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

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

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  • Demco
  • 21000 lbs GTW
  • Fixed Fifth Wheel
  • Hitch Only
  • Premium - Single-Hook Jaw
  • Double Pivot
  • 15-1/2 - 18 Inch Tall
  • 5250 lbs TW
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 part number DM8550043 or order online at Free expert support on all Demco products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw - Above Bed - 21,000 lbs. Fifth Wheel reviews from real customers.

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Demco Fifth Wheel - DM8550043

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.


  • 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
  • Simple installation with base rails and installation kit (sold separately)
    • Compatible with B&W, Curt, Demco, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese, and Valley above-bed base rails
    • Cannot be used with rails that are a part of a gooseneck adapter plate - base rails must be securely bolted to your truck
  • Made in the USA


  • Gross towing weight: 21,000 lbs
  • Vertical load limit: 5,250 lbs
  • Hitch height settings: 15-1/2", 17-1/4", and 18"
  • 5-Year limited warranty

Note: This fifth-wheel hitch is compatible with rotating pin boxes, such as the Reese Sidewinder, Reese Revolution, and 5th Airborne Sidewinder, only when used with a wedge (sold separately).

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

The Recon hitch is designed to attach to universal above-bed base rails (sold separately). The hitch will fit most industry-standard above-bed rails, including those from B&W, Curt, Demco, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese, and Valley.

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Assembling the hitch is quick and easy because of its lightweight, 2-piece design. First, attach the base to the base rails. 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

6180 Base Assembly for Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 21K

8550043 Demco Recon 2-Piece 5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch - 21,000 lbs

DM8550043 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details DM8550043 Installation instructions

Video of Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw - Above Bed - 21,000 lbs

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Demco Fifth Wheel - Fixed Fifth Wheel - DM8550043 Review

Today we're going to take a look at the Demco Recon Single Jaw 5th Wheel trailer hitch with a 21,000 pound weight capacity. Now this 5th wheel hitch will mount in your truck bed so you can tow your 5th wheel trailer. It uses a nice wraparound single piece jaw that'll provide a secure connection. It gives you 360-degree jaw-to-king-pin contact. That'll give you less rattle, more security, than the slide bar jaws. If you notice in front right up here, there's a 3/4-inch thick solid steel locking bar, which will reinforce the connection of your coupling trailer, and that'll automatically lock into place when the jaw closes. It does use a double pivot hitch head, which will ease hookup, helps limit chucking.

Pivots front to back and side to side. Now you can set the hitch height settings. There's three different hitch height settings to fit your application. It's critical because when you go to tow your fifth wheel trailer, you want it to be as level as possible with your tow vehicle. To set the hitch height settings, there's three settings.

The lowest is 15-1/2, next one will be 17-1/4, and then 18 inches. The way you set that, and one thing on hitch height, it's always measured from the truck bed to the top of the hitch head. If you hold the pin over here, pull the clip, and then pull this large pin out, that'll let this yolk. There's three different holes that you can set it in. You can set it for those three different settings.

Very easy to change your hitch height setting. Also, on side here, right underneath the yolk, you'll see this blue area, and there's one over here. Those are polyurethane or cushion polyurethane dampeners to help reduce noise and absorb any road shock. Now the handle for the jaw is right here. It is a spring-loaded handle. It has a nice comfort grip on it.

It allows for simple coupling. The safety pin right here that keeps it into place is tethered, so when you do remove it, you can see, you won't lose it. It'll hang right there. Lets you secure the handle in the open or the closed position. Right now we're in the closed position. We'll just lock it into place. I am going to demonstrate this later to show you how it all works. Now this is made of a sturdy steel construction. It has a nice rust resistant black powder coat finish to it. It is a lightweight two piece design. It makes installation and removal quick and easy. There's a large pin right here, that if you pull this out, you can take the head out of the yolk, and then take the yolk out. It's very simple for one person to remove everything. Now to install this, it's a very simple installation. You do need base rails and an installation kit. We do sell those separately on our website. I would recommend to use our Fit Guide and put in your year and model vehicle and it'll show you which base rails and installation kit you need. Now for this video demonstration, I just have it set demonstrated on a set of rails to give you an idea of what this would look like installed. Now this will fit. This is compatible. This space is compatible with B&W, Curt, Demco, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese, and Valley above-bed base rails. Now there is one note, it cannot be used with rails that are part of a gooseneck adapter plate. Meaning the base rails must be securely bolted to your truck to be able to use this. This part is made in the USA. A few specs of it. The gross towing weight capacity is 21,000 pounds. Vertical load limit, or pin weight capacity, is 5,250 pounds. Then just to mention, those hitch height settings again, is 15-1/2 inches, 17-1/4 inches, and 18 inches. What I'm going to do now is demonstrate, I'm going to grab this replica of a king-pin. This is what the king-pin would look like on your 5th wheel. I just want to show you how the jaws would work. Again, we'll unclip the pin and clip. Then if you just pull your handle out, you'll notice it automatically locks into place, and you'll see the jaws are open ready to go. When you go to back up and couple up, your king-pin will slide right in here to the jaws. You can see, once it gets in far enough, it will automatically, the single jaw will completely wrap around. You'll notice this locking bar right up here. It locks into place, or keeps it from coming out. Then your handle, the hole will line up. You just take your pin and clip, drop it right into the hole, lock it, and now the handle won't move. You're all ready to tow. Simple as that. That should do it for the review on the Demco Recon Single Jaw 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with a 21,000 pound weight capacity.

Customer Reviews

Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw - Above Bed - 21,000 lbs - DM8550043

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (15 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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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

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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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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

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

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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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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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Great Product. Awesome service 512923

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

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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


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

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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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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


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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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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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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  • Advice on Towing a Fifth Wheel Trailer With a Short Bed 2017 Ram 2500 With Rambox
  • Thank you for your thoughtful question; let's start with the suspension components for your 2017 Ram 2500 first. I recommend using the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs # F2598 over Timbrens for your application. The Ride-Rite air bags have the advantage of being able to adjust individually to guarantee you even load distribution, and are going to be less rigid than the Timbrens. As far as a fifth wheel hitch, you are going to have to use a Sidewinder because you have a Rambox...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch and Air Bags for 2015 Ford F-150 with 5-1/2 Foot Bed
  • A fixed fifth wheel hitch and Reese Sidewinder combination like what you referenced is the exact setup that you need to tow a fifth wheel trailer with your 2015 Ford F-150 short box. Starting with the fifth wheel trailer hitch itself, the Demco Recon # DM8550043 that you are looking at is a really nice option. This is a heavy-duty hitch that features a wraparound, single-piece jaw for a secure connection with the trailer, and it comes in 2 lightweight pieces to allow for fast and easy...
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  • Lightest 5th Wheel Hitch With Clean Truck Bed on 2017 Ram Standard Bed Crew Cab
  • To give you the clean bed you are looking for, I recommend the Custom Underbed Installation Kit for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # BWGNRK1309-5W and then using the B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 20,000 lbs # BWRVK3500-5W. This hitch can be installed with the hitch head separate. This will give you the cleanest bed. If you want the lightest option with a clean bed, then I recommend the same gooseneck hitch, but then use the Curt X5 5th Wheel Base Rails...
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  • Recommendation on a Lightweight 5th Wheel Hitch That is Compatible With a Sidewinder Pin Box
  • I have a solution for you. The Demco Recon 5th Wheel Hitch, # DM8550043, is a lightweight above the bed mounted hitch that is rated a 21K. The total weight of this hitch is 100 lbs. The Demco Recon will mount to the bed of your 2017 Ram 3500 using standard bedrails, like the Demco Universal Bed Rails, # DM6071. If your Ram has the OEM 5th Wheel Towing Pre Package, you can us the Reese 5th Wheel Adapter, # RP30154, to mount the Demco Recon to your vehicle. The Reese adapter will sit...
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  • Recommended Equipment Needed to Tow a 16,000 lb 5th Wheel with a 2016 Diesel Ram 2500
  • To figure out how heavy of a trailer you can tow with your 2016 Dodge Ram 2500 take the GCWR of your Ram (25,300 lbs) and subtract the Curb Weight of your Ram (7,620). This leaves you with 17,680 lbs of weight for any extra things on your truck like a 5th wheel hitch as well as passengers, luggage, your trailer, plus any tanks on your trailer. If the trailer that you are looking at has a dry weight rating of 12,650 lbs then that leaves you with 5,030 lbs for passengers, luggage, 5th...
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  • Can Demco Recon Fifth Wheel Hitch Be Used with Reese Revolution Pin Box
  • The Demco Recon Part # DM8550043 can be used with the Reese Revolution/Sidewinder pin boxes as long as you use the correct wedge part # SWW-05. We only have it in the 21k version like this though.
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch for a 2018 Ford F-350 Towing a 19K GVWR Trailer
  • We do have some options in regards to a 20K 5th wheel hitch that is compatible with the industry standard above bed base rails that you referenced you have in your 2018 Ford F-350. Since the GVWR of your camper is 19K though I do recommend going with a 5th wheel hitch that has a max rating of 21K to give you a little more cushion. If you have a long bed then I recommend the Demco Recon # DM8550043 but if you have a short bed then the Demco Hijacker Autoslide # DM8550035 is the way to...
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  • Demco Custom 5th Wheel Brackets for a 2011 Ford F-350
  • If you already have the Demco Universal Above-Bed Base Rails # DM6071 from your 2005 Ford F-250 then yes, the Demco Hijacker Premier Series Custom Mounting Brackets # DM8552000 are available which gives you the Installation Kit # DM8552000-71 for your 2011 Ford F-350. The Demco kit, the Curt Kit # C16424-204, and the Reese Kit # RP50026-58 are all compatible with the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550043. Please note that if your 2011 F-350 has a short bed then you either needing...
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  • Can Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Be Used With Ford Factory Puck System?
  • The Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw - Above Bed - 21,000 lbs # DM8550043 is able to tow 21,000 lbs, but it does not come ready to install with the Ford factory puck system. To use it with the factory rail kit, you will need to use an adapter like the Reese Elite Series Underbed Rail Adapter for Standard 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 20,000 lbs # RP30156. This is the only adapter that we know is compatible with this hitch and your factory rail kit and it will reduce your...
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  • How Much Does the B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch # BWRVK3305 Weigh
  • The shipping weight of the B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch # BWRVK3305 is 152 lbs so it will be just under that after you remove the packaging. Although it is still pretty hefty, the head unit part # BWRVC3006 can easily be removed off of the base unit # BWRVB3305 to help make moving the whole hitch more manageable. The head unit itself weighs in at about 70 lbs so it is almost half of the weight of the whole hitch. If you would like something that is a bit lighter then you can...
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  • Is Demco Recon Compatible With Reese Sidewinder?
  • Yes, the Demco Recon # DM8550043 is compatible with a Reese Sidewinder such as # RP61450 as long as you use custom wedge # SWW-05. To mount it in the factory puck system of your 2015 Ram 3500, you would want the Reese Fifth Wheel Rail Adapter # RP30154. I've added a link to a video review of the Recon for you, as well as a link to our page with each of our available Sidewinders.
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