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  • Recommended Custom Bracket-Only Kit for Reese 5th Wheel Hitch Installation in 2016 F-250
  • If you want just the custom-fit under-bed brackets to allow Reese 5th wheel base rail installation in your 2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty with 6-3/4-foot bed, you can use Quick-Install Custom Bracket Kit # RP50026 from Reese. If you also need a 5th wheel wiring harness in the truck bed you can use Curt part # C56000.
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  • Reese Custom Brackets for 2016 Ford F-250, 6-3/4 Foot Bed Compatible with 10-Bolt Above Bed Rails
  • The custom brackets you want to use with your Reese Universal Base Rails # RP30035 for your 2016 Ford F-250 are the Reese Quick-Install Custom Bracket Kit # RP50026. These brackets will work well with your above-bed rails that have the 10-bolt design. The Reese Custom Fit Brackets # RP50026 will not require any drilling to install on your F-250 with 6-3/4 foot bed, and they are designed to accommodate the Diesel Exhaust Fluid tank on your diesel truck. I have linked the installation...
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  • Ladder Rack and Tonneau Cover Recommendation for 2016 Ford F-150 5-1/2 ft Bed
  • To install a ladder rack and tonneau cover on your 2016 Ford F-150 will require you to go with a ladder rack that installs by attaching to the tops of the bed rails and then a tonneau cover that installs by attaching to the insides of the bed rails. We have both of these things so we have just the solution. For that you would want the TracRac part # TA21508-02 for the ladder rack. This sliding ladder rack can slide out of the tracks as well if you needed. Then for a hard roll-up cover...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2002 Ford Explorer with Roadmaster Stowmaster Tow Bar
  • For your 2002 Ford Explorer you would first need to start with a base plate kit to allow it to be flat towed with the Stowmaster part # Rm-501. For that you would want part # 480-1 for if it is not a Sport model. Or part # 474-1 for if you do have a Sport model. For safety cables you can use # RM-643. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will...
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  • Does Ford Rail Kit Adapter part # RP30156 Add Movement to Hitch Setup
  • When setup and installed properly the Reese Elite Ford Rail Kit adapter part# RP30156 would not add movement or noise ("chucking"), to your fifth wheel setup. It would essentially be just as quiet as a set of industry standard fifth wheel rails. This would work well with the Reese Slider Hitch part # RP30084 that you also referenced. Since you have a short bed truck you would need a slider hitch allow you to make tight turns without cab interference.
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  • What Is the Drop Distance On the Curt Class V XD Trailer Hitch Receiver
  • I went out to the warehouse to measure the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver XD, Class V # C15300 and found that the measurement from the top of the mounting bracket to the top of the hitch cross tube/receiver measured 6-1/4 inches. From the bottom of the mounting bracket to the top of the cross tube measured 5-5/8 inches. From the top of the mounting bracket to the bottom of the cross tube would measure approximately 8-1/2 inches. It is not typical for a trailer hitch to have a receiver...
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  • Is a Tire Sized 8.75-16.5 Designed for Trailer Use
  • The 8.75-16.5 bias tire is not a trailer tire. For a tire to be rated for use on a trailer, the tire will need to have a ST (special trailer) prefix before the tire size or an LT prefix after the tire size. You might want to check if the 8.75-16.5 tire size is the correct tire size that is recommended for your trailer. I would have to recommend you go with a new rim and tire that is rated for trailer use. You would first need to determine the bolt pattern of the rim you have now so that...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller and Wiring Adapter for 2008 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson Edition
  • Good news, I can help equip your 2008 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson Edition with a brake controller and wiring adapter. First for a brake controller, I recommend the Tekonsha P3 # 90195, because of its easy user interface. The P3 is a proportional brake controller which means it senses how the tow vehicle is slowing or stopping and applies the trailer's brakes with the same intensity. It also has a full display screen instead of codes that need deciphering. The Tekonsha P2 # 90885 is...
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  • Towing Mirror Recommendation for a 2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer
  • Even though there aren't any custom fit towing mirrors that will fit your 2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer you can still use a universal mirror set such as # KS3990. I have included a link to a video review of these mirrors for you. I wish we had a custom option but there are no confirm custom options for your Expedition.
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  • Can Curt Q20 5th Wheel Head Install on E16 Base for More Height on 2015 Ford F-350 w/Prep Package
  • First, the Curt Q20 hitch head # C16530 does indeed fit base # C16017 for your 2015 Ford F-350 with the factory prep package. It is height adjustable up to 17 inches. If that is not enough then that does not necessarily mean that you have to get a new hitch. On most 5th wheel trailers you can adjust the pin box up or down where it mounts to the trailer. If adjusting the pin box height is not enough or you can't adjust it then to get more height you would need to replace the hitch....
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  • Parts Needed for Reese 5th Wheel Hitch Installation in 2015 Ford F-250 Long Bed
  • To mount a 5th wheel hitch like the Reese 16K Slider # RP30051 in your F-250 long bed you will need an installation kit. Note that for 8-foot beds sliding hitches are not usually required but can still be used if desired if kept in the forward position. For a fixed Reese 16K hitch you might instead consider # RP30866. The easiest installation kit is a custom type that will require less drilling. If your F-250 does not have the factory rail kit you can use Reese install kit # RP50026-58....
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  • Roadmaster Steering Stabilizer for a 2014 Thor ACE RV on a Ford F-53 Chassis
  • Looking at the literature for the different 2014 Thor ACE models it appears they max out at 18,000 pound gross vehicle weight. based on this you will not have a problem using steering stabilizer # RM-RBK9-RSSA. The note you mentioned is there because there are other RVs that use the same chassis but are rated higher. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you.
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  • Replacement Snapper Pin for Husky Super Brute Electric Trailer Jack HT82022
  • We offer 3/8-inch diameter Replacement Snapper Pin # JFC-PN whose measurements are noted in the photo I linked for you. This item matches the original; I confirmed by going to our warehouse and measuring the pin included with your Husky Super Brute jack # HT82022. This item's price is noted on the page and you can order it only by clicking "Add to Cart".
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  • Replacement Snapper Pin for Husky Super Brute Electric Trailer Jack HT82022
  • We offer 3/8-inch diameter Replacement Snapper Pin # JFC-PN whose measurements are noted in the photo I linked for you. This item matches the original; I confirmed by going to our warehouse and measuring the pin included with your Husky Super Brute jack # HT82022. This item's price is noted on the page and you can order it only by clicking "Add to Cart".
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  • Does Exhaust Have to Be Lowered to Install Gooseneck Trailer Hitch on 2008 Ford F-250 Diesel
  • The Curt Gooseneck Hitch part # C640-644 that you referenced is a fit for your 2008 Ford F-250 short bed. Yes, you would need to lower the exhaust on your 2008 Ford F-250 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. Lowering the exhaust isn't too difficult....
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  • Can Curt Weight Distribution Shank be Used with Reese Weight Distribution System
  • Yes, the Curt Weight Distribution Shank part # 17120 that you referenced can be used with a Reese Weight Distribution System. Thankfully all of the WD manufacturers decided to make the shank dimensions the same so that they all can be interchanged. The part # RP3215 that you referenced basically can do an additional 1-1/4 inches of drop when compared to the # 17120.
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  • Fit and Compatibility of B&W Companion # BWRVK3300 in Reese Under-Bed Rail Kit # RP30073
  • Great news! I was able to go out to the warehouse and measure the puck mounting points on the B&W Campanion # BWRVK3300. I found that they have the same 13 X 30 inch dimensions that match the puck dimensions on the Reese under-bed rail kit # RP30073 you have on your 2008 Ford F-350. See attached image. This means that yes, the B&W Companion # BWRVK3300 will fit into your Reese Elite Series under-bed rail kit # RP30073 great! I have linked all the above mentioned products to this...
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  • How to Pick Out a Spare Tire and Wheel for a Trailer
  • You will need to know two things to pick out a spare wheel and tire for your boat trailer. You will need to know the size of the tire that is on the trailer currently and the bolt pattern of the wheel. The tire size will be listed on the sidewall of the tire. I attached a picture that shows what it will look like. I also attached a help article on determining wheel bolt patterns as well. Once you know that information check out the other link I attached that has all of the wheels...
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  • Where Does Fifth Pin of Trailer 5-Way Run to Activate Reverse Lock Out Solenoid
  • Sounds like you are trying to activate a reverse lock out solenoid on a surge brake trailer so that it can back up freely. The fifth pin that is the furthest from the jacketed ground pin is the fifth circuit to use. This circuit would need to tap into the reverse light circuit of your tow vehicle. I attached an install video for the 5-way adapter part # 47515 that shows this process on a 2014 GMC Acadia.
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  • Adding Both a Gooseneck and 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch to a 2014 Ford F-150
  • The gooseneck plate # RP30138 will not fit the under bed installation kit # RP30064 for your 2014 Ford F-150 but there are other ways to have both a gooseneck hitch and 5th wheel hitch. You can use the B&W gooseneck hitch # BWGNRK1104-5W. Then when you want to tow a 5th wheel trailer you can use companion hitch # BWRVK3500-5W for a long bed truck or # BWRVK3400-5W for the slider version for a 6-3/4 foot short bed truck. I have included links to videos for all 3 of these parts for you.
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  • Recommended Weight Distribution System For 2016 Ford F-150 Towing 6800-Lb Boat With Trailer
  • The trailer hitch does not determine the towing capacity for the vehicle. A trailer hitch will have towing capacities for the hitch and will change when a weight distribution system is used but that does not change the towing capacity for the truck itself. I did some research and found that you are able to tow your trailer that weighs 6800 lbs if you have a 3.5L turbocharged engine or if your truck has a bigger engine than the 3.5L. We do offer several trailer hitches for your truck...
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  • Edge Evolution Programmer for a 2008 Ford F-150 4.6L with Aftermarket Intake and Exhaust
  • Yes, you can use the Edge Evolution # EP85350, on your 2008 Ford F-150 4.6 liter with the various aftermarket upgrades. There is also a larger touchscreen version, # EP85450, that you might like more since it has the larger screen and touch interface rather than buttons. I have also included a link to our informational article on programmers for you.
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  • Can Replacement RV Faucet 277-000182 Attach to Water Lines that Use Hose Clamps
  • The water lines on faucet # 277-000182 use 1/2" male NPSM connectors. You would need to attach mating female NPSM connectors to the hoses you have now. A place that sells plumping parts, like a hardware store, will have various connectors that you could use. This faucet uses a 3-hole installation so depending on how you existing faucet with 2 holes is set up you may need an additional hole. I have linked a video review of this faucet with additional information for you.
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  • Available Curt X5 5th Wheel Hitch Adapters That Allow Use of Industry-Standard 5th Wheel Hitch
  • Curt offers several versions of their X5 5th wheel hitch adapter that lets you install an industry-standard 5th wheel hitch in a truck that does not have standard base rails. Part # 16310 fits into a B&W gooseneck hitch, part # C16210 fits a Curt Double Lock Gooseneck and part # C16220 fits the Curt EZr Double Lock gooseneck hitch. All versions provide the equivalent of industry-standard base rails that accept a hitch like the fixed Pro Series # PS30119 or the sliding hitch # PS30121. If...
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  • Available Bike Racks for Use When Towing a Camper Trailer
  • The reason trunk-mount racks are not recommended for your 2014 Ford Escape Titanium is that their weight when loaded could damage the car's rear trim panels. The lift-gate sensors are not the concern. Since you are towing a camper there will be better options than a trunk-mount rack for transporting your bikes. We offer racks that install on the back of a trailer, on the top of a pop-up camper and also other items that allow use of a hitch-mount type rack on the front of your trailer....
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  • Is there a Way to Get Thule Tracker II Roof Rack Feet to Fit a 2001 Ford Windstar with Roof Tracks
  • I have a solution for you but Thule has discontinued the fit kits for the Tracker II feet. But you may still be able to use the crossbars and just replace the feet and use the proper fit kit to match. If the bars you have now are 50 inches or longer you can reuse them. Then you would just need the # TH460 foot pack and fit kit # THKIT3101 for your 2001 Ford Windstar. If the bars you have are shorter than 50 inches then you will also need to replace the bars with # THLB50.
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  • Best Setup for Towing a Gooseneck Trailer Or Fifth Wheel Trailer with a 2011 Ford F-350 Short Bed
  • I have an ideal solution for you, but it involves none of the parts you mentioned. You are going to want the B&W Gooseneck Hitch part # BWGNRK1111 to provide you with a gooseneck hitch in the bed of your 2011 Ford F-350 short bed to start. Now all you need to tow a fifth wheel trailer would be the Companion Slider Hitch part # BWRVK3400. This fits the Turnover ball to provide you with a fifth wheel hitch and is especially useful since it's a slider hitch and you have a short bed truck....
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  • Trailer Wiring and Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2009 Ford Flex
  • You will need to start with a 4-way (if you do not have one). For that you would want the # 118472. From there you would need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way so that you can install the brake controller. For that you will want the Brake Controller Install Kit and 7-Way Adapter part # ETBC7. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this product as well. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our best selling...
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  • 2016 Ford E 450 Class C Cutaway with V10 Steering Stabilizer Recommendation
  • You have two options to stabilize the steering of your 2016 Ford F-450 Class C. If you have a factory dampener already on the steering you would want the part # RM-RBK11-RSSC. If you don't have a factory dampener then you would want the part # RM-RBK2-RSSC. This will fit your engine size of a V10 as well.
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  • Adapter Recommendation for Installing Demco Hitch for Above Bed Rails to Ford Rail Kit
  • What you would need to install your Demco Slider fifth wheel hitch in the factory rail kit of your 2011 Ford F-250 is the adapter part # RP30156. This will covert the prep package to a set of industry standard fifth wheel rails so that the hitch would fit just like it did in your Chevy truck.
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  • Spare Tire Cover Recommendation for the Wheel and Tire 205/65-10 AM3H390
  • I recommend going with the Classic Accessories custom fit spare tire cover # CA80088 because it's made of vinyl and water resistant. The elasticized back hem will grip the tire providing a custom fit. This cover will fit 21-22 inch diameter tires which would work well with the # AM3H390 which is 20-1/2 inches in diameter but pretty wide.
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  • Tandem Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Escape
  • I have a solution for you, but I can't recommend the use of a tandem bike on a trunk rack as the weight of the bike would be too much for the rack and the trunk of the vehicle. A dented trunk would not look good when you return your leased vehicle. Your best option would be a hitch mounted bike rack like the # RKY1031 which will work with a tandem bike rack. For a hitch we have a no-drill Draw Tite part # 75758 that should work well for you since it doesn't require any drilling which...
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  • Can Timbrens Be Used on a 2012 Ford F-150 with 6 inch Lift
  • If your 2012 Ford F-150 was originally a stock height vehicle you would need the Timbren kit part # TFR1504D and the 6 inches of lift spacers like part # A25723-90AH00. You would need a total of 12 and would need to supply your own longer bolts for the spacer.
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  • Troubleshooting Fifth Wheel Landing Gear that Stops Working When Load Is Removed
  • That sounds like a gear problem. Sounds like the pressure on the bottom of the leg when it is on the ground is keeping the gears lined up properly but once you remove that pressure the gears come apart too far and the jack stops working. Since you have a Venture that would mean that you would need the part # LG-146060 that you referenced.
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  • 3-Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Ford Fusion
  • Since beach cruisers can be pretty heavy and you want to carry a total of three bikes your best option is going to be a hitch rack as a trunk rack would end up putting quite a bit of strain on the trunk lid of your vehicle. For a three bike rack that would work well the Thule Helium part # TH9043 would be a great option for both the bikes and your Fusion. For a hitch the only option you have to carry 3 bikes is the Class 2 part # C12091 which is a confirmed fit. Curt requires the...
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  • Trailer Hitch Fit for a 2002 Ford Ranger Stepside
  • I spoke with my contact at Curt and he informed me that the hitch part # 13138 that you referenced is a confirmed fit for your 2002 Ford Ranger Stepside and would work well for you. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball,...
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  • Trailer Hitch Fit Options for 1997 Ford F-250 Heavy Duty Pickup with 37 Inch Frame Width
  • I have attached a link that will show you the trailer hitches that will fit your 1997 Ford F-250 Heavy Duty Pickup with a Standard or Step bumper. All of the hitches on the linked page are designed to fit the larger 37 inch frame. Our most popular trailer hitch option for your truck is the Curt Class V Receiver Hitch # C15300. This trailer hitch offers a 2 inch trailer hitch receiver and has a 16,000 pound towing capacity with a 2,400 pound tongue weight capacity. This hitch will require...
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  • Compatibility of Curt X5 5th Wheel Base Rail Adapter to B&W Patriot Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch
  • The Curt X5 adapter you mentioned, part # C16210 is indeed compatible with a sliding fifth wheel hitch like the B&W Patriot, part # BWRVK3270, but the adapter IS NOT compatible with your Reese Hide-A-Goose Gooseneck hitch you currently have. Unfortunately, Reese doesn't offer a rail adapter similar to the X5 that's compatible with their gooseneck hitches. Reese offers a High Rise Adapter, part # 9480-5W that'll work on long bed trucks, but short bed trucks need to use a sliding hitch...
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  • Is Drilling Into Frame Required to Install B&W Gooseneck Hitch on 1997 Ford F-350
  • If your 1997 Ford F-350 does not have Overload Springs, you will not need to drill into the frame in order to install the B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch # BWGNRK1100. If your F-350 does have Overload Springs, installation of the B&W # BWGNRK1100 will require that 2 holes be drilled into the frame of your truck. To install the gooseneck ball and safety-chain U-bolts, you will need to drill into the bed of your truck. The installation instructions for this gooseneck...
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  • Class V Trailer Hitch, Weight Distribution, Brake Control for 1988 Ford F-250 Towing 10K Trailer
  • The fuel tank should not be a problem provided that the bottom of the frame where a hitch like # 45002 installs is clear on your 1988 Ford F-250. If a hitch were rated right at 10K and the trailer was 10K I do recommend going to a higher capacity high for safety. But it also depends on the towing capacity of the truck because if the truck is rated lower than the hitch you still have to go by that lower rating. Weight distribution is recommended if the trailer is at least half of...
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  • Is Larger Transmission Pan Needed if Installing Supplemental Transmission Cooler on 2002 Ford F-350
  • No, you will not have to install a larger transmission pan if you added a supplemental transmission cooler though you may need to add more transmission fluid. This is because the core of the new cooler and the hose to add additional capacity. But a larger pan is not needed.
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  • Can Tonneau Covers Be Used With a Headache Rack
  • Certain combinations of tonneau covers and ladder racks/headache racks will work together but not all. Issues can come about if their installation hardware needs to occupy the same spot on the truck's bed rails. The Husky Liners Sunshade # HL21340 that you referenced, please note, fits only certain model years of Dodge/Ram pickups, but not your 2000 Ford F-250. The linked page displays headache racks for your Ford truck and the Husky Liners Sunshade # HL21160 is a correct fit. This...
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  • Can Husky 800 Pound Spring Bars Handle a Trailer with Over 900 Pounds Tongue Weight
  • The 800 pound bars are not rated high enough if the trailer tongue weight is 940 pounds. The maximum the weight distribution bars that you have now can handle is 800 pounds tongue weight. At 940 pounds the system will be overloaded and not effective in distributing weight. If your Husky system uses the round bars, like # HT32464, then you can just use higher capacity bars such as # HT31521 which is rated for 800 to 1,200 pounds tongue weight. This is a single bars so you would need...
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  • Does the Right Rise or Drop Matter when Choosing a Weight Distribution System
  • Selecting the right rise or drop for a weight distribution hitch is going to be the same as it is for a ball mount. You will need the proper amount of rise or drop that allows you to tow the trailer level. If the trailer is not level the weight distribution system will not work like it should because the tongue weight will either be too low or too high. If the 1/2 inch drop in the Curt system # C17340 is not enough to tow the trailer level then there are alternate shanks you can get...
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  • Why Do Some Trailers have a Coiled Brake Line
  • The pressure in a brake line is a constant regardless of whether one line is longer or not. Some people will say it is so the lines are equal length for pressure but the brake fluid cannot be compressed so the line length difference doesn't affect anything. In some cases it is easier to coil lines (in a downward spiral) than it is to have to cut and flare the lines to length. Also, with hard brake lines some of the components the lines attach to are fixed, like the frame or the actuator....
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  • USA Made Gooseneck Hitch Recommendation for a 2011 Ford F-250
  • Both of the gooseneck hitches you mentioned would work well for you, but since you asked about which is made in the USA I would recommend the Curt part # C60720 as it is made in the USA and the Draw Tite is no longer made here. Since your truck is a short bed you will want the offset part # C602 to give you additional clearance. For a 7-way to install in the bed of your truck to make connecting your trailer lights easier you would want the part # 41157. Most 7-ways will be at the...
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  • Install Harness Recommendation for Prodigy P3 Brake Controller in a 2016 Ford F-150
  • For your 2016 Ford F-150 all you need to install the Prodigy P3 part # 90195 is the install harness part # 22292 that you referenced. This will plug into the port under your dash and will allow the controller to easily install. I attached an install video for this controller on a 2016 F-150 just like yours.
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  • Which Tune Level Should be Used on a 2002 Ford F-150 5.4 liter with Edge Evolution Programmer
  • For gas engine vehicles you can run the programmer on it's highest tune level as long as you keep at least the minimum octane fuel in it at all times. You will also get the best fuel mileage with the highest tune. So as long as you have access to 91 octane and don't mind paying for it I would always run your programmer on the extreme level. Failure to run the recommended fuel will cause expensive internal damage to the engine. Keep that in mind. For your 5.4 liter engine in your 2007...
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  • Will Roadmaster Sway Bar part # RM-1139-173-00 Work in Conjunction with Air Bag System
  • Yes, the Roadmaster Sway Bar part # RM-1139-173-00 would work just fine on a vehicle that has Firestone air bags installed.
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  • What Curt Trailer Hitch will Fit on a 1996 Ford F-150
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch # 13055 fits on 2000-2014 Ford Vans. If you are looking for a Curt Trailer Hitch to fit on your 1996 Ford F-150 I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch Class VI Receiver # 14001. I recommend this Curt Hitch because we have test fitted this hitch on a 1996 Ford F-150 so I attached photos so you can see what the hitch will look like after it has been installed. This hitch has a GTW of 10,000 lbs. and a TW capacity of 1,000 lbs. With a Weight Distribution System,...
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  • Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for a 2016 Ford F-150
  • I have a great suspension enhancement system we can recommend for your 2016 Ford F-150 2WD, but the # TLA7311 is not a fit so I can not recommend it for you. Instead you would want the SuperSprings part # SSA28 which is a confirmed fit and will provide you with suspension support that also helps and acts like an anti-sway bar. Also there's no drilling for installation.
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  • Could the Bed-Hopper Truck Tailgate Step # TS2000-02 Be Installed in the Center of a Tailgate
  • You could install the Bed-Hopper Truck Tailgate Step # TS2000-02 in the center of the tailgate. Most put it on the side but there's no reason you couldn't install it in the center. It's attachment method does not require you to install it on either side.
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  • Could the Bed-Hopper Truck Tailgate Step # TS2000-02 Be Installed in the Center of a Tailgate
  • You could install the Bed-Hopper Truck Tailgate Step # TS2000-02 in the center of the tailgate. Most put it on the side but there's no reason you couldn't install it in the center. It's attachment method does not require you to install it on either side.
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  • Will Rhino Rack RS2500 Roof Rack Fit 2011 Ford Edge with Vista Moonroof
  • The Rhino Rack RS2500 part # RRRS524B that you referenced is a confirmed fit for your 2011 Ford Edge Limited, but it is hard to say for certain if your moonroof would still be able to be opened with the bars installed. You should note that it would create a great deal of wind noise to have the moonroof open with the bars installed. You would most likely want to keep it closed even if you could open it due to the noise.
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  • Trailer Hitch Receiver Recommendation for 2009 Ford F150
  • In order to get a square receiver for y our 2009 Ford F150, you'll need to install a frame mounted receiver hitch. The good news is we have a Class IV available as part # C14002 that has a 10000 towing/1000 lb tongue weight capacity for a reasonable price. Once the hitch is installed, you'll have additional capacity up to the towing capacity of the vehicle. You'll also be able to use a ball mount that will put your trailer at the proper height so it'll tow level. The FAQ article I've...
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  • Availability of Extended Towing Mirrors for 2015 Ford Expedition
  • We do have some extended towing mirrors that will work perfectly on your 2015 Ford Expedition. I'd recommend the K-Source Universal Clip On Towing Mirror, part # KS3891. The mirror uses rubberized straps that ratchet into place for a super-tight almost vibration-free fit. Although custom mirrors like the LVT-2300-C aren't available for your Expedition, the K-Source Universal mirrors are rated very highly by our customers for their ease of use and because of the fact that they don't vibrate...
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  • Fit of Draw-Tite Class I Trailer Hitch 24805 on 2008 Ford Focus
  • The Draw-Tite Class I hitch you referenced, part # 24805 is a fit for both the coupe and the sedan models of the 2008 Ford Focus. The hitch has a 2000 lb towing/ 200 lb tongue weight capacity (tongue weight is the amount of weight pushing down on the trailer ball). This capacity could be limited by the towing capacity of your Focus, if it's less than 2000 lbs. Check your owner's manual or with your Ford dealer for the towing capacity of your Focus. To complete your towing set-up,...
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  • How to tell if 5th Wheel Rails in Bed of 2008 F250 Short Bed are Compatible with Curt E16 Hitch
  • The Curt E16 fifth wheel hitch # C16115 uses industry standard fifth wheel rails. The slots in the rails that the E16 would use are 21-1/2 inches center to center when measured side to side and 22 inches center to center when measured front to back. I've showed these dimensions on the diagram I've edited for you. For a short bed truck, in order to prevent the rear of the cab from colliding with the front corner of the fifth wheel during turns, you'll need to use a sliding fifth wheel...
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  • Will Curt Front Receiver Hitch C31068 Fit a 2013 Ford F-150 EcoBoost
  • For your 2013 Ford F-150 the Curt Front Hitch part # C31068 is going to fit but will require some trimming of the front fascia. I attached a picture that a customer with your exact truck talks about getting the hitch to fit.
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation to Fit a Draw Tite Gooseneck Hitch in a 2000 Ford F-350
  • We have just what you would need. The Draw Tite High Rise part # 9480 is a fifth wheel hitch that will fit the Draw Tite Hide a Goose part # 9460-48 that you have installed in the bed of your 2000 Ford F-350. This fifth wheel hitch was specifically designed for your hitch so it would be a great option.
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  • Solution for Towing Fifth Wheel Trailer with Truck with Gooseneck Hitch
  • We may have a solution that would work for you, but you can't install both a gooseneck hitch and fifth wheel rail kit at the same time as the two are going to interfere with each other. What most people in your situation use is an adapter like the # AM3225 which attaches to the gooseneck ball and provides a connection point for a fifth wheel trailer.
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  • Fit and Compatibility of the Saris Bones 2-Bike Trunk Mounted Rack on a 2015 Ford Fiesta
  • According to Saris, the Bones 2 # SA805 will fit for your 2015 Ford Fiesta with spoiler. We have not had a chance to test fit the bike rack here at etrailer, but according to Saris you will want to place the lower rack feet on the bumper and you will not be able to use the rear wiper when the rack is installed. Due to the fact that this bike rack is a bumper supported rack you will not be able to open the hatch of your Fiesta when this is installed. Typically no trunk mounted bike...
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  • Will Derale Transmission Cooler D13105 Fit a 2004 Ford F-250 5.4 Liter with Factory Cooler
  • Transmission coolers are not vehicle specific so you can install cooler # D13105 in your 2004 Ford F-250 with the 5.4 liter motor. To avoid having to cut and flare lines I also recommend adding fitting # D13025. You can use this supplement cooler with the factory cooler already on your truck. The flow of the transmission cooler will go first to the factory cooler, from there to the supplemental cooler, and then back to the transmission.
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  • Weight Distribution for a 2015 Ford F-250 and Trailer with 1,600 Pounds Tongue Weight
  • Based on the amount of tongue weight your trailer has (1600+) the Reese Strait-Line weight distribution system, # RP66075, is one option. It is rated for 1,000 to 1,700 pounds tongue weight so as long as you stay within that range this system will work. To get to that maximum capacity you will need a 2-1/2 inch shank with the system, # RP54977. And for a ball you can use # 63840. Another option is the Blue Ox SwayPro system # BXW2000 which is rated for 1,500 to 2,000 pounds tongue...
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  • Which Turnbuckle to use with Brophy Tie Downs HSSF
  • With the Tie Downs part # HSSF the Brophy Turnbuckles part # TDHP would be the correct turnbuckles to use as they were designed for the tie downs you mentioned.
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  • Recommended Front and Rear Suspension Enhancement for 2012 Ford F-350 Crew Cab Diesel
  • Good news, I can help outfit your vehicle with suspension enhancement. If you have a 2WD model, you will want the Firestone # F4101 for the front and # F2535 for the rear. If you have a 4WD model F-350, you will want the Firestone # F4160 for the front and # F2535 for the rear. It's important to note that suspension enhancement products like these Firestone airbags are not designed to lift the truck from stock height, but are designed to reduce the sag of the vehicle when towing....
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  • Compatibility of RBW Lil' Rocker 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Curt 16310 X5 5th Wheel Base Rail Adapter
  • The RBW Lil' Rocker is compatible with industry standard fifth wheel rails, just like the rails used on the Curt # 16310 X5 5th Wheel Base Rail Adapter for B&W Turnover Ball Gooseneck Hitch. The X5 adapter will work just fine with your Lil' Rocker 5th wheel hitch.
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  • Trunk Mount Bike Rack for a 2016 Ford Explorer with Rear Spoiler at the Top of the Hatch
  • I do have a solution for you but much of what you have heard is true. While the Thule Passage # TH910XT technically fits the 2016 Ford Explorer you do not want to put stress on that spoiler so I do not recommend it. What I recommend is the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top rack # HRF2. This rack is designed specifically for vehicles like your Explorer that have a spoiler. It is constructed with an additional upper arm piece that moves the straps up and off of the spoiler so no weight is put...
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  • Will the Air Lift Ride Control Air Helper Springs fit on a 2006 Ford Ranger
  • The Air Lift Ride Control Air Helper Springs # AL59516 will fit on your 2005 Ford Ranger. The installation video that you watched is the same installation process for your 2006 Ford Ranger. Air Springs are helpful because they are adjustable to the weight that you are towing. You can put more air in when you are towing heavier loads, and let the air out when you are towing lighter loads or not towing at all. To make inflating or deflating your air springs easier, I recommend installing...
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  • Will Ford 5th Wheel Brackets 50043 Fit Older Reese Rails on a 2003 Ford F-250
  • Yes! I can tell by the picture you have provided that the rails are industry standard, 10-bolt rails and the brackets, # 50043, will fit them and your 2003 Ford F-250. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you.
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  • Electric Trailer Brakes Not Working on 2002 Ford Excursion but Work w/2003 Ram with Same Controller
  • It is possible that on your 2002 Ford Excursion the output wire (blue on the controller) is not connected to the trailer connector at the back. You can test this by testing the 7-Way pin in the 5 o'clock position with a circuit tester such as # 3808 or a meter while someone sits in the vehicle and fully applies the manual override. If no power shows on that brake output pin then the likely cause is that the connection is not complete from the controller to trailer connector. This could...
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  • High Capacity Trailer Tire in Size 215/60-8
  • The highest we offer is Load Range D like part # AM1HP28 which has a capacity of 1,165 lbs at 70 psi per tire. As long as that would be adequate for the weight of your trailer when loaded that would be all that matters.
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  • Adapter Recommendation to Go From 7-Way Round to 4-Way Flat
  • You have a 7-way round connector on your truck so you would instead need the part # 118709 and not the # 47345 that you referenced.
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  • Slider Hitch Recommendation for a 2012 Ford F-250 Short Bed with Factory Rail Kit
  • To see all of the slider hitches we offer that will fit the rail kit of your customers 2012 Ford F-350 check out the attached link. I would recommend the # DM8550038 since it will automatically slide as they make tight turns. Having to get out to operate a slider can be a bit of a hassle, especially if the weather is bad, and this solves that problem.
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  • What Trailer Hitches Can Rola Swing Away Cargo Carrier part # 59109 be Used In
  • All that really matters when using the Rola Swing Away Cargo Carrier part # 59109 is that you install it in a 2 inch trailer hitch and that the hitch and vehicle have the needed capacity to carry the carrier plus cargo. This carrier weighs in right at 106 lbs so you would have up to 250 lbs of cargo weight you could carry.
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  • Will Contents of Hitch Cargo Carrier Melt from Exhaust
  • Exhaust melting cargo on a cargo carrier isn't a super common problem, but we are aware that it does happen on occasion. Especially if the cargo carrier is at the same height as the exhaust, relatively close to it, and/or the material in the carrier is susceptible to melting. We typically recommend at least 12 inches between the exhaust tip and the carrier to prevent melting. Other factors to consider are the size of the engine, climate, and road conditions. Engines are basically big...
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  • Is a Stop Light Switch Needed on 2012 Ford F-150 with Roadmaster InvisiBrake
  • I'm glad the installation of your InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System # RM-8700 has gone successfully! For your 2012 Ford F-150 you will not need to install a stop light switch. I spoke with my technical contact at Roadmaster and he confirmed that the stop light switch is not needed on your vehicle. He was able to tell me that the automatic shut down on your 2012 F-150 does not affect the brake light switch. Since the brake light is not affected by the automatic shut down, there...
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  • Parts Needed to Wire in a Brake Controller to a 2006 Ford E-350 without any Trailer Wiring
  • Since you have no trailer wiring at all on your 2006 Ford E-350 you will need to start with a 4-way. For that you would want the # C56032 which is a confirmed fit for your van. From there you would need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way so that you can install the brake controller. For that you will want the Brake Controller Install Kit and 7-Way Adapter part # ETBC7. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this product as well.
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  • How Tight to Torque Down Install Bolts of Convert-A-Ball Cushioned 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Adapter
  • The installation instructions for the Convert-A-Ball 5th Wheel Adapter, part # CAB-C5G, specify that the cap screws should be tightened evenly, making sure the main body of the adapter moves upward toward the pin box until firmly seated. Then they should be torqued to 100-ft-lbs. Next the jamb nuts should be tightened until firmly in place, followed by attachment of the safety chains.
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  • Trailer Wiring Recomendation for a 2014 Ford E-250
  • I have a trailer wiring solution I can provide for your 2014 Ford E-250, but the part # 118260 is not a confirmed fit for your van due to how new the vehicle is. Instead you would want the Curt harness part # C56020 which is confirmed as a fit and would work well for you. I attached an install video for this harness for you to check out as well.
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2016 Ford F-350 with Factory Prep Package
  • The B&W Companion 3500 5th Wheel Hitch # BWRVK3500 that you referenced is designed to install in the B&W Turnoverball gooseneck hitch. I have a number of hitch options for you, but since the Companion 3500 is designed to install into a B&W gooseneck hitch receiver, it will not work to install in your new 2016 Ford F-350's factory towing prep package. Unfortunately there is not an adapter to allow this hitch to install in your truck's factory pucks. Since the factory prep package is...
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  • Does Edge CTS2 EP5400 Performance Tuner Have the Turbo Temperature Timer Option
  • The Edge Diesel Evolution CTS2 Performance Tuner doesn't have the capability to allow the engine to run until the turbo cools off right out of the box, but with the addition of the # EP98604 EAS Turbo Timer and the # EP98602 EAS expansion cable, the # EP85400 CTS2 would have that capability.
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  • How to Find the Factory 4-way/7-way on 2006 Ford F-150 XLT to Install Prodigy P3 Brake Controller
  • You are on the right track, your 2006 Ford F-150 XLT should be wired for a trailer. I went out and looked at my boss' 2005 Ford F-150 XLT which has the same wiring setup as your 2006 Ford F-150 and I took some pictures to show you where the wiring is located. You should have the wiring already pre wired for a 7 way or 4 way on your truck. The port for the brake controller will be under your dash closer to the center console. You will have to remove the paneling to find the plug. I attached...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2007 Ford F-150
  • It sounds like that 2-pin connector you found might be related to power lights or a brake light in/on a camper shell. If it is not that then I am not sure what it would be for but I can tell you that it will not be for trailer wiring. To add a 4-Way on your 2007 Ford F-150 you can use # C56031. I have included a link to a video review of this harness for you.
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2007 Ford F-150
  • It sounds like that 2-pin connector you found might be related to power lights or a brake light in/on a camper shell. If it is not that then I am not sure what it would be for but I can tell you that it will not be for trailer wiring. To add a 4-Way on your 2007 Ford F-150 you can use # C56031. I have included a link to a video review of this harness for you.
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  • Will the Curt Hitch # 13138 Fit on a 2008 Ford Ranger with a Standard Spare Tire
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch # 13138 will fit on your 2008 Ford Ranger with a full sized standard spare tire mounted on the bottom of your truck. This hitch is specifically made to accommodate the spare tire carried under 2008 Ford Rangers and our customers have not had issues installing this hitch on their trucks with spare tires mounted. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend the etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin and clip and a storage...
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  • Is Supplemental Brake System Required When Flat-Towing 2014 Ford Edge
  • A supplemental brake system is one of the five items you need when flat towing any vehicle. The brake system I recommend is the Blue Ox Patriot, part # BRK2012. This is a wireless proportional brake system that applies the brakes in your towed vehicle with the same intensity as the brakes in the towing vehicle. If you do not have all of the equipment needed to flat-tow your Edge I will make some recommendations for you. For base plates I recommend part # 4408-1 if your vehicle does...
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  • Will Firestone Air Bag Helper Springs Fit a 2008 Ford F-350 with 4 Inch Lift
  • Since your 2008 Ford F-350 has a 4 inch lift you will need spacers # F2370 to install Firestone air bags # F2550. This is assuming you have a suspension lift that moves the truck frame further away from the axle. If you have a body lift then you will not need the spacers.
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  • Will 2012 Ford F-150 Factory Integrated Brake Controller Work with Hydrastar EOH Brake Actuator
  • Hydrastar has confirmed the integrated factory brake controller in the 2012 Ford F-150's to be compatible with the Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator for Disc Brakes # HBA16. As long as the original brake controller in your F-150 is a factory integrated controller, # HBA16 will work well with it. If the controller was installed as part of an option from the dealer, it will depend on the make and model of the controller. The product page for the # HBA16 has a list of all the aftermarket...
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  • Will 2012 Ford F-150 Factory Integrated Brake Controller Work with Hydrastar EOH Brake Actuator
  • Hydrastar has confirmed the integrated factory brake controller in the 2012 Ford F-150's to be compatible with the Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator for Disc Brakes # HBA16. As long as the original brake controller in your F-150 is a factory integrated controller, # HBA16 will work well with it. If the controller was installed as part of an option from the dealer, it will depend on the make and model of the controller. The product page for the # HBA16 has a list of all the aftermarket...
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  • Will a Womans Cruiser Bike with Fenders Fit the Saris Thelma Bike Rack
  • Bikes with fenders could prove problematic for the Saris Thelma # SA4229B. The cradle for the front wheel wraps around part of the tire all the way up to where the forks meet the rest of the bike. So basically the fender would likely interfere. A better option that also costs less is the Saris Freedom # SA4412B. the fenders won't be a problem and the cradles that hold the frame can be moved up and down and rotated as needed to grab the bike frame. It, like the Thelma, is rated for 35...
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  • Recommended Trailer Sway Control Device for 2014 F-150 Supercrew Towing Wildwood X-Lite 171
  • Since your Forest River Wildwood X-Lite 171RBXL travel trailer is 22-1/2-feet in length and almost 10-feet tall it will certainly provide enough surface area for wind and air blasts from passing vehicles to cause some sway. Simple friction sway control devices like # 83660 can help reduce this sway and these are easy to install on the trailer frame. You'll need sway control bracket # RP26003 to mount the sway ball. I suggest you start off with one and see how it affects handling in windy...
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  • Recommended Fifth Wheel Installation Kit For 2010 Ford F-150 With 6-1/2 Ft Bed
  • Both of the fifth wheel installation kits you referenced, part # C16300-204 and part # RP30080 are semi-custom installation kits and require drilling into the frame on your 2010 F-150. These are very similar in installation and both will work with fifth wheel hitches that fit industry-standard above bed rails. In my opinion I would go for the custom installation kit. These cut the installation time in half and use holes that exist in the frame and require no drilling. When installing...
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  • Installation of Blue Ox KarGard II Towed Vehicle Protector BX88255
  • The Blue Ox KarGard II Towed Vehicle Protector # BX88255 connects at the car end at the triple-lug bolts where your compatible Blue Ox motor-home-mounted tow bar connects to base plates. On the MH end the guard's mount slides over the tow bar's shank, which then slides into your RV hitch. This places the MH mounting point closer to the car than if it were attached to the hitch itself. The screen itself measures 73- x 35-inches so you can compare this dimension to your towing setup. The...
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  • Troubleshooting No 12V Power on 7-Way on 2006 Ford F-150
  • If all of the lighting functions on your F-150's 7-way work, but the +12V power feed does not, the first thing you can check is the relay for that circuit. According to my research the relay for trailer power is a Full ISO Relay and it is in position R05 in the power distribution box. Your owner's manual could differ so it's a good idea to check it. Another potential cause is a weak ground connection at the 7-way. A weak ground might let some light functions work but not allow the power...
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  • How to Reduce Trailer Sway When Towing a Camper with a 2016 Ford F-150
  • If you are just using one friction control bar, it is not sufficient enough for an 8,000 lbs. 35 ft. trailer. You will need two friction control bars if your spring bars have the hook at the end. If you do, you can add the dual-cam sway control # RP26002 and it will work much better. However, if you do not have two notches, towing a trailer that is close to the maximum towing limit of your truck can cause significant sway on the highway even with a weight distribution system. Installing...
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  • Recommended Front and Rear Anti-Sway Bar Upgrades for 2011 Ford E-450 Class C RV
  • For a rear anti-sway bar for your Class C RV on a 2011 Ford E-450 chassis I suggest the Blue Ox # BXTH7180 if you are looking for the easiest possible install. This item bolts on, no drilling, as a replacement for your van's factory sway bar. If you don't mind a slightly more involved installation (drilling required) then I suggest you go for the Roadmaster kit # RM-1139-147. This sway bar has the same diameter tubing as the Blue Ox (1-1/2-inches) but because it is larger it will do a slightly...
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  • Shank with More Drop for a Fastway Weight Distribution System and 2014 Ford F-150
  • Yes there are alternate weight distribution shanks that offer more rise or drop than the one that came with your Fastway system # FA92-00-0800. Shank number # FA92-02-4214 offers up to 4 inches of drop but it is measured differently than how you have measured. Rise or drop needed in a ball mount or shank is measured as follows: Park the truck and trailer on level ground and disconnect the truck from the trailer. Then measure from the ground up to the top of the hitch receiver opening...
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  • Measuring to Drill Gooseneck Hole on 2000 Ford F-250/F-350 For Curt Double Lock, Flip and Store
  • On a 2000 Ford F-250 or F-350 you will measure from the rear edge of the truck bed (not the tailgate) forward 48-1/4 inches to drill the hole for the gooseneck ball when installing Curt hitch # C60720. I have included links to the 2 sets of instructions for this hitch for you.
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  • Will Handle on Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Hitch Interfere with Tonneau Cover on 2016 Ford F-250
  • On Reese Elite Series 5th wheel trailer hitch # RP30142 the handle sticks up approximately 4 inches from the top of the hitch head. The hitch is height adjustable from 14 to 18 inches measured from where it mounts to the top of the head so the handle may or may not stick up too high to put your Tonneau cover over it. You could adjust the height every time if it is an issue but it would be easier just to take the end of the handle off. It is held on with 2 bolts so it would be easy.
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