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Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Under Bed - 13,000 lbs

Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Under Bed - 13,000 lbs

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Hitch slides automatically as you drive to give you 22-1/2" of additional clearance for tight turns. A wraparound jaw provides a smooth ride and a locking bar offers added security. Pivoting head allows easy hook up and helps to limit chucking. Call 800-298-8924 to order Demco fifth wheel hitch part number DM8550041 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 Trailer Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Under Bed - 13,000 lbs. Fifth Wheel Hitch reviews from real customers.
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Demco Fifth Wheel Hitch - DM8550041

  • Demco
  • Sliding Fifth Wheel
  • 13000 lbs GTW
  • Hitch Only
  • Double Pivot
  • Premium - Single-Hook Jaw
  • 22-1/2 Inch Fore/Aft Travel
  • 3250 lbs TW
  • 15-1/4 - 18 Inch Tall

Hitch slides automatically as you drive to give you 22-1/2" of additional clearance for tight turns. A wraparound jaw provides a smooth ride and a locking bar offers added security. Pivoting head allows easy hook up and helps to limit chucking.


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 safety 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
    • Roller-and-guide assembly creates smooth and controlled movement
  • 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, non-cushioned pin boxes
  • Rail-free design allows for full access to truck bed when hitch is removed
  • 2 Separate tracks allow for up to 2-3/4" of side-to-side clearance to keep pin box from hitting bed rails
  • 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
  • Custom underbed mounting kit (sold separately) required for installation
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Designed for use on 5-1/2' and 6' truck beds
  • Fits standard pin boxes 12" - 14" wide
    • Locking plates (sold separately) are required for use with the following cushioned pin boxes: Glide Ride, Mor Ryde, Trailair Tri Glide, and 5th Airborne
  • Gross towing weight: 13,000 lbs
  • Vertical load limit: 3,250 lbs
  • Travel: 22-1/2" front to back
  • Hitch height settings: 15-1/4", 16-1/2", and 18"
  • 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

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 22-1/2" 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.


The Autoslide has a built-in roller-and-guide assembly that allows for smooth, controlled, and automatic movement. As your truck turns, this assembly also turns. When the assembly turns, an arm in the base of the hitch moves down 1 of 2 tracks in the interior of the base. This action causes the head to be pushed down one of the exterior tracks in the base. So, when your truck makes a sharp, slow-speed turn, the roller-and guide assembly inside the Autoslide forces 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 roller-and-guide assembly to function as designed, the pin box must be stabilized on the hitch head. Normally in a 5th-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.


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 a Demco UMS custom underbed mounting kit (sold separately). 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 the receivers in your truck bed, 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 UMS receivers in your truck bed. Turn the handles to lock the feet into the receivers 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 (22-1/2")

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 Trailer Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Under Bed - 13,000 lbs - DM8550041

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (234 Customer Reviews)

Hitch slides automatically as you drive to give you 22-1/2" of additional clearance for tight turns. A wraparound jaw provides a smooth ride and a locking bar offers added security. Pivoting head allows easy hook up and helps to limit chucking.

- DM8550041
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The hitch is great. I installed it myself and it worked very well pulling a 5th Wheel Trailer across the country last year. I have learned however that one must start out from corners slower to avoid a large "clunk" as the hitch slides in the frame per the inherent design. Great Product! 486223


Comments
Im very happy with the hitch. Ive towed for close to 15,000 miles. I did however travel over one very uneven road and cracked a weld on the adjustable side guide on the top plate. Great hitch!
Dan - 03/18/2019

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- DM8550024
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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


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



- DM8550035
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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Bought for use on my 2019 Ram 2500 shortbox because I was having clearance issues while turning. I could barely make a 45 degree turn. Installed the unit in about an hour from delivery to finish. Have an extra guy or two to help cause its heavy. I can know back 90 degrees if I had to with about 4-6 inches of cab clearance 853636



- DM8550034
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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Hitch is good. I did have a problem aligning hitch in a hilly sandy soil, truck would shift in the sand causing a misalignment with the hitch, this caused it to bind and would not line up. Had to loosen guides for it to lock in, then re-adjust after pulling it straight out. 845680



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Quality is good. Installation was tricky without a lift. Some of the bed rail bolt holes (passenger side rear rail) where nearly impossible for a large hand to fit the nut on the bolt. Actually had to have my wife crawl under the truck and slide her hand in the brace to install the nut. Getting a decent size torque wrench into the space was also imposible. The front drivers side rail bracket required removing several vehicle lines and wires which was easy however the bracket covered the holes where the wires attached to the frame, so now they are hanging zip tied together. Hitch/ fifth wheel looks good quality but very heavy. Installed a 400 .lb capacity electric winch from harbor freight to lift the hitch. Firestone airbag helper springs was easy install but getting the exact straight cut on the hose end that hooks to the fill port was challenging to keep it from leaking Videos were very helpful 830340



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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Haven’t had a chance to use it yet however it arrived quickly and in great condition. Appears to be very well built. 721164



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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


The hitch works as expected. It is very heavy duty and has held up well. I have pulled a 13,000 pound trailer in excess of 10,000 miles with no problems. I purchased this one because it does not require any adapters for the pin box/capture plate. This means I can pull any standard 5th wheel. The other brands that I found all required a special plate and was specific to the trailer (Not one size fits all). The only downside is that the hitch is very heavy. But that is to be expected for a very heavy duty hitch. 610491


Comments
The hitch is indeed heavy. If you have a chain hoist available, using a lifting bracket like part # DM6100
Demco 5th Wheel Lifting Bracket
$49.83
see link would certainly make installing and removing the hitch much easier.
-- Mike L - 03/06/2019

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I've been using the Hijacker 1800 auto slide hitch for my 38' 5er for a year now and I'm very satisfied with it's performance. For the first couple of months of use I had a terrible time getting the jaws to lock when reconnecting to my trailer. Once, I tried for an hour and finally called Demco. somehow we got it to lock but I was really not sure what made it work. It continued to give me problems after that. I finally figured out that after backing onto the trailer pin box I would set the parking brake and try to pin the handle without success because I was leaving some back pressure on the jaws against the king pin. I started making sure there was no back or forward pressure on the jaws before setting the parking break...no problem since as long as I am careful about this issue. On level ground I put the truck in neutral and let it move slightly forward or back, whichever way it wants to go. Works nearly every time. My only problem now is accelerating away from a stop it feels like the trailer slips back in the hitch with a big jerk. I've adjusted the bolt in the front of the hitch frame as the instructions indicate (back off 1/2 turn after the bolt touches) but no dice. I've tried several adjustments and it does't change a thing. Studying the hitch I can't see where the slack is. Otherwise, for turns and overall functioning it works perfectly...Thanks DEMCO. 481306



- DM8550035
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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Very happy with the product. The only draw back is the weight. Can't be loaded/unloaded by one person. A good cross-sell opportunity is to offer a tool for removal. When I first got it, it didn't fit the truck. Support team was helpful and responsive. It seemed to be due to the bed spray. I was able to get it to mount perfectly by loosening a bolt under the truck, and then smoothing the edges of the locks in the rails. 352378



- DM8550034
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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Installed in my 2014 Silverado. This looks to be a very heavy-duty hitch that doesn't require a capture plate. 565372


Comments
This hitch has worked well for me. It is now used in a 2018 GMC Sierra 2500. It is just tall enough that I can see it in my rearview mirror to make it easy to get lined up with the kingpin
Mike G - 09/15/2019

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Glad to hear that you're getting good use out of your Demco Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitch! If you get to the point where you'd like a different angle we have different cameras you can use in place of your 3rd brake light. I have linked our selection for your 2018 GMC Sierra 2500 for you to filter through.

-- Jon G - 9/27/2019


- DM8550034
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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


My wife and I are full-time RVers, and have used this slider hitch from the get-go while traveling around seeing the country over the past year. We are happy with our purchase, which has proven to be both easy to hook up, adjust, and functions well, as advertised. The only matter I think you may want to address are the thick plastic removable maintenance access covers which tend to bow, and the areas around the attachment holes have melted, in the hot weather. Perhaps instead using a light metal for the covers would be better solution. We are very happy overall with this hitch, and plan to keep it . Thank you. 593790



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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


I would not buy this hitch again because -- 1. It takes up to much space in the truck bed 2. It is over built thus weighs to much 3. It is very hard to hook up because the hitch swivels when unhooking, thus making the hooking up very difficult lining up on an angle. 4. With this hitch I cannot lock out the swivel feature. My old hitch I could lock it out I would buy from E Trailer again there sales people are great and delivered time was great. The hitch choice was my mistake not E Trailer's 548218


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This demco hitch part DM8550034 is a completely gear driven hitch. Whichever angle you uncouple at is the same position the head will stay in until it is coupled back up. It is a good idea to couple up at as straight of an angle as possible. If there is ever a situation where you have to uncouple at an angle you can physically turn the head back to a straight position by taking the head off the hitch and putting a straight bar through the assembly for some leverage. The head should not be swiveling during coupling unless the main bolt is loose. The bolt that holds the gear assembly together has to be torqued to the specific foot lbs in the installation instructions or the head may swivel and cause issues during coupling. That bolt is part 05366 in the instructions.
-- Heather A - 08/14/2018

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4x4 extended bed Duramax 483734



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



- DM8550034
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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Unit is heavy and well built. Install was easy, just bolt on side plates on, drop the base on the adapter plate and pin it, put head assembly on and pin that, that's all there is to it. Looking forward to many years of towing with this unit. 377393



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Demco fifth wheel hitch purchase and installation pictures. 413332



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Demco 18k Highjacker Autoslide 489518



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I have owned this unit for over a year now. Here are the pro's and cons that I have experienced. Pro- I have pulled with this hitch in some really tight spaces in forward and reverse and still have the rear window in tact. Con- Heavy, really heavy. Pro- heavy duty,smooth riding, and double jaw lock makes a great connection. Con- manufacturer recommends 1/8 of separation between the slides on the top of hitch. When backing upon 40' wheeler in some tight spaces it is hard to align without opening the slides a bit more. This is not he issue. Remembering to tighten them in the rush of leaving is the hard part. Pro- once you are attached to your truck there is nothing more you need to worry about until you disconnect. Con- If you are a weekender like me and use your truck for work the rest of the week, you will need at least one person to help lift in or out pre or post travel. Works pretty well with gantry crane. 604256



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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Very easy to install takes 2 people most of the way and very time consuming . Looks great but haven't hooked up to a 5th wheel trailer yet . Will update at that time . 601857


Comments
Awesome !????easy hook up easy unhooking a breeze ! I’ve been in very tight turn places and never came close to the back window on the truck . Yes I would buy again , yes I would recommend and yes very happy
Bradley - 02/01/2020

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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Makes life easy to tow in shortbed truck. Set and forget! Only downside is this thing is big and takes at least two people to install and remove if you need the bedspace! 463418



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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


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
$167.75
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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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- DM8550024
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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


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 Etrailer team was great. Bailey was very helpful and kept me up to date with emails in the order and shipment. Thanks Again 944913



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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


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 937819


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  • Will the 13K Demco Autoslide # DM8550041 Work with a 2018 Ford F-250 6-3/4' Bed
    Yes, the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550041 is compatible with your 2018 Ford F-250 with a 6-3/4' bed. This hitch actually installs in the Demco Underbed Rail and Installation Kit # DM8551009 instead of a traditional "OEM prep package". If you don't already have a 7-Way in the bed of your F-250 then I also recommend the Demco # DM8555002 which help make connecting and disconnecting the wiring in your pickup much easier.
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  • Is the Demco Hijacker 13K Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch An Automatic Slide Hitch
    Yes, the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # DM8550041 is an automatic sliding fifth wheel hitch so the hitch head will slide back away from the cab automatically while making sharp turns. Therefore, you won't have to get in and out of the truck to engage the slider. If you want to use this on a 2001 GMC Sierra you'll need the Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Universal Install Kit part # DM8552009-71.
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  • How to Tow a 5th Wheel Trailer with a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 that has a 5-1/2 Foot Bed
    I have attached the formula that is used to determine turning clearance with a 5th wheel trailer for you below. In order to give you the exact measurement you are looking for we would need to know the distance from center of fifth wheel hitch jaw to the truck cab. However, I can already tell you that you will need to use either a rotating pin box or sliding 5th wheel hitch with at least 22-1/2" of travel in order to execute a 90 degree turn with your 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 because...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2007 Ford F-150 5-1/2 ft Bed
    A truck bed that is only 5-1/2 feet in length needs more slider clearance than what a standard slider hitch like the Curt E16 you mentioned can provide. You'll need around 22-1/2 inches of additional clearance and this hitch only provides 12 inches. We have one hitch setup that will work great for that though. The Demco Hijacker 13k Autoslider part # DM8550041 slides back 22-1/2 inches automatically as you make tight turns. To install it in your truck bed will require an underbed rail...
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  • Slider Hitch Recommendation for 2013 Ford F-150 5-1/2 foot Bed
    For 5-1/2 foot beds there is only one slider hitch we offer that slides far enough to allow turning clearance. That would be the Demco Hijacker part # DM8550041 as it slides 22-1/2 inches and the hitch you referenced only slides 12. For a rail kit that is custom fit for your 2013 Ford F-150 with a 5-1/2 foot bed and the Demco we have the # DM8551001 which would be what you would need.
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2004 Ford F-150 5-1/2 foot Bed
    There's only one slider hitch available that's going to give you the needed clearance to make tight turns without cab interference. That's the Demco Hijacker Autoslide part # DM8550041 which will slide back 22-1/2 inches automatically as you make tight turns so that you have the needed turning clearance. Then for a rail kit to install this hitch you'll need the Demco rail kit part # DM8551001 which is a custom kit for your 2004 Ford F-150. This means it will install without frame drilling...
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  • Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch and Rail Kit Recommendation for 2011 Ford F-150 with 5-1/2 foot Bed
    Yes we have fifth wheel hitch options that would work well on your 2011 Ford F-150 with a 5-1/2 foot bed. Since your truck bed is so short there is only one slider hitch we offer that will slide far enough back to give you the needed clearance to make tight turns. For that you would want the Demco Hijacker part # DM8550041 which actually automatically slides as you make tight turns which is an added benefit. For the rail kit you would need the part # DM8551001 which is a custom fit kit...
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  • Determining Demco Hijacker Autoslide 13k Would Provide Clearance for 2012 Ford F-150 5.5' Bed
    It sounds like you might be using the wrong formula to determine if you have enough clearance to make 90 degree corners with your 2012 Ford F-150 with a 5-1/2 foot bed. The formula is: (A + B) - C = Clearance A = Distance from the fifth wheel jaw center to the truck cab B = Offset used (slider clearance) C = Width of the nose of the trailer divided by 2. I was able to determine from the numbers you gave that we have the C figure determined and B since we know slider length of the...
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  • Determining Pin Weight for 8k Trailer and Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2014 Ford F-150
    There is not an easy way to verify the tongue weight of a fifth wheel trailer if you do not already have the trailer. The best way to find the tongue weight of your fifth wheel trailer is to use a commercial scale like those at truck stops or at material supply centers. First you should weigh your tow vehicle without the trailer connected. Next, connect your trailer to your tow vehicle and drive it on the scale. The difference between the two weights is the tongue weight. Since you...
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  • Install Kit to Use Demco 13K HiJacker 5th Wheel Hitch in a 2014 Ford F-150 with 5-1/2 Foot Bed
    In order to use the Demco 13K HiJacker # DM8550041 you will need the proper under bed installation kit for your 2014 Ford F-150 with 5-1/2 foot bed. The installation kit needed is # DM8551001. No other parts are required but I do recommend installing an in bed 7-Way, # 41157, to make hooking up the trailer easier without having to use extensions.
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  • Is Capture Plate Needed to Use Demco Hijacker Autoslide with Jayco Eagle HTX
    As long as you have a standard pin box on your Jayco Eagle HTX fifth wheel you would not need to use a capture plate of any kind with the Demco Hijacker Autoslide part # DM8550041 that you referenced. If you have a cushioned pin box let me know what you have and I'll be able to let you know what capture plate (if any) is needed.
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch and Rail Kit Recommendation for 2015 Ford F-150 5-1/2 foot bed
    For a truck with a bed shorter than 6 feet the fifth wheel hitch options are a bit limited as that's not a lot of room to work with for coming up with a way for the trailer to be able to have turning clearance. We only have one slider hitch that can give enough clearance for tight turns and thats the Demco Hijacker 13k AutoSlide part # DM8550041. This hitch can slide 22-1/2 inches. For a rail kit you then would want the Reese Custom install kit part # RP56034-53 which is a custom...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for 2015 Chevy Silverado and Revolution King Pin
    The only under bed system available for your 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the Demco Hijacker # DM8550041 along with the Underbed Rail Kit # DM8551008. This particular hitch is not compatible with the Revolution king pin on your trailer. I instead recommend looking at the Reese Select Plus 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30081, along with the Quick-Install Custom Base Rails # RP50064-58. This is an excellent hitch that features a forged, single-piece self-latching jaw that will provide...
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  • Compatibility of Demco Autoslide with 2018 Ram 2500 6.5 Foot Bed
    The Demco 13K with a 22-1/2 inch slide # DM8550040 and # DM8550041, will not work for your application. It would cause issues with the tail gate. The confirmed fit for your truck is the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider - 18,000 lbs # DM8550034 or the 21K # DM8550035. Either will work well with the Rail adapter for Ram 5th Wheel Towing Prep Package # DM6099 or the Reese 5th Wheel Rail Adapter # RP30154. The weight of the hitch is 273 lbs for the 18K and...
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  • Can B&W Companion be Used to 5th Wheel Tow with 15 Chevy Silervado 1500 with 5-1/2 Bed
    The Custom Underbed Installation Kit # BWGNRK1057-5W will fit your 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 with the 5-1/2' bed and while you can technically use the Companion Slider # BWRVK3400-5W, it (and any other standard slider hitch) will not provide enough turning clearance for your trailer and 5th wheel trailer. Since you have a 5-1/2' bed you need something that will give you at least 22" of turning clearance and we do have a few options for you. The first option is to use the Demco 13K Autoslider...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for Turning Clearance for a 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Short Bed
    There are a couple of ways you can get increased clearance between the truck cab and the 5th wheel trailer when making tight turns. In your picture it doesn't look like you have a hitch yet so the most cost effective solution is going to be a sliding 5th wheel hitch. I recommend a Demco HiJacker auto-sliding hitch. That way you don't have to get in and out of the truck to operate the sliding mechanism. I assume that your 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 is a short bed but it is the really short...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2011 Ford F-150 with 5-1/2 foot Bed
    We have one slider hitch that can slide back far enough to give you the needed clearance to make tight turns with your 2011 Ford F-150. For that we have the Demco Hijacker part # DM8550041 which will automatically slide 22-1/2 inches back when making tight turns. To install the hitch you'd need the rail kit part # DM8551001 which is custom fit for your truck as well.
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  • Slider Hitch Recommendation for 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 New Body
    Since your truck bed is shorter than 6 feet long there's only one slider hitch that will have enough clearance to allow you to make tight turns and that's the Demco Hijacker Autoslide part # DM8550040 which slides back 22-1/2 inches which is about twice as much as other options. Also since this hitch slides back automatically you wouldn't have to worry about getting out and manually operating the slider either. Then to install it in the bed of your 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 you'd need the...
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  • Weight of Components in Demco Hijacker 13K Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch
    The head( # DM6081) of the 13K Demco Hijacker Autoslide weighs 65lbs, the base weighs 210lbs, and the above the bed brackets( # DM6003) 30lbs while the puck mounting under bed brackets( # DM6004) weigh 42lbs totaling to 305-317lbs. This will add weight to your truck, but it's minor compared to the weight the hitch is capable of towing. The # DM6141 is just the head and base while the # DM8550040 is the system with above the bed rail brackets and the # DM8550041 is the unit with the puck...
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  • Air Bag and 5th Wheel Hitch for 2011 Ford F-150 3.5 Ecoboost
    For a 2011 Ford F-150 that will eventually tow a 5th wheel you'll need an air bag kit that will not interfere with the in-bed hitch installation brackets. If your truck is 2WD you can use AirLift kit # AL88228 as long as you don't have the Raptor. If you have 4WD instead use kit # AL57200, again so long as you do not have the Raptor. You can add a compressor kit # AL25655 if you wish for more convenient control of bag pressure. I recommend adding one. The Firestone kits for your truck won't...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Rails And Complete System For 2014 Ford F-150 Crew Cab With 5-1/2 Foot Bed
    The Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ford F150 - Carbide Finish # C16441-204 is not a confirmed fit for your 2014 Ford F-150 Crew Cab with 5-1/2 foot bed. However, I do have rail kits that are confirmed to fit. I recommend the Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # RP50081-58. This kit is confirmed to fit your 5-1/2 foot bed and will give you industry standard rails you can use with most hitches like those from Curt,...
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