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


  • 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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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a Wildcat Trailer and 2013 Ford F-250 Diesel
  • 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. I attached an install video for you to check out as well for the # AL88396.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Offset of Andersen Ultimate Gooseneck to 5th Wheel Adapter # AM3225
  • The Andersen Ultimate Gooseneck to Fifth Wheel Adapter, # AM3225, actually moves the hitch ball 5-1/4 inches further away from the cab of the truck. As referenced in the video from Andersen that you mentioned, the 9 inches that they come up with is calculated from the original hitch ball location to where the king pin will connect to the king pin coupler block. 9 inches is the distance when the trailer is directly in line with the truck and should not be confused with the pivot point...
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  • Can Husky 26,000 Fifth Wheel Hitch Work With 20k Reese Rails On 2012 Ford F-350
  • If you have standard rails installed for your 20K Reese fifth wheel hitch on your 2012 Ford F-350 with the 8 ft bed, you can attach the 26,000 lb hitch like the Husky Silver Series 5th Wheel Hitch, part # HT31318-31325. You will want to check your owner's manual or with your dealership to make sure you do not exceed the towing weight capacity for your truck. I spoke with my contact at Reese and they told me that their bed rails are limited to 22,000 lbs. It would not be necessary to...
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  • Fit of SuperSprings # SSR-102-47 Helper Springs on 2006 Ford F350 DRW
  • I spoke with my SuperSprings representative, who confirms that the SumoSprings Custom Helper Spring Kit you referenced, part # SSR-102-47 will fit a 2006 Ford F350 DRW 4x4. Please keep in mind that this SumoSpring kit won't increase the capacity of your truck, and is meant to be used on suspensions that are in good repair. If you'd care to see the install instructions, feel free to click the provided link.
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  • How To Extend the Wiring Harness of the Hopkins Insight Brake Controller
  • All it would take to extend the Hopkins Plug-in Simple Brake Controller harness # HM47715 so that it would be long enough for you to install the Hopkins Insight Brake Controller part # HM47297 would be 4 equal lengths of 10 gauge wire. If you have a Hopkins harness already with the correct gauge wire you could also use that, but splicing in additional wire would be the easiest method. I attached an install video that shows this brake controller installed on a very similar 2001 Ford...
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  • How to Install an Aftermarket Brake Controller in a 2014 Chevy Silverado with Integrated Controller
  • You will have to uninstall the factory integrated brake controller of your 2014 Chevy Silverado 3500 before you can install the Prodigy P3 Brake Controller part # 90195 that you referenced. This controller is designed to work on electric brakes and electric over hydraulic brakes. To see exactly how to do this check out the FAQ article I attached to the right that details the process.
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  • Gooseneck Trailer Hitch and 5th Wheel Adapter Plate for a 2011 Ford F-350 Regular Cab Dually
  • Valley has basically closed up shop. This happened a couple of years ago. It will be very difficult to find the installation kit to fit any vehicle, including your 2011 Ford F-350. The Valley website doesn't even work anymore. But I can set you up with a similar set of products. For a gooseneck hitch you can use Curt gooseneck hitch # C612-645. Then you could use X-5 adapter, # C16210. This is the same type of set up just using Curt products instead of Valley.
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  • Troubleshooting Landing Gear Legs that Sit Too Close to the Ground
  • I wonder if the landing gear legs on your 2015 Montana have retracting inner tubes that if you were to retract them would give you additional clearance. Does the trailer sit level when connected to your trailer? If so, then you would not want to raise the front of the trailer. If you do end up needing to raise your 1999 Ford F350 the best way to do it would be with a lift kit. We don't sell those but you shouldn't have a problem finding one for you vehicle.
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  • Air Bags for a 2012 Ford F-250 with Factory Installed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch
  • The brackets for air bags and those for the hitch installation kit on your 2012 Ford F-250 are not meant to be stacked. So you will need an air bag kit that mounts in a location that does not interfere with the hitch brackets. That kit could be Firestone Ride-Rite kit # F2550. It mounts on the inboard sides and bottoms of the frame rails. I have included a link to a video showing how they install. Compare this to where the brackets are on your truck to make sure they will work together....
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  • 20k Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for a 2001 Ford F350
  • The biggest difference between the Reese R20 Hitch part # RP30867 and the Pro Series Hitch part # PS30119 is that the # RP30867 features vibration isolators and serrated jaws that would grip the king pin more securely than that of the PS30119, and would offer a smoother ride because less king pin slop would be transmitted to the tow vehicle.
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  • Recommended Tire Chains For 2004 Ford F-250 With Mud Tires
  • We do offer several different tire chains that will work on your 2004 Ford F-250 with the mud tires. I have attached a link to our product page that has all of the tire chains designed to fit your tires. One of the best tire chains we offer is the Pewag All Square Chains, part # PWE3235SC. These are heavy-duty 5.6 mm chains that feature side cams for easy tightening. For a lighter duty tire chain, you may want to check out the Titan Diamond LT Alloy Tire Chains, part # TC2337. These...
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  • What Changes Can be Made to 2011 Ford F-350 6.7 Liter Using Stock Setting on Edge Programmer
  • Programmers like the Edge Evolution # EP85200 have levels for additional power, towing, transmission tuning, and stock. If you keep it at stock you can adjust a few things like shift points, rev limiters and speed limiters on some trucks. But the amount of things you can do while in stock setting are limited. If you can tell me what you are looking for I can recommend a programmer that will best fit your needs for your 2011 Ford F-350 with 6.7 liter diesel.
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  • 7-Way Recommendation for a 2012 Ford F250 with Factory Brake Controller
  • If you have the factory brake controller in your 2012 Ford F250 your truck should have had a factory 7-way installed on it at one point. So to replace the 7-way that was on your vehicle you would want the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # 20119 that you referenced.
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  • Instructions for Removing Edge Evolution CTS Programmer from a 1999 Ford 7.3 Liter Diesel Truck
  • To remove the Edge Evolution CTS programmer # EP83830 from your 1999 Ford 7.3 liter diesel you will first use the programmer to return the truck to stock. Once it is returned to stock you can physically remove the programmer and its components from the truck. I have included a link to the installation instructions to the right in case you need them. If you are wanting to move the programmer to a different truck then it will have to be re-registered with Edge and they will charge a fee.
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  • What Style of Bulb Does the Putco PURE LED Side Mirror Lights # P920308 Plug Into
  • The bulb socket that the Putco PURE LED Side Mirror Lights # P920308 would plug into is a 194 style. It might be easier to just remove the connectors and hardwire the connections.
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  • Is Weight Distribution Recommended when Towing a 14,000 lb Trailer
  • Regardless of the capacity difference between using a WD system and not you would see a benefit to using a WD system for towing a trailer as heavy as yours. The lack of a capacity difference for the WD application does not indicate that you wouldn't benefit from the use of one. Any time the trailer weighs more than 50 percent of the tow vehicle a WD system is recommended. You would be within the capacity of your hitch to tow the trailer without a WD system, but you will have better handling...
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  • Can Upper Yellow Portion of MaxxTow Adjustable Wheel Chock be Removed
  • You are correct, you can remove the top yellow portion of MaxxTow wheel chock # MT70075. But if you do that I also recommend then reinstalling the 4 fasteners back into the black base so you do not use them. I have included a link to a video review for you.
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  • Should a Sidewinder or Slider 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch be Used on a 2014 Ford F-250 Short Bed
  • You have a couple of options. Since your 2014 Ford F-250 is a short bed either a slider hitch or a Sidewinder would be needed to be able to safely make tight turns. Using a Sidewinder will provide a better ride than using a slider hitch. Since you already have a hitch this is the route I recommend. But to determine if there is a Sidewinder that will fit you will need to get the manufacturer and model number of the pin box on the trailer. This information should be on a sticker or plate...
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  • What Function Does The Purple Wire Serve On Stromberg Carlson Electric Sliding Step
  • I spoke with my contact at Stromberg-Carlson and they told me that the purple wire serves no purpose and can be ignored. They said that it was included with the harness and may have originally been designed for use with a specific model but for the # SP-24-200, it can be taped up or capped an moved out of the way.
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  • Reese Strait-Line System that will Allow Use of Existing Snap-Up Brackets on 30 Ft Toy Hauler
  • The Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution with Sway Control, # RP66074, mounts approximately 30 inches back from the hitch ball, so you should not have any problem using the existing snap-up brackets that are welded to your trailer. Since you do plan to use the existing brackets, after installing the weight distribution system, you will want to make sure that the chains are as close to straight up and down as possible in order for everything to function properly. Purchasing the system,...
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  • Will Titan Chain Wide Base Tire Chains Fit 2011 Ford F-250
  • The Titan Chain Twist Link Tire Chains, part # TC3231CAM, are designed to work with your 275/70-18 tires on your 2011 Ford F-250. The Titan Chain Snow Tire Chains for Wide-Base Tires, part # TC3831, are also designed to fit your tires. Both of these chains are made of the same material, 7 mm steel. The difference is that the # TC3831 chains have a V welded on them for additional traction. You will want to check your owner's manual to see if there are any restrictions regarding...
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  • Firestone Air Helper Spring Recommendation for a 2012 Ford F250 with Fifth Wheel Rails
  • If you have a Gas engine in your 2012 Ford F250 the Firestone Air System part # F2550 would be the correct system to get. If you have a Diesel engine you instead would want the part # F2535. Either of these would work with your fifth wheel rail kit part # RP50073-58 that you have installed.
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  • Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty with Air Bags
  • There are several different gooseneck hitches available for your 2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty, but the mounting brackets of your air bags will determine whether a gooseneck hitch can be installed with the air bags. There are two different types of frame brackets for air bags on the Ford Super Duty trucks, one type mounts to the outside of the frame and the other mounts to the bottom and inside of the frame. If the frame brackets for your air bags are mounted to the outside of the...
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  • Comparison Between TorkLift And SuperSprings SuperSway-Stops For 2013 Ford F-350
  • The biggest difference between the TorkLift StableLoad Suspension, part # TLA7200, and the SuperSprings SuperSway-Stops, part # SSS-2, is the warranty. Torklift provides a lifetime warranty versus a 2-year warranty on the SuperSprings. Both are designed to replace the factory bump stops on your 2013 Ford F-250, and will help reduce side-to-side sway and body roll. Both are easy to install and require no drilling.
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  • Replacement Air Ride Pin Box for 5th Wheel Trailer With Dexter 221-0033-00 Pin Box
  • The first thing you may want to try is to raise the height of the 5th wheel trailer hitch. Most 5th wheel hitches are height adjustable by bolting the head higher on the legs. If that does not work then you could use 5th Airborne pin box # RP61452. This is an air ride coupler and Sidewinder together (an air ride pin box by itself is not available). The Sidewinder's primary function is to move the pivot point of the trailer back 22 inches. But it can be locked out to continue to pivot...
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  • Need Air Bag Kit Compatible with Reese # RP50073-58 5th Wheel Hitch in 2014 Ford F-250 SD
  • We offer several rear axle air bag kits for your 2014 Ford F-250 SD with 6-3/4-foot bed. Some of these, as you note, are not compatible with your 5th wheel hitch installation but we do offer a kit from Firestone, their item # F2550, that will work alongside 5th wheel hitch installations with gas engine-equipped trucks. Kit # F2550 will work on both 2WD and 4WD trucks and its installation is shown in the linked video. The Firestone kit includes everything needed for installation and manual...
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  • Replacement Bracket to Mount Westin Ultimate Bull Bar on 2001 Ford F-250
  • I spoke to my contact at Westin and you will need the Replacement Mounting Kit, # 32-022PK, for your 2001 Ford F-250. Part # 31-537PK is the replacement bracket kit for the Westin E-Series Bull Bar that fits the 2011 - 2013 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty models and will not work with your Bull Bar.
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  • Fit of TracRac Pro2 Truck Bed Ladder Rack # TA37003 on 2008 Ford F-250 with 8-Foot Bed
  • The TracRac Pro2 Truck Bed Ladder Rack # TA37003 that you referenced does fit your 2008 Ford F-250 with 8-Foot Bed. The other ladder rack you referenced, TracRac SR Sliding Truck Bed Ladder Rack # TA21010-03, is also a fit for you truck but the # TA21510-03 is not as it is intended for short-bed versions.
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for a 2015 Ford F-250
  • The recommended universal rail kit for your 2015 Ford F250 would be the part # RP30035, this is a 10 bolt kit. There are no 4-bolt kits available that are recommended for your vehicle. The 4-bolt rails are much bigger than the 10-bolt rails. On some vehicles the 4-bolt design will install easier than the 10 bolt design, at the cost of reduced truck bed space. However, I would recommend you install a custom fit rail kit like part # RP50073-58 this will give you the same universal style...
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  • Does Computer have to be Flashed After Replacing Factory Brake Controller On 2008 Ford F-350
  • The factory integrated brake controllers, especially the first generations of them, performed poorly as you have described. They are just not designed well and thus not effective. On newer trucks they have gotten better but I would still say an aftermarket controller is superior. When you install an aftermarket controller in your 2008 Ford F-350 the factory controller will have to be disconnected. This will cause a fault code to appear. That fault code will have to be cleared by your...
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  • Installing WeatherTech Front and Rear Mud Flaps # WT110001-120001 on 2006 Ford F-250
  • The box labeled 110001 contains the front mud flaps. The box labeled 120001 contains the rear flaps. These are a correct fit for your 2006 F-250 as long as it is a single rear wheel truck without add-on fender flares. The written installation instructions are linked for your reference.
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  • Does External Antenna Have to be Used for Swift Hitch Back Up Camera System SH03
  • The camera with the short antenna for camera system # SH03 has a transmission distance of 200 feet if the path from the camera to the monitor is unobstructed. A 40 foot trailer should not be a problem. The second camera and the antenna would allow you to put the camera where it would otherwise have the signal obstructed but you do not have to use it. It does come with a shorter antenna as well that mounts directly to the back of the second camera.
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  • Will Husky 5th Wheel Hitch # HT31326-31196 Fit Reese Underbed Rail Adapter # RP30156
  • The Reese Underbed Rail Adapter # RP30156 provides the equivalent of industry-standard 5th wheel mounting rails to accept Reese, Husky, Curt and many other brands of 5th wheel hitch. The Husky # HT31326-31196 uses this industry-standard mounting and will work fine with the adapter.
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  • 2008 Ford F-350 Has Underbed 5th Wheel Installation Kit But Holes Do Not Line Up
  • The OEM prep package for 5th wheel trailers did not start until the 2011 model year for the F-series Super Duty trucks. It sounds like your 2008 Ford F-350 has an aftermarket underbed installation kit like # RP30073. But it is either not this exact installation kit, or something happened to it and it is no longer square, because the 4 pucks should be lined up. Since they are not adapter # RP30156 will not fit. If you can email me some pictures of the 4 holes I might be able to figure...
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  • What Taillight Functions will the Putco PURE Tailgate LED Light Bar part # P940315 Do
  • Yes, the Putco PURE Tailgate LED Light Bar part # P940315 that you referenced will do all trailer taillight functions. Stop, turn and running lights.
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  • Torklift Rear Camper Tie-Downs for 2003 Ford F350
  • According to my Torklift contact, the # TLR3503 rear tire downs you mentioned are indeed the correct tie downs for your 2003 Ford F350 with 8 foot bed.
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  • 2-1/2 Class V Hitch Recommendation for a 2000 Ford F-250 Keeps Spare Tire
  • The Draw Tite Titan Hitch part # 45297 would be exactly what you would need. This hitch will give you the 2-1/2 inch opening you need and will allow you to keep your spare. You will need to remove your factory hitch though. This product was specifically designed to work with the Titan Extender that came with your slide in camper like part # RP45292.
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  • Can the EZ Bike Stand be Used to Secure a Bike in a Toy Hauler without the Bike Falling Over
  • There isn't really a way to safely and easily attach the EZ bike stand # EZBIKE so that it wouldn't move around while towing the trailer. Based on that I would not recommend it for use in a travel trailer/toy hauler. I recommend attaching a hanger to the wall of the toy hauler, # S80955. It will be stable and the bike will not fall off (barring any severe bump in the road). I have linked a video review of this carrier for you.
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  • Can a 2015 Ford Super Duty Truck with 6.2 liter Tow a 15k Trailer
  • From the research I did it looks like you wouldn't be able to. The towing capacity I found said 14k was the max. I would recommend you consult your owners manual to verify this though. You also have to consider whether or not that is the dry weight for the trailer. If it is, then most likely the trailer will weigh even more when loaded and ready to tow.
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  • Installation Video for Convert-A-Ball Cushioned Fifth-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter, # CAB-C5G
  • I do have an installation video for a similar product, the Convert-A-Ball Cushioned Fifth-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter, # CAB-C5G. This fifth-wheel-to-gooseneck adapter allows you tow your fifth-wheel trailer with your gooseneck hitch and has a 20,000 pound towing capacity. I have attached the video for you. The Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Adapter, # 39062, is no longer available and I do not have an installation video for this product.
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  • Trailer Disconnect Light Comes On, Chimes, on 2005 Ford F-250 without a Trailer Connected
  • It sounds like there is a short. It is probably happening due to corrosion or dirt in the trailer connector on your 2005 Ford F-250. Make sure the connector is clean and free of corrosion on the pins and inside the connector where the wires attach.
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation For 2013 Ford F-350 With Factory Tow Package And Wiring
  • With the pucks in the bed of your 2013 Ford F-350, and with the 5th wheel wiring, you have the factory under bed rails installed. When you have a short bed on your truck, it is recommended to use a sliding 5th wheel hitch. This helps avoid contact with the cab of the truck when making turns. For your truck I recommend a 5th wheel system like the Pro Series Fifth Wheel, part # PS30121. This is a sliding 5th wheel that will move the hitch and the king pin 10 inches closer to the tail gate,...
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  • 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter Recommendations for 2012 Ford F-250 with B&W Gooseneck Hitch
  • Thank you for your purchase and business with us. The B&W Companion Slider, # BWRVK3400, can be quite a handful for one person, so I understand why you want to make the switch. Since you have a standard size bed, you could just use the fixed Companion, # BWRVK3500. This hitch is still pretty heavy, but it is lighter than the slider version by about 75 lbs. Sliding hitches are typically only necessary on trucks with beds shorter than 8 feet. If you still want to go with a fifth-wheel-to-gooseneck...
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  • How Does Superchips VIVID LINQ Performance Tuner # SU118550 Gather Exhaust Gas Temperature Data
  • The Superchips VIVID LINQ Performance Tuner # SU118550 that you referenced can display EGT (exhaust gas temperature) on those vehicles whose computers gather this data and send it through its OBD-II port. My contact at Superchips advised that in the case of your truck's computer this data is NOT supported, though it is in other vehicles that can use this tuner. Although this tuner works with your truck it cannot deliver EGT data since there is, as you note correctly, no way to introduce...
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  • Will the Edge Evo HT Programmer part # EP16030 fit a 2007 F250 with a 5.4 liter Engine and 4WD
  • Yes, the Edge Evo HT Programmer part # EP16030 that you referenced will work on your 2007 F250 with a 5.4 liter engine and 4 wheel drive. This should give you up to 27 horsepower and 33 ft lbs of torque.
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  • Tonneau Cover Recommendation for a 2004 Ford F350 LB with Bars on Top of Rails
  • Since you have bars on the bed rails of your 2004 Ford Super Duty with an 8 foot bed you will want a tonneau cover that mounts to the inside of the bed rails like the TruXedo Lo Pro QT Soft Roll-up Tonneau Cover # TX559601. The TruXedo TruXport # TX259601 that you referenced goes over the bed rails so it wouldn't work for you.
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  • Parts Needed to Upgrade the Dacromet Calipers of # K2HR526D to Stainless Steel Calipers
  • All you would need to replace the dacromet calipers of the Disc Brake kit part # K2HR526D that you have on your trailer would be the Kodiak Disc Brake Caliper # KDBC225S that you referenced. This is an identical caliper as what you currently have except it is made of stainless steel.
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  • 2-1/2 Inch Trailer Hitch for a 2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab Long Bed 4x4
  • Trailer hitch # 45014 is designed to fit certain years of cab and chassis models of Ford trucks. Cab and chassis models come without a bed, just a cab and chassis. They are later turned into service vehicles or fitted with flatbeds. If you have a regular 2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty this hitch will not fit because the frame spacing is too wide. For a regular 2003 Ford F-350 Super Duty you would use # 45297. I have linked a video showing an installation of this hitch for you. I also...
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  • Spacers for Firestone Air Bag Kit on 2011 Ford F-250 Lifted 2 Inches
  • If you are adding a body lift then you would not need any spacers because just the body would be higher. But if it is a suspension lift you will need spacers equal to the amount of lift you are adding. It sounds like 2 inches so spacer # F2366 would be correct.
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  • Comparing Firestone and Air Lift Air Bags for a 2001 Ford F-250 4x4 with 5th Wheel Hitch
  • Firestone Ride-Rite kit # F2550 is going to be a higher quality than Air Lift # AL88390 but both are going to get the job done well. Both kits would work for 5th wheel hitches because they mount on the inboard sides of the frame rails. I have included a link to a video showing installation of the Firestone kit for you. To be able to add or remove air from the bags from the comfort of the truck cab I recommend Level Command kit # F2158.
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  • Mounting Hardware For Westin Grille Guard 40-0225
  • The mounting hardware kit for the Westin Sportsman Grille Guard, part # 40-0225, for your Ford F-250 or F-350 Super Duty, is part # 40-022PK. This includes the brackets and hardware needed to install the grille guard on those vehicles from 1999 through 2004 only.
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  • Is 1/2 Inch Carriage Bolt # RP-01266-007 a Grad 5 Bolt
  • I spoke with my contact at Reese and 1/2 inch carriage bolt # RP-01266-007 is a grade 5 bolt.
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  • Hooking Up a 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch to a Reese Elite Series Hitch in a 2014 Ford F-250
  • You are correct. The Elite Series 5th wheel hitches like # RP30142 will have a little bit of the jaw sticking out. This is normal. You still back the truck up like normal, straight on. What will happen is the king pin will push against the jaw. That will push the jaw in (towards the driver's side) which will also disengage the handle from the open position. Once the king pin is fully in the hitch the jaw will close around it automatically and you can then insert the keeper pin to keep the...
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  • Air Bag Compatibility With 5th Wheel Bracket Kit Installed on 2011 Ford F-250 Diesel
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Spring Kit you referenced, their part # F2535 for 2WD trucks, installs on the outsides of your F-250's frame rails. This is the same placement as for the 5th wheel brackets in your Reese hitch set-up, part # RP50073-58. Good news, however! My Contact at Firestone confirmed that this kit will work along with installed 5th wheel brackets as of the 2011 model year, so this kit will work fine for you.
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  • Video Request for Installing a Hitch Into Ford Underbed Hitch Prep Package on a 2014 F250
  • To see how to set an Elite Reese hitch into underbed rails just like what you have in your 2014 Ford F250 with Hitch Prep and how to set it up check out the video I attached to the right. You will want to fast forward to the 5:25 mark of the video to see the hitch being installed into the pucks of the rail system. The hitch in this video is part # RP30143 which is a stationary hitch. Since you have a short bed truck you would need the slider version of this hitch part # RP30144.
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  • Horsepower and Torque Gains on a 2012 Ford F-250 6.2L with Superchips Cortex Tuner
  • I can tell you that a tuner like the Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner, # SU1950, will provide gains of up to 26 HP and 34 ft-lbs of torque over stock performance. A few other tuners that will match these specs are the Edge Evolution CTS Programmer, # EP85250, the CS Programmer, # EP85150, and the Superchips Flashpaq, # SU1842. Having other performance products installed such as a cold air intake or exhaust will also improve performance, but manufacturers do not test these items together...
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  • Is There a Passenger Side Trekstep Available for a 2012 Ford F-250
  • There is only a driver side version of the Bestop TrekStep like part # B75303 available for you 2012 Ford F-250. The reason for this is because the exhaust of your vehicle exits on the passenger side there would be no room for the step to install.
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  • Camper Tie Downs for a 2005 Ford F-250 4x4 Regular Cab 8 Foot Bed Diesel
  • No, the stake pocket mount tie downs, # TDSF, are only good for campers up to 8 feet long. You would need camper tie downs # HSSF instead for your 2005 Ford F-250. I have included a link to a video review and the instructions to the right. I also recommend camper tie down hardware package # TDHP. You may also be able to install frame mount tie downs which would be ideal. I have included a link to the custom fit frame mount tie downs for the 2005 Ford F-250. You will need to use the drop...
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  • Turn Signals Not Working in 7-Way Trailer Connector on a 2002 Ford F-350
  • On a trailer, the turn signals are on the same circuits as the brake lights. On a 7-Way trailer connector they would be the pins in the 9 oclock and 3 oclock positions. If you are not getting turn signal functions on those two pins, but you are getting brake lights, then that does indicate a possible blown fuse. But since you said the fuse is fine there could be a relay somewhere. The easiest way to find the locations of fuses/relays is to use the truck owners manual. On many trucks...
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  • Running Boards Recommendation for a 2008 Ford F-350 Regular Cab
  • We have several running board options for your 2008 Ford F-350 regular cab, but the DeeZee Elite Running Boards, # DZE29934, will only fit the Ford F-150 Supercrew. For your truck, I recommend looking at the DeeZee FX Extruded Running Boards, # DZFX21950, which is also available in black as part # DZFX21350. I have attached a link to all of the running boards that we offer for your truck for you to check out.
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  • Air Spring System Recommendation for a 2001 Ford F250 4-Wheel Drive
  • For a similar air spring suspension enhancement system as the part # AL88390 that you referenced that will work with fifth wheel hitches installed in your 2001 Ford F250 4WD you would want the Firestone Air System part # F2550. This system has been confirmed to fit with 5th wheel hitches. I attached an install video for this product for you to check out.
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  • What is the Minimum Thickness of the Surface that Rubber Grommet A45GB Can Be Mounted To
  • Rubber grommet # A45GB is 1-1/16 inches deep but the material you are mounting the light in does not have to be that thick. A minimum 3/16 inch should be sufficient. Metal (aluminum or steel) would be the preferred surface. Fiberglass and other similar materials can flex much easier which could result in the light popping out of the hole. But this is not likely if the hole is cut to the proper size (4-1/2 inch diameter).
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  • How to Remove Brake Caliper Pistons to Rebuild Kodiak Disc Trailer Brake Calipers
  • Using compressed air is still the way to go. I have come across many instances of people using this method to push out the piston. And the best part is, it works. If you do not have an air compressor I am sure a local shop would go ahead and do it for you since it takes only a few seconds. If your Kodiak disc brakes are 10k to 12k rated then you can use the rebuild kit # BP18-075. And if the pistons are bad, # BP18-065 is the correct replacement.
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  • Is B&W Gooseneck Hitch Compatible with Rear Airbag Kit on 2012 F-250 Crew Cab Short Box
  • The B&W Custom Underbed Installation Kit # BWGNRK1111-5W that fits your 2012 Ford F-250 Crew Cab Short Box installs on the outside surfaces of your frame rails. Any suspension kit that also installs on the outside of the frame will not work, but one that installs inboard or on the bottom of the frame should be compatible. The Airlift kit that fits your truck will depend on whether you have 2WD or 4WD. The linked page will show you all four AirLift rear-axle air bag kits. My contact...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Compatible Air Helper Springs for 2010 Ford F350
  • According to my contact at Firestone, it looks like their Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs, part # F2550 would fit a 2010 F350, 4x2 or 4x4 models as long as it's NOT a SuperCab V10 model with the 8-foot bed. The # F2550 is compatible with an in-bed fifth wheel or gooseneck hitch. If you're interested in an onboard compressor system to inflate/deflate the springs as needed, I'd recommend the Firestone Level Command w/ Heavy-Duty Compressor, part # F2097. I've linked you to some install...
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