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Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw - 21,000 lbs

Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw - 21,000 lbs

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Heavy-duty fifth-wheel hitch comes in 2 lightweight pieces for fast, easy installation. Sturdy wraparound jaw has a locking bar for added security. Pivoting head allows easy hook up and helps limit chucking. Polyurethane bumpers ensure a smooth ride. Call 800-298-8924 to order Demco fifth wheel hitch part number DM8550045-5W or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Demco products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw - 21,000 lbs. Fifth Wheel Hitch reviews from real customers.
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Demco Fifth Wheel Hitch

  • Demco
  • Fixed Fifth Wheel
  • 21000 lbs GTW
  • Hitch Only
  • Double Pivot
  • Premium - Single-Hook Jaw
  • 5250 lbs TW
  • 15-1/2 - 18 Inch Tall

Heavy-duty fifth-wheel hitch comes in 2 lightweight pieces for fast, easy installation. Sturdy wraparound jaw has a locking bar for added security. Pivoting head allows easy hook up and helps limit chucking. Polyurethane bumpers ensure a smooth ride.


Features:

  • 5th-Wheel hitch mounts in your truck bed so you can tow your 5th-wheel trailer
  • 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
  • Lightweight, 2-piece design makes installation and removal quick and easy
  • Custom underbed mounting kit (sold separately) required for installation
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Gross towing weight: 21,000 lbs
  • Vertical load limit: 4,000 lbs
  • Hitch height settings: 15-1/2", 17-1/4", and 18"
  • 5-Year limited warranty


Note: This fifth-wheel hitch is not compatible with rotating pin boxes.


Secure Wraparound Jaw with Locking Bar

Single Dimensions

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 Recon hitch offers tighter tolerances around the king pin, which minimizes both rattle and chucking, for a smooth, quiet ride.


A 3/4" thick 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

Side PivotPin

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 hookup is easy because the hitch head will automatically pivot to the proper angle when it comes into contact with your pin box.


Polyurethane dampeners help to cushion the movement from the pivoting head and to reduce towing noise. These dampeners are built into the head assembly to cushion the head's side-to-side pivoting.


Easy Installation

This hitch is designed to attach to the 2-5/16" ball on your custom underbed installation kit (sold separately).


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Assembling the hitch is quick and easy because of its lightweight, 2-piece design. First, attach the base to the 2-5/16" ball. A coupler pin is installed underneath the ball and the coupler is tightened to keep the Recon secure. Then simply slide the head assembly into the opening in the base. There are 3 different height settings to choose from - just slide the head up or down to find your desired height.


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Once you have chosen your desired height, use the included pin to secure the head to the base. Finally, tighten the bolt to eliminate any movement and rattle.



6169 Head for Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches
6201 Base Assembly for Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 21 K
8550045 Demco Recon 2-Piece 5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch - 21,000 lbs

Item # DM8550045-5W



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Customer Reviews

Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw - 21,000 lbs - DM8550045-5W

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (23 Customer Reviews)

Heavy-duty fifth-wheel hitch comes in 2 lightweight pieces for fast, easy installation. Sturdy wraparound jaw has a locking bar for added security. Pivoting head allows easy hook up and helps limit chucking. Polyurethane bumpers ensure a smooth ride.

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I like the hitch but for some reason after a long trip it seems to get loose and buck a little bit even after I torque it to spec! Other than that it's a great hitch. 884601



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2017 Ram 2500

Great product 771212



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2008 Dodge Ram Pickup

Easy to read and install. Just received it although it covers my safety chain brackets, should be a easy fit! 716979



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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Product arrived on time, correct and in perfect condition. 494960



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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


The truck that got the install is a 2002 Ford F350 Super Duty 7.3 L Diesel dually. The Demco Recon 5th wheel hitch (DM8550043) looks like a well made, heavy duty hitch. All the welds are precise and well done. I like the single wrap around jaw with the real thick bar that backs that up. The handle that pulls out to unlock the jaw moves with ease and locks in the out position when the jaw opens. When the king pin comes in contact with the back of jaw, the jaw wraps around the king pin, the handle closes, you put in the safety pin and your ready to go RVing. I chose the Husky Custom Rails and installation kit (HT31405-686) for my install. The reason I chose these rails over the ones that etrailer had matched up for the hitch is, I had previously installed a set of Airlift Airbags and I didn't want the rail install to interfere with the airbags. It was a good choice, there was no interference at all. If I had not had the bags, I would have chose the rails and install kit that require no drilling. Drilling the holes went very fast and easy, it was torking the rear bolts down that was very difficult. There was not enough room to get a wrench of any kind around the nut. I wound up using a set of vise grips on the nut while a friend of mine torked the bolt slowly from above. All and all I'm happy with the product and I'll give another review in a year. 609793


Comments
This Demco 21K fifth wheel hitch is a great piece of equipment. I have pulled my 40 Heartland Bighorn fifth wheel as far north and west as Wisconsin and south and east as Florida. It has performed like I thought it should and beyond. I am sure glad that I chose the Recon over any of the more expensive brands. Its a real performer and it looks pretty cool too!
Harvey - 03/03/2020

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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Rugged product, easy to install, quick latch system. easy to remove. Purchased the Reese adapter with this hitch, and installation was easy. Some minor adjustments with the cam over lugs, and setting the hitch posts into the adapter. Overall very easy set up. Looks good, and can be taken apart in pieces, for ease of removal and installation, after set up. Ordering was simple and all parts came in about a week. 553663



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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Fits great with our B&W hitch, easy to install, and easy to remove when we don't need. Highly recommend. 778068



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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


This was an upgrade from the dealer installed hitch. Best purchase since I didn't know how much longer the old hitch would last. After purchase, I was at the dealership and saw they were now selling the same hitch. Solid and rattle free. 775980



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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


This was my first (and only, so far) fifth wheel hitch. I am towing a Jayco 25.5REOK Eagle HT, with a 2019 F150. (Before you all "go there", we ordered the truck especially for this purpose, with the max payload package, max tow package, FX4, etc. I've weighed the truck and trailer combination on certified scales, and actual payload, axle, and tow weights are under the rated capacities for t he truck. The truck sits perfectly level with the trailer loaded). Anyway, with a 6 1/2' bed, I wanted to use a rotating pin box, and the lightest hitch I could find that would satisfy that requirement. Enter the Demco Recon. What I like: It is very light, as all steel construction hitches go - right at 100 lbs. And it breaks down easy into three primary component - the lower base, the head, and the thing in between. So not component is more than 40 lbs or so. Takes 5 minutes to break down and stow away, leaving the truck bed with only the standard hitch rails. A few things I don't like (but have simple solutions for): The assembly has too much play, resulting in a very clunky operation and feel. The base assembly has too much play between the upper and lower parts of the base. There is a set bolt provided to take this play out, but the set bolt is located so that you can't access it with a socket, and it's tough to get to with an open end or box wrench as well. With some effort you can get it tight, but it loosens up after a couple hundred miles. My solution was to insert sheets of nylon (plastic) between the shaft of the upper part, and the tube of the lower part, so that the fit is tight, eliminating the play without use of the set bolt. Also the play between the lower base and the hitch rails are pretty generous. (I don't know how other hitches are, but this one has about 3/16" of play). My solution was to add leather pads as gaskets, between the base and the rails, which makes the J-pins a little tight, but eliminates the gap and play. Eliminating the play in these two areas makes the hitch much quieter and feel much better. The last complaint isn't an issue with the hitch per se, rather, the combination of the Sidewinder Pin Box and the hitch head. I am using the recommended locking wedge (SWW-05), but he hitch head has a rather steep ramp, and the wedge really doesn't "wedge" much of the head. That is, there isn't an abundance of contact between the wedge and the head. It's enough when the wedge is tight, but the the head will work the wedge back and out of the slot over time, even when tightened to the recommended 150 foot pounds. If the wedge moves more than a fraction of an inch, the trailer will start to handle poorly. You can feel it. And if you let this go, it will quickly become dangerous. So, I've leaned to recheck the wedge and retighten if necessary after every couple of trips, and I carry my torque wrench with the trailer. Thanks for reading. 766995



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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


works every time has never failed, replaced a curt 20k that i used for 10 years,lots of times it wouldnt click and lock .easy to use no chucking.very happy with this hitch.3 years ago i installed air lift air bags ,love them too!!etrailer is a great place to buy from 724964


Comments
real well,hooks up easily,the bolt that snugs up hitch head broke in half,called denco and had a new one in 4 days.very satisfied with hitch
robert k - 11/12/2020

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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


This hitch with the Airbourne Sidewinder worked great with the 2018 Ram 2500 Mega cab short bed with Ram boxes. Can maneuver a 90 degree turn without issue. Still have to get trailer lifted higher to get the trailer nose lowered, but for the complicated research we had on the right combo, this is tested and verified 659228



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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Ordered hitch late Wednesday evening and received early afternoon on Friday, that is super fast delivery. Two cartons received with no damage and all parts were there as expected. It looks exactly as advertised online and it was at a great price. AND FREE SHIPPING. Also made in the USA. I am replacing my Demco Hi Jacker Auto Slider that weighs approximately 300 lbs with the Demco Recon that according to the shipping labels weighs 91 lbs. It will be installed on a Ford F150 with 5 1/2 ft bed and fiver with a Lippert Turning Point Pin box. 609490



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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Haven't used it yet but it's unlikely to be anything but 5 stars. I'll update review if so. The hitch came in 2 boxes. The head was packages in a HD box. The box that the base came in was battered pretty bad. But, no marks in the base. All hardware arrived. Took about 15 minutes to assemble and get set up. 609214


Comments
I am very happy with this hitch. Easy to hitch. Rock solid connection. Easy to disassemble to be removed. Great buy.
Robert - 03/01/2020

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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


love the three piece set-up of these hitches...makes them light weight and easy to handle...also when not in use there is a topper on my truck and the covertability of the hitch allows me to use my bed platform without removing the hitch...just remove two pins and back off the lock bolt and its low enough to use the two tier stacking feature of most trucks 543662



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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Great Product. Awesome service 512923



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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


Heavy duty!! Love it so far! Thanks y ou! 493945



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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


product delivered on time and as described. This hitch is easy to move in and out of the bed of my truck with it being able to come apart. Thanks. 487019


Comments
I really liked the hitch as it was light and easy to use. I have purchased a new truck and needed a slider as it is a short bed. I purchased the rail kit from etrailer and as always it a superior product.
Randy - 03/21/2019

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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


The hitch was better than expected. It was simple and easy to install. It comes apart easily thus allowing for one person to install and remove the hitch. When you examine the hitch closely you can readily see that it is well-made and is high quality, plus it is made in America! 462616



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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


So far so good,have not had time to hookup to my camper. I like what I see. 448453



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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


I received the product earlier than promised and it was in perfect condition. All of the service I received from my first call on was above reproach (first class). I look forward to using it. 448103



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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


The product arrived as scheduled and all the parts and pieces were in the two boxes. It installed quickly in my pickup and I hooked it to the fifth wheel and moved it forward and back. Seems to work well, takes all the slop out of the hitch. The hitch seems to be well constructed and the double latch is what I was looking for. 408493


Comments
I love the hitch it is possitive locking and there is no movement when it is latched around the pin
Jess A - 07/20/2018

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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


etrailer got it to me 2 days they r great. The hitch seems very solid and put together well. The issue I'm having is it doesn't adjust down to the height I need to ride level or what my Reese was. Haven't hooked up yet but will find out shortly if it needs to be returned. 363723



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Review from a similar Recon in Fifth Wheel Hitch


First shipment had a problem, the box with the base was ok. The box with the hitch head was empty except the release handle. Etrailer promptly sent out a second box with the hitch head that arrived intact. Etrailer had me send some pictures of the damaged first box and then handled the problem with UPS completely on their own. Prompt service to resolve the problem is highly commendable. 359357


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Ask the Experts about this Demco Fifth Wheel Hitch

  • Lightweight Fifth Wheel Hitch Solution for 2019 Nissan Titan XD Long Bed with Factory Rail Kit
    I have a really great fifth wheel solution for your 2019 Nissan Titan XD that has the factory rail kit with the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550045-5W. This hitch will attach to the factory gooseneck ball of your rail kit, is lighter weight at 150 lbs, easily breaks down into smaller pieces to make managing the weight of the hitch much easier as well, and has a jaw design that holds the king pin of the trailer very tightly which translates into a very quiet and smooth ride quality....
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  • Mounting Demco Recon 5th Wheel Hitch on 2018 Ram 2500
    We definitely have the parts needed to mount your existing Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch (our part # DM8550043) in the bed of your new 2018 Ram 2500. If your Ram isn't equipped with the factory prep package (those pucks in the bed designed for mounting certain 5th wheel hitches) then I recommend the Demco Above-Bed Base Rail and Custom Installation Kit # DM8552025-71. This kit includes custom brackets that will use existing holes in your Ram's frame rails so you don't have to...
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  • Head Dimensions on Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550045-5W
    I went out to our warehouse to take a couple measurements on the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550045-5W referenced in your question. The head plate has a width of 12 inches and a length (front to back before it starts to bend) of 9-1/4 inches. I have attached your image with these dimensions labeled that you can also check out. This particular hitch can be secured to the factory gooseneck ball on your Ram 3500 if equipped and it is absolutely compatible with modern 5th wheel...
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  • Recommendation for Best Fifth Wheel Hitch on 2020 Ram 2500 Long Bed with Tow Prep Package
    We regard the B&W Companion, part # BWRVK3600 as the finest option for your 2020 Ram 2500 with the factory tow/prep package. B&W hitches are extremely durable, offering a limited lifetime warranty. The hitch features a 1 inch thick jaw assembly that grips the king pin very tightly, which results in a smooth ride without much of the banging and crashing you'd experience with other hitch offerings. The cam-action locking handle prevents the hitch from binding up if the truck and the 5th wheel...
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  • Will Demco Recon 5th Wheel Hitch # DM8550045-5W Work with High Rise Gooseneck Ball
    I spoke with my contact at Demco regarding compatibility of the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Hitch # DM8550045-5W and the Husky OEM gooseneck ball you mentioned that has a 1 inch rise. He said that unfortunately the Recon will only work with a standard height gooseneck ball (4 inches) so one with a rise will not allow for a secure connection. In order to use this hitch you would need to replace your existing ball with a standard size like the Curt # C60601.
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  • Will Demco Recon DM8550045-5W Work In Short Bed 2015 Ford F-350 Truck
    Yes, the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw - Above Bed - 21,000 lbs part # DM8550045-5W will fit the 6-3/4 foot bed as long as it has the OEM prep package with a 2-5/16" factory ball. However, the fixed hitch may not provide the amount of clearance you need to make sharp turns with your trailer. We do recommend at least 6" from the bed rails to the overhang of the fifth wheel trailer and 4-5" between the tailgate and the trailer for turning clearance. I have attached a...
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  • Solution for Locking Demco Recon 5th Wheel Hitch # DM8550045-5W to Truck Bed
    I reached out to my contact at Demco regarding security options for the Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550045-5W. He said while they don't offer anything for this purpose they are perfectly okay with somebody using a locking hitch pin in place of the coupler pin that's installed to secure the base to the gooseneck ball. The included pin features a 1/2 inch diameter and 4 inch length so you will need something that matches those dimensions. The closest option we have available comes...
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  • Are Safety Chains Required with the Demco Recon
    The Demco Recon # DM8550045-5W doesn't require the use of safety chains, and most 5th wheel pin boxes don't have safety chains, so there's not any requirement to do so when using this 5th wheel hitch. If you've got a spot on your pin box to add safety chains (or they're already installed) you can connect them to any existing safety chain loops in the truck bed.
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  • Gooseneck to 5th Wheel Adapter For 2017 GMC Sierra 3500
    You can use the Demco Recon in your 2017 GMC Sierra 3500 Denali, but which model you will need is going to depend on a few things, so bear with me while I explain some of the caveats involved. You won't be able to use the Demco Recon # DM8550045 mounted on the gooseneck ball with a wedge style pinbox like the Reese Sidewinder # RP61450 . In order to use the Recon with a wedge style pinbox, you would need the # DM8550043 and the above bed rail kit # DM6194 , since the torque that these...
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  • Does Curt Double Lock Underbed Gooseneck Hitch Fit 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500HD With 6-1/2 Foot Bed
    Yes, the Custom Underbed Installation Kit for Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # C60712-5W will fit a 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500HD with a 6-1/2 foot bed as this is exactly the same as the Curt Double Lock, Flip and Store Underbed Gooseneck Hitch w/ Installation Kit # C60712, but with a different part number. Having said that, the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550045-5W may not be compatible with your truck and trailer because it is not a sliding hitch and cannot be used...
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  • Weight of 5th Wheel Hitches for 2020 Ram 2500 Long Bed with Factory Puck System
    Right now we carry two hitches that fit into your 2020 Ram 2500's factory prep package; the Reese M5 # RP30918, and the Demco Recon # DM8550045-5W. The Recon is the lighter one at under 150 pounds. It's different though because it doesn't mount to the pucks it installs over the gooseneck ball. So you'll need a ball as well like # RP19311. The Reese M5 weighs about 180 pounds or so. Of the two, I prefer the Recon because of its weight. Not only is it lighter but it's also easy to...
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  • How to Use the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch On a 2019 Ford F-250
    There are two ways to install the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # DM8550043 on your 2019 Ford F-250 which will depend on whether or not you have the puck system (see photo). If you don't have the puck system then you can use the Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit part # DM8552031-71 or any other above bed mounting kit so long as it contains industry standard base rails. This kit will install using pre-drilled holes in the frame so there...
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Short Bed with Gooseneck Hitch
    We have a great solution for your 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 with the Demco Recon hitch adapter part # DM8550045-5W. This attaches to the gooseneck ball you have in the bed of your truck currently and provides you with a great 21k rated fifth wheel hitch.
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