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  • Adapter Recommendation for a 2011 Ford F350 8 ft bed with Hitch Prep and Husky 16k S
  • Yes, you would want the Reese Elite Series Underbed Rail Adapter # RP30156. This would work great with your Husky 16k S Glider Hitch like part # HT31326-31196. We have had several customers report back to us this combination worked great for them in a similar truck as your 2011 F350 long bed with hitch prep. I attached a link to a review video for this adapter for you to check out.
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  • Air Spring Recommendation for a 2002 Ford F250 with a 6 inch Lift Kit
  • Since you have a 6 inch lift kit on your 2002 Ford F-250 you would need the Lift Spacers for Firestone Ride Rite Air Springs part # F2374 to go along with the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550. This kit is confirmed to work on vehicles that have gooseneck hitches installed so it should work well for you, but since your setup is custom I would recommend you check out the installation instructions I attached and compare them to the hitch you have to see if the mounting hardware...
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Option for 2014 Ford F350 Dually with 8-foot Bed and Factory 5th Wheel Rail Kit
  • The ideal solution for your 2014 Ford F350 Dually with 8-foot Bed and factory 5th wheel prep package is the B and W Companion # BWRVK3300. This USA-made 5th wheel offers 5000-lb tongue weight and 20K towing capacities, dual jaws to provide 360-degree jaw-to-king-pin contact (for reduced rattle and chucking) and can be completely removed from your truck bed when not in use. I have linked the written installation instructions, a video and an article on 5th wheel install tips.
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  • Ladder Rack and Tonneau Cover Together for a 2006 Ford F-350
  • What you can do is use the Access Adarac, # A70611 for short beds or # A70620 for long bed 2006 Ford F-350s. Then you can use a tonneau cover that installs on the insides of the bed rails such as the ones in the links I have provided (one link for short beds and the other for long beds). Sliding ladder rack # TA21010-03 for a long bed or # TA21510-03 should also work because they mount to the tops of the bed sides.
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  • Can Both Springs In Air Helper Springs System Be Inflated From One Valve
  • I checked the enclosed installation instructions for the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Air Helper Springs, part # AL88397. Near the back of the instructions, they have either separate air spring inflation or equal air spring inflation options listed, and both are acceptable. I would opt for the separate inflation option because you could at some point have a load that is uneven and one side would need more support than the other. But using a single inflation valve would make it...
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  • Troubleshooting Running Light Circuit on 7-way of 2010 Ford F350 Diesel
  • Which fuse box did you check? In addition to the box under the dash, there's also fuses located in the power distribution box under the hood. You'll want to check the fuses or relays in the following locations: 20, 21, 42 and 55. It's not always easy to determine if the fuse is blown by looking at it from the top. It's easier to tell if you can remove the fuse and give it a side view. You'll also want to rule out the connector itself as being the problem. Unplug the wiring harness from...
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  • Can a 2009 Ford F-350 4X4 Dually Pull a Three Car Hauler
  • Your F350 Dually should be able to pull a 3 car hauler with no problem, but as a first step, you'd want to find the max towing capcity of the truck. You can do this by finding the GCWR (gross combined weight rating) on the sticker located on the driver's side door jamb. This figure represents the maximum combined weight of the vehicle and trailer. If you subtract the fully loaded weight of the vehicle from the GCWR, the difference is the maximum trailer weight you can tow. You can use a...
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  • Replacement Pad For OEM Tube Step On 2011 Ford F-350 Truck
  • We do carry replacement pads for Westin and Bully nerf bars, but to be a good fit for your 2011 Ford F-350 truck, you will need to measure the pad you wish to replace. I have attached 2 photos of one of the replacement pads we offer, part # 60-2108. One photo shows the outside dimensions of this pad, which is 19-3/4 inches long x 3-1/8 inches wide. The second photo shows the spacing for the mounting holes. This pad requires 4 barrel clips, part # 60-0244, which are sold separately. If...
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch for a 2014 Ford F-250 Crew Cab 4x4 Platinum Diesel
  • The Blue Ox 3-receiver hitch # SC9000 is designed for and only tested on Class A motor homes. It is not a confirmed fit for any other vehicles for the front or the rear. What you could do is install front mount hitch # 65049. It is not a 3-receiver hitch but it does fit your 2014 Ford F-250 4x4. If you needed 3 receivers you could have a front hitch custom fabricated using some of our hitch fabrication parts I have linked to the right for you.
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  • Can Edge Tuner Lower Speed Capability On 2008 Ford F-250 Truck
  • I spoke with my contact at Edge about your 2008 F-250, and the speed-limiter setting on the Edge EvoHT Hand-Held Performance Tuner, part # EP16030. They told me that the tuner is not designed to lower the speed limit of your vehicle. The tuner is designed to raise the speed limit when needed, and if disconnected will have no effect on the speed limit the vehicle can drive.
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  • Towing Gooseneck Trailer Level with King Pin Adapter on a 2001 Ford F-350 4x4
  • The 22 inch long Wallace Forge adapter # 2085205 is the shortest adapter available. Others are over 23 inches long. You should be able to adjust the height of the 5th wheel hitch in the truck if you haven't done so already. You just need to make sure you still have 4 to 6 inches of space between the tops of the bed sides and any overhang on the trailer. Another option is to raise the height of the trailer. If the leaf spring stacks are currently under the axles and you have double-eye...
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  • Availability of Sidewinder Pin Box to Replace Lippert Pin Box on 2011 Durango 295CS 5th Wheel
  • Your B and W Patriot 5th wheel hitch is not compatible with Sidewinder or Revolution pin boxes. But it does offer a range of installation adjustments for its pivot arms that you will find on the linked product page for part # BWRVK3200. Where they are usable with compatible standard hitches, replacement Sidewinder pin boxes are best identified by the part number from the original. The Lippert 1621 is a popular unit and can be replaced by a Sidewinder or Air-Ride Sidewinder but the unit...
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  • How to Figure Out How Low the Curt Hitch part # C15810 Would Sit Below Bumper
  • While I don't know exactly how far the Curt Hitch part # C15810 would hang below the bumper of your 2002 Ford Superduty I can tell you how you can figure it out. I went out into our warehouse and measured the distance from the mounting surface of the hitch down to the hitch opening and found that it measures 5-1/2 inches. So basically if you measure 5-1/2 inches down below the rear frame of your truck that is where your hitch opening will be.
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  • Length of the Flange that Sits on the Tailgate or Trailer for the Highland Ramp Part # 1123100
  • I spoke to my contact at Highland and he informed me that the flange that rests on the trailer or tailgate of the Highland Ramp part # 1123100 is 3 inches.
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  • Weight Distribution for a 2012 Rockwood Windjammer and 2006 Ford F-250
  • It looks like the 2012 Rockwood Windjammer you have has a weight of about 7,000 pounds. Typically tongue weight is 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. If the total tongue weight ends up being...
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  • Will 20K Reese Fifth Wheel Hitch Work On Rails In Bed Of 1999 Ford Super Duty Truck Bed
  • The Reese fifth wheel hitch # RP30867, will work with industry-standard, above-bed rails made by Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Pro Series, Reese, and Valley. If the rails you have in your truck are standard rails then this hitch will work for you. I have attached a photo with the attach point dimensions you can check out to make sure the hitch will work in your rails. For a 1999 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty, you can use a universal rail kit like part # RP30035. For custom brackets...
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  • Transmission Cooler Recommendation for a 1999 Ford F-250 with 7.3 Diesel
  • Transmission coolers are universal fit items. What you will need to do is find out how much room you have to work with in front of your radiator and find a transmission cooler that will fit your application. Choosing the largest available cooler like Derale Series 8000 Transmission Cooler Kit, part # D13504, is a good choice, because you cannot over-cool a transmission. I attached an FAQ article on transmission coolers for you to check out also.
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  • Fit of Firestone # F2535 Ride Rite Air Helper Springs on 2015 Ford F350
  • Firestone has not yet determined if their # F2535 Ride Rite Air Helper Spring Kit is a fit for the 2015 Ford F350, although my representative said he was pretty sure it would fit. He mentioned to be sure that the correct bracket is being used on the correct side of the vehicle, as they are not the same.
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  • Upgrading Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution Spring Bars from 1200 to 1500 or 1700 Pounds
  • The 1700 pound spring bars, such as # 66010, are the highest capacity bars Reese makes and are on weight distribution systems that fit a 2-1/2 inch trailer hitch. The 1500 pound bar, # RP58369, is probably going to be the better option unless the total tongue weight ends up being over 1500 pounds. Then the 1700 pound bars would be the way to go. But they would be limited to 1500 pounds unless you upgraded the shank as well, but that would require installing a 2-1/2 inch hitch on the tow...
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  • Programmer Recommendation for a 2013 Ford F250 6.7 Diesel
  • None of the programmers we offer let you change tune settings on the fly while you are driving. But the Edge Programmer part # EP85200 is an excellent programmer with a great reputation that will allow you to quickly change tune settings without leaving the driver's seat of your vehicle. This programmer also lets you monitor up to 8 engine and transmission parameters at a time. Installation would not be difficult either. It's a pretty simple process I am sure you could handle by yourself. I...
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  • Installation Video for Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller # 90885 on 2001 Ford F-250
  • Yes, the same installation process shown in our video for the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller # 90885 on a 2000 Ford F-250 will also apply to your 2001 Ford F-250. Our local customers that come in for installations allow us to record the process and this is where our videos come from. We haven't had the chance to install a Prodigy P2 on a 2001 Ford F-250 as of yet. When installing the P2 on your F-250, I recommend using the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric...
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  • Does TorkLift Camper Tie-Down # TLF3001 Install in the Open Ends of the Hitch Crosstube
  • Thank you for providing a photo of your hitch cross tube's open ends. Yes, this is where the TorkLift Camper Tie-Down # TLF3001 will install. The linked installation instructions show the process with clear color photos to detail the install steps.
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  • Will 20K Reese Slider 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Fit Adapter 30156 for Ford Trucks w/OEM Prep Package
  • Yes, the Reese round tube slider 20k 5th wheel trailer hitch # RP30083 is compatible with adapter # RP30156 for Ford trucks that have the factory prep package. The adapter has the 2 outer most sets of mounting slots found on industry standard rails which is what the hitch and slider base will fit. I have linked video reviews of the hitch and the adapter for you.
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  • Availability of Dexstar Mini Mod Trailer Wheel in Silver Finish
  • We offer the Dexstar 15 x 5 Mini Mod wheel in white, as part # AM20443, and in black as part # AM20440, but not in a silver finish. Silver-powder-coat finish is offered in other sizes: part # AM20363 is a 14 x 5-1/2-inch size and part # AM20537 is 15 x 6-inches. The silver powder coat is currently not offered in your size. Silver-powder-coat finish is available on Dexstar's Spoke Tri-Oval Trailer Wheel # AM20548.
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  • Fuel Economy Gains in 2002 Ford F-250 7.3L from Using a Performance Tuner
  • The two Edge products you referenced, parts # EP83830 and # EP85100, are fundamentally different. The Edge Evolution CS Programmer # EP85100 is both a monitor that displays engine parameters sent through the OBD-II port, and also a performance tuner that can increase your horsepower and torque by altering your engine's tune. This unit is a fit for your 2002 F-250 Powerstroke. The other unit # EP83830 is only a display - it does not re-tune any engine settings and please note it is not...
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  • What Size Hardware Fits Driver Side Mounting Bracket for Air Lift LoadLifter Air Springs # AL88396
  • My contact at AirLift confirmed that if your existing 5th wheel installation hardware is 3/4-inch diameter rather than the 1/2-inch supplied with the AirLift kit, you can simply drill out the holes in the AirLift brackets so they will accept the larger hardware in place from your 5th wheel installation. He assured me that this minor modification will not have any negative effects on the installation.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2002 Ford F250 with Cowboy Bumper
  • Curt offers the Class V Trailer Hitch Receiver, # C15316, for your 2002 Ford F250 with a deep drop, aka cowboy, bumper. This hitch receiver is specially designed for heavy-duty towing with a tongue weight capacity of 2,400 pounds and a maximum gross trailer weight of 16,000 pounds. This hitch bolts directly to your truck's frame with no welding required. This hitch will only fit models with a 16 inch spare tire. We also offer the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, # EBMK2416, to use with the...
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  • Weak Trailer Brakes Using Carlisle Electric Over Hydraulic Brake Actuator with 2014 Ford F-350
  • First you have to make sure that the brake controller being used is rated for electric over hydraulic brakes. Or you have to make sure that you are using the adapter, # HBA-CAM. It sounds like that is what you meant when you said they have added the other part that is needed. So that leaves the trailer itself. If the braking is not where it should be then the brakes may need to be bled or adjusted. Follow the manual for the bleeding procedure. And on the brake adjustment you will turn...
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  • Will a Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Fit Valley Rails
  • Yes, the Curt Q20 5th wheel trailer hitch # C16130 fits in industry standard rails from Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Pro Series, Reese, Husky, and Valley. I have included a picture of industry standard rails for you.
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  • 7-Way Trailer Connector With 4-Pole for 2000 Ford F250
  • If your truck has the OEM 7-way, it should have a round connector that plugs directly into the back of it. You can unplug the connector at that point, and then plug it into the 7-way of your choice, like the # 20119 you referred to, or the # HM40975 which is being used as the OEM trailer connector on the new Ford trucks. The square connector you speak of is usually a little further down the line, on the frame rail.
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  • Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit Recommendation for a 2010 Ford F-250 with a 6-3/4 foot bed
  • There is a Quick-Install Custom Bracket kit (part # RP50082) confirmed to fir your 2010 Ford F-250 with a 6-3/4 foot bed, but the part # RP56001 is for GM trucks and would not work for you. You would need the part # RP50082 that I mentioned. I attached an install video. Since you have a short bed you will need a hitch with a slider to make 90 degree turns like the Pro Series Hitch and Slider part # PS30857.
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  • 5th Wheel/Gooseneck 7-Way Wiring Recommendation for a 2014 Ford F350
  • Yes it will fit your vehicle, I checked with Bargman and the 5th Wheel/Gooseneck 90-Degree Wiring Harness w/ 7-Pole Plug # 51-97-410 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit your 2014 Ford F350 with a factory 7-way. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Compatibility of BandW Hitch and Sumo Springs Kit in 2013 Ford F-250
  • The SumoSprings Custom Helper Springs Kit # SSR-102-47 that you referenced fits both 2WD and 4WD versions of the 2013 Ford F-250. This kit installs from below the frame rails. The BandW hitch # BWGNRK1111-5W that fits your F-250 mounts to the sides of the frame rails and so should not interfere with installation of the SumoSprings kit. If you compare the diagrams in the install instructions for both items (both are linked for you) you will see that their mounting points are not the same.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 1999 Jayco Designer XL Presidential 5th Wheel Trailer
  • Before you install a hitch on your Jayco Designer XL trailer you will want to contact Jayco to determine if installing a hitch will void the warranty of the trailer frame. If you wish to go ahead with the hitch install at this point you will need to use a universal style hitch designed for trailers like the Multi-Fit Motor Home Trailer Hitch # 82201 that you referenced. This is a general application product, and it is the responsibility of the installer to select a structurally safe...
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  • Hardware for Securing E-track to Wood Trailer Floor
  • The # TF01150 screw is meant to fasten a wood floor to a trailer, it wouldn't be my choice for attaching E-Track to a wood floor. I'd use 1/4 inch diameter lag bolts whose length is a bit less than the thickness of the floor. How many bolts you need would depend on what you're using the E-track for. I'd probably want a bolt fastening the track about every 12 inches or so, maybe closer together for a heavier load. Use a self tapper like # FA1131822 to attach to the steel floor supports.
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  • How Many 1 Inch Long Black Torx Wall Liner Screw are in a Pack
  • The Redline 1" Long Black Torx Wall Liner Screw, part # WLS100, is sold singly. This way you can order just as many as you need. If you need a screwdriver bit for these screws you will want part # TX425.
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  • Installation Video for Reese Universal 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation Kit for Ford Super Duty
  • We have a video showing the Reese universal installation kit # RP30035 being installed on a 2002 Ford F-250 that might help, but none on a 2008 at this time. Custom kits are easier to install because they require less drilling and are contoured to the truck frame rails and designed to go around any obstacles in most cases. You could save some money and go with a Curt custom installation kit # C16448-204 which will accept Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Reese, Pro Series, Valley and Husky...
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  • Will the Pro Series Fifth Wheel Slider # RP30092 Work with Reese 15k Head part # 58165
  • I checked your order notes and was able to determine that you bought a Pro Series 15k Hitch part number 30056 which has been discontinued. I spoke to my contact at Draw Tite/Pro Series and he informed me that the head of your hitch, part # 58165 would work on the Pro Series Fifth Wheel Slider # RP30092. The height of the hitch will stay the same with the only difference being that you won't be able to use the lowest position of the hitch.
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  • Front Mount Trailer Hitch for a 2004 Ford F-250 for a Snow Plow
  • The only front mount hitch option for your 2004 Ford F-250 is # 65022. But this receiver will exit in between the tow hooks. I cannot recommend using a custom hitch such as # C31014 for fabrication but you could use fabrication parts to have a custom fabricator make a hitch that will fit. I have linked the hitch fabrication parts we carry. You would just need a crossmember. This is likely going to be less expensive then trying to adapt a hitch to fit.
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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller Installation On 2001 Ford F-250
  • When you are finding that there is no power to any of the wires, it could be a number of things. When you said someone cut the plug off, are you referring to the connector that a plug-in wiring adapter would plug into? One end would plug into the back of the controller and the other into the wiring harness under the truck dashboard. when checking wires I recommend using a circuit tester like part # 3808. You may have to start from scratch and hard wire the brake controller to the wires...
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  • Correct Trailer Wiring Harness for 2002 Ford F250 or F350
  • The # 118243 harness you referrred to is compatible with 1999-2001 F250 and F350 models, and is not compatible with a 2002 model, which would explain why it's not working. Part # 20119 is shown as being the proper 7-way for a 2002 Ford F250 or F350. The 20119 would plug into the existing US Car connector under the vehicle, typically located on the driver's side frame rail.
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  • Front-Mount Hitch For Winch On 2001 Ford F-250 Truck With Blocker Beam
  • I spoke with my contact at Curt and asked about your 2001 Ford F-250 truck. They told me that the reason for the difference in fit is due to the blocker beam that is installed on the truck. You actually purchased the correct front mounted hitch, part # C31014, if your truck has the front bumper bar. They told me that due to the bar, the hitch will be mounted in a different manner and the receiver will be below the bumper, not through the middle of the bumper like part # 31114.
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  • How to Transport 200-lb Scooter on 2006 Ford F-350 Pulling Jayco Pinnacle 5th Wheel Trailer
  • Many hitch-mount accessory items such as cargo and scooter carriers and bicycle racks are not suitable for use on the back of a trailer due to the extreme forces found at the rear of such vehicles. Much in the same way that the rear seat on a bus or roller coaster gets the roughest ride, anything attached to the rear of a trailer will be subjected to forces that could damage it. While we do offer bicycle racks that could work on the back of your 5th wheel, we have no RV-rated scooter carriers...
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  • Using Tire Chains on 2014 Ford F350 When Owners Manual Prohibits it
  • Sometimes vehicles with little clearance to the inside or above the wheels can use Class-S compatible tire chains like the # PW2033C ladder style cables or the V-style # PW2114V that offer better lateral stability. Both styles are compatible with your tire size, but I cannot recommend anything that would contradict any prohibitions about tire chain usage mentioned in your owner's manual. The # PW2114V includes the # PW99 rubber adjusters, but they're optional with the # PW2033C. I'd...
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  • External Dimensions of the Camco RV Olympian 4500 Stainless Steel Grill # CAM57251
  • I spoke to my contact at Camco and she informed me that the dimensions of the Camco RV Olympian 4500 Stainless Steel Grill # CAM57251 are 24 inches in width, 11.3 inches in depth and 11.1 inches in height with the legs out on the table.
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  • Slider 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for a 2013 Ford F-250 Short Bed with Factory 5th Wheel Prep Package
  • For a 5th wheel trailer hitch that fits directly into the puck system, in your 2013 Ford F-250 short bed, you can use the Reese Elite Series hitch # RP30144. These hitches were specifically designed for the puck system in the truck. The other option is to use adapter # RP30156 and then any hitch that fits in industry standard above the bed rails. The mounting feet of the hitch will have to be either 20-1/2 or 29 inches apart on center and 22 inches front to back on center.
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  • Air Bag or Leveling Kit for a 2011 Ford F350 4x4 DUALLY
  • If you are looking for a change in ride height for aesthetic purposes I would recommend you get a leveling kit. If you need more front axle support in your 2011 Ford F350 4x4 because you have a front accessory like a plow I would recommend an air system like the Firestone Coil Rite System part # F4187. If you wanted a red air bag you would want the Air Lift Helper Springs part # AL80537.
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  • Where to Plug in a Curt Trailer Brake Controller on a 2007 Ford-F-250 XL
  • Using the Curt brake controller wiring harness # C51372 you will plug it in at the factory connection point. The built-in brake control wiring harness is located behind the dashboard. To reach the connector, remove the storage pocket that is built into the center of your dash, just above the ashtray. Once you have removed the pocket, you will see the gray, 4-pin connector that mates with the adapter.
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  • Front Hitch Recommendation for a 2001 Ford F350
  • Both the Draw Tite Hitch part # 65022 and the Curt Front Hitch part # 31114 are confirmed to fit your 2001 Ford F350, both will install the same and will have the same capacities. The Draw Tite has more reviews and they were all positive, so based on that and the fact that it costs a little less that's the route I would go. I attached an install video for you to check out.
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch And Installation Kit For 2014 Ford F-350 Crew Cab With Factory Tow Package
  • For your 2014 Ford F-350 Crew Cab with the factory package installed I recommend the Pro Series Fifth Wheel, part # PS30855. This hitch features a dual jaw with floating, 4-way pivoting head and has a gross towing weight of 16,000 lbs with a hitch height range from 13 to 17 inches. I also recommend the Reese Elite Series Underbed Rail Adapter, part # RP30156. This unit drops into the pucks in the bed of your truck and lock into place, and gives you a standard rail for a fifth wheel...
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  • Is a 12 Volt Circuit Required to Charge a Trailer Battery with a 2006 Ford F-350
  • If your 2006 Ford F-350 does not have a 7-Way trailer connector already then in order to provide a maintenance charge to the trailer battery you will need to install a 7-Way using # 37185. The 2006 Ford F-350 does have the wiring and fuses needed for a 7-Way in place, even if it came with just a 4-Way trailer connector. I have included a link to a help article that explains the connections you will need to make using # 37185. The 12 volt circuit at the trailer connector does not have...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Options for 1995 Ford F350
  • We have many different hitches compatible with your truck. The best choice for you will depend on what you're wanting to tow. For lighter duty towing, I'd recommend the Class III hitch, part # 75038. The hitch has a 5000 lb towing/500 lb tongue weight capacity. For a heavier duty Class IV, the Curt # 14001 with its 10000 lb towing and 1000 lb tongue weight capacity would be a good choice. For a higher capacity, B & W offers a Class V with a 2 inch by 2 inch receiver opening, part # BWHDRH25122...
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  • Will a 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Install Kit from a 1995 Chevy 3500 Fit a 2014 Ford F-250
  • The 1995 Chevy C/K 3500 and the 2014 Ford F-250 require different installation kits for a 5th wheel trailer hitch. That is, unless, you used the universal installation kit, # RP30035 in the Chevy. If you did use the universal kit it will also fit the 2014 Ford F-250 long bed. The only thing you will need is replacement hardware # RP58430. The hardware is meant for one-time installation only and should not be reused. If you want to go with a custom installation kit which requires no drilling...
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  • Will a B&W Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Fit a 2001 Ford F-250 4x4 with Air Bags
  • The B&W Turnover ball hitch for your 2001 Ford F-250 is # BWGNRK1108. The brackets for it install on the outsides of the frame rails on the truck (part fits underneath but would not interfere with the airbags). However, there is that center bolt that holds the air bag top bracket on. The hole for that bolt is also used for the B&W bracket. So the two parts will share that same hole and it will work out fine. I have linked instructions for the B&W hitch and a video showing installation.
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch and Install Kit Compatible with Air Ride Suspension on 2012 Ford F250 Short Bed 4x4
  • Firestone offer some Ride-Rite air helper spring options that are compatible with fifth wheel / gooseneck hitch installations. If your truck has a gas engine, you'd use # F2550 or # F2535 for a Diesel engine equipped truck. A compressor kit with a standard duty compressor is available as part # F2158 or part # F2097 for a heavy duty compressor. For a fifth wheel hitch, you'll need the rail/bracket kit, part # RP50073-58. Because your truck has the short bed, you'll need to use a sliding...
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  • Transmission Cooler for a 2002 Ford Super Duty with 7.3 Liter Turbo Diesel
  • The optimum transmission fluid temperature is between 160 and 200 degrees. Factory coolers are usually adequate at best. Since transmission fluid cannot be over-cooled adding a supplemental cooler is a good idea. I recommend going with a larger cooler for your truck since you are likely going to have the space for it and because a larger cooler will be more efficient. Cooler # D13504 is the most popular option. I also reocmmend fitting # D13025 to avoid having to cut and flare lines....
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendations for a 2015 Ford F250 with Hitch Prep Package
  • Since you have a Reese Revolution pin box you would need a stationary hitch like you already know. For an 18k hitch you would want the part # RP30142 and for a 25k hitch you would want the part # RP30143. Both of these hitches are stationary Reese Elite Series hitches that will fit in the pucks of the factory underbed hitch prep package you have.
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  • What is the Weight Rating of the Reese Elite Series Underbed Rail Adapter # RP30156
  • Yes, the Reese Elite Series Underbed Rail Adapter # RP30156 that you referenced is the highest Elite Underbed rail to industry standard rail adapter available. This adapter is rated for 20,000 lbs. The Reese Select Hitch part # RP30081 that you referenced would be an excellent choice for a hitch with this adapter since it also has a 20k capacity. I attached links to review videos for both products for you to check out also.
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  • Will a Model 3000 B&W 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Fit the 3500 Base and Provide a 20K Capacity
  • I spoke with my contact at B&W. I am happy to report that you can mount the 3000 model head on the 3500 model base, # BWRVB3500. And it would provide a 20,000 pound capacity. Please consult the owners manual for your 2006 Ford F-350 just to make sure it has the capacity you need as well.
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  • Sway Control Options for 26-Foot Trailer Towed By 2014 Ford F-250
  • You have several options to help reduce your trailer sway, but first I want to offer a caution. A friction sway control arm such as the Pro Series # 83660 should always be released when backing up your trailer. Some popping sound is normal for forward travel but the friction mechanism must be disengaged for reversing or it can be damaged. You might take a look at your sway control unit to ensure it is not bent. If so it should be replaced. You can add a second unit such as the part referenced...
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  • Comparing Andersen Ultimate Connection and Draw-Tite Hi-Rise Adapters for a 1999 Ford F-350 Long Bed
  • The Draw-Tite Hi-Rise adapter, # 9480, is going to provide a better ride and overall more secure connection compared to the Andersen Ultimate Connection # AM3225. Since you have a a Hide-A-Goose, # 9460-48, on your 1999 Ford F-350 long bed, the Hi-Rise will be a great fit. The Hi-Rise is heavier at 185 pounds shipping weight compared to the Andersen adapter at 86 pounds shipping weight so the Andersen adapter would be easier to install and remove compared to the Hi-Rise. Both adapters...
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  • Pro Series Weight Distribution for a 2001 Ford F-250 and 7,522 Pound Trailer
  • To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total tongue weight of the set up. This is calculated by taking the tongue weight of the trailer, when loaded and ready to tow, and adding to that the weight of anything loaded behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Many systems including Pro Series have a tongue weight capacity range. The tongue weight, based on the numbers you have provided, is about 14 percent of the gross trailer weight. When loaded to 7,522 pounds...
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  • Will Brophy Camper Tie Downs # TDSF Fit a 2014 Ford F-350 Super Duty
  • The Brophy Camper Tie Downs, part # TDSF, that you have referenced can be used on campers that are up to 8 feet in length. There is no weight capacity rating on the camper tie downs and they will work on your 2014 Ford F-350 Super Duty with a properly sized camper for your vehicle which is less than 8 foot in length. The Brophy # TDSF tie downs are a universal application for full-size trucks.These tie downs come with hardware to mount them to your truck, but you will also need the Camper...
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  • How Does the Economy Mode in the EvoHT Tuner Tune the Motor on a 2008 Ford F-250 6.4 Diesel
  • The Edge EvoHT for your 2008 Ford F-250 with the 6.4 liter diesel is # EP16030 and when set to any type of economy setting it is not going to increase the horsepower but will change shift points and help the motor run at the optimum level for fuel consumption. The instructions, linked for you, are not all that helpful in explaining what the power levels do. But that is what it is doing; changing shift points and parameters of engine performance controlled by the truck's computer for...
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  • Is the Convert-a-Ball 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter part # CAB-C5GX1216 Sidewinder Compatible
  • The Convert-a-Ball 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter part # CAB-C5GX1216 that you referenced is not compatible with sidewinder king pins. When used together they produce two pivoting points at both the ball and the turret which is a safety hazard.
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  • Installation Kit and Base Rail Recommendation for a 2005 Ford F-350 with a Valley 5th Wheel Hitch
  • As long as your Valley hitch uses the industry standard above bed base rails, then I recommend installing the Reese Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit and Base Rails, # RP50082-58. This kit comes with custom frame brackets that do not require any frame drilling to install and the included base rails are compatible with all fifth wheel hitches that use the standard above bed rails. If you have a Valley UBS hitch, then we do not have an install kit that will work. We have installed this...
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  • Determining if Weight Distribution System is Being Overloaded
  • I'm a bit confused by the description of your set up. You mention that the Eaz-Lift set up is rated at 14000 towing/1400 tongue weight, but then go on to say the bars are rated at 600 lbs. If your spring bars are rated at a maximum of 600 lbs, it means that the tongue weight of the trailer plus the weight of anything stowed behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle cannot exceed the rating of the spring bars. It's vitally important that you're aware of the total tongue weight of your...
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  • Actual Wheel Offset of the Dexstar Dual Wheel part # AM20783
  • The spec given to us for the offset of the Dexstar Dual Wheel part # AM20783 is 5-1/2 inches of positive offset. However, when we had our wheel and tire guru measure it he found the offset to be 5 inches of positive offset. So to answer your question, the offset is 5.
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  • Will New Blue Ox SwayPro Replacement Head Work with Old SwayPro Systems with Adjustable Head
  • I spoke with my contact at Blue Ox and was told that the new, non-adjustable head, # BXW4011, will not work with the older SwayPro systems that had the adjustable head. I know this was not the answer you were hoping for but it could actually be the best thing. If the head on your old system was damaged there could be other unseen damage to other components in the system. It might be time to replace the old system. To choose a weight distribution system you will need to go by the total...
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  • Recommended Back-Up Camera for Backing 5th Wheel Camper
  • I'd recommend the Swift Hitch Portable camera system, part # SH02. The system is truly wireless, and has night vision capability, out to about a 15 foot distance from the camera, which would be very useful when parking the fifth wheel at night. The camera has both a magnetic and a suction cup mount, and can also be attached to your pin box to make lining up the king pin and the funnel of your fifth wheel hitch during hitching much easier. Over the years, we've found that mounting the monitor...
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  • 5th Wheel Tailgate Recommendation for a 2000 Ford F-350
  • We have several fifth wheel tailgates for you to choose from that will fit your 2000 Ford F-350. I have attached a link to all of the tailgates that will work for you to check out. One of my favorite tailgates is the Husky Liners Premium Aluminum Tailgate, # HL15130, and the Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series Tailgate, # VG-97-4000. The Husky Liners tailgate is constructed of lightweight aluminum and with the louvered design it will help improve drag and gas mileage. It also comes with a...
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  • Will Curt Lube Plate Fit B&W Companion 5th-Wheel Hitch
  • I spoke with my contact at B & W, and they told me that you should have no problem at all using the Curt 10 inch Fifth Wheel Hitch Lube Plate, part # 16721. This plate does measure 1/4 inches thick, and helps reduce normal wear and tear.
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  • Installing Fifth Wheel Hitch in 2014 Ford F350 Dually w/ Factory 5th Wheel/Gooseneck towing Prep Pkg
  • Since you have the pucks pre-installed, you won't need the install kit or anything else. You would simply remove the covers over the pucks in your truck bed and drop in an Elite Series fifth wheel hitch like the # RP30142 for an 18K capacity or the # RP30143 for a 25K capacity. B&W also offers the Companion, part # BWRVK3300 which has a 20K capacity that would also drop right into the pucks installed in your truck bed. An adapter like the # RP30156 would allow you to use a regular fifth...
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  • Compatibility of Existing Fifth Wheel Bed Mounting Rails with Reese # RP50082 Frame Brackets
  • If the bed rails you currently have were manufactured by Reese, they can indeed be used with the # RP50082. If they are from another manufacturer, I could not say if they are compatible, as they have not been tested together and the weight capacity of the installation would not be known. If they aren't Reese rails, I'd recommend getting the full install kit, part # RP50082-58. You'd have all new parts that are assured of working together.
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  • Trailer Hub Recommendation for a Trailer with Inner Bearing L68149 and Outer Bearing L44649
  • Are the wheels you plan on installing on your trailer wheels that were specifically designed for trailer use? Wheels with that much offset are not usually found on trailers, especially in the diameter you have. Aside from that the Trailer Hub and Drum Assembly # 84557UC3 and the # 84555UC1 would work well since the bearing numbers match what you have as well as the bolt pattern. Just so we're both on the same page, offset is the distance the centerline of the wheel is from portion of...
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  • Does Curt 5X Adapter work with Valley Slider Hitches
  • Yes, I did some checking and the Curt X5 Fifth Wheel Adapter for B and W Square Shank Turnover Ball Hitches # 16310 would work in the B and W hitch you have installed in your 2004 Ford F250 and is also compatible with the Valley Power Pull Glider hitch as this hitch is designed to fit industry standard rails like what are on the # 16310. You can use a slider hitch with this adapter. I attached a review video for you to check out as well.
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  • Will Reducing Air Pressure in Suspension Air Bags Reduce Sway on a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • You can experiment with different amounts of air pressure in the air bags to get to the best ride quality. More pressure would make the bag stiffer and there would be less trailer at the front of the trailer (mostly vertically but also some side to side) and rear of the truck. A bag with less pressure would have more give and could be more of a cushion and absorb some of the force that is causing the sway. When the trailer does start swaying you will want to reduce speed and keep...
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  • Do you have to Know the Rear Axle Weight, Not Capacity, to Figure Out How Much a Truck Can Tow
  • Knowing the weight of the tow vehicle axle is not really relevant, or at most rarely relevant, to determining how much the truck can tow. What matters is the truck manufacturers axle capacity, gross trailer weight capacity, and gross combined weight rating. In my years of working in this industry I have never heard of the axle weight on the tow vehicle being needed to determine anything. Only the capacities. With that said I also asked around here to get some other opinions on the subject...
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  • Does Exhaust Have to Be Lowered to Install a Gooseneck Trailer Hitch on a 2008 Ford F-350 Diesel
  • Yes, you would need to lower the exhaust on your 2008 Ford F-350 to install Curt gooseneck trailer hitch # C640-644. It is required on 2005 and newer models that have a diesel motor. After looking at the installation details for the other hitches that fit your truck, this is something that would have to be done to install any of them. You might want to consider the B&W hitch # BWGNRK1108. There is still exhaust lowering required but the hitch costs less than the Curt, and B&W has an...
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation For 2001 Ford F-250
  • When choosing a weight distribution system for your 2001 Ford F-250 and trailer, you will want to choose the best system you can. I recommend getting a system that also has sway-control. Together, these systems will provide a smooth, level ride and stop the sway caused by crosswinds and large passing trucks. I have attached a couple of helpful articles that explain weight distribution and determining tongue weight you can check out. I recommend the Strait-Line Weight Distribution System...
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  • Husky 5th Wheel Brackets for a 2014 Ford F-250 Long Bed with Husky Trailer Hitch and Rails
  • For a 2014 Ford F-250 long bed you will actually need Husky mounting brackets # HT31408. The hardware is also included. The brackets you mentioned, # HT31413, do not fit the 2014 Ford F-250, they are for various years and versions of the Dodge Ram.
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  • Can a Reese SC or Pro Series Weight Distribution System be Upgraded to Dual-Cam Sway Control
  • It sounds like you have the Reese SC system # RP66155 or a Pro Series system (made by Reese), # 49587, with sway bar # 83660. The issue that you are likely having with the sway control is that a single bar is good for up to 6,000 pounds gross trailer weight. If you go over that you will want to add a second bar, # 83660. In order to use dual-cam sway control, # RP26002, the spring bars would have to have a hook at the end like in the picture I have included. If the spring bars on...
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  • Can an ST235/85R16 Trailer Tire be Used in Place of an ST235/80R16 Tire on a Cyclone Toy Hauler
  • Based on the information I read on your Cyclone toy hauler the trailer comes with ST235/80-16 tires Load Range E, like # AM10248. These tires have a capacity of 3,197 pounds. The 3 axles on the trailer would equal at least 6 tires bringing the capacity of the tires to 19,182 pounds. This exceeds the gross trailer weight of 18,000 pounds. Unless the tires used from the factory had some issue there is no reason based on the numbers that the tires should be failing. You could go to an ST235/85R16...
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  • Weight Distribution for 7500 lb 30 Foot Toy Hauler with 950 lb Hitch Weight
  • If the 950 lb tongue weight figure you mentioned represents the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of the trailer, and includes the weight of of anything stowed in your truck bed behind the rear axle, then the Reese # RP66084 would be ideal. This system is rated for trailers with tongue weights ranging from 600-1200 lbs. The weight distributing shank is included, but you'll need the # 19286 2-5/16 trailer ball. If you ever tow with the garage area empty, you'll also want to...
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  • Replacement 7-Way and 4-Way Trailer Connector for a 2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch
  • For a replacement 7-Way trailer connector for your 2005 Ford F-250 King Ranch you have a couple of options. You can use 7- and 4-Way # HM40975. Or 7- and 4-Way # 20119. Either of these replacement connectors comes with a mounting bracket and hardware. I have included a video on each connector for you. If you are looking for an exact match to the factory harness though you would need to get one from a Ford dealership.
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  • Recommended Lubrication of B & W 5th Wheel Hitch
  • B & W recommends you lubricate the top surface of the coupler with an automotive type chassis grease like # L10337 or use a nylon lube plate like # RP83002 to provide a lubricated surface. They also recommend you grease the jaws with an automotive type chassis grease and grease the saddle through the grease zerk about every six months with multi-purpose grease like # L11316. This will allow the coupler to pivot freely. See the diagram I have included showing the location of the grease...
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  • Dimensions of the Replacement Straight Threaded Shank # SP129T
  • I spoke to my contact at Swagman and informed me that from the hitch pin hole to the ball is 22 inches, and overall length of the Replacement Straight Threaded Shank # SP129T is 25 inches.
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  • Cable Lock To Secure Fifth Wheel To Truck Bed On 2014 Ford Super Duty
  • I spoke with my contact at B & W about your Companion hitch in your 2014 Ford Super Duty. They said they do not offer any lock system for that hitch and were unable to recommend anything at this time. My recommendation is to possibly use a locking cable system and attach it to the tie-downs in the bed of your truck. It may be enough of a deterrent to thieves so that they leave it alone. You could possibly feed the cable through the gooseneck safety chain loops when the hitch is installed....
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch and Custom Installation Kit for 2004 F-350 Dually
  • I do not show the Pro Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Rails and Installation Kit # PS30132 to be a fit for your 2004 F-350 dually. However, I do have a fit for you that comes with custom rails. I recommend going with the Pro Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # PS30119, and the Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit # RP50082-58. This kit includes the brackets and base rails and is a custom installation kit that mounts to existing holes on your frame and can be...
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  • Does Edge Evolution CS Programmer # EP85150 in 2000 Ford 7.3 Diesel Need Probes for Temp Readings
  • The particular Edge Evolution CS Programmer you referenced, part # EP85150, is not a specified fit for your 2000 Ford F-350 with the 7.3L diesel. The link provided will show you all Edge brand programmers that are a confirmed fit for your truck. Please note that the first two units shown, part # EP85200 and # EP85100, are not 50-state legal (they are not approved for use in California). The other two programmers, parts # EP85201 and # EP85101, are 50-state legal. It is necessary to use...
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  • Will the Roadmaster Front Anti-Sway Bar # RM-1139-155 Fit 1999 Ford F350 Dually with Factory Bar
  • I spoke with my contact at Roadmaster and yes, the Front Anti-Sway Bar, # RM-1139-155, will fit your 1999 F350 Dually with factory bar. The 1999 model was excluded if a factory bar isn't present.
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  • Where Does the Superchips Flashpaq Tuner Install on a 2001 F-250 Super Duty 4x4, 7.3 Liter
  • The Superchips Flashpaq tuner # SU1841 plugs into the OBD-II port under the dash of your 2001 Ford F-250 7.3 liter. This version is the California approved version. If you do not live in California and will not be traveling through then you can use # SU1842. These tuners are as easy to use as they come. They have pre-set tuning levels that you select from the display screen. It does not have the complex interface of many of the other tuners but still has many of the options. It will...
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  • How to Determine the Diameter of a Trailer Axle
  • Measuring a round axle can be difficult. You would need a set of dial or digital calipers to get an accurate measurement. Using a tape measure would not be accurate enough. Calipers are available at discount tool shops. Nicer ones can get a little costly. But if you don't need precise measurements of things often an inexpensive analog model will work just fine. Sometimes you can go by the axle capacity but not always. Typical Axle Diameters Based on Axle Capacity 1,000-lb - 2,000-lb...
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  • PL Error Code on a Prodigy or P2 Trailer Brake Controller on a 2001 Ford F-350
  • The PL error code on the P2 # 90885 and Prodigy # 90185, indicates that the power was interrupted while the brake pedal was pressed. This means that when you apply the brakes the voltage is not getting back to the trailer brakes. This can occur for a number of reasons. First check the brake controller wiring and all of its connections to the vehicle. A bad splice or corrosion could cause this error. Then check the wiring going back to the trailer connector for any corrosion or breaks...
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  • Supplemental Flat Towing Equipment and Braking System for Air-Brake Equipped Motorhome Towing F350
  • To safely tow your truck, you'll need a base plate, tow bar, safety cables, a wiring solution to ensure the truck taillights work in conjunction with the coach and a supplemental braking system. I'd recommend the Blue Ox # BX2163 base plate kit and the Blue Ox Alpa tow bar, part # BX7365. The Alpha is rated for vehicles weighing up to 6500 lbs, which should be fine for your F350 but it if weighs more than that, go with the Aventa LX, part # BX7445. Either tow bar includes the safety...
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  • Programmer and Monitor Recommendation for a 1999 Ford F250 5.4 Liter Triton V8
  • The correct programmer and monitor for your 1999 Ford F240 with a 5.4 liter V8 is the Edge Evolution CS Programmer # EP85150. And yes, this will work on the standard transmission models like yours. The Edge CTS Insight Monitor part # EP83830 is only a monitor and will not give you any performance gains. It will only allow you view engine parameters.
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  • Will Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera System Block Spare Tire Access
  • My contact at Hopkins said the Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 would cover the spare tire access on your 2008 Ford Super Duty pickup. However the backup camera plate can be easily and quickly removed by removing two screws to access the spare tire when needed. I have linked to a video of the installation of the backup camera system on a 2004 Ford F-250. The backup camera has a simple plug-in installation plugging inline with your existing 7-way trailer connector with no splicing,...
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  • Can an 18K Rated TrailAir Replacement Pin Box be Used on a 19K 5th Wheel Trailer
  • It is not recommended to use a replacement pin box such as # UF35-946229 if its 18k rating is lower than the gross trailer weight. If you do have a Lippert 1621 pin box, which is what the TrailAir fits, then you would want part # UF35-946203 which has a 21,000 pound capacity. If you have a different pin box, let me know what it is and I can make a recommendation for you. The pin box should have a sticker or plate on it with the manufacturer and model number of the pin box.
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  • Air Bags and Suspension Enhancement For a 212 Ford F-250 4x4 with Gas Engine
  • Firestone air bags # F2535 are designed to fit a 2012 Ford F-250 4x4 with a diesel engine. For a gas engine you would use # F2550. The brackets for the air springs will install on the inboard side and bottoms of the truck frame rails. You will need to take a look at the gooseneck brackets attached to the frame to see where they install to determine if there will be any interference. I have included a link to the installation instructions for # F2550 for you to compare to your truck. Another...
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  • Is Truck Bed Removal Required to Install the Gooseneck Hitch # RP30138 In UnderBed Rails # RP30126
  • Not at all, I checked the installation instructions for the Reese Elite Series Under-Bed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Head Kit # RP30138 and you will not need to remove the bed of your truck to install this hitch in your 2013 Ford Super Duty with the Underbed Rail Kit part # RP30126. You might need to lower the spare while torquing the install hardware, but that's it.
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