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

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

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Kathleen M says:

Yes, if you:

  • Are a full-time RVer and don't use your truck bed for much else
  • Tow with a truck that has a 5.5 ft bed - this hitch was designed just for smaller trucks
  • Have to make tight turns often and want to save yourself the hassle of getting out every time you need the hitch to slide

No, if you:

  • Have an eye for details and would be bothered by chipped paint that could eventually lead to rust
  • Plan on traveling on rough, uneven roads - the Autoslide's been known to bind in these conditions
  • Have a lifted truck and need a hitch that sits lower in the bed
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. 1-800-496-5010 to order Demco fifth wheel hitch part number DM8550041 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Demco products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Demco 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

  • Sliding Fifth Wheel
  • 13000 lbs GTW
  • Demco
  • Aftermarket Below Bed Rails
  • Double Pivot
  • Premium - Single-Hook Jaw
  • 3250 lbs Vertical Load
  • 15-1/4 - 18 Inch Tall
  • 22-1/2 Inch Fore/Aft Travel

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 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 Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Under Bed - 13,000 lbs - DM8550041

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (464 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.

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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!


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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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


This was the best solution for my Dodge RAM 2500 towing my Alliance 340RL 38' 5th Wheel. My son helped me install the rails under the bed and now it is very easy to remove the hitch when I am not using it. It is very strong and I highly recommend this for anyone with a short bed truck.




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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Well built fifth wheel hitch. Haven't got a chance to tow our new Montana High Country 295RL. But I know a guy that has towed his fifth wheel with this same hitch. I'm sure this 18K hitch will be excellent! Or I wouldn't have bought it. I recommend e trailer for everything.




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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


wow what a great hitch . Got the no drill bed rails and the bolted rite up to my B&W gooseneck hitch . Ashley E did a great job answering all my questions . Only took a few days to get here too. Took me about 2 hours to install everything and if you have a short bed truck this is the only way to go .




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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Demco auto slide hitch works very well with my crew cab short bed Ram. Fits under my tonneau cover nicely. Trouble free thus far. Had to purchase a Demco plate for the camper to make the Rhino box hitch work. etrailer personnel were great in helping ensure I had the right products and kept me well informed of shipping dates.




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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


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


Comments
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


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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Best 5th wheel hitch ever for a RAM 3500 mega cab.
No issues with the RV coming close to the back of the cab or back glass.
I would recommend this hitch to anyone searching for a 5th wheel hitch for a Ram mega cab, I wish I knew about it when I first purchased my Ram mega cab, I learned the hard way, after busting out my back glass...and trying several hitches. This hitch is truly an autoslide. I have showed several short bed guys this hitch and told them the cost of the 5th wheel hitch is worth it.... It is top of the line. This will be the last 5th wheel hitch I will ever need to purchase.




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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


This hitch is great! It relieves you from any worries of making a mistake when turning or backing a 5th wheel trailer on sharp corners. You will hear a small metalic noise that is a result of the rotating head having clearances enough to operate properly and I had a similar sound with my bumper pull trailer.




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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


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.




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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Love it works great


Comments
It works Great
Rod - 07/06/2022


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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.


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


The star rating is a 5, Review for etrailer is the date promised on delivery was right on, delivered direct to installer and the Product Demco slide hitch is all that Demco claims it does.




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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.


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 Autoslide Locking Plate for MOR/ryde Pin Boxes
$184.64
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-- 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


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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


We looked at several hitches and we decided on the Demco auto slider. The key was it’s an AUTO slider. I can say after a year I’m glad we bought one that is this tough as well. So many of the roads are under construction and this hitch is a beast. In my first couple of long-distance pulls, we ran into some very bad roads in need of repair, and even though we felt like we came out of our seats the hitch was steady and performed awesomely. That’s what you want!!!




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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Excellent choice for a short bed Super Duty . Have towed several thousand miles with no issues. This is a heavy hitch , but that is what you get with a heavy duty Demco hitch . Plenty of room between trailer and truck when doing tight turns.




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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


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.


Comments
Still love this hitch. Hitching is now seamless. Practice makes perfect.
Neil - 07/13/2022


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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


Comments
After almost two-year of use, Im glad that I chose the Demco Auto Slider. The clunk is still there and I just got used to driving with the clunk and jerk, but its still better than having to get out of the truck to unlock the slider when backing or making severe turns. This is a set-it and forget-it operation. As it turns out, my trailer is designed with a forward setting king pin, so I probably didnt need a Demco, but thats not how all trailers are designed.
Seth w - 01/15/2022


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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Haven't used yet but appears well built. Purchased with bed rails and capture plates. Packaging from etrailer was on a pallet and none of the 4 boxes had a blemish. Wish other companies would have this attention to detail.


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OK. Its been a year since I purchased my Demco sliding 5th wheel hitch. Theres good and bad. The good is that I dont have to worry about breaking out the rear window of my truck when making a tight turn. The hitch is designed well with this respect. I can even turn on my truck bed camera and watch it in motion, which is pretty cool. The bad is that it is a little hard to hitch up. Since this hitch has capture plates, which makes the head of the hitch spin with the trailer hitch so it knows to slide towards back of truck, you have to have a pretty straight lineup between truck and trailer. If it wasnt for all of the cameras I have on my truck Id probably be a little frustrated. But as is, I do like the hitch. Just make sure you align truck with trailer exactly when hitching AND unhitching.
Hank - 03/03/2022


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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Really like this hitch. Two things I don't like however, are 1) you need to backup almost perfectly the way you unhooked or it's a bear to hitch backup. 2) I don't like the bolts for the pinbox. Wish there was a quicker alternative. Hate getting a wrench out to tighten and losen.




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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


This review is for the Demco Autoslide 21k and accompanying OEM rail adaptor I purchased for a 2020 Ram 3500 Megacab DRW. I've owned it one year. Overall, the hitch performs as I expected. It is high quality, very sturdy and seems like it will last for a long time. I had it installed at the dealer when I purchased the truck. It automatically slides to protect the cab in my 6'4" bed without any incidents. I tow a standard fifth wheel RV. There are a few negatives, which are not necessarily shortcoming of the product but, instead, necessary evils to allow me to have a short bed. First, it is BIG and BULKY. I believe this is just a function of the mechanism required to allow the autosliding feature and I am not really sure there are any other lighter alternatives with this feature. The fact it requires two parts (OEM Puck Rail and hitch), make it even more bulky. It takes up almost the entire bed and prevents most auxillary tank / tool box combos from fitting. Even standard size storage bins will not fit in my bed. I would prefer if they had a custom OEM all-in-one hitch for my truck like they do for the Ford. It adds significant weight, which decreases carrying capacity, which can be at a premium in hauling a heavy fifth wheel. I've never even tried to take it out of the bed due to the weight and difficulty. I also am not very happy with the adjustable catch plate design. It requires significant manipulation loosening and tightening 8 nuts when hitching and unhitching. This requires a step ladder to reach the nuts. I also found out after the fact that it does not come with the right size catch plate attachments for my hitch and I had to purchase a separate part, which added unexpected expense and delayed my taking the RV on its first trip. Overall, I am satisfied with the hitch.




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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


The hitch works well during normal use but has two areas that needs improved. The guides that maintain the 5th wheel in the hitch need to be taller. Also the hitch does not rotate back to the center position if it is disconnected at an angle.


Comments
Rehitching at an angle is an issue with Demco. The reason the hitch head does not rotate back to the center position is so you can connect at the same angle you disconnected from. If that head was loose it would be more difficult to align your trailer. That being said, it is not recommended to either couple or uncouple at an angle with this hitch due to the autoslide feature. It is best to be at no more than a 15 degree angle.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 12/29/2021


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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


I INSTALLED THE DEMCO HIJACKER AUTOSLIDE FITH WHEEL HITCH IN MY 17 F250 WITH THE FACTORY PREP PACKAGE. THE HITCH FIT PERFECTLY INTO THE FACTORY PUCK SYSTEM. DID NEED A FRIENDS HELP DO TO THE WEIGHT OF THE UNIT. I AM VERY PLEASED WITH THE OPERTION OF THE AUTOSLIDE AND THE FACT THAT I DON'T REALLY HAVE TO WORRY TO MUCH ABOUT THE TRAILER CONTACTING THE CAB OF TRUCK SINCE I HAVE A 6 FOOT BED. THIS IS THE FIRST FIFTH WHEEL HITCH I HAVE EVER USED BUT WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE THAT HAS A TRUCK WITH A SHORT BED. ONLY 4 STARS BECAUSE OF THE LEARNING CURVE OF HITCHING UP AND THE THING IS PRETTY HEAVY. ONCE I LEARNED THAT THE HITCH AND THE TRUCK HAVE TO BE PRETTY STRAIGHT IN LINE DUE TO THE CAPTURE PLATES HITCHING UP HAS BECOME A NONE ISSUE. I DID PURCHASE AN ENGINE HOIST SO THAT I CAN REMOVE THE HITCH FROM THE BED OF MY TRUCK BY MYSELF IF I NEED TO, BUT FOR THE MOST PART IT JUST STAYS MOUNTED. I ALSO LOVE THE FACT THAT IT HAS A HIGHT ADJUSTMENT WHICH ALLOWED IT TO STILL FIT UNDER MY BEDS TONNEAU. OVERALL VERY SATISFIELD WITH PURCHASE




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Review from a similar Hijacker Autoslide in Fifth Wheel Hitch


The Autoslide installation was easy (with help of another person). It was heavier than I expected, but manageable for two people. The included instructions were "spot on" and made the install easy for me. It also helped to look at the videos posted on their web site.
Once we installed the Autoslide in my 2021 RAM 2500 truck, the trip home with our new 5th wheel Toy Hauler went without any problems. I would recommend this Autoslide in ANY Short bed truck pulling a 5th wheel camper. After researching other available 5th Wheel hitches, I think this one is best to use. Easy to install, competitive price, and a good quality product.



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    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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Does Fifth Wheel Hitch King Pin have to Center Over Rear Axle of Truck
    The center of the king pin of a fift wheel trailer needs to be centered over the rear axle. Since fifth wheel trailers are pretty heavy if you had the pin weight behind the rear axle you'd unload the front axle which would make braking and handling dangerous. I believe you have a 2005 Ford F-150 with a 5-1/2 foot bed. For bed this short there's one slider hitch that can slide far enough back to give you the needed turning clearance and it's the Demco hijacker auto slide part # DM8550041....
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  • Is Demco Hijacker Autoslide Compatible with MOR/ryde Pin Box
    Yes, the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550041 referenced in your question is compatible with the MOR/ryde pin boxes. You will just need to add the Locking Plate # DM6025. This locking plate is designed specifically for the MOR/ryde pin box and will bolt to it in order to prevent the king pin from rotating inside the Demco Hijacker. All of the necessary hardware is included. I have attached the installation instructions on this product that you can also take a look at.
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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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  • 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 Demco...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Rail Kit for 2014 Ford F-150 5.5 ft Bed to Tow 5th Wheel Trailer
    We can help you get setup with a way to tow your 2018 Heartland Elkridge Extreme light E293 but since your 2014 Ford F-150 has a 5-1/2 foot bed (shorter than most short beds) your current slider hitch would not provide enough clearance to prevent cab and trailer nose interference. So what you'll need is a slider hitch that can provide about twice as much sliding clearance as what you have now with the Demco Hijacker UltraGlide part # DM8550041 which slides 22-1/2 inches automatically as...
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  • Can Demco Hijacker Autoslide Hitch be Used with MORryde Pin Box
    Yes you can use a Demco Hijacker Autoslide hitch like the one for Ford OEM rail kits part # DM8550041 with a MoRryde pin box but you will also need the Locking Plate part # DM6025 as well.
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  • Recommended Underbed 5th Wheel Hitch for a 2010 Ford F-150 with 5-1/2' Bed
    I do have a solution for you but choices are limited for underbed mounting considering the frame size and bed length. That said, I do have one perfect option for you in the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # DM8550041 which can then be used with the Underbed Rail and Installation Kit part # DM8551001 on a 2010 Ford F-150 with 5-1/2' bed. This is an underbed mounted hitch which offers enough travel for full turns with a short bed.
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch and Install Kit Recommendations for a 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 5-1/2 Foot Bed
    Yes, you can install a 5th wheel trailer in your 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 with 5-1/2 foot bed. But because the bed is so short you will need a special hitch in order to have clearance between the trailer and the truck cab when making turns while towing. For that I recommend the new Demco auto-sliding 5th wheel hitch # DM8550041. This hitch has an astonishing 22-1/2 inches of travel for the clearance you will need. It is rated for 13,000 pounds which is likely more than what the truck can tow...
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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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  • Recommended Best 5th Wheel Hitch for 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 5-1/2 Foot Bed
    The best hitch for your 2017 GMC 1500 Denali is really based on preferences. My recommendation for the best is the Demco Hijacker Autoslide # DM8550041 with the Underbed rail kit # DM8551008 because it gives you a completely clean bed when not in use and then provides you with a hitch that has 22-1/2 inches of travel that automatically moves as needed to give you the turning clearance needed. I've attached a video of this hitch installed in a 2017 Chevy 1500 to assist. The biggest benefit...
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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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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch for a 2005 Ford F-150 5-1/2 Foot Bed
    I can help explain this evolution to you to help you better understand. The reason short bed trucks like your 5-1/2 foot Ford F-150 needed the sidewinder was because of clearance. A sliding hitch alone wouldn't give the camper/rv enough room when turning to not impact the truck cab. Due to popular demand the Sidewinder was born and allowed many short bed truck customers to tow because it moved the pivot point from a standard non-sliding hitch back 22 inches. The Sidewinder essentially...
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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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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2011 Ford F-150 with 5-1/2 Foot Bed
    Because your 2011 Ford F-150 has the 5-1/2 foot bed there is only one set up that features a slider hitch that will work. The hitch is the Demco HiJacker 13K # DM8550041. This is an autosliding hitch with 22-1/2 inches of travel and since you have the super short bed you will need that match travel to avoid the trailer making contact with the trailer when making tight turns. For an installation kit that works with your truck and the hitch use # DM8551001. Regular slider hitches should...
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  • Can a Reese Goose Box Adapter be Used in a 2014 Ford F-150 with 5-1/2 Foot Bed
    The Reese Goose Box # RP94716 couples to any 2-5/16 inch gooseneck ball so it is not vehicle specific. However unless the trailer was one designed to be towed by a short bed truck it will not matter. The adapter does not provide any additional length beyond the stock pin box on the trailer. If the trailer has the tapered front end designed specifically to work with short bed trucks then you will be fine. But if not then the only alternative is to install a 5th wheel trailer hitch that has...
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