and a lot of extra stress on the front mount hitch # 65049 on your 2012 Ford F-250. The use of extensions and adapters reduces the tongue weight, or in this case the vertical pull, by 50 percent. With that many accessories connected the vertical pull...
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  • 4 Bike Rack Recommendation that Can Swing Away and Can Tilt
  • I have two possible solutions for you that would work out better than the Yakima Big Horn bike rack you referenced. For a bike rack that can tilt while bikes are loaded check out the Softride Hydraulic-Assist Dura Tilting 4 Bike Rack # SR26321 this rack can tilt while loaded with bikes and also has the anti-sway cradles like the Big Horn that you said you liked. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well. If the reason you want the rack to tilt is so that...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch and Rail Kit Recommendation 2014 Toyota Tundra with Short Bed
  • To determine if your 2014 Toyota Tundra has the towing capacity to tow a 14.5k travel trailer all you need to do is grab your owners manual and look under the towing section to see if your vehicle has the capacity. From my research it looks like it's not possible, but I would recommend you still check to be sure. If you determine that you can you are going to need a slider hitch to allow you to make sharp turns and an install kit. For a hitch I would recommend the Curt Q16 5th Wheel...
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  • Where Does a Brake Controller Plug In on a 2008 Ford F-250 XLT
  • On your 2008 Ford F-250 there is a panel you will need to remove on the middle console, passenger side. If you remove that you will have access to where the brake controller needs to plug in. I have included a picture that should help.
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  • Will the Reese Hitch part # RP30081 fit In Rails that Previously had a Reese 16k Hitch
  • Yes, the Reese Hitch part # RP30081 would fit in the rails you have in the bed of your truck that previously had a Reese 16k hitch installed into. Both your current hitch and the # RP30081 are designed to fit the industry standard fifth wheel rails. I attached a picture that has the dimensions of the industry standard fifth wheel rails.
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  • Will a Programmer Work on a 2009 Ford F-350 Diesel if the DPF is Dropped
  • This question comes up a lot but none of the programmers that we carry are designed to work with a DPF delete pipe. There are laws and emissions requirements that prevent that. If it is possible to do so you would likely have to have a custom tune from a performance shop. The programmers that we carry can help with mileage by helping the engine to run more efficiently and some can even help monitor driving habits so that you can make changes to the way you drive to improve fuel economy....
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  • How to Pick Out Weight Distribution System for Horse Trailer that Will have Varying Tongue Weights
  • You are on the right track. You want to pick a weight distribution system that the tongue weight range of your trailer will fall right into the middle of. The amount of chain links on a system like the # RP66541 is how the spring tension is adjusted. This system has a range of 400 to 800 lbs of tongue weight and would have a pretty good chance of covering all of your tongue weight range. You will need to confirm this first though. I attached an FAQ article on determining tongue weight...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for a 2013 Ford F-250 Diesel and 5th Wheel Trailer
  • There are some 5th wheel trailers that are specifically designed for short bed trucks and clearance when making tight turns. The only way to know for sure though is to either try it, which could have horrible results, or to measure, which could be difficult on a 5th wheel trailer that isn't very flat at the front. For your consideration, a mathematical formula that should help: Use the formula below to ensure there will be enough space between your truck cab and trailer when executing...
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  • Air Lift Loadlifter Air Helper Spring Recommendation for a 2014 Ford F250 with 3-1/2 inch Lift
  • All you would need to install the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Air Helper Springs with Internal Jounce Bumpers # AL88396 on your 2014 Ford F250 with a 3-1/2 inch lift kit is the correct lift spacer kit. For that you would need the spacer kit part # AL52140. If your lift is a body lift then the spacers wouldn't be needed. I attached an install video for you to check out as well for the # AL88396.
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  • Best Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Options for a 2004 Ford F-350
  • You should know that Valley is no longer around. The part you referenced is just the head of a gooseneck hitch. You will need the installation kit to go with it. For your 2004 Ford F-350 you would need # V69610. I am unable to locate the instructions since Valley is no more. But all of the other gooseneck trailer hitches, with the exception of one, do not require drilling for installation. So there is a good chance that drilling is not required for the Valley hitch either. If you do...
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  • Gooseneck coupler adapter for a 2014 Ford F-250 4 x 4 diesel
  • The Ranch Hitch universal 5th-wheel-to-gooseneck coupler adapter # AM3139 will have an 8-inch offset to allow more clearance between truck and trailer for short-bed trucks. The offset ranch hitch does not move the pivot point of the trailer so no extra clearance is gained between the truck cab and the 5th wheel overhang. Only the Anderson Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection offers true offset and even then only 5-1/4 inches. Safety chains # AM3109 are a necessary precaution when you are towing....
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  • Which Front Seat Covers Best Fit a 2002 Ford F-250 with a 40/20/40 Split Bench Seat
  • The Covercraft TrueTimber front seat cover # SS3261TTPK will not fit your 2002 Ford Lariat Crew Cab. Based on you viewing that seat cover I would assume you have a split bench seat and there are 2 seat cover options that will work depending on the location of the seatbelt. First # SS3305TTPK is a fit if your F-250 Crew Cab has high seat back and non adjustable head rests. Second, part # SS3328TTPK fits your truck if it has the shoulder belts in the seats and adjustable head rests. View...
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  • Will Air Lift Suspension Enhancement System Work On 2011 Ford F-250 With B & W Gooseneck
  • You said you have the B and W gooseneck installed on your 2011 Ford F-250 with the short bed. If you install the # AL57396 on your truck you may need to drill through the brackets of the gooseneck hitch. I spoke with my contact at B&W about your truck and about the hitch you have installed on your truck. They told me that as long as you do not weld on or cut off any part of the gooseneck hitch, you will not void their warranty. If you decide to install the # AL57396, you will need...
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  • Will Firestone No-Drill Mount Kit for Wireless Air Command # F2529 Fit 2008 F350 4x4
  • Yes, according to my contact at Firestone their No-Drill Mount Kit for Wireless Air Command, part # F2529, is designed with universal hardware to allow mounting on virtually all truck frames. It is confirmed to fit your 2008 F-350 frame.
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  • Why Do Hitch Extenders Reduce Hitch Capacity but Long Ball Mounts Do Not
  • This is a great question that there isn't exactly a great answer for. Hitch extenders not only put the weight further away from the hitch which would increase the leverage on the hitch, but they also add movement to the assembly which will increase the impact of the tongue weight since there will be play between the hitch and hitch accessory. Think of how a jack hammer works to help visualize what I mean. I wish there was an exact figure as to how much the tongue weight gets reduced...
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  • Air Spring Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for a 2011 Ford F250 with Gooseneck Hitch
  • For your 2011 F250 super duty 4x4 lariat with a 6.7 turbo diesel 3/4 ton I would still recommend the part # F2535. The part # AL88396 that you referenced has a note that it will only work with universal gooseneck or fifth wheel install kits. Because of that I would not recommend it for you since you have a B andW turn over ball gooseneck hitch.
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  • Air Spring Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for a 2011 Ford F250 with Gooseneck Hitch
  • If your 2011 Ford F-250 has a gasoline engine the correct air spring kit would be the Firestone Kit part # F2550. If you have a diesel engine you would want the part # F2535 instead. Both of these kits are compatible with the gooseneck hitch you have installed in your truck bed.
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  • Will K-Source Custom Extendable Towing Mirrors # KS61067-68F Fit 2014 F-250
  • The K-Source Custom Extendable Towing Mirrors you referenced, their part # KS61067-68F, are a fit for the Ford F-250s with manual mirrors for model years 1999 through 2007. These mirrors do not fit the 2014 F-250. We do not currently offer any aftermarket mirrors for the 2014 model year. The links provided will let you see all accessories offered for both 2001 and 2014 model year F-250s. I also included a link to our page for all universal-fit towing mirrors where you can find clip-on,...
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  • Locking Pin for Use with B&W Adjustable Ball Mount with 3 Balls
  • The only locking pin that is long enough to work with the B&W adjustable ball mounts such as # BWTS10048B is the Locking Adjustment Pin # AM3428.
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  • Vehicle Fits for MaxxTow Heavy Duty Headache Rack # MT70234
  • The MaxxTow Heavy Duty Headache Rack # MT70234 fits a broad range of trucks thanks to its adjustable base which offers 10-inches of adjustment, from 64-inches wide to 74-inches wide. The main purpose of this rack is to protect the cab from shifting cargo in the bed. This headache rack will fit your 2002 Ford F-250 but not your 2002 Chevrolet S10 or 2001 Dodge Ram 2500. The list of trucks it will fit is shown on the product page. I have included at right links to our pages for accessories...
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  • How to Convert Trailers Air Brakes to Electric Brakes
  • The Warner Air Utility Brake Control# 1300-80, which you reference, is designed for towing vehicles that have air brakes and trailers that have electric brakes. If you want to convert your trailer's air brakes to electric brakes you will want to remove the air brakes and then install the electric brakes from scratch. You will need several items to add electric brakes to your trailer. Starting with the trailer you will need a hub and drum that matches the bearings and seal on your trailer...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for the Front Hitch of a 2013 Ford F250
  • I think the best rack for your application would be the Swagman XP 3 Bike Rack part # S64910-2. This rack does not have any folding or tilting features so it will be a very solid rack with out any movement. It also comes with an anti-rattle hitch pin to prevent the rack from moving inside the hitch at all. This rack can fit 3 bikes, but would also fit 2 bikes very easily. Installing the rack on your hitch and installing bikes on the rack would be pretty simple as well. Check out the...
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  • Driving in Extreme Mode Continuously with an Edge Evolution CTS Programmer in a 2010 Ford F-250
  • Running in extreme mode all the time can negatively affect your transmission and or engine. Such operation will place the engine and transmission under increased stress. Because the primary reason for installing a performance tuner is to increase horsepower and torque, it follows that many people who use them are interested in driving fun. Typically, there are levels available that provide hefty power gains that are considered appropriate for on-road use. Sometimes, however, gains are...
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  • Troubleshooting Installation of Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller # 5500
  • It sounds like you have done a hard-wired brake controller installation on your truck. As an alternative you can use a quick-connect harness # 3035-P, which plugs in between the controller and the under-dash port on your F-350. For the hard-wired installation you will need to tap into the cold side of the brake light switch. This is the wire that carries a signal ONLY when the brake pedal is pressed. This wire connects to the red wire on the Activator II to trigger its output. You can...
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  • Will Going with a Higher Rated Brake Magnet Give More Braking Power
  • Going to a "more powerful" magnet will not give you additional stopping power. All it will do is make your trailer brakes harder to fine tune as they will want to lock up easier. Your best option would be to stick with the proper rated magnets for your setup. If your brakes are weak and won't lock up that could mean that your magnets are worn and need replaced or your assemblies are out of adjustment. The easiest possibility is that your brake controller just needs to be adjusted for...
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  • Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer with 8 Inch Lifted 2008 Ford F-250 with Gooseneck Trailer Hitch
  • The best adapter with which to tow a 5th wheel trailer using a gooseneck trailer hitch would be the Reese Goose Box # RP94622. It fits the Fabex PB-600 series pin boxes. It fits in place of the stock pin box on the trailer and couples to a gooseneck ball. I have included a link to a video review for you to the right. The issue is going to be, with any adapter, the 8 inch lift you have on the truck. You will need to have about 5 inches between the tops of the truck bed sides and the bottom...
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  • When Trailer Connected to 2002 Ford F-350 Trailer Lights Do Not Work
  • This sounds partially like a ground issue. Ground problems normally show up when there is more draw on a system such as when you have the running lights on and then use another function like a turn signal or brake light. Make sure that the vehicle side and trailer side connectors are clean and free of corrosion inside and out. The main connector grounds should be attached to clean and corrosion free bare metal surfaces. Even if the pins in the connectors are clean, corrosion can build...
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  • No Trailer Brake Signal on Factory 7-Way Using Prodigy P2 Brake Controller on 2003 F-250
  • Given the 11-year-old age of your vehicle (and presumably its 7-way factory-installed trailer connector) the issue you are having with no brake signal at the brake circuit pin on the 7-way could be a result of a corroded or damaged 7-way. You can use # HM40975 as a replacement for a factory 7-way. First I suggest you carefully inspect both sides of the F-250's 7-way looking for any signs of damaged wire, worn insulation or even slight greenish or whitish discoloration. Corrosion does...
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  • Spring Bars and Pole Tongue Adapter for Reese Weight Distribution System on Boat Trailer
  • The first thing you are going to want to do is check with the boat trailer manufacturer to determine if the trailer can be used with weight distribution. Some aluminum boat trailers can and others cannot so speaking with them would be the best first step. Like you said, you will need a pole tongue adapter. Since you will not be able to use the dual-cam sway control on the boat trailer, you will need adapter # RP3280. Given the tongue weight of the boat trailer you might be able to...
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  • Hitch & Ball Mount for a 2013 Ford F-250 with 10-Inch Suspension Lift & 40-Inch Tires
  • Since your 2013 Ford F-250 Super Duty has an impressive lift in the suspension and 40 inch tires, the towing capacity will decrease to an unknown value. The hitch height measurement you provided, 33-inches from the top of the receiver tube to the ground, is too great a height to be compensated for by a ball mount with drop. The most drop available from a 2-1/2-inch Class-V hitch is 10-inches such as # DTALBM7025 (please see link at right). This means your trailer coupler's height would...
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  • What Are Wire Functions on Factory 7-Way Trailer Connector on 2002 Ford F350
  • The one and only truly reliable method to confirm what signal/function is carried on a vehicle wire is to test it. Wire colors are sometimes common to a certain lighting function; running light signals are often carried on a brown wire, for example. But wire color is neither consistent nor reliable as a means to determine the function carried. A circuit tester like # 40376 is the way to go. If you refer to the linked photo showing a 7-way RV-style vehicle socket you will see the common...
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  • Placing Pivot Arms on B&W Companion Hitch in Furthermost Position for Short Bed Truck
  • I spoke with my contact at B&W and ideally you do want the king pin to sit centered above the rear axle or slightly forward but in order to increase the turning clearance on your 2014 Ford F-250, your installer was correct in placing a B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch like # BWRVK3400-5W in the furthermost position. According to installation instructions, the position of the pivot arm allows the kingpin to adjust from 1 inch ahead of the post to 7 inches behind the post. Please...
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  • Replacement 5th Airborne Coupler And Wedge For Pullrite Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • The 5th Airborne coupler you can use to replace your Lippert 1621, is part # 5AB-E1621-610. This king pin helps reduce shock and relieves stress on the coach frame. I have attached a link to an installation video for this coupler you can check out. If the Custom Wedge is what you are talking about that works for the 5th Airborne Coupler and your Pullrite hitch, you will need part # SWW-09.
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  • Weight Distribution System Recommendation for a 2011 Ford F350 with a 2-1/2 inch Hitch
  • I have a solution for you that will allow you to use a weight distribution system with your 2011 Ford F350 that has a 2-1/2 inch Class V hitch. All you need is a shank designed for a 2-1/2 inch hitch like the part # RP54977, with that you could use the Reese Weight Distribution system part # RP66022 like you referenced. This system would be perfect since it comes without a shank and is compatible with the # RP54977. I attached an FAQ on weight distribution systems plus an install...
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  • Will the Husky Silver Series 16K W 5th Wheel # HT31326-31196 fit in Reese Rails
  • Yes, the Husky Silver Series 16K W 5th Wheel # HT31326-31196 that you referenced is designed to fit industry standard fifth wheel rails like the Reese Rail Kit part # RP50082-58 that you have installed in your 2009 Ford F250 so it would work well for you. For a gooseneck adapter to fit in the Reese rails of your truck I would recommend the part # 49080. My brother in law has this in his truck and it has been working well for years. I attached a couple review videos for you to check...
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  • Why Does Driver Side LED Trailer Tail Light 271575 Cost More than the Matching Passenger Side
  • The driver side trailer tail light # 271575 has an additional function, the license plate light. So it and the right side, # 271574, are not the same. I have included a picture that shows the license plate light at the bottom of the driver side light.
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  • Is Modification to a 2001 Ford F-350 Dually Required to Install a B&W Gooseneck Trailer Hitch
  • B&W gooseneck trailer hitch # BWGNRK1384 fits Ram trucks but not your 2001 Ford F-350 dually. For your truck you can use # BWGNRK1108. There is no drilling into the frame required to install this hitch but you will need to drill the hole in the truck bed for the gooseneck ball. I have included a link to the installation instructions to the right and a video showing installation for you. You will notice that there is not really any modification needed to install the hitch, even on a dually. To...
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  • Reese Custom 5th Wheel Install Kit Rail Placement on a 2014 Ford F-250 Short Bed
  • When using 5th wheel trailer hitch installation kit # RP50073-58 on a 2014 Ford F-250 sort bed, measure from the rear edge of the bed (not the tailgate) forward 54-3/16 inches. This is where the rear edge of the front rail will be. I have included a link to the installation instructions to the right that show this.
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  • Brake Controller Says No Trailer Connected with Trailer Connected to 2010 Ford F-250
  • The trailer lights and the trailer brakes are on separate circuits and one does not affect the other so there is some other reason why the brake controller on your 2010 Ford F-250 is not sensing the trailer. If it is a factory brake controller, we do not have a lot of experience with those but it could be a dirty or corroded trailer connector on either the truck side 7-Way or the trailer side 7-Way. This is also a potential problem for aftermarket brake controllers. There are some...
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  • Recommendations for 6-Inch Oval Tail, Turn and Brake Tail Lights for a Headache Rack
  • I recommend Optronics clear LED back up trailer light # BUL12CFB as it's a certified back up light function. For stop, turn and tail lights use # STL78RB which is also 6-1/2 inch by 2-1/4 inch (lens measurements). For # STL78RB the wiring is: red is turn signal and brake, black is the tail light and white is ground wire. Both have sealed, waterproof housings and lens units. Both options will keep the trailer lights size identical including sealed, waterproof, corrosion resistant...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for a 2014 Ford F-350 Short Bed with OEM 5th Wheel Prep Package
  • Since your 2014 Ford F-350 short bed has the OEM prep package and the in-bed wiring, the only thing left you will need is a hitch. If you want a hitch that fits directly in that OEM prep package then you can use Reese Elite slider # RP30144. Otherwise you will have to use an adapter, # RP30156. This will allow you to use a slider hitch that fits in standard above the bed rails such as # RP30870.
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  • Installing Rail Mounted Fifth Wheel Hitch on 2014 Ford F350 Equipped with OEM 5th Wheel Prep Package
  • If you have the OEM fifth wheel prep package in your 2014 Ford F350, with the 4 mounting pucks in the truck bed, you'd need an adapter, part # RP30156. The adapter mounts to the pucks in the truck bed, and the Reese # RP30870 fifth wheel hitch would mount to the industry-standard fifth wheel rails provided by the adapter. I've provided some photos for you that shows how the adapter mounts to the pucks and the fifth wheel hitch mounts to the adapter. If by 'factory wiring' you're speaking...
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  • Does the Curt Bracket Kit part # C16448 Come with Rails
  • The Curt Bracket Kit part # C16448 that you referenced does not come with any rails at all. For a set of rails to go along with this kit you would want the part # C16204. This rail kit is compatible with Reese hitches as well as Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Valley and Husky.
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