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Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Hitches

Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Hitches

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Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in your truck bed with this kit. Custom brackets reduce the amount of time required to install the hitch. Brackets, base rails, and hardware included. Call 800-298-1624 to order Demco fifth wheel installation kit part number DM8552030-71 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Demco products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Hitches. Fifth Wheel Installation Kit reviews from real customers.
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Demco Fifth Wheel Installation Kit - DM8552030-71

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Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in your truck bed with this kit. Custom brackets reduce the amount of time required to install the hitch. Brackets, base rails, and hardware included.


  • Installation kit lets you mount your Demco Hijacker Premier Series 5th-wheel trailer hitch in the bed of your truck
    • Also compatible with B&W, Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese, and Valley above-bed 5th-wheel trailer hitches
  • Mounting brackets install beneath truck bed to provide attachment points for above-bed base rails
  • Base rails provide necessary mounting points for 5th-wheel hitch
  • Custom-fit brackets mount to existing holes in your vehicle's frame
    • Minimizes drilling
    • Reduces installation time
    • Avoids known obstacles along your truck's frame
  • Sturdy, black powder coated steel resists corrosion
  • 2 Base rails, brackets and hardware included
  • Made in the USA
  • 5-Year limited warranty

8552030 Demco Hijacker Premier Series Custom Mounting Brackets for 5th Wheel Above-Bed Base Rails

6071 Demco Bed Rails for High Jacker Premier Series Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches

Replaces Demco DM8552022-71 and DM8552029-71

Installation Details DM8552030-71 Installation instructions

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Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Hitches - DM8552030-71

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (2 Customer Reviews)

Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in your truck bed with this kit. Custom brackets reduce the amount of time required to install the hitch. Brackets, base rails, and hardware included.

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Dodge Ram Pickup

Has been a year since I had the DEMCO slide hitch installed in my 1500 Dodge Ram Eco Diesel. Can't say enough good things about how well this 5th wheel hitch performs. I like that one doesn't have to get different catch plates for each trailer, just remember to loose those plates up before loading. Load up the trailer and away you go. Never have to worry about those turns in your short bed pickup again. It may be a bit more spendy and a bit heavier, but well worth it. Going to move it to my new Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel, so all I need to get are new rails.

- DM8552030-71

They work just fine, no problems. Thank s.


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  • Recommended Fifth Wheel Installation Kit For 2015 Ram 1500 With 5-1/2 Ft Bed And Ram Boxes
    The fifth wheel installation kit I recommend is part # DM8552030-71 for your 2015 Ram 1500 with the Ram Boxes. You will need to lock the sliding fifth wheel hitch you have in the towing position and replace your pin box with a Sidewinder. With the short bed on your truck a slider hitch will just not provide enough clearance for executing turns. If you have an Air Suspension system on your Ram, a fifth wheel hitch will not work. There should be a sticker or plate on your trailer pin...
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  • How Much Drilling is Required to Install Demco 5th Wheel Mount Kit in a 2015 Ram 1500 Short Bed
    Drilling down through the truck bed is required for the installation of any 5th wheel trailer hitch mounting kit with above the bed rails for your 2015 Ram 1500 short bed, including # DM8552030-71. But this is a 4-bolt installation kit so you would need just 4 holes through the bed and none in the frame.
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for a 2015 Ram 1500 Short Bed
    As long as the RBW hitch you have is one like the Lil Rocker that is designed to fit industry standard fifth wheel rails you would need a fifth wheel rail kit, like the part # DM8552030-71. Which is a custom fit industry standard rail kit that would fit your 2015 Ram 1500 6 foot bed as long as it does not have the air suspension kit. I attached a picture that has the dimensions of the industry standard fifth wheel rails. You will need to compare the mounting slots of the rails in the...
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  • Suspension Enhancement Recommendation for 2014 Ram 1500 with Fifth Wheel Rail Kit
    You would be able to install a jounce style suspension enhancement like the Timbren part # TDR1500DQ which is a confirmed fit, but the air spring kits all state that they cannot be installed with an in bed rail kit like the Demco part # DM8552030-71 that you referenced.
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  • What 5th-Wheel Rails Do You Recommend for My 2014 Ram 1500 (6-1/2 Ft. Bed)?
    If you are looking for the part number for compatible 5th-wheel rails on your 2014 Ram 1500 (6-1/2 ft. bed), I recommend the Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Hitches # DM8552030-71. As far as compatibility, Demco Hijacker rails fit B&W, Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese, and Valley above-bed 5th-wheel trailer hitches. They will work with any hitch that's designed to fit industry standard, above-bed rails. The kit also...
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  • Parts Needed to Tow Fifth Wheel Trailer with 2014 Ram 1500 5-1/2 ft Bed and Ram Box
    We can help you get setup to tow your fifth wheel trailer but you cannot use a Sidewinder with an automatic sliding hitch (nor would you need to since the Sidewinder takes care of the clearance problems.) The Sidewinder has to be used too in your application since you have a Ram Box and the Sidewinder is only way to prevent bed rail interference. So what you'd need is a custom fit rail kit for your truck with a fixed hitch that's Sidewinder compatible. So for that you'd want the...
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  • Will a Curt 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch fit a Demco Install Kit and Rails in a 2014 Ram 1500 Diesel
    The Demco installation kit # DM8552030-71 is compatible with B&W, Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese, Pro Series and Valley 5th wheel hitches that fit in industry standard above the bed rails. The Demco kit also will not fit if the truck has the air suspension package.
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  • Where do I Mount My Bed Rails in my 2017 Ram 1500 to use the Anderson Ultimate Fifth Wheel
    To use the Andersen Ultimate Connection 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch System with Adapter part # AM3200 I recommend using the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit part # C16444-204 this will give you the industry standard rails you are looking for and also it will tell you exactly where to install it. Please refer to the linked instructions for positioning information. I have also linked a video for you on the installation we did on a 2016 for reference. There are generally interference...
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  • 5th Wheel Base Rail Kit for 2019 Ram 1500 and PullRite SuperGlide 2700
    If your PullRite SuperGlide #2700 mounts to industry standard rails (ISR) then the rails you'll want to use are the Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit # DM8552032-71 for your 2019 Ram 1500. The Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit # C16420-104 that you referenced is for older Dodge/Ram pickups and isn't confirmed to fit your newer truck. For a 2019 Ram 1500 Classic you'll need the Demco Rail Kit # DM8552030-71 instead. Please note that...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 with Short Bed
    The best complete system I can recommend for your 2015 Ram 1500 with 5-1/2 foot bed, would be the Demco Hijacker Autoslide, # DM8550040. This hitch slides automatically while you drive to give you 22-1/2 inches of additional clearance for tight turns. It's design relieves you from getting into and out of the truck to operate a manual slider. It has a built in roller-and-guide assembly that allows for smooth, controlled, and automatic movement. This hitch would be paired with the Demco...
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  • Difference Between Demco 5th Wheel Base Rail Kits for 2019 Ram 1500 Versus 1500 Classic
    I reached out to my tech contact at Demco and the 2019 Ram 1500 had two different options. The Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Hitches # DM8552032-71 is the correct fit for the new 5th generation. If you have the older stock 2018 frame that was being used on some 2019 models then they put the word classic inside the door frame to signify that and then the correct fit would be the # DM8552030-71 instead. I think the installer...
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  • Why Would You Want to Install a Cut Out Fifth Wheel Tailgate on a 2016 Ram 1500
    You would not need to replace your tailgate with a cut out tailgate to use the Demco Hijacker part # DM8550040 that you referenced. The purpose of the fifth wheel tailgates that are cut out is to allow people the ability to hitch up their fifth wheel trailers without having to lower their tailgate back up till the pin box is in the truck bed, and then put the tailgate back up before backing all the way up to prevent contact with the trailer. A lot of times fifth wheel towers will either...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2016 Ram 1500 5-1/2 foot bed
    We have one sliding hitch that would give you enough clearance once slid back and it is the # DM8550040 by Demco. This 13k hitch will automatically slide 22-1/2 inches back as you make tight turns. There is no other slider hitch that would have enough clearance since your 2016 Ram 1500 has a 5-1/2 foot bed. For a custom fit rail kit you then would want the part # DM8552030-71.
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  • Sliding Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Ram 1500 Short Bed
    I have a great solution for you, but you have to make sure you keep the fifth wheel trailer slid forward at all times if you aren't in a parking lot type situation. The hitch solution I'd recommend for your 2017 Ram 1500 6-1/2 foot bed is the Demco Hijacker Autoslide part # DM8550034 which will automatically slide as you make tight turns so that you don't have to get out and activate the slider mechanism. Then for a rail kit you'd want the custom fit kit part # DM8552030-71 which...
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  • Fifth Wheel Install Kit for 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 with 5 Foot 7 Inch Bed
    Curt Manufacturing offers a custom install kit for your 2011 Ram 1500, part # C16420-104. The bed rails are compatible with Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Reese, Valley and Husky fifth wheel hitches. Due to the short bed on your Ram, the best way to successfully tow a fifth wheel trailer without having the front of the trailer loft strike the rear of the cab during turns would be to use a Sidewinder extended pin box. The Sidewinder relocates the pivot point from the connection of the hitch...
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Towing in Short Bed Ram with Rambox
    Demco's 13K Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel hitch # DM8550040 will fit the # DM8552030-71 rail kit which does work with your factory air suspension install. However, your truck cannot use a slider hitch. Beds that are 6-1/2-feet can get by with a slider but because you have a very short 5-1/2-foot bed with the Rambox feature the only way to tow a 5th wheel is with a standard fixed hitch like # RP30928 and a Sidewinder, Revolution or Turning Point pivoting pin box on the trailer. The Ramboxes...
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  • Towing Capacity of a 2016 Ram 1500 Quad Cab, 4x4, 5.7 Liter, Short Bed, with 3.21 Gears
    Unlike the 3/4 and 1-ton Ram trucks the 1500 does not have a separate towing capacity for 5th wheel or gooseneck towing. Based on your truck, 2016 Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 with 6 foot, 4 inch bed, 5.7 liter motor, and 3.21 rear end, and with standard rather than premium options the capacity can vary depending on the trim level of the truck: Outdoorsman, Big Horn, and Lone Star, 8,250 pounds Tradesman and Express, 8,150 pounds Sport, 8,000 pounds Laramie, 7,950 pounds Payload in general...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch and Air Bags for a 2014 Ram 1500 with 5-1/2 Foot Bed
    Since your 2014 Ram 1500 has the super short 5-1/2 foot bed I recommend going with the 13K Demco HiJacker, # DM8550040. This hitch automatically slides up to 22-1/2 inches which you will need to be able to make 90 degree turns when towing a 5th wheel trailer. I looked up the specs on the trailers and it looks like each one has a gross weight rating just under 10,000 pounds. This means that the 13,000 pound rated HiJacker listed above will have plenty of capacity assuming the boat and...
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  • How to Tow Fifth Wheel Trailer with 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel with Rambox
    You have a very interesting truck combination, but for your 2015 Ram 1500 with a Rambox there is a solution we can provide. The only way to tow a trailer with a Ram that has the Rambox is to use a Sidewinder pin box as that moves the pivot point up high enough that the narrower bed rails of the Rambox trucks would not interfere. You will need to remove the pin box of the trailer and replace it with a Sidewinder pin box. Sidewinders are pin box specific so you will first need to know...
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for a 2015 Ram 1500 with Rambox and 5-1/2 ft bed
    I have a solution for you, but you are going to have to go with a new rail kit as Husky does not have any confirmed fits for bracket kits that will fit your 2015 Ram 1500. What you will want is the Demco Custom install rail kit part # DM8552030-71 which is a confirmed fit that will also work with your Husky fifth wheel hitch. Now since your truck bed is 5-1/2 feet long and you have the Ramboxes you are going to have to have a Sidewinder pin box installed on your trailer. You will...
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  • Does Demco Hijacker AutoSlide Fifth Wheel Hitch Require Capture Plate to Connect to Pin Box
    You are correct. With the Demco Hijacker part # DM8550034 that you referenced you would not need to buy an adapter to connect the head of the hitch to the pin box of your trailer like what the PullRite hitches require. The rail kit you would want is the part # DM8552030-71 which is a custom fit rail kit for your 2014 Ram 1500 which means it will minimize drilling to install and will cut install time in about half when compared to a universal kit.
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  • Recommended Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch for 2018 Ram 1500
    For your 2018 Ram 1500 I highly recommend the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550034. This is an excellent hitch that features an automatic slider to provide you with the needed cab clearance during sharp turns without having to actually get out of your truck. It also has a premium wraparound single-piece jaw for a secure connection with the trailer. It has an 18,000 pound towing weight capacity and 14 inches of front to back travel with the slider. For a base...
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Ram 1500 Shortbed Towing Grand Design 230RL
    The Grand Design 230RL has a gross weight rating (GVWR) of just under 10,000-lbs. This is right near your Ram Hemi's limit of 10,140-lbs (good for you for taking the time to confirm the truck's capacity!). This is cutting things a little close, especially if you plan on loading the trailer up to its maximum payload rating of 2600-lbs, but you would certainly get by. Your bigger issue for towing any 5th wheel trailer with your truck is its short bed. Slider hitches can work well for beds...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Hitch for a 2017 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel with 5-1/2 Foot Bed
    The correct Demco hitch you will want to use on your 2017 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel with the 5-1/2' bed is the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider part # DM8550040. This is because the 22-1/2" of travel will be more than any other hitch we offer. Since you have a short bed, the added travel will be needed to ensure you have turning clearance between the nose of your trailer and cab of your truck. If the 5th wheel base rails you have installed in your truck now use the...
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  • Turning Clearance of Demco 13K AutoSlide Hitch on a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 6 Foot Bed without EcoDiesel
    The Demco AutoSlide # DM8550040 will work for your 2015 Ram 1500 and 5th wheel trailer. Demco designed this 13K Hijacker AutoSlide 5th Wheel Hitch # DM8550040 with the 6 foot beds in mind. As you turn this hitch will give you an extended distance of 22-1/2 inches, which is crucial to most short bed truck owners when making sharp turns. If you want to be absolutely sure that this hitch will fit, you can use the following formula. (A+B)-C= Clearance. First, you will need to measure...
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  • No-Drill 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Install Kit for 2014 Ram 1500 Short Bed with Curt 5th Wheel Hitch
    If your rails are also Curt rails then you can use bracket kit # C16306 on your 2014 Ram 1500 short bed. However, with this kit there is some frame drilling required. The reason that I mention the Curt kit is because if you have Curt rails then you will need to use Curt brackets. Manufacturers do not test their brackets/rails with other manufacturers brackets/rails. This makes the capacity unknown, voids the warranties, and there can be some compatibility issues. My recommendation...
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  • Recommended Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch for 2016 Ram 1500
    In your 5-1/2-foot short bed 2016 Ram 1500 you cannot use your Pro Series slider hitch because it will not provide enough turning clearance for your 5th wheel. You can use the hitch in the truck (always keeping it in its forward locked position) only if you install a replacement pin box on the trailer called a Sidewinder. A Sidewinder moves the trailer's pivot point 22-inches to the rear, which provides more clearance for preventing contact between the trailer overhang and the truck cab....
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  • 5th Wheel Towing with 2018 Ram Mega Cab with Short Box
    Lippert's Trailair Flex Air 5th Wheel Pin Box # LC369535 that you referenced is designed specifically as a bolt on replacement for their OEM model 1621 pin box. It appears you have a different model of telescoping pin box. The Flex Air will not work. 6-1/2-foot bed trucks need a sliding 5th wheel hitch which usually give you 10 to 12-inches of travel for extra turning clearance. Some hitches like the 18K Demco # DM8550034 and the 21K Demco # DM8550035 give a full 14-inches of travel...
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  • Towing Capacity and Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendations for 2016 Ram 1500 with Eco Diesel
    You didn't tell me what your truck bed length, but if you have a 6 foot bed we have the Demco Hijacker setup part # DM8550035 which will give you a fifth wheel hitch that will slide automatically as you make tight turns. According to Ram you would then have a max towing capacity of 9,350 lbs if your truck is a 4x2 and regular cab. For a rail kit for this hitch you would then want the # DM8552030-71. If you have an 8 foot bed you would want a stationary hitch like the Demco # DM6076P-16K...
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