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Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Ford Super Duty Prep Package - 18K

Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Ford Super Duty Prep Package - 18K

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This hitch slides automatically when you turn to give you 14" of clearance for tight turns. A wraparound jaw provides a smooth ride and a locking bar offers added security. Base secures in underbed mounts and removes for full bed access. Call 800-298-8924 to order Demco fifth wheel hitch part number DM8550024 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Demco products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Ford Super Duty Prep Package - 18K. Fifth Wheel Hitch reviews from real customers.
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Demco Fifth Wheel Hitch - DM8550024

  • Demco
  • Sliding Fifth Wheel
  • 18000 lbs GTW
  • Hitch Only
  • Double Pivot
  • Premium - Single-Hook Jaw
  • 14 Inch Fore/Aft Travel
  • 4500 lbs TW
  • 15-1/2 - 18-1/4 Inch Tall

This hitch slides automatically when you turn to give you 14" of clearance for tight turns. A wraparound jaw provides a smooth ride and a locking bar offers added security. Base secures in underbed mounts and removes for full bed access.


Features:

  • 5th-Wheel hitch mounts in your short-bed truck bed so you can tow your 5th-wheel trailer
  • Automatic slider provides clearance required for your short-bed pickup to turn safely at slow speeds
    • No more getting into and out of the truck to operate a manual slider
    • Head slides toward the tailgate when you turn and back toward the cab when you straighten out
    • Rack-and-pinion gears create smooth, controlled, automatic motion
  • Rotating hitch head turns up to 90 degrees with your trailer
    • Rotation creates the force that propels the automatic slider
    • Built-in brackets stabilize your pin box so the king pin won't rotate in the hitch - no need for a separate capture plate for standard pin boxes
  • Rail-free design allows for full access to truck bed when hitch is removed
  • Wraparound, single-piece jaw provides a secure connection
    • 360-Degree jaw-to-king-pin contact
    • Less rattle and more security than slide-bar jaws
  • 3/4" Thick, solid steel locking bar reinforces the connection of your coupled trailer
    • Automatically locks into place when the jaw closes
  • Double-pivot hitch head eases hookup and helps to limit chucking
    • Pivots front to back and side to side
  • 3 Height settings to fit your application
  • Cushioning polyurethane dampeners help reduce noise and absorb road shock
  • Spring-loaded handle with comfort grip allows for simple coupling
    • Tethered safety pin lets you secure the handle in the open or the closed position
  • Sturdy steel construction with rust-resistant black powder coat finish
  • Fast, easy installation
    • Drops into the 4 receiver pucks that are built into your factory underbed rails
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: 2011 and newer Ford Super Duty trucks with factory-installed towing prep package
    • Designed for use on 6-1/2' truck beds
  • Fits standard pin boxes 12" - 14" wide
    • Locking plates (sold separately) are required for use with Glide Ride, Mor Ryde, Trailair Tri Glide, Trailair Flexair, Rota Flex, and 5th Airborne pin boxes
  • Gross towing weight: 18,000 lbs
  • Vertical load limit: 4,500 lbs
  • Travel: 14" front to back
  • Hitch height settings: 15-1/2", 16-3/4", and 18-1/4"
  • 5-Year limited warranty


Note: This fifth-wheel trailer hitch is not compatible with Sidewinder or Revolution king pins. Do not use any device that changes the pivot point of your trailer's king pin with this hitch.


Automatic Slider Makes Cornering Easy

Most often used on trucks with 6-1/2' beds, a slider helps to eliminate clearance problems during slow-speed turns. When you are towing a fifth-wheel trailer, your hitch must be situated on the cab side of your truck's rear axle. However, at slow speeds you can use a slider to slide the fifth-wheel hitch (and the trailer) toward your truck's tailgate and past the rear axle, creating enough space between the cab of your truck and the trailer to permit less-restricted turning.


Normally, you'd have to get out of your truck and pull a lever to release the slider before every turn, but what if there was an automatic system? Imagine having 14" of extra clearance while towing your fifth-wheel trailer. Now imagine having this without needing get out of the truck to move your slider. The Demco Hijacker Autoslide makes this fantasy a reality. The Autoslide automatically glides back smoothly when you make a sharp turn so you can maneuver effortlessly around tight corners within campsites and parking lots.


Demco Hijacker Autoslide

The base of the Autoslide has a built-in rack-and-pinion gear system that operates automatically. As your truck turns, the pinion in the base also turns. This activates the rack gear, which causes the rotational force of the truck to be converted into the linear sliding action of the hitch. So, when your truck makes a sharp, slow-speed turn, the gears inside the Autoslide force the hitch head to slide down toward your truck's tailgate in a smooth, controlled motion. This way, any time that your truck turns more than 10 to 15 degrees, the Autoslide will ensure that there is enough clearance for your trailer to complete the turn as well, and it will do so without any jerking or binding.


In order for the rack-and-pinion assembly to function as designed, the pin box must be stabilized on the hitch head. Normally in a fifth-wheel hitch, the king pin moves inside of the hitch head so that the trailer can turn. With the Autoslide, the king pin remains fixed inside of the jaws of the hitch and it is the hitch head itself that turns. This is thanks to the capture brackets on the sides of the head that brace the pin box from both sides to hold it in place on top of the hitch head. This is done to ensure that there is enough resistance within the hitch when your truck turns to properly activate the rack-and-pinion gear mechanism.


Demco Hijacker Autoslide capture bracket

To stabilize your pin box on the hitch head, simply push the capture brackets up against your pin box once the trailer is coupled and tighten the outer bolts and the inner jam nuts. The Autoslide head and brackets will fit standard pin boxes that are between 12" and 14" wide. If you have a Glide Ride, Mor Ryde, Trailair Tri Glide, or 5th Airborne pin box, you must install a special locking plate (sold separately) as well.


When you straighten your rig out again and your trailer moves back in line, the hitch head will rotate back to center and slide back toward the cab into the straight towing position.


Secure Wraparound Jaw with Locking Bar

Demco Hijacker Autoslide wraparound jaw and locking bar

The single-piece, strong wraparound jaw completely surrounds your trailer's king pin for 360 degrees of contact. This wraparound jaw provides a more secure connection than standard 2-piece jaws that close in on the king pin from the sides. The increased jaw-to-king-pin contact on the Autoslide offers tighter tolerances around the king pin, which minimizes both rattle and chucking, for a smooth, quiet ride.


A 3/4" solid steel locking bar spans the area in front of the jaw. This bar provides an added barrier of protection against accidental disconnection so you can have peace of mind that your trailer is secure. The locking bar is attached to the jaw and to the spring-loaded handle. The bar automatically locks when the jaw closes around your king pin.


Double-Pivot, Cushioned Hitch Head

The double pivoting, cushioned head improves your towing experience dramatically by helping to reduce jarring and unwanted noise. Built-in pins allow the hitch head to pivot back and forth and side to side. And hooking up is easy because the hitch head will automatically pivot to the proper angle when it comes into contact with your pin box.


Three polyurethane dampeners help to cushion the movement from the pivoting head and to reduce towing noise. Two of these dampeners are built into the head assembly to cushion the head's side-to-side pivoting. The third dampener cushions the back-and-forth motion and must be installed in the hitch prior to use. Installation of this third dampener is easy - simply press the dampener up into the pre-drilled hole underneath the hitch head.


Easy Installation

The Hijacker Autoslide hitch is specially designed to fit in the underbed rails of your Ford Super Duty factory fifth-wheel towing prep package. The hitch comes pre-assembled for an easy installation. All you have to do is bolt on the side plates and attach the head to the hitch base.


The side plates have 2 functions. They contain the feet that fit into your OEM tow package receivers, and they allow you to raise or lower the hitch head to better match your pin box height. After you choose your desired height setting, simply bolt the side plates to the hitch base with the included hardware. Then lower the hitch into the 4 puck receivers in your truck bed. Turn the handles to lock the feet into the pucks and secure the handles with the included safety pins. The hitch can be removed to give you full truck bed access. Simply remove the safety pins, turn the handles to unlock the feet, and lift the hitch out of the receivers.


Clearance Formula for Short Bed Trucks

Use the formula below to ensure there will be enough space between your truck cab and trailer when executing a 90-degree turn.


(A+B) - C = Clearance


A = Distance from the center of fifth-wheel hitch jaw to truck cab

B = Length of Travel (14")

C = Width of trailer divided by 2 (to get half)


For example: If the distance from the center of the hitch to the cab is 36", 36" + 22" = 58". If your fifth-wheel trailer is 102" wide, take half (51"), then plug in: 58" - 51" = 7" of clearance.


Note: At least 4 inches of clearance is recommended to safely execute a 90-degree turn.



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Customer Reviews

Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Ford Super Duty Prep Package - 18K - DM8550024

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (223 Customer Reviews)

This hitch slides automatically when you turn to give you 14" of clearance for tight turns. A wraparound jaw provides a smooth ride and a locking bar offers added security. Base secures in underbed mounts and removes for full bed access.

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Great product, easy to assemble and works as advertised. 607371



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Very happy with my Demco Autoslide hitch after one year. We pull a Montana 3120 35 ft 5th wheel with a 2019 Ford F-350 short bed. Took a month long 6,000 mile trip from Colorado to New England/Canada this Summer. Lots of hilly/curvy roads and some remote campgrounds with tight corners and some near 80 degree back ins. Never came close to trailer contacting the truck. I’ve had no jerking or other issues when turning or stoping/starting. Works great. The only drawback is there isn’t much room for error when you back up to hook up the trailer, so it takes a little practice to get used to correctly lining up your Demco Hitch to the trailer. The first couple of trips, it took me 3 or 4 attempts to properly line it up. No longer an issue for me after a few trips and you get used to the angles. It weighs about 300 pounds. I got a small chain hoist which I installed in my garage rafters and easily lift the hitch in and out of my truck and just let it hang front he rafters until I need to use it. 705916


Comments
One thing to consider - there are a lot of small springs and levers working inside the hitch head to work the king pin jaws. While this 5th wheel hitch is certainly robust and designed to take a beating from your 5th wheel when towing, it wasnt designed to support its own weight for extended periods of time.
-- Victoria B - 10/02/2019

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Now been two years and have about 15,000 miles on my Demco Autoslide Hitch. Still works terrific with my 35 ft Montana on the F350 truck. Never a problem traveling or hitching up.
John T - 09/23/2020

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The Demco Auto slide takes the worry out of towing my fifth wheel trailer with a short bed F-350. I have had no problems with backing into tight camping spots. And since everything is automatic I have one less thing to worry about while traveling with a fifth wheel. The only problem is that it is a little on the heavy side, so I just leave it in the truck when not towing. Problem solved. I am extremely happy with the product. 708027


Comments
For anyone else wondering how to use a MOR/ryde pin box with their Demco Hijacker Autoslide, you can use the Locking Plate # DM6025
Demco Hijacker Autoslide Locking Plate for MOR/ryde Pin Boxes
$189.67
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-- Victoria B - 10/07/2019

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After over a year of towing with the Demco Auto slide I am very happy with its performance. Never a worry about tight turns with a short bed truck.
Raymond F - 09/27/2020

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Great customer service. Great people to deal with. Very helpful. 720987



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Hitch head moves and clunks when you start and stop 887190


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I reached out to my contact at Demco who said that they have seen this happen when the trailer is hooked up and its equipped with the Rota Flex pin box. If that is what you have then I can reach out to my contact again to see if they have a solution. If this is happening when your trailer is not hooked up then you probably do not have the blue rubber bumper # DM15469
Replacement Urethane Bumper for Demco Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitches
$11.33
underneath the head on the passenger side of the head.
-- Jon G - 10/21/2020

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Very competitive price, customer service is excellent!! We had a small hiccup with delivery date. That was quickly corrected by customer service. 877564



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Good product slides good nice job it does had choice others picked demco and glad I did 872577



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Great hitch. Does the job. 869099



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This hitch has been great for me. It took away the fear of my RV coming into contact with the cab of my truck. It installs quickly and easily into the puck system in the bed of my truck. It has work flawlessly in my first year of ownership. I always buy American whenever I can, and this hitch met all of my needs. 861094



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Item works exactly as described. I have a shortbed (6.5') Ford F350. Probably towed our 5th wheeler 5000+ miles with no problem. Then last year it happened! We were making a sharp turn in an uneven lot and POW, the 5vr hit the rear window and it exploded. After that I became gun shy about turning with the 5vr attached so I started looking at sliding hitches. A slider that you had to get out and unlatch to make work, didn't make sense to me. At what point do you get out? So, an auto slider hitch was purchased. Now when I get to a certain degree turn the auto-slide hitch moves back in its carriage and then auto-slides to the normal location once straightened out. Not gun shy anymore. Pro: Well packaged Well made Easy install It WORKS. Cons: Price Very heavy Some clunking after it straightens out from a turn 846106



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2014 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

It weighs a ton. 817879



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Fast delivery 796346



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This is an amazing product, everyone should have this if you are pulling a fifth wheel 793775



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I have used the Demco Hijacker Autoslider hitch for a year now. It works perfect together with the capture plate for my 5th wheel. Heavy? YES, but this thing is a beast and works just like it was designed. I have towed our 16k pound 5th wheel with my short bed F350 for over 3000 miles now. Plenty of room to make turns without worrying about crashing my back window or cab. I also don't have to get out of the truck to release the slider when at the campsite, fuel station or other tight spaced situation we might encounter especially at night or during inclement weather. Once set up it only takes me minutes to install/ uninstall with a winch mounted in the ceiling of my garage using the Demco 5th Wheel Lifting Bracket. 792495



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2009 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty

I just purchased Demco Autoslide for ‘09 Ford F-350 SW that has the Ford puck system (DM8550024) and installation was a breeze. It’s heavy but that doesn’t bother me. I put it to use only once so far hauling 36’ RV and the whole process went very smooth. Obviously time will tell but it is extremely quiet and functions perfectly!! Great product and highly recommend. No more getting out to manually prep for turns, which makes it well worth the money! 774727



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Hitch works great took a little time to get it adjusted, the only thing is you had to hook back to your camper the same position as you unhook 771777



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Good quality product, made in the USA which is very important to me. Quality craftsmanship in the product, tough and durable easy to use. Look forward to many years of enjoyment with the autoslide by Demco. 763818



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Great hitch works well 763421



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These folks at etrailer are awesome. Love my demco. 760645



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2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty

I have a 2016 F250 short bed and this is perfect. I installed the puck system under the bed(etrailer) using the dimples from the factory as guides. The 5th wheel assembly was easy to follow if you don’t get into a hurry(like me) Three height settings. Mine is set low because of the 4 wheel drive. The four pins at the corner fit into the puck system like it was made for it.(etrailer) Everything came together well and I can make a tight 90 degree turn without having to worry about damaging my stuff. That would be bad! Just 4 cotter pins, a quarter turn of the locking levers, and with help, lift the 5th wheel out of the bed for a flat floor in your bed again. Easy Peasy. 760427



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Haven’t assembled it yet, but looks really nice. 749536



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Works as advertised. No problems. Tight turns are not an issue. 745860



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This was an easy install. Great hitch! The hitch arrived a few days before it was suppose to originally show up. I will definitely be purchasing again with etrailer in the future! 745753



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Makes backing up so easy! No having to get out and pull pins and adjust a slider. 735286



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Great hitch. If you have a shorter wheel base truck you can't beat this hitch! 682579


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    The 18k Demco Hijacker Autoslide, part # DM8550024, weighs right around 300 pounds and the 21k model, part # DM8550038, is closer to 330 pounds. Both of these hitches fit right into the factory puck system of your 2019 Ford F-250. I've linked a video of them both for you to take a look at. If you're looking for a lighter hitch I recommend the B&W Companion, part # BWRVK3370. It also fits right into the pucks in your Ford's bed and weighs about 260 pounds. Plus, it's pretty easy to...
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  • Can the Head on the Demco Hijacker Be Moved Manually
    You cannot manually move the head on the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch part # DM8550024. According to the owner's manual, "The Autoslide can couple and uncouple up to a 10-15° trailer angle quite easily. Anything over this degree of angle will not allow for proper coupling.". This is going to be the case for the comparable Pullrite SuperGlide as well. The head turns with the trailer so the king pin will not disengage unless it is within the 10-15 degree safety margin that the...
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  • How to Select Hitch Height for Demco Hijacker 18k Fifth Wheel Hitch
    Basically the height setting is based on the what's going to allow your trailer to be towed level. What you can do is measure from the plate of the pin box down to the ground when the trailer is level and then compare that to the distance from the ground to the top of your truck bed floor. That's going to be the height to start with for the Demco Hijacker 18k # DM8550024 which has a height range of 15-1/2", 16-3/4", and 18-1/4". I attached two install instructions links to this page...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Hitch for Towing a 2012 Heartland Greystone 27RK with a 2018 Ford F-350 6-3/4 Bed
    Thank you for all of the information, it really helped to narrow down what you are needing. Typically I would say that you would need a 5th wheel hitch with a height of 13 inches so that your trailer can ride level (52.5 - 39.5 = 13), but since that will leave only 2 inches of space between your trailer overhang and the bedrails of your 2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty we will need to look at something else. We recommend having at least 5 - 6 inches of space between your trailer and the bedrails...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Ford F-250 Short Bed with Hitch Prep Package
    The hitch I recommend for your 2018 Ford F-250 is the Demco Hijacker Autoslide for Ford Hitch Prep Package part # DM8550024. This hitch is a slider like your short bed truck needs for turning clearance but what I really like about it is that it automatically slides as you make tight turns. This eliminates you having to remember to get out and activate the slider whenever you get to parking lot as it does the job for you automatically.
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  • Capture Plate for Demco Hijacker Autoslide and Trailair Road Armor/Rota-Flex
    The correct capture plate for the Road Armor pin box (which is a Trailair Rota-Flex pin box) for the Demco Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitch # DM8550024 is the Demco Hijacker Autoslide Capture Plates for Trailair Rota-Flex Pin Boxes # DM6171. I have added a link to a video review for you to check out as well.
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  • Installation Troubleshooting on Demco Hijacker Autoslide for Ford Factory Prep Package
    The Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider # DM8550024 is designed for the Ford Prep Package. The hitch height settings are 15-1/2", 16-3/4" and 18-1/4", so the center bolt height should be the 16-3/4inches from the bed to the hitch head plate when the head is level. On the lowest setting you may need to remove the hitch from the system for a complete inspection as you stated. Making the pucks lock properly into place may require adding or removing a shim from the locking...
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  • How Much Does Demco Hijacker #DM8550024 Weigh for Removing Hitch
    The head of the Demco Hijacker part # DM8550024 weighs 65 lbs. The total weight of the hitch with the head would be 289 lbs. You would need two people to get this hitch in and out or you could use the MaxxTow Crane part # MT70238 to do the heavy lifting of getting the hitch up to the bed height and back down onto the ground. The arm is not long enough to get it all the way up to the pucks of the rail kit though.
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