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Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Ford Super Duty Prep Package - 18K

Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Ford Super Duty Prep Package - 18K

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This hitch slides automatically when you turn to give you 14" of clearance for tight turns. A wraparound jaw provides a smooth ride and a locking bar offers added security. Base secures in underbed mounts and removes for full bed access. Call 800-298-8924 to order Demco fifth wheel hitch part number DM8550024 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Demco products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Ford Super Duty Prep Package - 18K. Fifth Wheel Hitch reviews from real customers.
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Demco Fifth Wheel Hitch - DM8550024

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

This hitch slides automatically when you turn to give you 14" of clearance for tight turns. A wraparound jaw provides a smooth ride and a locking bar offers added security. Base secures in underbed mounts and removes for full bed access.


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 safely at slow speeds
    • No more getting into and out of the truck to operate a manual slider
    • Head slides toward the tailgate when you turn and back toward the cab when you straighten out
    • Rack-and-pinion gears create smooth, controlled, automatic motion
  • Rotating hitch head turns up to 90 degrees with your trailer
    • Rotation creates the force that propels the automatic slider
    • Built-in brackets stabilize your pin box so the king pin won't rotate in the hitch - no need for a separate capture plate for standard pin boxes
  • Rail-free design allows for full access to truck bed when hitch is removed
  • Wraparound, single-piece jaw provides a secure connection
    • 360-Degree jaw-to-king-pin contact
    • Less rattle and more security than slide-bar jaws
  • 3/4" Thick, solid steel locking bar reinforces the connection of your coupled trailer
    • Automatically locks into place when the jaw closes
  • Double-pivot hitch head eases hookup and helps to limit chucking
    • Pivots front to back and side to side
  • 3 Height settings to fit your application
  • Cushioning polyurethane dampeners help reduce noise and absorb road shock
  • Spring-loaded handle with comfort grip allows for simple coupling
    • Tethered safety pin lets you secure the handle in the open or the closed position
  • Sturdy steel construction with rust-resistant black powder coat finish
  • Fast, easy installation
    • Drops into the 4 receiver pucks that are built into your factory underbed rails
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: 2011 and newer Ford Super Duty trucks with factory-installed towing prep package
    • Designed for use on 6-1/2' truck beds
  • Fits standard pin boxes 12" - 14" wide
    • Locking plates (sold separately) are required for use with Glide Ride, Mor Ryde, Trailair Tri Glide, Trailair Flexair, Rota Flex, and 5th Airborne pin boxes
  • Gross towing weight: 18,000 lbs
  • Vertical load limit: 4,500 lbs
  • Travel: 14" front to back
  • Hitch height settings: 15-1/2", 16-3/4", and 18-1/4"
  • 5-Year limited warranty


Note: This fifth-wheel trailer hitch is not compatible with Sidewinder or Revolution king pins. Do not use any device that changes the pivot point of your trailer's king pin with this hitch.


Automatic Slider Makes Cornering Easy

Most often used on trucks with 6-1/2' beds, a slider helps to eliminate clearance problems during slow-speed turns. When you are towing a fifth-wheel trailer, your hitch must be situated on the cab side of your truck's rear axle. However, at slow speeds you can use a slider to slide the fifth-wheel hitch (and the trailer) toward your truck's tailgate and past the rear axle, creating enough space between the cab of your truck and the trailer to permit less-restricted turning.


Normally, you'd have to get out of your truck and pull a lever to release the slider before every turn, but what if there was an automatic system? Imagine having 14" of extra clearance while towing your fifth-wheel trailer. Now imagine having this without needing get out of the truck to move your slider. The Demco Hijacker Autoslide makes this fantasy a reality. The Autoslide automatically glides back smoothly when you make a sharp turn so you can maneuver effortlessly around tight corners within campsites and parking lots.


Demco Hijacker Autoslide

The base of the Autoslide has a built-in rack-and-pinion gear system that operates automatically. As your truck turns, the pinion in the base also turns. This activates the rack gear, which causes the rotational force of the truck to be converted into the linear sliding action of the hitch. So, when your truck makes a sharp, slow-speed turn, the gears inside the Autoslide force the hitch head to slide down toward your truck's tailgate in a smooth, controlled motion. This way, any time that your truck turns more than 10 to 15 degrees, the Autoslide will ensure that there is enough clearance for your trailer to complete the turn as well, and it will do so without any jerking or binding.


In order for the rack-and-pinion assembly to function as designed, the pin box must be stabilized on the hitch head. Normally in a fifth-wheel hitch, the king pin moves inside of the hitch head so that the trailer can turn. With the Autoslide, the king pin remains fixed inside of the jaws of the hitch and it is the hitch head itself that turns. This is thanks to the capture brackets on the sides of the head that brace the pin box from both sides to hold it in place on top of the hitch head. This is done to ensure that there is enough resistance within the hitch when your truck turns to properly activate the rack-and-pinion gear mechanism.


Demco Hijacker Autoslide capture bracket

To stabilize your pin box on the hitch head, simply push the capture brackets up against your pin box once the trailer is coupled and tighten the outer bolts and the inner jam nuts. The Autoslide head and brackets will fit standard pin boxes that are between 12" and 14" wide. If you have a Glide Ride, Mor Ryde, Trailair Tri Glide, or 5th Airborne pin box, you must install a special locking plate (sold separately) as well.


When you straighten your rig out again and your trailer moves back in line, the hitch head will rotate back to center and slide back toward the cab into the straight towing position.


Secure Wraparound Jaw with Locking Bar

Demco Hijacker Autoslide wraparound jaw and locking bar

The single-piece, strong wraparound jaw completely surrounds your trailer's king pin for 360 degrees of contact. This wraparound jaw provides a more secure connection than standard 2-piece jaws that close in on the king pin from the sides. The increased jaw-to-king-pin contact on the Autoslide offers tighter tolerances around the king pin, which minimizes both rattle and chucking, for a smooth, quiet ride.


A 3/4" solid steel locking bar spans the area in front of the jaw. This bar provides an added barrier of protection against accidental disconnection so you can have peace of mind that your trailer is secure. The locking bar is attached to the jaw and to the spring-loaded handle. The bar automatically locks when the jaw closes around your king pin.


Double-Pivot, Cushioned Hitch Head

The double pivoting, cushioned head improves your towing experience dramatically by helping to reduce jarring and unwanted noise. Built-in pins allow the hitch head to pivot back and forth and side to side. And hooking up is easy because the hitch head will automatically pivot to the proper angle when it comes into contact with your pin box.


Three polyurethane dampeners help to cushion the movement from the pivoting head and to reduce towing noise. Two of these dampeners are built into the head assembly to cushion the head's side-to-side pivoting. The third dampener cushions the back-and-forth motion and must be installed in the hitch prior to use. Installation of this third dampener is easy - simply press the dampener up into the pre-drilled hole underneath the hitch head.


Easy Installation

The Hijacker Autoslide hitch is specially designed to fit in the underbed rails of your Ford Super Duty factory fifth-wheel towing prep package. The hitch comes pre-assembled for an easy installation. All you have to do is bolt on the side plates and attach the head to the hitch base.


The side plates have 2 functions. They contain the feet that fit into your OEM tow package receivers, and they allow you to raise or lower the hitch head to better match your pin box height. After you choose your desired height setting, simply bolt the side plates to the hitch base with the included hardware. Then lower the hitch into the 4 puck receivers in your truck bed. Turn the handles to lock the feet into the pucks and secure the handles with the included safety pins. The hitch can be removed to give you full truck bed access. Simply remove the safety pins, turn the handles to unlock the feet, and lift the hitch out of the receivers.


Clearance Formula for Short Bed Trucks

Use the formula below to ensure there will be enough space between your truck cab and trailer when executing a 90-degree turn.


(A+B) - C = Clearance


A = Distance from the center of fifth-wheel hitch jaw to truck cab

B = Length of Travel (14")

C = Width of trailer divided by 2 (to get half)


For example: If the distance from the center of the hitch to the cab is 36", 36" + 22" = 58". If your fifth-wheel trailer is 102" wide, take half (51"), then plug in: 58" - 51" = 7" of clearance.


Note: At least 4 inches of clearance is recommended to safely execute a 90-degree turn.



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Video of Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Ford Super Duty Prep Package - 18K

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Video Transcript for Demco Fifth Wheel - Sliding Fifth Wheel - DM8550024 Review

Today we're going to review part number DM8550024. This is the Demco 18,000 Pound Highjacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch for the Ford OEM Towing Prep Package. Now this highjacker autoslide is an automatic sliding 5th wheel hitch. This one is designed for the Ford trucks with the factory towing prep package to give you additional clearance between the truck's cab and your trailer during your turning maneuvers. It eliminates the need for you to get in and out of your truck, having to pull a pin, and then manually slide the hitch back or forth. This will automatically slide when it uses the rack and pinion gear technology right here at the base of the hitch.

It'll give you about 14 inches of travel fore and aft to help get in and out of those tight spots. Now normally when you hook a 5th wheel trailer up to your hitch head, it slides and locks into place and it's designed for your pin box to turn on the hitch head and the king pin rotate in the jaw. This one actually would be the opposite. What it does is this autoslide has this integrated locking system right here and it will lock the head to this- Or lock your pin box to the head, which eliminates the need for any additional locking wedges on a standard pin box. Instead, what will happen is this hitch head on this autoslide will totally pivot with the pin box, locked into place. It will move automatically closer to the tailgate which create a much more space between your truck cab and your trailer on the sharp turns. Basically, what you would do- These are the capture plates that you would do.

I'm going to get into that a little later to show you how that hooks up. Once your box is in here, you lock it into place with the capture plate. What will happen is, then when you go to make your turns, you'll see that the hitch head will do the pivoting. Your pin box will still stay there. Your pin box is not going to pivot.

It's going to stay locked in and the hitch head will do all the rotation. As you can see, as you turn. It will turn both ways just like this, you can see. Now the nice thing about it is .. Let's get back to- You'll notice when it gets into this position where the trailer would be directly behind you like if you're towing it, it won't allow this to go back because there's a guide plate that will stop that rack and pinion gear from going straight back.

You have to go at least a 10 to 15 degree turn and then it will start rotating and sliding for you. Once you get into the towing position like that, you can't go directly back. It will stay locked, closer to the cab. Now the autoslide hitch is designed to work with standard trailer pin boxes between 12 inches minimum width up to 14 inch maximum width. These capture plates, they will be adjusted to the width of the trailer pin box, in order for this automatic slide mechanism to operate properly. Basically with your pin box slid in, your trailer will hook up. What you would do is push these capture plates right here. One on this side and one on this side. You'll push these up against the pin box when it's installed. Once it's up against there, you'll finger tighten these 2 half inch bolts up against the capture bar here just like that and then run the jam nut up to lock it into place. Do the same on this one and do the same on this side. With these pushed in, it will hold that pin box from rotating on the head itself. Now one note, if this hitch is installed in any trucks that have a 5-1/2 foot or a 6 foot bed, there's no guarantee that a full 90 degree turn can be made with this autoslide hitch. Now this autoslide hitch is designed for use with RV style 5th wheel trailers that use an industry standard 2 inch diameter king pin. It has an 18,000 pound towing capacity. It is a lower profile design and it has easy access for routine maintenance. One of the easiest ones is these pins right here for the jaw and the head itself. You can actually pop off a snap ring, pull these pins out, grease them up, put them back in there, and put the snap ring on. Very easy to maintain those. It is a lighter weight for easier hitch installation and removal. Another nice feature is it has a long pin with a clip on it. Pull the pin out, which is about this long, and that'll unlock your head from the cradle and you can lift your head off and then that will makes the base slide here that you can remove if you're not going to be towing with it. The head itself is a double pivot head. You can see it goes front to back and it will go side to side. It does use a wrap around jaw, which will totally wrap around the king pin itself. It has a locking bar in front for smoother, safer, more secure ride. Now this autoslide hitch will come all assembled from the factory. Helps makes the installation really easy and quick. The only prep work you have to do is bolt these side plates that come with it to the hitch and you want to bolt those in the correct hitch height position for your application. Basically, these side plates, these are what will connect the hitch to the Ford OEM Below Bed Rails. Basically, what you would do here is these side plates, you can see I've already put them on here, but what you'll need to do is it has 2 rows of holes on the plates and 2 rows of holes on the base of the hitch. You just want to put them in the correct location to get you your correct vertical hitch height. Your hitch height is measured from the top of your truck bed to the top of the hitch head. This one, the side plates will give you 3 options. It has a low hitch height which is 15-1/2 inches, a middle which is 16-3/4, and the highest is 18-1/4. You want to put it at the correct one that'll make your truck and trailer level. Now on the side plates, the way they- Once they're installed, the way you would install the whole assembly into your truck bed, what you would do is you'll see these pins and clips right here, pull the clip out, pull the pin out, same way up here, you do the same on the other side and then you'll notice these handles, you'll rotate out 90 degrees. When you do that, it rotates those tabs out 90 degrees. With it like that and the same over here, you'll be able to drop it into the pucks that are in the Ford Prep Package, the underbed rails. Once they drop in, just push it back 90 degrees and that rotates those tabs to lock them into place, same on the other side. Once they're in place, drop your pin and clip back in. Same way up here. Once you do that, that will keep those handles from opening. It keeps it locked into place. One other thing I want to show you, on the front of this is a outrigger 00:06:29 bar. You can see right here with the long bolts on it. What that is, that's designed to help carrying distribute the hitch and the trailer weight when the hitch is at its full travel distance. Basically, when it's adjusted correctly, it will help eliminate any movement of the hitch in the truck bed. You'll want to adjust that outrigger bar after your hitch is installed on its correct height in the truck bed and then you'll just tighten that down. Now this hitch is made in the USA using American steel. I just want to give you a few demonstrations. First, we're going to show you the jaw, how it goes around the king pin. What you want to do, take the pin and clip off, that will release the handle, pull your handle all the way out and you're going to hear it lock into the open or couple position. Just to give you a demonstration, for the video here, we give you an example of a 2 inch diameter king pin that would be on your pin box. Basically, it would just be sliding in like this. Once it slides in, you can see the jaw will totally wrap around it, locking bars slides across and you're locked into place. Then all you have to do is take your pin and clip. There's a hole right through here. Put it through, clip it, and you're ready to go. Then again, just to show you the rotation on the . How the autoglide works, you could see. Again, when it gets back into the towing position, it will lock into place. That should do it for the review of part number DM8550024. The Demco 18,000 Pound Highjacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch for the Ford OEM Towing Prep Package. .


Customer Reviews

Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Ford Super Duty Prep Package - 18K - DM8550024

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (167 Customer Reviews)

This hitch slides automatically when you turn to give you 14" of clearance for tight turns. A wraparound jaw provides a smooth ride and a locking bar offers added security. Base secures in underbed mounts and removes for full bed access.

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



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



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Unit is nice and fits the Ford mounting system. Very heavy unit takes two or more people to mount and unmount 297301


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Works great, had a problem with the pin that keeps the hitch open at first. Demco sent me the part and works great
Bob t - 09/21/2017

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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

This is a great hitch. The auto slide feature is awesome and well worth the price. I can do a sharp turn in a cul-de-sac with my standard bed F250 truck and not worry at all about my 5th wheel hitting the cab. 600441



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I love the it so much I had two of my friends get on. 593542



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The Demco hitch works okay once it is latched, but it is really hard to get it locked to the pin. The saddle tries to fall forward, making it hard for the pin to hit home. Once while hooking up, it seemed to be latched, but when I pulled forward, the whole trailer landed on the bed sides! Luckily, the pin landed on the base of the hitch, and no damage was done to the puller, even though the trailer made contact with it. It is difficult to hook up because you have to be pretty much exactly straight with the pin box. Sometimes when I start out from a standing stop, it will jerk really hard. I haven't figured out what causes that. I will give this hitch 2 stars because it is so hard to hook up. 465626



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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


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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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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


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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
$120.82
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-- Victoria B - 10/07/2019

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2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty

I have purchased several different products from etrailer. The folks there have been the most helpful, courteous that I believe I have ever dealt with on the internet... I purchased a demco slider 5th wheel hitch in February 2018. It arrived on time in good condition. I installed in a Ford F-350 with factory puck system I had no issues with install. I did watch the videos online and did find them helpful. I purchased this hitch because with the newer Fords as I'm sure some have experienced they sit about 3" higher than the trucks prior 2017. With my existing hitchI couldn't get low enough and the demco it did allow me to go3 '' lower. Even though the camper still runs a little high in the front its still a whole lot better than what it was. So after one year of use it did work well. It was a little bigger than my previous hitch it and is not an easy job to do by yourself without the help of some sort of hoist. All said I am happy with this product and would give it a good recommendation. 607004



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Had no problems with this hitch works as it should, very happy with it. Thanks for your concern. 479972


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My fifth wheel hitch works fine, only found one issue with it ,that is when backing into hooking up fifth wheel hitch tilts forward should have a way to stabilize it better
Martin T - 03/01/2019

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-- Rachael H - 3/1/2019


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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Ok... The darn thing weighs a ton! but that was outlined in their info... Just want to make that known. It took three of us to put in the base minus the "head". That was work !! As for the unit, it does as advertised. It swivels when turning and moves aft providing plenty of cab clearance. Don't expect to do a 90 degree turn however, but for normal situations it works fine. One thing I'd love to see is an "adjustment" to move (slide) the "head" a little more rearward when connecting. I only have about 6" of clearance with the gate down so I have to be nearly perfectly aligned to make the hookup. Speaking of which, hooking up can be a challenge. The clamps must have some "slack" and not be too tight against the pin box or alignment becomes a real issue. Also, if you aren't aligned with the trailer when disconnecting you'll need to have that same "off alignment" position when reconnecting as the "head" cannot be moved at all by hand. This can make for having to loosen the clamps, make the hook up, straighten the truck with the trailer and then have to re tighten the clamps. All in all, the unit is as expected and does provide movement aft and forward as you turn. Makes parking in that tight spot a bit less nerve racking... As for Customer Support Demco is spot on!! I had a couple of set up issues. One call cleared the misunderstanding on my end and the install went fine after that. On a second call, they also explained how to set up the clamps to better help with the above mentioned issues. But the nature of the design does not allow much leeway. Enjoy!!! 601243



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Hitch works great took a little time to get it adjusted, the only thing is you had to hook back to your camper the same position as you unhook 771777



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Good quality product, made in the USA which is very important to me. Quality craftsmanship in the product, tough and durable easy to use. Look forward to many years of enjoyment with the autoslide by Demco. 763818



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Great hitch works well 763421



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These folks at etrailer are awesome. Love my demco. 760645



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2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty

I have a 2016 F250 short bed and this is perfect. I installed the puck system under the bed(etrailer) using the dimples from the factory as guides. The 5th wheel assembly was easy to follow if you don’t get into a hurry(like me) Three height settings. Mine is set low because of the 4 wheel drive. The four pins at the corner fit into the puck system like it was made for it.(etrailer) Everything came together well and I can make a tight 90 degree turn without having to worry about damaging my stuff. That would be bad! Just 4 cotter pins, a quarter turn of the locking levers, and with help, lift the 5th wheel out of the bed for a flat floor in your bed again. Easy Peasy. 760427



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Haven’t assembled it yet, but looks really nice. 749536



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Works as advertised. No problems. Tight turns are not an issue. 745860



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This was an easy install. Great hitch! The hitch arrived a few days before it was suppose to originally show up. I will definitely be purchasing again with etrailer in the future! 745753



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Makes backing up so easy! No having to get out and pull pins and adjust a slider. 735286



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Great hitch. If you have a shorter wheel base truck you can't beat this hitch! 682579



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Excellent slider, very heavy duty. Once initial set up completed, it comes out and reinstalls fairly easily. The lifting bracket from Demco is a must buy. I would totally recommend using either a hydraulic jack that is used to carry engines or a tractor with forks to get it in and out as it is really heavy! Would purchase again. 663318



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Loved the product and used it immediately to tow my toy hauler for 2000 miles. The unit performed perfectly as described and I couldn’t be any happier. The package was foam protected and delivered in great condition. I would highly recommend it. 661090



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2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty

We have only used it once so far. I use this set up to get it to the tail gate, and then the pickup truck crane to get it out. 647853



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Love it having a Ford short bed this hitch gives so much clearance when turning. Easy to install 639841


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  • Demco Hijacker Autoslide Compatibility with 2017 Ford F-250 Factory Rail System Holes/Pucks
    For your Demco Hijacker Autoslide, if you have the above bed rail version like the 18K # DM8550034 or the 21K # DM8550035, then you will be able to use the adapter for your factory puck system. This adapter for your 2017 Ford F-250 is the Reese Elite Series Underbed Rail Adapter for Standard 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 20,000 lbs # RP30156. If you want the hitch that will fit without an adapter, the # DM8550038 or # DM8550024 would be the options. You may also want to consider...
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  • Capture Plates for Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch & Trailair Flex Air Pin Box
    The Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch with Slider # DM8550024 will work with your Trailair Flex Air pin box, but you do need the Demco Hijacker Autoslide Capture Plates # DM6171. This is going to be a fantastic set-up for your 2017 Ford F-350 with the factory puck system. I've added links to video reviews for you to check out as well.
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  • Compatibility of Demco Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitch with Reese Elite Pucks
    The Reese Elite pucks are in the exact same location as the Ford Factory Rail Kit pucks. The Reese Elite pucks will allow the following options: Demco Hijacker Autoslide - Ford Super Duty Prep Package - 18K # DM8550024 or 21K # DM8550038. Demco 5th Wheel Rail Adapter for Ford OEM # DM6175 will allow Hijacker Hitches or any other standard 5th wheel sliding hitch to fit your pucks. If you already have a Hijacker Autoslide, you can simply get the side plates part # DM6033 to make...
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  • Auto Slide 5th Wheel Hitch for 2020 Ford F-250
    Yes, for your 2020 Ford F-250 that's equipped with the factory rail kit we have the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch in either the 18K # DM8550024 or 21K # DM8550038 model that will work perfectly. Both options feature an excellent autoslide design that lets you stay inside the comfort of your cab while making sharp turns and they will drop right into the factory pucks in the bed. A separate rail adapter isn't needed for mounting. In addition to the sliding feature, the Hijacker...
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  • Recommended Capture Plates for Demco Hijacker Autoslide Hitch with Trailair® Rota-FlexTM Pin Box
    The Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Ford Super Duty Prep Package - 18K # DM8550024 is an excellent choice. It will automatically adjust for you to allow for proper clearance when turning. This hitch does require different capture plates that are fairly inexpensive to work with your pin box. The Demco Hijacker Autoslide Capture Plates for Trailair Rota-Flex Pin Boxes # DM6171 will make this 5th wheel hitch work well with your pin box. If you don't...
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  • Best Autosliding 5th Wheel Hitch for a 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    The best autosliding 5th wheel hitch on the market is the Demco Hijacker which comes in a variety of options depending on what your 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty is equipped with. If your Super Duty has the OEM Prep Package then we have the 18K # DM8550024 and the 21K # DM8550038 options which secure directly to the pucks in your bed. For a Super Duty that doesn't have the OEM Prep Package you can either use the 18K # DM8550034 or the 21K # DM8550035 with the above-bed rails # DM8552031-71...
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  • Is Hijacker Autoslide Locking Plate DM6036 Needed with Glide Ride Pin Box
    Yes, the Demco Hijacker AutoSlide 5th wheel hitch like # DM8550024 that fits your 2018 Ford F-250 with factory prep will need the Hijacker Autoslide Locking Plate # DM6036 if you want to use it with their Glide Ride pin box. This USA-made kit bolts on with included hardware. I linked the instructions for your reference.
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  • What Are Dimensions of Demco Hijacker for Ford Super Duty Prep Package # DM8550024
    The Demco Hijacker for Ford Super Duty Prep Package # DM8550024 fits your 2019 Ford F-250 factory rail kit and overall measures 35 inches long by 33 inches wide. I attached a picture that shows these dimensions as well.
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  • Will Demco HiJacker 5th Wheel Hitch for Ford Factory Puck System Fit Spray-In Bedliner in 2017 F-250
    A spray-in bed liner will not be an issue for Demco HiJacker 5th wheel trailer hitch # DM8550024 for a 2017 Ford F-250 short bed with the factory puck system. There is some adjustability in the T-bolts should the slight height difference be an issue which I do not anticipate.
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  • Best 5th Wheel Hitch for 2017 Ford F-350 6-3/4 Foot Bed and Factory Prep Kit
    Since your 2017 Ford F-350 has a bed that is under 8 feet you will want to use a sliding 5th wheel hitch to avoid damaging your cab during tight turning conditions. We do have a great selection of sliding 5th wheel hitches that are compatible with the factory prep kit installed on your F-350, but out of all of them I recommend going with one of out Autosliding hitches. The Demco Hijacker # DM8550024 is rated for 18K so it will easily be able to pull your 2017 Big Horn 3160 Elite even...
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  • How to Select Hitch Height for Demco Hijacker 18k Fifth Wheel Hitch
    Basically the height setting is based on the what's going to allow your trailer to be towed level. What you can do is measure from the plate of the pin box down to the ground when the trailer is level and then compare that to the distance from the ground to the top of your truck bed floor. That's going to be the height to start with for the Demco Hijacker 18k # DM8550024 which has a height range of 15-1/2", 16-3/4", and 18-1/4". I attached two install instructions links to this page...
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  • Weight of Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch for 2019 Ford F-250 Factory Prep Package
    The 18k Demco Hijacker Autoslide, part # DM8550024, weighs right around 300 pounds and the 21k model, part # DM8550038, is closer to 330 pounds. Both of these hitches fit right into the factory puck system of your 2019 Ford F-250. I've linked a video of them both for you to take a look at. If you're looking for a lighter hitch I recommend the B&W Companion, part # BWRVK3370. It also fits right into the pucks in your Ford's bed and weighs about 260 pounds. Plus, it's pretty easy to...
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  • Installing Demco Hijacker Autoslide on 2017 Ford F-350 with Factory Rail Kit and Bedrug Installed
    The Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch # DM8550024 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit your 2017 F-350 if it has the factory rail kit installed. I spoke with my contact at Demco regarding mounting the hitch with a Bedrug installed in the bed. He stated that the Bedrug should have been fitted/cut around the existing puck holes in the bed of the truck, but if this has not been done you will need to do so. The entire footprint of the hitch does not need to be cut out....
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Ford F-250 Short Bed with Hitch Prep Package
    The hitch I recommend for your 2018 Ford F-250 is the Demco Hijacker Autoslide for Ford Hitch Prep Package part # DM8550024. This hitch is a slider like your short bed truck needs for turning clearance but what I really like about it is that it automatically slides as you make tight turns. This eliminates you having to remember to get out and activate the slider whenever you get to parking lot as it does the job for you automatically.
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  • Demco or Pull Rite Auto Slide Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2016 Ford F-250 Short Bed
    The Demco Hijacker Hitch part # DM8550024 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for your 2016 Ford F2350 with hitch package and short bed and would be what I would recommend for you. It would not require any rail kit adapters either. It is very similar to the Pullrite Superglide in operation. I have read many online reviews on other sites and forums where people compare the two saying that the Demco costs less and tends to be more reliable so I would highly recommend it for...
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  • Is There a Demco Hijacker Auto Slide Hitch that Fits Factory Ford Rail Kit 2012 F-350
    Demco does make a Hijacker Autoslide fifth wheel hitch that is designed to fit the factory Ford rail kit of your 2012 Ford F-350 with the part # DM8550024. This is an 18k capacity hitch, but if you needed a higher capacity we have the # DM8550038.
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  • How Much Does Demco Hijacker #DM8550024 Weigh for Removing Hitch
    The head of the Demco Hijacker part # DM8550024 weighs 65 lbs. The total weight of the hitch with the head would be 289 lbs. You would need two people to get this hitch in and out or you could use the MaxxTow Crane part # MT70238 to do the heavy lifting of getting the hitch up to the bed height and back down onto the ground. The arm is not long enough to get it all the way up to the pucks of the rail kit though.
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  • Is Demco HiJacker Auto-Slide 5th Wheel Hitch Compatible with Sidewinder Pivoting Pin Box
    The Demco Hijacker Auto-Slide 5th wheel hitches such as 18K-rated # DM8550024 are not compatible with Sidewinder, Revolution or any other pivoting pin boxes or any other adapter device that changes the trailer's king pin pivot point. Standard (manual) slider hitches can be used with Sidewinders if they are kept locked in their forward travel position at all times. And of course fixed hitches are perfectly compatible with Sidewinders.
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  • Hitch Needed To Add Ford Factory Pucks On a 2019 Ford F-250 That Did Not Come With Them
    Yes, if you install the Reese Under-Bed Rail and Installation Kit part # RP30886 on your 2019 Ford F-250 you can then use the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider part # DM8550024. The Reese Under-Bed Rail and Installation Kit will be the same as the Ford Factory 5th Wheel Prep Package so you can use any 5th wheel hitch that is designed for this like the above.
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  • Can the Head on the Demco Hijacker Be Moved Manually
    You cannot manually move the head on the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch part # DM8550024. According to the owner's manual, "The Autoslide can couple and uncouple up to a 10-15° trailer angle quite easily. Anything over this degree of angle will not allow for proper coupling.". This is going to be the case for the comparable Pullrite SuperGlide as well. The head turns with the trailer so the king pin will not disengage unless it is within the 10-15 degree safety margin that the...
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  • Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2015 Ford F-350 Super Duty
    The Demco Hijacker Hitch part # DM8550024 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for your 2015 Ford F-350 with hitch package and short bed. We just started carrying this hitch so as of right now (June 2015), we don't have any customer reviews. However, this is a very high quality hitch that would work very well for you. It is very similar to the Pullrite Superglide in operation. I have read many online reviews on other sites where people compare the two saying that the Demco...
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  • Installation Troubleshooting on Demco Hijacker Autoslide for Ford Factory Prep Package
    The Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider # DM8550024 is designed for the Ford Prep Package. The hitch height settings are 15-1/2", 16-3/4" and 18-1/4", so the center bolt height should be the 16-3/4inches from the bed to the hitch head plate when the head is level. On the lowest setting you may need to remove the hitch from the system for a complete inspection as you stated. Making the pucks lock properly into place may require adding or removing a shim from the locking...
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  • Is a Slider Hitch Needed with a Sidewinder Pin Box
    With the Demco Hijacker Auto Slide hitch part # DM8550024 our contacts at Demco has told us that you can be up to 15 degrees out from perfectly straight for the hitch to connect. But if you have a Sidewinder why do you want a sliding hitch? Is yours locked out and are you using it like a standard pin box? If so, you are missing out on how great they are to tow with. You wouldn't need a slider hitch if your Sidewinder was unlocked and your trailer would be much easier to back up as well. Going...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Hitch for Towing a 2012 Heartland Greystone 27RK with a 2018 Ford F-350 6-3/4 Bed
    Thank you for all of the information, it really helped to narrow down what you are needing. Typically I would say that you would need a 5th wheel hitch with a height of 13 inches so that your trailer can ride level (52.5 - 39.5 = 13), but since that will leave only 2 inches of space between your trailer overhang and the bedrails of your 2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty we will need to look at something else. We recommend having at least 5 - 6 inches of space between your trailer and the bedrails...
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  • Parts Needed to Install Demco Hijacker Autoslide DM8550024 on 2016 Ford F250 6.5ft w/ Factory Rails
    Yes, the Demco Hihacker Autoslide # DM8550024 is the 18K 5th wheel hitch you ordered and will be compatible with your 2016 Ford F-250 6.5 foot bed with factory installed underbed rail kit. The Demco Hijacker Autoslide fifth wheel hitch # DM8550024 comes assembled from the factory to help make the installation easier and quicker. The only prep work necessary is to bolt on the side plates, which are included. You will not need any additional parts to install the Hijacker, but I did...
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