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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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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 etrailer.com. 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

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


  • 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
  • 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

Item # DM8550043

Installation 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 Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Review

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the Demco recon 5th wheel trailer hitch, this is for above bed rails and offers a 21,000 pound capacity, part number is DM-8550043. The recon 5th wheel from Demco is designed to make your hauling a lot easier, and also a lot quieter.Basically we have a light weight design, that's something I like about this one as compared to a lot of the other 5th wheels you're gonna see out there on the market. Got a pin here we can remove and we can take this out of the truck in two pieces, so really only gonna need one guy.Now a lot of the other traditional style 5th wheels, it's usually a two man job to get everything in place. And when it comes to weight capacities the hitch offers a vertical load limit of 5,250 pounds, so that's gonna be the maximum weight we can have pressing downward on our head, and our gross trailer weight rating, which is gonna be the weight of our trailer and anything we might load up in it, that's gonna be 21,000 pounds.Of course you do want to keep in mind you don't want to exceed the capacity of your vehicle, so whatever your trucks rated for, or whatever the hitch is rated for, which ever one is lower that's the ones you want to use.To make it quieter they use polyurethane brushings, we've got one on the head here so we don't have to deal with that noise as we're going down the road, and also on that side to side pivot, so we get a really nice quiet operating system you'll see that in the reviews.Also to add to that ease of use, not only is it easy to get it in and out of the truck, but it's easy to connect to your camper. It's gonna pivot left and right, and forward and back. So if your camper's on a little bit of an angle, with traditional style 5th wheels it was kinda hard to get those connected, you had to get everything level just so it would slide in just right.

This head's gonna pivot a little bit, it's gonna give you a little bit of leeway there so as you're making your connection, it's straight and easy.So when the time comes you need to attach your camper to the 5th wheel you're gonna pull your pin here, and then pull all the way out on this arm, 'cause that's gonna lock in that position, just gonna use a mock king pin, you can see as that comes up and slides in, that's automatically gonna go back into place, and at that point we just have to slide our pin back in here and after we get the rest of our connections made we're gonna be ready to travel.Adding to that ride quality, the jaws really help out, of course that's gonna secure the camper to the vehicle. You notice as we try to move this there's not a lot of play there, it gives you a very nice tight fit, that's gonna prevent a lot of that noise and a lot of that motion that you feel being transferred into your truck while driving. All in all it's a really nice solid system, we pull this out of here you can take a look at those dual jaws, they get 360 degrees of contact. So they make contact all the way around the king pin, rather than the old bar type or something that would slide in behind it, or maybe just make contact on half of it, those tend to wear out a lot quicker than set ups such as this.Now when it's time to unhook from your camper, your gonna want to remove the pin again, and then to separate it we wanna pull it back out in that fully unlocked position, as our camper comes out, you can see those jaws are gonna close back up behind it. Here we can see that 360 degrees of contact, now that's three quarters of an inch wide, which is gonna be great, it's gonna get in there really get good hold of that.

Course with our pin in position over here we've got that locked so we don't have to worry about any kind of disconnection.You'll also notice that the finish on the recon is different than what we see out of a lot of 5th wheels, has more of a hammered or textured finish, that's gonna hide scratches a whole lot better than the standard glossy powdered coat finish that we see, and it should stand up for a good long time, not gonna have to worry about rust and corrosion.You'll also see the nice unique base, it's more of an angled bracket than what we see, plenty of gussets in here to give it all the support it needs, but it just gives it a nice unique look, and takes up a little bit smaller spacing by a little bit less room than what we see out of some of the other 5th wheels.Course just like all 5th wheels, we're gonna secure that to our base rails using the provided pins and clips, but we do have locks available if you want to exchange those out for a set of locks to keep it locked in, those are readily available on our website.Also gonna have an indicator here letting us know which way to get this installed so you want this facing the cab as we do our installation. Now overall in my opinion the fit and finish is really nice, all your welds have been cleaned up really well, they seem to have good penetration, looks like they did a really good job making sure everything was nice and neat, so it's gonna look good.Like all 5th wheels out there on the market our head height is adjustable, we can have this from the top of our bed at 15 and a half, 17 and a quarter, or at 18 inches, so it's gonna allow you a good amount of adjustment room. Having that adjustability is gonna be a big benefit to you, not only can help to insure that your camper is riding nice and level, but as the sides of trucks get higher and higher the bed rails on them get higher and higher, we need some additional clearance to make sure our camper doesn't make contact with those.One thing to keep in mind, this is compatible with just about any base rail style kit just like this, so your B and W, Demco, Kirk, Draw-tite, Husky, Reese, Valley, Hidden Hitch, this is going to be a direct fit for. The thing you want to avoid would be a 5th wheel adapter plate, so basically you'd have a gooseneck in your truck you got an adapter that will fit down in there, and then you attach your 5th wheel, we're not allowed to use those.With that being said this will work with any of the pivoting style pin boxes, so like your Reese side winder, your Reese 5th airborne, as long as you're using a wedge here, works without any issue.As we've said the recon gets really good reviews from customers, it's kinda like Jess A. said, "It installed quickly in my pickup and I hooked it to the 5th 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." After a year he said, "I love the hitch, it is positive locking and there is no movement when it is latched around the pin."That's gonna complete our look at the Demco recon 5th wheel trailer hitch part number DM-8550043.

Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (18 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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Great Product. Awesome service 512923

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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Review from a similar Demco Recon in Fifth Wheel

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


Ask the Experts about this Demco Fifth Wheel

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sidewinder Pin Box Wedge Recommendation for Demco Recon 8550043
    The correct Sidewinder wedge to use with the Demco Recon hitch part # DM8550043 that you referenced is the # SWW-05.
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  • How Much do the Individual Pieces of the Demco Recon Weigh
    The head of the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550043, which can be found as part # DM6169, weighs about 47 lbs. The base, which is part # DM6180, also weighs in at about 47 lbs. This puts the total weight of the Recon just under 100 lbs.
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  • How Far Does Head of Demco Recon Fifth Wheel Hitch Pivot Front to Back and Side to Side
    If you check out the 30 second mark of the review video link I attached for the Demco Recon hitch part # DM8550043 that you referenced you can see exactly how far the hitch can pivot forward to back as well as side to side. I watched a few other Demco hitch reviews and the pivot of the Recon is about the same as the other ones. It looks like it might move forward to back more than the Hijacker like part # DM8550034.
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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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  • Dimensions of Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
    The Demco Recon 5th wheel trailer hitch # DM8550043 tabs that fit in the rails are 21-15/16 inches apart on center. The measurement given by manufacturers is almost always listed as 22 inches. I went ahead and pulled the hitch and measured it at just a hair under 22 inches. Overall width of hitch is 24-13/16 inches Overall length of hitch is 24 inches I have 5 height measurements for you. With head on: Base to top of hitch in lowest position 15-1/2 inches Base to top of hitch...
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  • Using the Demco Recon Gooseneck to 5th Wheel Adapter with Buyers Products Flip Up Gooseneck Hitch
    I am fairly sure that you have a Buyers Products gooseneck hitch. It would be rated for 25,000 pounds gross trailer weight and 5,000 pounds pin weight. The ball size is a 2-5/16 inch diameter. With this you could use the Demco Recon # DM8550045. This 5th wheel hitch clamps around that 2-5/16 inch gooseneck ball and will allow you to tow a 5th wheel trailer. I have linked a video review of this hitch for you.
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  • Mounting Spacing for the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
    The Demco Recon 5th wheel trailer hitch # DM8550043 mounts in industry standard above the bed 5th wheel rails. Side to side it will fit the center slots in the rails which are 20-1/2 inches apart on center. And front to back ISR rails are a little less than 22 inches apart on center.
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch for a Rotating Kingpin on a Grand Designs Reflection 150 Series Trailer
    Part of your Grand Design Reflections 150's best features is the 90 degree pivoting pin box, and it would be a shame to not use it. You're right in that you don't need to have a sliding hitch given its design. However, you'll want to verify the clearance. I've included a link to our Sidewinder FAQ so you can get a similar idea of its features. Most importantly, in this article is how to calculate the clearance to verify if you need a hitch with offset to make the most of your pivoting...
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  • Can Demco Recon Fifth Wheel Hitch be Used with Sidewinder Pin Box
    Yes, I confirmed with my contact at Demco that you can use the Recon hitch part # DM8550043 with a Sidewinder pin box. I attached a help article on Sidewinders for you to check out as well.
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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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  • Best Fifth Wheel Hitch for Towing a Grand Design Reflection 295RL With 2016 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    If have a great 5th wheel option that will work for you, however, the Andersen Ultimate Connection 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch System with Adapter # AM3200 can only be used with fixed pin boxes. The design of the Anderson Ultimate Hitches would create two pivoting points when used with the turning point pin box. You only want one pivot point when towing. As a result your best option is using a fixed 5th wheel hitch. One of our lightest and best 5th wheel hitches we have is the Demco...
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  • Will the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Fit a 2017 Ford F-150 FX4
    In order to install the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # DM8550043 on your 2017 Ford F-150 FX4 with the 5-1/2' bed I recommend using the Reese Quick-Install Custom Outboard Installation Kit part # RP56034-53. There will not be any issues with the FX4 off-road package while using this kit and it has outboard base rails which means the connection point for the frame brackets and base rails is outside of the frame rail on the vehicle which makes installation much easier. The kit...
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  • Lightweight Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Ram 2500 with RamBox
    While it may be possible for you to tow a fifth wheel hitch with your 2018 Ram 2500 that has the RamBox, there is a compromise you will need to make as there will not be an underbed mount which you will be able to use. There is a great option for an easy to remove fifth wheel hitch, the Demco Recon # DM8550043, which comes in two pieces and weighs a total of just 125 lbs, making it the easiest fifth hitch to remove for truck bed access. It has a 21,000 lb towing capacity, a wraparound...
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  • Will Demco Recon Fifth Wheel Hitch Fit Reese Rail Kit Adapter RP30156
    If you do not need a slider hitch for turning clearance the Demco Recon part # DM8550043 will fit in your rail kit adapter part # RP30156 and work well. Since it's not a slider hitch it will be much quieter as well as be much lighter.
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  • Does Demco Recon Fifht Wheel Hitch Minimize Chucking and Rattling?
    The two parts of the Demco Recon # DM8550043, which are the head unit # DM6169 and base assembly # DM6180 each weigh approximately 50 lbs. This is a very lightweight hitch but still has a 21,000 lb capacity and vertical load limit of 5,250 lbs. The Recon # DM8550043 offers a double-pivoting head as well, from front to back as well as side to side in a manner much the same as other premium fifth wheel hitches. It also has polyurethane dampeners built into the hitch head to soften the...
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  • Comparing Demco Recon and B&W Patriot Fifth Wheel Hitch for Ease of Removal/Install
    The Demco Recon hitch part # DM8550043 is a well-made fifth wheel hitch that is made here in the USA. I'd put the quality of this hitch up to basically any other hitch manufacturer out there. This hitch weighs 100 lbs which is a bit lighter than most fifth wheel hitches. The B and W Patriot hitch part # BWRVK3255 is also a great option too. Most people consider the jaw system and head design of this hitch to be the best around so it's hard to beat. This hitch is also made in the USA and...
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  • Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Comparison To Pullrite Superlite Model 2400
    I recommend the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw - Above Bed - 21,000 lbs # DM8550043. It mounts to industry standard rails and weighs under 100 lbs. It has a double-pivot, cushioned hitch head and is height adjustable to 15-1/2, 17-1/4 and 18 inches. It has a 5 year warranty and is made in the USA. We do not offer any Pullrite models, but this is a similar style that does not require the adapter so it will be a better fit to your 5th wheel king pin.
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  • Compatibility of Demco Recon Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch with Revolution or Sidewinder Pin Box
    You are correct that the Curt Q Series fifth wheel hitches, like # C16245, are not compatible with a Sidewinder or Revolution pin box because the spherical axial bearing that allows the pivoting of the hitch head. The Demco Recon # DM8550043 that you purchased does not have this issue and will work great with a Sidewinder or Revolution. For the install kit into your 2012 GMC Sierra you'll want # DM8552011-71.
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  • Difference Between Sidewinder Reese Revolution and 5th Airborne Pin Box
    The Reese Sidewinder and Revolution are the exact same thing. Sidewinder is the brand name when you buy one aftermarket and Revolution is the name if the pin box came on the trailer frame the factory. So basically Reese sells Sidewinders to customers and Revolutions to trailer manufacturers. But they are the exact same. 5th Airborne setups are a cushioned pin box that can be offered as a standalone cushioned pin box or as integrated into a Sidewinder/Revolution. So basically if you need...
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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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  • Rail Kit Recommendation to Install Demco Recon 5th Wheel in Bed of 2010 Dodge Ram 3500
    To install the Demco Recon fifth wheel hitch part # DM8550043 in the bed of your 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 we have just what you'll need. You'll want to go with a custom install fifth wheel rail kit like the Curt # C16420-204 which is a confirmed fit for your truck as it will minimize install time and drilling when compared to a universal kit. The rails this kit provides are also the same as what the Recon is designed as a fit for as well. I attached an install video for the rail kit as well.
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  • Using Demco Recon Fifth Wheel Hitch With Rota-Flex Pin Box on Montana Fifth Wheel
    The Demco # DM8550043 Recon Fifth Wheel Hitch is indeed compatible with the Rota-Flex cushioned pin box on your Montana Fifth Wheel. It's simplicity, ease of use and relatively light weight add up to make the Recon a great choice.
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  • Can A Sidewinder Be Used With the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch On a 2019 Ford F-150
    Yes, the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # DM8550043 can be used with a rotating pin box so long as you also obtain the 5th Airborne Custom Wedge for Hi-Jacker Fifth Wheels part # SWW-05. The Demco Recon Gooseneck-to-5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter part # DM8550045 cannot be used with a rotating pin box which I think is where the confusion lies. In order to use the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Ford F-150 you need the Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed...
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  • Availability of Inverted Fifth Wheel Head for Gooseneck Application
    We have an inverted fifth wheel, part # FW0001 but the Demco you mentioned can't be used like that.
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