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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 800-298-1624 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

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

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.


  • 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


  • 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.

6077 Demco High Jacker Head Assembly for Auto Slide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - 18,000 lbs

6033 Demco High Jacker Adapter Plates for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Ford OEM

Installation Details DM8550024 Installation instructionsAlternate Instructions DM8550024 Installation instructions

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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   (340 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.

- DM8550024

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

The hitch still works as described. Have not broken another rear window since installing it. I have learned that when unhooking from 5vr I have to take a pry bar to straighten out the hitch back to straight for rehooking. The only thing I do not like is the serious clunking that seems to occur when making some turns, then accelerating and the hitch straitening out. Thats the only real complaint I have. Since installation of the Demco I do not worry about making sharp turns!
Bugs B - 07/23/2021

- DM8550024

I have a 2017 Ford F-250 (Crew Cab, short box), and a 40’ 14,000lb 5th wheel. I’ve owned this Demco Autoslide for 1 year, and I absolutely love it. I purchased a 5th wheel for the maneuverability, but my expectations were blown away with this Autoslide. I also have the Extang Xceed hard tonneau cover, and when folded up (laying flat on the panel closest to the cab) I can maneuver however I want without removing the tonneau. If im going to make a really sharp turn on uneven ground I’ll stop and flip my tonneau all the way up, but very rarely do I have to do that. Also removal & install of this hitch is about as easy as removing & installing a 5th wheel hitch can possibly be. I use a rope, pulley, & my side by side. Highly recommend this Demco hitch.

- DM8550024

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.

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.
-- Etrailer Expert Victoria B - 10/02/2019

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.

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
-- Etrailer Expert Victoria B - 10/07/2019

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

- DM8550024

Absolutely love thus hitch. No slack in the hitch at all pulls great and no more worries about hitting my cab. Great hitch!

- DM8550024

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.

My hitch is still working great. I thought I would discuss how I install and remove it from my truck. Since this hitch weighs around 280 pounds, I use the Demco lifting bracket along with a clevis and strap to attach to the forks of my compact tractor. When I remove the hitch, I place it on a rolling pallet in my shop, and store it out of the way.
Chris M - 08/13/2021

- DM8550024
2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Ok... The darn thing weighs a ton! but that was outlined in their info... Just want to make that known. It took three of us to put in the base minus the "head". That was work !! As for the unit, it does as advertised. It swivels when turning and moves aft providing plenty of cab clearance. Don't expect to do a 90 degree turn however, but for normal situations it works fine. One thing I'd love to see is an "adjustment" to move (slide) the "head" a little more rearward when connecting. I only have about 6" of clearance with the gate down so I have to be nearly perfectly aligned to make the hookup. Speaking of which, hooking up can be a challenge. The clamps must have some "slack" and not be too tight against the pin box or alignment becomes a real issue. Also, if you aren't aligned with the trailer when disconnecting you'll need to have that same "off alignment" position when reconnecting as the "head" cannot be moved at all by hand. This can make for having to loosen the clamps, make the hook up, straighten the truck with the trailer and then have to re tighten the clamps. All in all, the unit is as expected and does provide movement aft and forward as you turn. Makes parking in that tight spot a bit less nerve racking... As for Customer Support Demco is spot on!! I had a couple of set up issues. One call cleared the misunderstanding on my end and the install went fine after that. On a second call, they also explained how to set up the clamps to better help with the above mentioned issues. But the nature of the design does not allow much leeway. Enjoy!!!

The overall rating Id give is 4.5 stars!! The issues Im having have been noted in many other reviews. Its Heavy !! Noted.. Its hard to align especially if you had to be off center when you parked. Now, as noted, you must be off-center to connect or loosen the clamps, connect, re-align truck to trailer and retighten the clamps. Gets to be a pain, but necessary if your way off center. Also, it does bang a lot when moving out from a stop which tends to be a bit startling if your not ready. As for the swiveling function, its perfect!! You can really maneuver the trailer basically as needed to get into those tight spots. Just be sure to watch out for anything really close to a 90 degree turn. That it wont do, but you shouldnt be doing that anyway!! Over all, as advertised it does the job! Also, hats off to Demco Cust Service. They ae there when you need them !! And a Big Thanks to etrailer always a great place to shop and they also provide top-notch after purchase support.
Vince B - 02/15/2021

- DM8550024
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.

Demco auto slide 18k is a heavy fifth wheel plate considering all the mechanics involved. About 300lbs plus the capture plate because of MorRyde system. But I really like the ride MorRyde gives me so that’s the trade off. The Demco auto slide worked without issues as did the puck system I installed. All came from etrailer and I am happy with them completely.
Jeff S - 02/27/2021

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Still love this hitch. Very heavy duty. Extreme confidence in this unit. Hitching is a bit difficult sometimes but worth it. Need to be close to straight on and height is important. I'm confident that the jaws are locked and I'm confident that camper will not hit cab when turning. I can go 90 degrees without a worry. A couple of embarrassing moments a couple of times when hitching but I'll never see those people again. Compared to other hitches I've seen, this is one heavy duty [piece] and I'm glad I bought it.

- DM8550024

Great hitch fits 2019 Ford 250 puck system well. I did make a mistake when I put it in though. The previous truck had a different, though similar hitch. I had to tap the handles quite hard to get when fitting it into the truck. I did this with the Demco and one of the tabs on the swivel handles got stuck. I could not remove it but, getting under the truck and using a small spanner with someone turning the handle in the bed I was able to get the nut to come off the spindle and remove the hitch. Hopefully nobody else will have this problem, it was my fault and not Demco's.

- DM8550024

This product is great for short-bed trucks since it takes the work of sliding the hitch back when backing or cutting a sharp corner. It is a bit clunky in its operation. When you pull forward straight there is no issue, but if you are at a corner and begin to pull with the truck at an angle, there is a resounding clunk as the hitch takes hold. I tried adjusting the forward stop and the capture bars and nothing helps. In order to avoid this clunk, like something lose in the hitch, I pull straight then begin my turn and there isn't the resounding clunk. I am using the Demco capture bars DM6171

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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty


- DM8550024

The best fifthwheel hitch I've had! Autoslide feature is great. No worries about damaging my truck cab and it operates very smoothly.

- DM8550024
2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty

This hitch is a beast, very solid construction and appears very well built. I just attached the sides yesterday on my own and it was a struggle because of the weight, its really a two man job that's the only reason for 4 stars. I'll update this review after using the hitch, I don't anticipate any problems other than getting it in and out of the truck

- DM8550024

etrailer packaged it in a way that protected it from shipping damaged. The hitch itself is excellent. I watched their installation video before putting it together. It was very helpful. I'm picking up my new 5th wheel camp trailer this afternoon.

- DM8550024

The hitch was exactly what we needed and works great. It took about an hour for my wife and I to install. We pulled our new 5th wheel with it yesterday and did wonderful. The only downside of the whole transaction had nothing to do with e trailer. The delivery driver ran over my water meter and didn’t even bother to say anything. It’s about 4 feet off the driveway .He just left it flowing everywhere across my driveway . I called him and asked him if he did it. I got a chuckle and a “yep”. He thought it was funny So at the beginning of the coldest weather in recent history I had to have the water company digging to make an emergency repair. The supervisor for the delivery company was very responsive and understanding . I hope the other drivers were as bad as the one we had.

- DM8550024

Excellent slider, very heavy duty. Once initial set up completed, it comes out and reinstalls fairly easily. The lifting bracket from Demco is a must buy. I would totally recommend using either a hydraulic jack that is used to carry engines or a tractor with forks to get it in and out as it is really heavy! Would purchase again.

My initial like for this hitch has fallen. If you have a short bed truck, then this is still probably the one to buy, BUT I have had some issues that I wish I had known about. For what it is supposed to do in terms of towing and turning sharp radiuses, it works great. In terms of hooking up the trailer, not so great. If you have a straight in and out then there is no problem. The really big problem is if you have to hitch and unhitch when the truck is not straight to the camper. You have to be within a few degrees of hitching and unhitching for it to lock correctly. The head of the hitch is stiff enough that it won’t turn any unless the whole weight of the camper is turning it. I’ve had a few times at a campground where I had to unhook my truck at a angle, and it has taken me over an hour to get the camper hooked back up. This has been very embarrassing at times to the point where many other campers with 5th wheel hitches have come out to help me get hitched up. The last time was the last straw. My wife in kids where out in the 90 degree heat for 1.5 hours getting it hitched. I’m done. I’m selling the camper, and I will soon have my hitch for sale. .
David R - 06/27/2020

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As a beginner starting out on a 40' 5th wheel with a short bed pickup, this hitch was among my best decisions. Without it, I know the back window of my truck would be busted and dented, as would the front of my camper. This Demco Hijacker installs easy and works like a charm. However, ever once and a while, it makes a popping sound. That worries me. Is it a sign of coming failure, or something to ignore? Time will tell. But. Popping or not, I must recommend the slide as a low-cost, indispensable solution to hauling a 5th on a short-bed truck. Ordering was easy. Etrailer shipped quickly. Online service is a breeze. The product works as stated.

- DM8550024

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!

- DM8550024

We have had it for one season now. I am very happy with it. I have it in a 2020 F350 crew cab short box. Our new Grand Design 311BH has a cap that's "short bed friendly". But I still didn't want to chance it. In our driveway I have to make a jack knife turn with the trailer going down a slight decline. With out the Hijacker, I would have blown out my back window for sure. It still comes very close to my bed side, but that's all because of my situation. In normal driving conditions and fairly flat RV parks this thing shines! I Did have to modify my Peragon bed cover rails for getting it in my driveway. But it was worth it. I am new to 5th wheels but towing. And this hitch takes a lot of stress out of backing up and turning tight corners. I did lower the rear of my truck about 1 1/2" and lowered the pin box a little over an inch as well. This gave me more room between the bed and 5th wheel. As well as keeping the rig level going down the road. I have the hijacker in the middle height adjustment and my cover slides right over the top of it with a little room to spare. I also run airbags to keep everything level. I heard about troubles backing into the hitch when the side bars are set. I have not had any troubles lining up to back in. The head does move a little so you don't need to be perfect. I originally planned on loosening the side bars up and tightening them every time. But I forgot once pulling out of the driveway and the pin box hopped the side bars. Scared the crap out of me. After that I never loosen them up. I leave it set snug to the pin box. Since then it's been smooth sailing. Another thing to mention is, this hitch is heavy. It is a 2 person job or with some mechanical assistance. I did get it in the truck and out a couple times by myself (5'9" 150lb), but I opted for my tractor with fork extensions. This worked, but is hard to line up the pucks. So I put a hoist on a trolley in my garage. This is great for lining it up. I marked my floor for my back tire then the trolley lets you drop it right where it needs to go. I also saved the pallet the hitch came on, and added casters. Now when I hoist it out of the truck, I drop it on the pallet and wheel it to it's spot. I hope this helps anyone looking at it. If you are going back and forth between manual slide and an auto slide. Think of when you will need it. When your turning off a busy road in a tight fuel station or similar situation. You don't want to get out and screw around with your manual slider. OR if you forget your slider and blow out your back window. Not only is your trip ruined, but now it's a deductible on your insurance to have it fixed ( if it hits the cab not just the window). I looked at both styles and the extra money up front was worth not ruining my truck. And not finding myself in a stressful situation. I would but this hitch over and over again. It's built like heavy duty farm equipment. You will not be disappointed!

- DM8550024

One year later, I am still confident to know that our Demco Autoslider will perform to our expectations! Easy one person hookup using the trucks' camera system. No doubt about this hitch being a solidly built piece of equipment! Heavy? YES! But we all know this when purchasing! Cornering concerns? Not at all! This year traveling was cut short with a minor health issue. However, we are ready this fall to hook up the 5th wheel and hit the road before the winter shuts down the campgrounds in Michigan! We leave the hitch in the truck permanently as it's protected with a tonneau cover.

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2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty

We have only used it once so far. I use this set up to get it to the tail gate, and then the pickup truck crane to get it out.

- DM8550024

Loved the product and used it immediately to tow my toy hauler for 2000 miles. The unit performed perfectly as described and I couldn’t be any happier. The package was foam protected and delivered in great condition. I would highly recommend it.

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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!

- DM8550024

Quick delivery. Person I talked to on the phone when ordering was very helpful in making sure I purchased all the correct parts.

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    The Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch with Slider # DM8550024 will work with your Trailair Flex Air pin box, but you do need the Demco Hijacker Autoslide Capture Plates # DM6171. This is going to be a fantastic set-up for your 2017 Ford F-350 with the factory puck system. I've added links to video reviews for you to check out as well.
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  • Which Autoslide Hitch Fits a 2021 Ford F-350 with 6-3/4 Foot Bed and OEM Prep Package
    Yes, and we've got just what you're looking for. The Demco Hijacker AutoSlide # DM8550024 is designed to fit in the OEM prep pucks in your 2021 Ford F-350 and is a great solution. This is an autoslide hitch, so you won't need to get out of the truck to engage the slider. I've linked some review videos of this hitch for you to check out, as well, but this hitch comes with everything you need to get hitched up to your 5th wheel and on the road.
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  • Demco Auto Slide Does Not Return To The Front Or Straight.
    I can understand why you kept the Demco Auto Slide # DM8550024 on your 2016 Ford F350 because it can be pretty difficult hooking up when it's at an angle. You should be able to get the head moved but it may be difficult. One possible way to fix this would be to lock the head release handle open so it's extended out, then use that to get more leverage on it. Another possible solution would be to remove the head and loosen the pivot bolt that runs vertically. This is a bit more intense of...
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  • How Much Does the 18K Demco Hijacker for Ford Super Duty Pucks Weigh
    The Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch part # DM8550024 has a total weight of around 300 lbs. That said, it can be broken down into three pieces to make things easier when removing and installing the hitch. These three pieces are the head which weighs around 60 lbs, the side brackets which weigh around 60 lbs as well, and the base which weighs around 180 lbs. I will say that the majority of customers who frequently install and remove this hitch use the Demco 5th Wheel Lifting...
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  • What Are Dimensions of Demco Hijacker for Ford Super Duty Prep Package # DM8550024
    The Demco Hijacker for Ford Super Duty Prep Package # DM8550024 fits your 2019 Ford F-250 factory rail kit and overall measures 35 inches long by 33 inches wide. I attached a picture that shows these dimensions as well.
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  • Best 5th Wheel Hitch for 2017 Ford F-350 6-3/4 Foot Bed and Factory Prep Kit
    Since your 2017 Ford F-350 has a bed that is under 8 feet you will want to use a sliding 5th wheel hitch to avoid damaging your cab during tight turning conditions. We do have a great selection of sliding 5th wheel hitches that are compatible with the factory prep kit installed on your F-350, but out of all of them I recommend going with one of out Autosliding hitches. The Demco Hijacker # DM8550024 is rated for 18K so it will easily be able to pull your 2017 Big Horn 3160 Elite even...
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  • Comparing the B&W Companion Slider and Demco Hijacker Autoslide for a Ford Super Duty with Pucks
    The Demco Hijacker Autoslide part # DM8550024 and B&W Companion Slider part # BWRVK3370 are both excellent options. In regards to weight, the B&W Companion Slider is lighter at 260 lbs than the Demco Hijacker Autoslide at 300 lbs. The B&W Companion Slider can be broken down into two pieces; the head which weighs around 70 lbs and the base which weighs around 190 lbs. The Demco Hijacker Autoslide can be broken down into three pieces, the head which weighs around 60 lbs, the side brackets...
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  • Weight of Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch for 2019 Ford F-250 Factory Prep Package
    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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  • Determining if Capture Plate Is Needed for Demco Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitch on 2019 Ford F-350
    The Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch # DM8550024 that you referenced, which is a GREAT choice for your 2019 Ford F-350, features built-in capture plates on the head that are compatible with most pin boxes on the market. With that being said, I wasn't able to locate any information on the 710426 model pin box that you mentioned. Is it possible that there is another number somewhere on the unit? We do have separate capture and locking plates available for the Hijacker that are...
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  • Best Auto Slide Fifth Wheel Hitch for 2019 Ford F-250
    The best fifth wheel hitch for you to use on your 2019 Ford F-250 short bed with the fifth wheel prep package is the Demco Hijacker Autoslide because you will never again need to get out of your truck just to make a turn as well as its strong single-piece jaw which ensures a complete, secure connection to your trailer's king pin. The Hijacker will fit directly in the puck system of your F-250 and is available in two different towing capacities, 18,000 lbs at part # DM8550024 and 21,000...
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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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  • 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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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Automatic Sliding Hitch for Ford Factory Prep Package Puck System
    For your 2015 Ford F-350 with 6-3/4 foot bed and SRW 4x4 there are many fits for your factory prep package. I recommend the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Ford Super Duty Prep Package - 18K # DM8550024 which will adjust to give you turning clearance as you drive. This hitch will fit in your OEM pucks as will larger 21K # DM8550038 if you have a heavier trailer. You may also want to consider adding a second 7-way in the bed of your truck using...
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  • Does Demco Hijacker Autoslide Fit 2015 Ford Hitch Prep Package with Spray In Bed Liner
    A spray in bed liner would not interfere with Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider # DM8550024 from fitting the factory rail kit of your 2015 Ford F-250.
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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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  • Recommended Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch for a 2017 Ford F-350 with Factory Puck System
    The best sliding 5th wheel hitch that we have to offer is the Demco Hijacker Autosliding 5th wheel hitch. It is compatible with the puck system on your 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty and keeps you from having to keep getting in and out of your truck to disengage and engage the sliding feature on a regular sliding hitch. It also features a cushioned hitch head with a 4-point pivot, and a wraparound jar that gives 360-degree contact with the king pin and is secured by a 3/4 inch locking steel...
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  • Easier Ways to Adjust Height Setting of Demco Hijacker Autoslide Fifth Wheel
    If your trailer is handy you could connect the hitch to your trailer in your truck bed and then use the jacks to lift the front of the trailer and the hitch once you unbolt the side plates. This would probably be the easiest way to lift the hitch relative to the side brackets. Otherwise I'd recommend taking the hitch of the truck bed and setting it on it's side and moving the plates that way.
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  • Reese Sidewinder Pivoting Pin Box to Increase 5th Wheel Turning Clearance in Short Bed F-250
    You are correct that a short-bed truck like your 2017 Ford F-250 (with 6-3/4-foot bed and factory rail kit) typically requires a sliding type hitch in order to have enough turning clearance to avoid the 5th wheel trailer's overhang from suddenly 'making friends' with the rear window in your cab. The slider hitches specified for your truck are shown on the page I linked for you. You are also indeed right that the weight of 5th wheel hitches can make them a pain to remove from the truck...
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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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  • What Angle Can a Demco Hijacker AutoSlide Connect to Trailer
    The Demco Hijacker AutoSlides like the part # DM8550024 really only can be connected/disconnected when you are totally straight. I called my contact at Demco and asked about disconnecting and the angle it can be detached. They told me that there is a 10 degree angle that the trailer can be disconnected to with the Autoslide.
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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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  • How to Adjust Height of the Demco Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch for 2020 Ford F-250
    The height adjustment for the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch with Slider - Ford Super Duty Prep Package # DM8550024 (18,000 lbs) and # DM8550038 (21,000 lbs) is found in the "Side Rail Assembly Instructions" of the hitch. I have cut out the section of the instructions - as well as linked them - that details exactly what you need to do in order to adjust the height of your hitch.
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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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  • Recommended Fifth Wheel Hitch With Adjustable Height Setting
    I will be happy to explain which fifth wheel will give you the height you need tow your fifth wheel trailer. Yes, your numbers and measurements appear to be very accurate, thank you for being so detailed. We do recommend at least 6 inches of clearance between the top of the truck bed rails and the bottom of your trailer. The amount of squat will vary but estimating 2" to 3" is a fair assumption. Ideally you would want to prevent as much squat as possible and to do this I recommend suspension...
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  • Locking Plate for Demco HiJacker and TrailAir Rota-Flex Pin Box
    In order to use a Demco HiJacker autosliding 5th wheel trailer hitch such as # DM8550024 with a Rota-Flex pin box you will just need to add the Demco Hijacker Autoslide Capture Plates # DM6171. This will allow you to use the pin box with the hitch and prevent the pin box from rotating in the hitch so that the hitch will autoslide.
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  • Auto Slide 5th Wheel Hitch for 2020 Ford F-250
    Yes, for your 2020 Ford F-250 that's equipped with the factory rail kit we have the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch in either the 18K # DM8550024 or 21K # DM8550038 model that will work perfectly. Both options feature an excellent autoslide design that lets you stay inside the comfort of your cab while making sharp turns and they will drop right into the factory pucks in the bed. A separate rail adapter isn't needed for mounting. In addition to the sliding feature, the Hijacker...
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