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  • Will Using a Tuner Damage the Motor or Transmission on a 2011 Ford Truck with 6.7 Powerstroke Diesel
  • If installed and used properly a programmer should not damage a vehicle's motor or transmission. Abuse of the new power, using the wrong fuel type for the tune (on gas motors) or use on a truck that is not running well could result in damage. To help with gas mileage use the Mileage XS Save tune option.
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  • Adapter to Allow 5th Wheel Towing in Truck Fitted with B&W Gooseneck Hitch
  • It sounds like you have the B&W Gooseneck hitch # BWGNRK1111 installed in your 2012 Ford truck and need an adapter to allow 5th wheel towing. You can use Curt X5 Fifth Wheel Adapter # 16310 that fits into the square hole in your gooseneck hitch to provide the equivalent of industry-standard rails that will accept your 5th wheel hitch. The linked videos illustrate its design and use.
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  • Programming Shift Points with Edge Evolution on 2006 Ford F-350
  • Sometimes a vehicle needs time to get used to its newfound power. Most transmissions can relearn how to properly shift, but you have to help. Choose the power level that you will most often be driving in and take your vehicle out. Vary the speed, and cycle through each gear 20 to 30 times. Your shifting will become smoother in no time. I have linked you to an FAQ article about performance tuners/programmers.
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Height on 2007 Ford F-350 4x4 With Lift Kit Installed
  • Thank you for your photo of your trailer pin box and truck bed, and by the way, your terminology is just fine! It looks like the pre-owned Ford F-350 you purchased for your 5th wheel towing has had a lift kit installed. This would be why there is only limited space between the king pin on the pin box and the top surface of the truck bed. You are correct to be concerned about maintaining the hitched 5th wheel trailer level with the ground once you install a hitch and couple the trailer...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2004 Ford F-350 Diesel
  • For your 2004 Ford F-350 diesel I recommend the P2 # 90885 with wiring harness # 3035-P. The P2 is one of our most popular brake controllers of all time because it is easy to set up and use and it is reliable. This is a proportional controller that will apply the trailer brakes in proportion to how hard or soft the vehicle is braking. This reduces wear and tear on the trailer and vehicle brakes and is the safest way to stop. I have linked a video showing installation for you.
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  • Where Does a Brake Controller Plug Into on a 2004 Ford F-350
  • On your 2004 Ford F-350 the factory port to plug in a brake controller is located near the center console to the right of the steering column. I have linked a video that shows how to access it.
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  • Replacement Bushing for a Stromberg Carlson 4000 Series Tailgate
  • The Replacement Pivot Tube Inserts # 4000-V10 that you referenced will fit all 4000 series Stromberg Carlson tailgates so it would work on your # VG-97-4000.
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  • Westin HDX Grille Guard with Winch Plate Recommendation for a 2011 Ford F-350
  • Instead of the HDX Grille Guard part # 57-2370 that you referenced you would want the part # 57-92370 as it comes with a winch mounting plate built into it and has been confirmed as a fit for your 2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty.
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2006 Keystone Raptor 3319 5th Wheel Trailer
  • We have trailer hitches that would likely fit your 2006 Keystone Raptor. However, you will want to check the laws in your state and where you will be traveling because in some places tandem towing (towing something behind a trailer that is also being towed) can be illegal. So if it is legal where you will be going then take a look at the following 2 hitches. First we have # 82200 rated for 5,000 pounds and fits frame widths from 31 inches to 46 inches. Frame width is measured from the...
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  • How to Carry 2 Kayaks at the Same Time on the Roof of a 2006 Ford F-250 Crew Cab
  • The Thule Hull-A-Port kayak carrier # TH834 is designed to carry 1 kayak (the two cradles support one kayak). So you would need 2 of them to carry 2 kayaks. There are other options that will allow you to carry more than 1 kayak with just one carrier. First, you will need to have a roof rack installed on your 2006 Ford F-250 crew cab. To add a roof rack you can use the following parts: 58 inch crossbars # Y00409 Q Towers # Y00124 Q58 clips # Y00658 (you will need 2 sets of these) Then...
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  • Comparing Performance of Cushioned 5th Wheel Hitch to Air-Cushioned Pin Box
  • There are several air-cushioned 5th wheel hitches on the market like the E-Z Floater, AirBox and AirSafe. We do not offer these items currently so I do not have first-hand experience that I can share. However, my etrailer associates with 5th wheels tell me that their ride quality is quite close to that of an air-ride pin box such as the Trailair Tri-Glide # UF35-946229. The differences are that the cushioned hitches can be quite large and bulky, and often have their air bags exposed,...
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  • Brake Controller Installation for a 2004 Ford F-250
  • To install a Prodigy brake controller part # 90185 in your 2004 Ford F-250 all you need is the correct install harness, part # 3035-P. I attached an install video that shows this harness being used to install the Prodigy in a similar Ford truck as yours.
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  • Weight Distribution Alternatives for 8500 lb Travel Trailer w/ 940lb Unloaded Tongue Weight
  • Although the # RP58306 clamps I recommended would allow you to retain your existing Dual-Cam system, a Reese SC system could be a good choice as well. The sway control portion of the SC works almost but not quite as well as the Dual-Cam you're currently using, but it still works very well. The # RP66155 is rated for tongue weights ranging from 600-1200 lbs and might be a good choice for you, depending on the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your TT. Keep in mind that any...
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  • How To Carry A Canoe on a 2008 Ford F-250 Crew Cab
  • Depending on where you want to carry your canoe at on your truck, we have several options for you. If you want to carry your canoe in the bed of your truck, I recommend a load extender, like Darby's Extend-A-Truck Load Extender # DTA944. The load extender fits trailer hitches with a 2 inch receiver and has a 350 pound load capacity. This will allow you to support and tie down the end of the canoe that hangs off the bed of your truck. If you want to carry your canoe above the bed...
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  • How To Carry A Canoe on a 2008 Ford F-250 Crew Cab
  • Depending on where you want to carry your canoe at on your truck, we have several options for you. If you want to carry your canoe in the bed of your truck, I recommend a load extender, like Darby's Extend-A-Truck Load Extender # DTA944. The load extender fits trailer hitches with a 2 inch receiver and has a 350 pound load capacity. This will allow you to support and tie down the end of the canoe that hangs off the bed of your truck. If you want to carry your canoe above the bed...
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  • Adapter Availability to Allow Both Trailer Sockets on 2012 F-350 to Be Used at One Time
  • If your truck connector looks like Hopkins # HM40975 where the two socket covers back up to one another then your options are to remove one of the covers, to use a hardwire replacement socket like # HM48470 which allows both to be used at once, or to install a 5th wheel inline plug-in wiring harness like # 51-97-410 at the back of your existing 7-way. This would let you use the existing socket for your trailer's 5-pole and provide a 7-way for your camper connection. Unfortunately there...
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  • B and W Gooseneck Hitch Fit 2006 F-350 Short Bed And 2008 Ford F-250 with Short Bed
  • As long as you have the B and W Turnoverball Gooseneck Trailer Hitch with the part # BWGNRK1108, the trailer hitch will fit both the 2006 Ford F-350 short bed and the 2008 Ford F-250 short bed.
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for a 2001 Ford F-350 without Drilling
  • The Curt fifth wheel bracket kit you would need to install a set of Curt rails in the bed of your 2001 Ford F-350 would be the part # C16443. This will require drilling though. For a rail and bracket kit for your truck that won't require drilling you would want the part number # RP50082-58. I attached an install video for you to check out. Since we don't recommend mixing rail and bracket manufacturers this would be your best option.
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  • Troubleshooting Severe Trailer Sway over 55 Miles per Hour
  • Friction sway control can help stop some minor swaying due to wind or a semi truck passing you, but for major sway issues like you have they will not fix them. The biggest issue that causes trailer sway is improper trailer loading. You will want to have the tongue weight of your trailer between 10 and 15 percent of the total weight of your trailer. It is also important to have the trailer being towed as level as possible. I attached a help article that details how to pick out the...
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  • Does Install of Westin # 40-2375 Grill Guard Require Removal of Front Tow Hooks on 2013 Ford F350
  • Installation of the Westin # 40-2375 Sportsman Grille Guard will not require removal of the tow loops. The installation brackets attach to the vehicle using the bumper bolts, as you can see in the photo I've edited for you. This grille guard would be a great fit for your 2013 Ford F350. The grille guard provides mounts for driving lights like part # 09-0205.
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  • Availability of Weight Distribution System With Chain Hangers That Clamp to Trailer Frame
  • If you can confirm that your fully loaded and ready to tow trailer tongue weight is below 1000 lbs, Curt offers their TruTrack Weight Distribution system, part # C17500. We no longer carry Equal-I-zer weight distribution systems, but the TruTrack is very similar. This being said, I have a solution that would allow you to continue using your Strait-Line Weight Distribution System. You can simply replace the chain hangers for part # RP58306 which is a clamp-on hanger. When using the clamp...
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  • Replacing Grease Trailer Hubs with Oil Bath Hubs
  • You can convert some hubs from grease to oil bath using a kit such as # XLPROLUBE1980KIT but for others it would not be possible without changing the hubs. This is because oil bath hubs use an oil cap that threads onto the end of the hub. Most regular hubs are not threaded so you would not be able to screw on an oil cap. If you can tell me the inner and outer bearing numbers on your existing hubs I can determine if there is a way to replace them with an oil bath system.
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  • Will Sheet Of Plywood Fit Between The Wheel Well With Access Storage Pockets On 2002 Ford F-250
  • The material the Access G2 Galvanized Truck Bed Storage Pockets, part # A60070 is made of is galvanized metal. I called my contact at Access and they said the material is approximately 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. The pockets run parallel to the wheel well and do not taper in. The photo can at times be deceiving based on the angle the photo was taken. From my research I found that the distance between the wheel wells is 50.9 inches on F-250 and F-350 trucks. Adding the # A60070 pockets should...
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  • Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System Spring Fell Off 2008 Ford F-250
  • This is extremely rare and I can only imagine this happening if the springs were incorrectly installed, or were in the wrong location, under an extremely heavy load, or possibly having the wrong system installed. Per the instructions, there should only be a gap between 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches when the vehicle is empty. That gap is eliminated when the vehicle has a load added. The Timbren system is designed to work with a suspension system that is in good working order.
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  • How to Use a Pro Series Fifth Wheel Hitch in the Bed of a 2011 Ford F-350 with Hitch Prep
  • The only way you would be able to use your Pro Series fifth wheel hitch in the bed of your 2011 Ford F-350 that came with a hitch prep package would be to use the Reese Adapter part # RP30156. It is the only adapter we offer that would allow your hitch to fit your truck.
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  • Step Recommendation for a 2008 Ford F-250 Supercab for Access to Toolbox in Truck Bed
  • The extended cab Ford trucks are typically referred to as Supercab. For your 2008 Ford Super Duty with an 8 foot bed and a Supercab you would want the part # AS-550 as this product is designed for exactly what you are looking for. It will install behind the cab of the truck to make accessing cargo in the truck bed easier. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Will the DeeZee Bed Mat # DZ86881 fit Truck with Slide In Bed Liner
  • That will depend on how tight your spray in bed liner fits the bed of your truck. The bed mat part # DZ86881 that you referenced is designed to fit pretty tight to the wheel wells of the truck that it is installed on. If you check out the picture I attached you will see how tight. At worst the mat may end up angling slightly up as it fits the contour of your truck bed.
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  • 7-Way and Brake Controller Install Recommendation for a 2011 Ford F-350
  • A 7-way for trailer wiring will have the blinker and stoplights on the same circuit. I attached a picture that has a diagram that shows all of the circuits that a 7-way has. To install a brake controller like the part # 90885 in the truck you will need the correct install harness, part # 3034-P. If the vehicle had a 7-way from the factory that is all you would need to install the controller. If instead the vehicle had a factory 4-way you would need to then make a few connections under...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Base Rail Installation Kit for 2004 Ford F-250 with 6-3/4-Foot Bed
  • The Husky Universal Base Rail Kit # HT30686 installs using an installation kit that fits your particular truck. Universal install kits are available for these rails but none is offered for your particular truck. The easiest base rail installation for your 2004 F-250 is with a custom-install kit. The Husky part is # HT31407-686, which includes the rails, under-bed brackets and hardware. This custom kit will save you a lot of drilling and reduce your overall install time by several hours....
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  • Recommended Hitch for Carrying Bike Rack on Rear of Keystone Outback 210RS Travel Trailer
  • If the outside to outside dimension of the frame members of your RV is between 22-72 inches, the Curt # 13703 would work for your RV. The brackets would need to remain in the orientation shown in the product description photos. Because of the nature of your frame, I'd recommend a hitch that attaches to the underside of the frame member, part # 82201 from Hidden Hitch. This hitch is a fit for frame members that measure between 47-71 inches apart, outside to outside. The Curt # 13703 warranty...
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  • Differences Between Air Springs and Jounce Style Springs
  • The Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2550 for your 2011 Ford F-350 maintain an even load distribution using air pressure. The Firestone air bags' air pressure is adjusted for the weight of each individual load. This system includes air lines that run from the air bag to an easily accessible point on your vehicle's bumper. These air bags can be adjusted independently of each other for off-center loads. This system is dependent on an air tank of some kind, such as those found at...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty
  • I have some recommendations for you, depending on some of the specifications of your 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty. If you have a short bed truck, I recommend a sliding hitch to gain the necessary clearance while turning. Starting in 2011, Ford began offering a factory fifth wheel tow package. If your pickup has a factory fifth wheel tow package, you can use a fifth wheel hitch designed for the package, or an adapter for a standard hitch. If you have a short bed pickup and do not have...
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  • Replacement Handle for Reese Titan 16000 Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • I have a solution for you, however Reese does not offer a replacement part for only the handle for the Reese Titan 16K Fifth Wheel Hitch # RP30866. In order to replace the handle on your Titan 16K, you will want the Replacement Head # RP58446. This replacement part gives you a new head and handle together.
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  • Electric A-Frame Trailer Jack with the Most Lift for a 7.5K Trailer and 2013 Ford F-250
  • Basically, the higher the capacity of the jack used the easier it will be for the jack to operate and the longer it will last. The highest capacity A-frame jack that we have is # HT87247 rated for 4,500 pounds. There is also a model with a wireless remote, # HT87641. Both jacks offer 18 inches of lift. If more height is needed you could add the Super Foot, # HT31610, for 7 more inches. The jack with the most lift is going to be the Bulldog jack # BD500186 rated for 4,000 pounds. It has...
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  • Comparing Curt and Reese 2-1/2 Inch Trailer Hitches for a 2003 Ford F-250
  • The biggest difference between Curt 2-1/2 inch trailer hitch # C15810 and Reese Titan hitch # 45297 is the capacity. The Curt hitch is rated a little higher at 2,700 pounds tongue weight and 20,000 pounds gross trailer weight. The titan hitch is rated for 2,500 pounds tongue weight and 18,000 pounds gross trailer weight. Of course in either case the hitches will be limited to the capacity of the truck as stated in the owners manual of your 2003 F-250. Considering that the trailer weighs...
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  • Installation Instructions for Putco Running Boards on 2005 Ford F-350
  • When it comes to the Putco Tube Steps - Running Boards for your 2005 Ford F-350, it is going to depend on your cab length as to what part you will need. For a SuperCab you will need part # P45129 and for a Crew Cab, part # P45135. Installation is fairly simple, insert nut clips in truck body, install front and rear brackets leaving hardware loose, install step bars also leaving hardware loose, make any minor adjustments needed to properly align the step bars with the body of the truck...
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  • Weight Distribution Recommendation for Jayco 28BHS with 2011 Ford F250
  • Based on my research a Jayco 28BHS has a tongue weight around 750 lbs. so your current system is the right system. If you have the trailer loaded correctly (meaning 10 to 15 percent of the trailer GVW is on the tongue) and are still experiencing sway I would recommend the dual-cam sway control # RP26002. This system prevents sway before it starts. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready...
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  • Raising the Height of a 2015 Shasta Airflyte 16 Reissue Trailer
  • This is the first time I have heard of this issue but if a 5-leaf spring is the fix then we may have something that will work depending on the measurements you will need. When measuring springs you will need to have the weight off of them by either removing a spring or jacking up one side of the trailer so no weight is on that one side. Spring # PR5 is the only 5-leaf double-eye spring that we carry. It measures 25-1/4 inches from spring eye center to spring eye center and 3 inches from...
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  • 7-Way to 4-Way Adapter Recommendation
  • I have a better solution for you, but technically the part # HM47065 that you referenced would work go from a 7-way to a 4-way connector. What would be a better solution would be the part # PK12716. This will plug right into your 7-way and will allow you to connect your 4-way to it.
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  • Is Replacement Upper Wheel Scoop # SA20089 For Saris Thelma Bike Rack Adjustable for 29 Inch Wheels
  • It certainly does. The # SA20089 upper scoop is adjustable to fit 26 inch or 29 inch wheels. If you also need the lower scoop, it's available as part # SA20084. I've provided a diagram from the instructions showing the adjustment feature on the wheel scoop.
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  • Does Installation of Westin # 32-2310 Ultimate Bull Bar on 2014 Ford F350 Require Removing Tow Hooks
  • They do not. The Westin # 32-2310 brackets attach to the vehicle using the existing bumper bolts located outboard of the tow hooks as shown in the diagram I've provided for you. The Bull Bar will obscure your front license plate, if one is required in your area. You might be interested in a license plate relocation bracket, part # 32-0055.
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  • Correct Turret Needed for 2016 ForestRiver Wildcat 312 BHX Using 5th Airborne Sidewinder
  • In order to install the 5th Airborne Sidewinder, that you obtained from a friend, to determine the correct turret for your 2016 ForestRiver Wildcat 312 BHX, we will need to know what pin box is currently on your trailer. Your trailer pinbox number should be located on a sticker or stamping on the OEM pinbox. If you can't locate the number, a quick call to ForestRiver with your VIN should do the trick. Rotating Turret, # RP61300-01, is going to fit the following pin boxes: Fabex...
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  • Back Up Camera Recommendation for a 2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty
  • Yes, the round connector that comes with the Hopkins Backup Camera part # HM50002 will fit the round 7-way connector you have on your 2002 Ford F-250. I attached an install video that shows this camera being installed on a similar 2003 Ford F-250 as yours as well.
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  • Fit of Ultra-Fab # UF17-943010 Landing Gear on 2010 Coachman Rookstone 341RE 5th Wheel
  • The Ultra-Fab Electric Landing Gear you referenced, part # UF17-943010 aren't coach specific, they should fit your 5th wheel if their capacity is sufficient and there's a place to mount them. Both legs combined offer a 12,000 lb capacity. The landing gear is designed to be mounted to the vertical parts of the trailer chassis on a 5th wheel trailer under the overhang. If you have sufficient space, you can attach the brackets to the chassis under the overhang then you can install landing...
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  • Orientation Of Grease Seal On Hub
  • I have attached a photo of the inside of a hub you can check out. In the photo the arrow indicates how the seal is installed on the hub. As you can see the flat side of the seal is flush with the edge on the inside of the hub.
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  • Is Ford Brake Controller from 2008 Ford F-350 Compatible with Dexter EOH Actuator
  • The integrated brake controller of a 2008 Ford F-350 is not compatible with the Dexter Electric Over Hydraulic Brake Actuator. You would need to use a controller like the P2 # 90885 that is compatible with EOH actuators. The correct install harness you would need would be # 3034-P. I attached a help article and install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Do Reese Elite Pucks Stick Up Above Truck Bed
  • When installed the Reese Elite Rail Kit part # RP30073 will have pucks that stick up about 1/2 an inch. You installed your correctly based on what you said. I attached a picture that shows how tall the pucks would be in the bed of your truck. We do not offer low profile pucks.
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  • Roof Rack Recommendation to Carry Camping Gear on 2002 Ford F-350 SuperCab
  • I have included a link to the roof racks that are available for your 2002 Ford F-350 SuperCab. One of our most popular roof racks is the Thule AeroBlade Traverse Roof Rack which consists of 60 inch AeroBlade Load Bars, # THARB60, Foot Pack, # TH480R, and Fit Kit, # THKIT1508. The custom designed mounting clips secure the foot pack to the roof with no drilling required. I have included a video of the Thule AeroBlade Traverse Roof Rack being installed on a 2013 Ford F-250 to give you an...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for a 2012 Ford F-250 with Tow Package
  • The Goose Box will not give a short bed truck additional clearance to make a sharp turns. If your 2012 Ford F-350 has the gooseneck hitch from the factory it would also have the factory pucks for installing a fifth wheel hitch. I attached a help article that details this package. You should see 4 pucks installed in the bed of your truck like in the picture I attached. For that I would recommend the Demco Hijacker Autoslide Hitch part # DM8550024 as it will fit this tow package and...
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  • Do Fuel Lines Get Moved to Install the Draw Tite Gooseneck part # 9460-48
  • According to the installation instructions for the Draw Tite Gooseneck part # 9460-48 that you referenced only the gas models will need to have the vapor tube relocated prior to installing the hitch. Your diesel model would not have any brake or fuel lines moved. I attached the install links and an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Do Husky Fifth Wheel Hitches fit Reese Universal Rails
  • The Husky fifth wheel hitches we sell are confirmed as a fit for the rail design of the part # RP30035 that you referenced. These are industry standard dimension rails and are what the Husky fifth wheel hitches are designed to fit.
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  • How Can I Tell if 2000 F-350 Superduty Wiring Harness is Factory
  • If you have the factory harness 2000 Ford F-350 Super Duty you will have a square connector/plug on the driver's side frame by the back bumper.
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  • Recommended fifth Wheel Hitch And Under Bed Rails For 2013 Ford Truck With Ride-Rite Air Suspension
  • There are a couple solutions to install a fifth wheel hitch on your truck. An option would be to remove the Ride-Rite system and install Timbrens like part # TFRTT350F. The installation of these will not require a bracket with a bolt that runs through the frame rail and interfere with the installation of the # RP30126. Another option, and the one I recommend is to install a B & W Fifth Wheel Hitch like part # BWRVK3500-5W, and the Custom Installation Kit, part # BWGNRK1111-5W. This...
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  • Can 7-Way Trailer Connector On 2014 Ford F-350 Be Used To Charge Trailer Battery
  • The wiring on a trailer connector is too small to charge a battery on your trailer. It can only maintain the charge level of the battery. You can use a circuit tester like part # 3808 to make sure the pin in the 1:00 position when looking at the connector 7-way trailer connector has current. You will then need to make sure the correct pin on the trailer connector is going to battery via a 10 gauge wire like part # 10-1-1 on the trailer. This would provide a maintenance charge to the...
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  • 2011 Ford F-250 with Hitch Prep Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation
  • If your 2011 Ford F-250 does in fact have the factory gooseneck hitch it would have the rail kit for installing a fifth wheel hitch as well. Either you have an aftermarket gooseneck hitch then, or you it's possible you didn't notice the 4 pucks around the gooseneck ball that would be for installing a fifth wheel hitch. If you have the 4 round pucks in your bed then the correct hitch you would need would be the Reese Slider hitch part # RP30144. You'll need a slider hitch so that you...
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  • What Could Cause a Trailer Oil Bath Cap to Crack
  • It is entirely possible that the cap for an oil bath hub could get warm enough that touching cold water could cause it to crack but the cap would have to be very hot for that to happen. It is unlikely that it would get that hot unless there was no oil in the hub so you will want to check that for sure. Also if the caps were over-tightened that could stress them and then, once moving, the centrifugal force could cause further damage. We have several different oil caps, see link, but...
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for a 2009 Ford F-350
  • Both of the rail kits that you referenced have been confirmed as fits for your 2009 Ford F-350 long bed and would work well. But there are differences between the rails kits that you should note. The # RP56005-53 is an outboard kit that will be a bit easier to install, but will leave you with rails in the bed of your truck that are taller and longer. The # RP50082-58 is an inboard kit that will provide you with shorter in height and length, but will have a bit harder of an install....
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  • Troubleshooting # 118426 T-One Trailer Wiring Harness Installed on 2004 Ford Truck
  • Good thinking trying the boat on another vehicle, that's a simple way to troubleshoot that most folks don't think about. You've pretty effectively ruled out the boat as being the problem. I'd begin by relocating the point where the white wire with the ring terminal from the converter box attaches to the vehicle. Make sure you're connecting to clean, bare metal with no undercoat or corrosion. If you've grounded the circuit to the chassis (instead of the frame) putting the ground screw...
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  • Load Rating For Tow Ready Combo Bar With 2 Inch Trailer Receiver
  • I spoke with my contact at Tow Ready about the Tow Ready Combo Bar, part # 80948. This is a 48 inch long bar that is used to fabricate 2 inch trailer hitch receivers. They told me this bar is used when they manufacture hitches with capacities up to 12,000 lbs so it should work great for you and the trailer you mentioned. This bar has a raw finish and can be welded.
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  • Replacement Blue Ox Weight Distribution System Shank Recommendation 2-1/2 inch Hitch
  • The Blue Ox shank part # BXW4018 that you referenced will work with your Blue Ox weight distribution head. That is the first time I have heard of a hitch pin bending while towing or for the pin hole of a shank beginning to enlarge. I would verify that you aren't towing beyond the capacity of your WD system/hitch/tow vehicle. Also make sure you are towing your trailer as level as possible.
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  • Are the Reese # RP94622 and # RP94623 The Same Size
  • Dimensionally speaking, the Reese # RP94622 and # RP94623 Goose Boxes are the same size. Side-by-side, you'd have a hard time telling them apart. To handle the additional weight, the RP94623 is about 10 lbs heavier to account for the extra internal bracing. I've confirmed this with my Reese representative. I've linked you to product demonstration videos for both Goose Box models.
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  • Can a 5th Wheel Hitch Be Installed on a Lifted 2013 Ford F-350
  • If the lift on your 2013 Ford F-350 is a suspension lift where the bed and frame are still the same distance apart as stock then you will be able to install a 5th wheel trailer hitch. the extra height though may require some adjustments to the height of the hitch and 5th wheel pin box to be able to tow the trailer level. If the lift is a body lift and the bed is further from the frame then you would not be able to install a 5th wheel hitch. For an installation kit I recommend # RP50073-58....
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  • Underbed 5th Wheel Installation Kit and Gooseneck Hitch for a 1999 Ford F-250
  • It sounds like your 2012 Ford F-350 has the factory prep package that uses the underbed mount for a Reese Elite Series hitch such as # RP30142. The Reese underbed mount that fits your 1999 Ford F-250 is # RP30073. But this system cannot have the gooseneck hitch added to it. So to be able to tow a gooseneck trailer too the easiest solution is to use gooseneck plate # RP30845.
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  • Replacement Front and Rear Sway Bar Recommendations for a 2014 Ford F-350 for Towing
  • Going with a heavier sway bar on the front and rear of your 2014 Ford F-350 will help improve handling and stability when towing your fifth wheel trailer. For the rear you would want the part # RM-1139-173-00, for the front you would want the part # RM-1139-180.
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  • Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for a 2006 Ford F-250 with B and W Gooseneck
  • Yes, the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Air Helper Springs # AL57291 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for your 2006 Ford F-250 with a B and W gooseneck hitch 1105 or 1199R hitch installed in it so it should work very well for you as long as you have one of those hitches. Currently B and W is using the 1108 hitch, part # BWGNRK1108 so if this is the hitch you have it has not been tested. For a suspension system that will work regardless the Timbren part # TFR350SDF would...
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  • Will B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Hitch Provide Enough Turning Clearance in 2004 Ford F-250 Short Bed
  • For a short bed truck like your 2004 Ford F-250 to tow a 5th wheel and still give you reasonable turning clearance you need either a 12-inch sliding hitch like the B&W Companion # BWRVK3400-5W and matching install kit # BWGNRK1108-5W, OR you will need to replace your existing pin box with a Sidewinder pin box and use a fixed hitch. A Sidewinder provides 22-inches of additional turning clearance by moving the pivot point for the trailer back from the hitch head to the rear of the pin box. The...
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  • 5th Wheel Toy Hauler Tripod Stabilizer Jack and Trailer Cover Recommendation
  • For a tripod stabilizer for your 2015 Puma toy hauler you would want the Utra Fab part # UF19-950001 as it has a 5k capacity and would work well for your trailer as long as the pin height is between 42 and 50 inches from the ground. Your trailer should be 37 feet long so for a cover you would want the part # 052963750638.
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  • Compatibility of Curt Gooseneck Hitch with B&W Companion 5th Wheel Hitch
  • To install a fifth wheel hitch that would be compatible with your existing Curt gooseneck hitch, I'd recommend using Curt X-5 adapter, part # C16210. This adapter will lock into a Curt Double-Lock, Flip and Store gooseneck hitches (C-60 and C-600 series). The adapter provides bed rails for a fifth wheel hitch that uses industry standard bed rails like Reese, Curt, Draw-Tite, Valley or Husky. The Curt Q20, part # C16130 would be a good choice. The hitch has a 20,000 lb capacity and a...
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  • How Much Turning Clearance Is Lost When Installing Gooseneck Versus Bumper Hitch
  • When you change over to a gooseneck trailer from the bumper mount trailer setup, you may lose clearance but it would be impossible for me to tell you how much because of the different style trailer available. If you have a trailer with a flat nose you may actually gain more clearance. Per the installation instructions for the B and W Gooseneck, part # BWGNRK1108, the hitch ball is placed 47 inches from the rear edge of the tailgate. You would need to know the length of the gooseneck...
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  • Differences Between Reese Goose Box RP94622 and RP94623
  • In addition to having a higher towing and pin weight capacity, the # RP94623 will fit a few more applications than the # RP94622. Along with the Lippert 1621 and 1621HD, the # RP94623 will also fit the Lippert 0719 and the Fabex PB-600 series. When used with the # RP61301 spacer plate, either Goosebox will also fit the Lippert 0115, 1716 and 1116. I've linked you to product description videos for each Goosebox model.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System for 2008 F250 Pulling 34 Foot Four Winds RV
  • To choose a weight distribution system, you'll need to first determine the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer. To that figure, add the weight of any gear stowed in the cargo area of the truck bed behind the rear axle. I've linked to an FAQ article that explains how to do this. These combined figures comprise the Total Tongue Weight (TTW) of your set-up. The TTW of your trailer should fall as close as possible to the middle of the effective range of the weight distribution...
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  • Recommended Hitch Extension for 2004 Ford F-350 with Camper Towing 7100 lbs Travel Trailer
  • If you need 12 inches to clear your camper, you might be interested in the MaxxTow # MT70024. This hitch extender will give you 12 inches of clearance from your current pin hole location. Please not that using a hitch extender will decrease the weight capacity of your trailer hitch by 50 percent. It sounds like your vehicle has a weight capacity of 15000 lbs, and a tongue weight of 1500 which would be well within your weight limit even with the reduced capacity using the hitch extender....
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  • Low Profile Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for a Heavy Duty Truck with Flat Bed
  • For your setup you are going to have to find someone local to you fabricate a hitch for the vehicle. We don't offer gooseneck or fifth wheel hitch fits for the F-450 or F-550 so nothing we offer would be a direct bolt on, nor do we have anything that would fit the flatbed without major modification. Since most likely the bed of the truck sits up higher than a standard bed truck you would want the low profile fifth wheel hitch part # RP30054 as it is about 5 inches shorter than most fifth...
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  • Recommended Carrier for 360-lb Scooter for Use in 2-Inch Front Hitch on 2011 Ford F-250
  • All of the front-mount 2-inch hitches offered for your 2011 Ford F-250 have the same 500-lb vertical load limit so this means your 360-lb Kymco scooter and the carrier you use to transport it must not together weigh more than this 500-lbs. The Rage PowerSport Aluminum Motorcycle Carrier # AMC400 has a carrying capacity of 400-lbs which is just enough for the GT300i, and the carrier itself weighs only about 35-lbs so this combination will work with your hitch's capacity. Rage also offers...
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  • Best Stationary Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation
  • If you are looking for a high capacity fifth wheel hitch that will provide you with a very smooth towing experience you would want the Reese Select Plus 5th Wheel Hitch part # RP30081. This is one of the nicest fifth wheel hitches on the market that would fit the in bed rail kit you have installed in your truck currently. The single hook jaw design will provide excellent king pin contact with your trailer to minimize chucking.
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  • Replacement Spring Bars and Head for Old Reese Round Bar Strait-Line Weight Distribution System
  • Given the wear you mentioned on your bars and the distortion you mention, I'd highly recommend replacing the spring bars as well as the weight distribution head. The bars are under a tremendous amount of strain, and when they're worn, their weight bearing capabilities could be negatively affected. Reese no longer makes a 1000 lb capacity round bar. You'll want to go with either the # RP58115 1200 lb bar or the # RP58114 for 800 lb bars, depending on your fully loaded and ready to tow...
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  • Brake Lights on Trailer and 2002 Ford F-350 Stopped Working After Fixing Bad Trailer Ground
  • On your 2002 Ford F-350 the fuse panel is in the cab of the truck like you said. If all of the fuses are good then it is likely a bad relay. In the fuse panel location 6 is a the turn/stop relay, location 18 is the turn/brake on/off switch relay, location 34 is the brake on/off switch fuse. Any relay or fuse that says trailer tow or has anything to do with brakes is what you will want to check. Checking fuses is easy but for relays the easiest way is to use a known good relay in place...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation Kit for a 2002 Ford F-250 with Air Bag helper Springs
  • In many cases, the Reese universal 5th wheel hitch installation kit # RP30035 will fit around air bag brackets on trucks. The 4 L-brackets take up much less space and are generally positioned forward and rearward of air bag brackets so there wouldn't be any interference. I have included a picture showing the placement of the brackets on a 2002 Ford F-250 for you to compare to your air bag brackets.
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  • Parts Needed To Go From Fifth Wheel Hitch to Gooseneck Hitch on 2002 Ford F-250
  • The best practice is to tow a fifth wheel trailer with a fifth wheel hitch. With a 6 foot bed a slider hitch is recommended. Your next best alternative would be to use a Reese Goosebox like part # RP94622, which you referenced. This Goosebox replaces Lippert 0719, 1621 and 1621HD or Fabex PB-600 Series OEM Pin Boxes. For Lippert 0115, 1116 and 1716 pin boxes, # RP94622-61301 would be used. These two Goosebox models have a 16K capacity. For a 20K capacity, use # RP94623 which replaces...
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  • Bypassing Factory Transmission Cooler on a 2006 Ford F-250 with 5.4 Liter
  • If the chamber walls inside the radiator that separate the transmission cooling portion with the coolant portion have cracked, ruptured, or are otherwise leaking then you would have to either replace the radiator or plug up the transmission fluid inlet and outlet ports on the radiator and instead use a supplemental cooler as the main cooler. In this situation I recommend a remote cooler such as # D13950 that will have its own fan. That way you are ensured to get the optimum amount of...
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  • Will Westin Off Road Light Bar Work With Front Mount Hitch On 2006 Ford F-350
  • I took a look at the installation instructions for the front hitch receiver and the Westin light bar for your 2006 Ford F-350. Both the front mount hitch we offer, part # 65022, and the Westin Off-Road Light Bar, part # 37-01645 use the same hole for mounting where the tow hooks would be. I have attached the installation instructions for the hitch and I am sending you the installation instructions in a separate email. You can see the outer holes are used by both. Since the light...
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  • Will Westin Off Road Light Bar Work With Front Mount Hitch On 2006 Ford F-350
  • I took a look at the installation instructions for the front hitch receiver and the Westin light bar for your 2006 Ford F-350. Both the front mount hitch we offer, part # 65022, and the Westin Off-Road Light Bar, part # 37-01645 use the same hole for mounting where the tow hooks would be. I have attached the installation instructions for the hitch and I am sending you the installation instructions in a separate email. You can see the outer holes are used by both. Since the light...
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  • Roof Rack and Canoe Carrier Recommendation for 2003 Ford Super Duty with Supercab
  • Sounds like you just need a standard roof rack on your 2003 Ford Super Duty so that you can carry a canoe carrier. The Yakima rack that consists of part numbers # Y00409, # Y00658, and # Y00124 would work great for you. Since you have a truck cap and therefore need to store the kayak facing up you would want the Explorer Series Side-Loading, Saddle-Style Canoe Carrier # RR560-WR09.
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  • Front Torklift Frame Tie-Down Recommendation for a 2008 Ford F-250 Short Bed
  • Since you have a short bed 2008 Ford F 250 you would have to use the part # TLF2012 as the # TLF2011 is only for the long bed trucks. There's no way I can recommend you modify the # TLF2011 so that it would fit your truck. The brackets are different for the exact reason you have found.
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  • Which Pin of a Trailer 7-Way is the Ground Circuit
  • Most likely your trailer has a 7-way and the reason you referred to it as a 6-way is because you didn't count the center plug. But either way I can help if you have either a 6 or 7-way. Since not all trailer connectors will use what is considered the standard wiring setup you would need to check out both of the connector diagrams I attached to determine which wire would be the ground circuit on the connector of your trailer.
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  • Which Pin of a Trailer 7-Way is the Ground Circuit
  • Most likely your trailer has a 7-way and the reason you referred to it as a 6-way is because you didn't count the center plug. But either way I can help if you have either a 6 or 7-way. Since not all trailer connectors will use what is considered the standard wiring setup you would need to check out both of the connector diagrams I attached to determine which wire would be the ground circuit on the connector of your trailer.
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  • Will Curt Q24 5th Wheel Hitch with Universal Install Kit for a 2014 Ford F-350 Long Bed
  • Yes, you can use the Curt Q24 hitch with universal installation kit # C16246 in your 2014 Ford F-350. The top rails you mentioned, if they are the type that are raised up from the tops of the bed sides then you will need to make sure that the hitch height is up enough to have 5 or 6 inches between the tops of those rails and the bottom of the 5th wheel overhang. I have included a link to the installation instructions for the Curt universal installation kit as well as for the hitch and...
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  • Roof Mounted Bike Rack to Work with Over the Cab Fifth Wheel Truck Rack on 2003 Ford F-250
  • I spoke with my contact over at Thule and I think that we have a solution for you. Since your 2003 Ford F-250 is equipped with the over the cab rack, you could add adjustable Thule crossbars. This which would accommodate carriers for your mountain bikes. This set-up would consist of the Crossroad Roof Mounted Roof Railing Foot Pack, # TH450, and Square Load Bars, # THLB78. This system would clamp to the side rails of the over the cab rack and since the can slide forward or backward on...
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  • Is aFe Direct Fit Cold Air Intake System # AFE51-10192 California C.A.R.B.- Compliant
  • According to the folks at aFe, their Direct Fit Cold Air Intake System # AFE51-10192 that fits your 2002 Ford F-350 with 7.3L diesel is indeed California C.A.R.B.- Compliant (50-state legal). If it were used along with other performance devices such as a tuner then the truck may no longer be C.A.R.B.-compliant, but the filter itself is 50-state legal.
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  • Choosing Universal or Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for 2006 Ford F-250
  • Since you F250's frame has already been drilled for a universal 5th wheel installation kit like # RP30035 and you do not want to drill more holes, I recommend the custom install kit # RP50082-58. Without knowing the exact kit that was previously installed I cannot assure you that a new universal-fit install kit will use the exact same holes already drilled. The work of the original installer also comes into play here. A custom-fit install kit will save you a lot of time and effort on...
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  • Purpose of the Included Plates of the Trailair Flex Air 5th Wheel Pin Box
  • The plates you referenced that come with the Trailair Flex Air 5th Wheel Pin Box # LC328492 are spacer plates. If they would be needed they would mount between the trailer frame and the pin box.
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  • Where Does a Brake Controller Plug Into on a 2013 Ford F-250
  • If your 2013 Ford F-250 has the factory integrated brake controller then the harness for it is plugged directly into the back of it. You should be able to remove the lower panel on the passenger's side of the center console and/or the panel for the auxiliary switches more at the lower center of the center console to get to the harness. The video I linked should help. Skip to about the 4 minute, 34 second mark.
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  • Husky Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit Recommendation for a 2005 Ford F-250
  • From the picture you submitted it really looks like the rails you have are Husky rails so the # HT31412 bracket kit should fit them. You should verify that they are Husky rails though first as we do not recommend mixing bracket and rail manufacturers. The # HT31412 has been confirmed as a fit for your 2005 Ford F-250 short bed though.
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  • Do Most Weight Distribution System Heads Bolt Up to the Same Shanks
  • Most of the weight distribution shanks like the # C17128 that you referenced are compatible with the heads of different brands systems. If the distance between the mounting holes on the shank you currently have are 1-1/4 inches apart and are 3/4 inch in diameter the Curt shank you referenced would fit. I attached a picture that shows what most shank hole dimensions are.
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  • Trailer Turn Signals and Brake Lights Not Working with a 2012 Ford F-350
  • A lot of Ford trucks use fuses and relays for the tow package wiring. Use the owners manual to locate all of the relays and fuses associated with the tow package wiring. Also, there can be tow package fuses in both the power distribution box under the hood as well as in the in-cab fuse panel. Checking fuses is easy but checking relays can be more difficult. the easiest way to test a relay is to use a known good relay in place of a potential bad one.
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  • Trailer Turn Signals and Brake Lights Not Working with a 2012 Ford F-350
  • A lot of Ford trucks use fuses and relays for the tow package wiring. Use the owners manual to locate all of the relays and fuses associated with the tow package wiring. Also, there can be tow package fuses in both the power distribution box under the hood as well as in the in-cab fuse panel. Checking fuses is easy but checking relays can be more difficult. the easiest way to test a relay is to use a known good relay in place of a potential bad one.
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  • Trailer Turn Signals and Brake Lights Not Working with a 2012 Ford F-350
  • A lot of Ford trucks use fuses and relays for the tow package wiring. Use the owners manual to locate all of the relays and fuses associated with the tow package wiring. Also, there can be tow package fuses in both the power distribution box under the hood as well as in the in-cab fuse panel. Checking fuses is easy but checking relays can be more difficult. the easiest way to test a relay is to use a known good relay in place of a potential bad one.
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  • What Grease Seal Do I Need for Boat Trailer That Uses LM67048 and 25580 Bearings
  • With bearings numbers of LM67048 and 25580, we offer two different grease seals, # RG06-090 which has an inner diameter of 2.125 inches and # RG06-070 which has an inner diameter of 2.25 inches. To determine which is the correct seal for your boat trailer, you will need to use a digital caliper to measure the portion of your spindle where the grease seal rides. I have attached a photo to illustrate this area.
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  • Question About a Product
  • If you have a single speed, Bulldog jack rated for 12,000 pounds, like # BD182815, and/or powered drive kit, # BD1824200100, then the Replacement Gear Motor for Bulldog Electric Powered-Drive Kit you want is # BD1046130-00. If you need gears too you would need the complete powered drive kit, # BD1824200100. The magnets are not available as replacement parts at this time.
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  • Does the 2009 Ford F-150 and 2002 Ford F-250 Trucks Use the Same Fifth Wheel Tailgates
  • We do offer fifth wheel tailgates for the 2009 Ford F-150 as well as the 2002 Ford F-250, however the same tailgate will not fit both. I have included a link to all of the fifth wheel tailgates that we offer for a 2002 Ford F-250. A customer favorite is the Stromberg Carlson 100 Series 5th Wheel Tailgate, # VG-97-100, because it is constructed of heavy-duty steel so it is very sturdy and it is also very economical. This same style tailgate for the 2009 would be part # VG-04-100.
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