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  • How to Determine If Fifth Wheel Trailer has Clearance to Not Hit Cab When Turning
  • That depends largely on the measurements of the trailer nose and whether or not it has an extended pin box. Here is a formula though that you can use to determine if you have clearance. The formula you are referring to is this: (A + B) - C = Clearance A = Distance from the fifth wheel jaw center to the truck cab B = Offset used (slider clearance or Sidewinder offset) C = Width of the nose of the trailer divided by 2. You really want a minimum of 4 inches of clearance to be...
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  • How Much Does Curt E16 Fifth Wheel Hitch Weigh
  • The Curt E16 hitch part # C16115 weighs 94 lbs which is actually pretty lightweight compared to most fifth wheel hitches.
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  • Weight and Height of Demco 18K Hijacker # BM8550024
  • The Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch # DM8550024 referenced in your question, which is confirmed to fit your 2015 Ford F-350 with the factory rail kit, has a total weight of 289 pounds. The hitch head can be removed, which has a weight of 65 pounds. You will need two people to remove or install the hitch or you can use the MaxxTow Hydraulic Pickup Truck Crane # MT70238 to assist with this. The Demco Hijacker has 3 possible hitch height settings, which are measured from truck...
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  • Can Fifth Wheel Trailer Be Towed With Hitch That Has Lower Weight Capacity Rating
  • I recommend choosing a fifth wheel hitch that is rated to handle more than the weight of the trailer you are towing. You may get by pulling a trailer that is heavier that the rating for the hitch, but I would not take any chances. If there would be any issues, the warranty would be voided for towing with a trailer that is too heavy for the hitch. If you want me to make a recommendation, let me know what year make and model truck you have and what length bed you have. Also let me know...
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  • How To Determine Your Vehicles Max Tow Capacity
  • In order to find your vehicle's max tow capacity, you must first find the gross combined vehicle weight rating (GCWR). You must then subtract the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) from the gross combined vehicle weight rating (GCWR). The result of subtracting the (GVWR) from the (GCWR) will give you your max towing capacity. You can find the (GCWR) by contacting your local manufacture with your VIN. The (GCWR) will not be consistent across all platforms as it will vary slightly from...
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  • How Much Weight Can the Curt Q25 5th Wheel Hitch Support
  • From the research that I did, it looks like none of the Kaufman trailers have a Gross Trailer Weight rating of over 18,000 lbs. Since the Curt Q25 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for Chevy/GMC Towing Prep Package # C16069 is rated for 25,000 lbs Gross Towing Weight and 6,250 lbs for Vertical Load Limit, the weight will not be an issue. Keep in mind that this specific hitch that you reference will only fit 2016-2017 GMC Sierra 2500, 3500 and Chevrolet Silverado 2500, 3500 with 8 foot beds and...
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  • Will the Curt Q24 5th Wheel Hitch Keep Weight Capacities in the Highest Setting
  • The Curt Q24 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # C16245 will continue to have the Gross Towing Weight of 24,000 lbs and Vertical Load Limit of 6,000 lbs while in the highest setting.
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  • What Is Overall Height Of Curt Sliding Fifth Wheel Hitch Including In Bed Rails
  • The height of a fifth wheel system like the # C16521 is measured from the top of the hitch bed rails to the top of the hitch head when level. Since most bed rails sit about 1-1/4 inches above the bed, The height of the Curt Slider with the # C16411-204 rails would be from about 19-3/4 to 22-3/4 inches.
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  • How Much Does Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch RP30142 Weigh
  • The Reese Elite Series 5th wheel trailer hitch # RP30142 weighs 125 pounds. The hitch comes assembled so it is in a stout box that accounts for most of the rest of the shipping weight. The head is 45 pounds, the center section is 42 pounds, and the arches together are about 36 pounds.
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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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  • 5th Wheel Hitch With Maximum Height for Most Trailer-to-Truck Bed Rail Clearance
  • Thank you for the photo of your 2016 Ram 3500's bed rail which sits 59-inches above ground. You are correct that the recommended minimum clearance between a bed rail and the underside of the trailer's overhang is 5 to 6-inches, as shown in the linked diagram. Since your trailer sits lower than your truck you'll need some height adjustment to tow safely. By chance is your truck lifted? Lifted pickups are not ideal for 5th wheel towing for the reason you have already discovered. Even some...
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  • Weight Of Reese Elite Series Hitches Compatible With Ford Factory Rail Kit
  • The Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Wiring Harness - Single Jaw - 25,000 lbs # RP30143 is only weighed for shipping. The shipping weight is 151 lbs, so you will need to take off a couple pounds for shipping material, but that is a fairly accurate functional weight. The 18K capacity Elite Series Hitch # RP30142 is 143 lbs, and the 26.5K capacity Elite Series Hitch # RP30871 is 165 lbs. All of these hitches are compatible with your 2016 Ford F-250 with Factory...
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  • Weight of Husky Silver Series 16K W 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch HT31326-32042
  • The shipping weight of the Husky Silver Series 16K W 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # HT31326-32042 is 230-lbs, about 10-lbs of which will be the carton and packing materials. The head assembly alone, part # HT31326, weighs 105-lbs with its carton and packaging.
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  • Andersen Ultimate Connection AM3200 Weight
  • The Andersen Ultimate Connection part # AM3200 weighs 40 lbs. Considering how much a normal fifth wheel hitch weighs this is a great alternative as most are about 100 lbs more than that.
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  • How Heavy of a Trailer can a 20K 5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch Safely Tow
  • The weight you can safely tow behind your vehicle will always be limited by your setup's weakest component. For example, if you have a Husky 5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch that has a 20,000 pound capacity but your truck has a maximum trailer weight of 15,000 pounds, you will need to follow the 15,000 pound capacity of your vehicle, even though the hitch itself is capable of handling more. I have also attached a couple of articles on towing a trailer that you may find helpful.
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  • How Much Does Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Weigh DM8550034
  • Another Expert was asked this very question and he found that the total weight of the 18k Demco Hijacker Autoslide # DM8550034 is listed at 265 pounds. You can disassemble the hitch when taking the hitch out of your truck. The head weighs approximately 40 pounds leaving about 225 pounds for the base.
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  • 5th Wheel Towing Capacity of 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
  • You will want to confirm the towing capacity of your specific Ram pickup before selecting a 5th wheel hitch and trailer. Since pickups can come with many choices of engine, transmission and axle ratio, your truck could have a higher or lower towing capacity than 8500-lbs. I reviewed the towing guide on the ramtrucks.com website and 8500-lbs is the listed towing capacity for many versions of the current 1500s, but your owner's manual is the best place to confirm what your truck can do since...
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  • How to Determine Towing Capacity of a Truck and Best Vehicle to Flat Tow Behind a Motorhome
  • The towing capacity of your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will depend on the model year and other packages you may have. Check your owner's manual for listed capacities. If you want to get as specific as possible find the gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of your truck on its spec label. Usually inside the driver's side door jamb. Then load your truck exactly how you would if you were going on a trip and towing the trailer. With the truck loaded weight it on a commercial scale. Then...
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  • What Are Dimensions Of Reese Elite Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • I took the measurements you asked about for the Reese Elite Fifth Wheel Hitch, part # RP30142. The front to back measurement of the legs is 17-inches and side to side is 33-1/4 inches. If you mean the top plate on the head, it measures 16 inches x 20 inches.
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  • Weight of Individual Parts of B&W and Curt 5th Wheel Hitches for a 2017 Chevy Silverado Puck System
  • On B&W hitch # BWRVK3700 the base weighs about 85 pounds and the head weighs about 74 pounds. On Curt hitch # C16520-16025 the head and center section weigh about 82 pounds (the head by itself is more like 65 pounds) and the base which would be the 2 legs weigh about 92 pounds together. The heads do not tilt all that much and the reason for that is the width of a 5th wheel trailer. A small amount of tilt at the hitch equals a lot of tilt at the far ends of a trailer. It is roughly...
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  • Height Differences For Curt A16 5th Wheel Hitch In Slider Versus Non-Sliding Application With Ram
  • The Curt A16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for Ram Towing Prep Package - Dual Jaw - 16,000 lbs # C16520-16021 is adjustable from 13 inches high to 17 inches high. The Curt A16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ R16 Slider - Dual Jaw - 16,000 lbs, # C16521 for above bed rails or adapter rails is adjustable from 17-1/2 inches high to 21-1/2 inches high. The adapter rails for the sliding hitch into the factory pucks is # C16022 For your Ram truck. I couldn't find the 16043 legs, but # C16021 are the...
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  • Height Settings for Curt and B&W 5th Wheel Hitches for 2017 Chevy Silverado 3500 with Factory Pucks
  • The 13-1/2 to 17-1/2 inch height adjustment measurements for Curt 5th wheel trailer hitch # C16520-16025 were taken in house and are the correct measurements. There is a height setting of 15-1/2 on this hitch. And for B&W hitch # BWRVK3700 the middle setting is 17-3/4 inches. Also keep in mind that on most 5th wheel trailers the pin box can be adjusted up and down. Measuring for the height of the hitch does not take into account how much the truck will squat once the trailer is coupled....
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  • Towing Capacity of 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
  • From my research the 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500HD maxes out at 14,800 pounds. However, the best way to find what your truck can tow is to check the truck's gross combined weight rating (GCWR) which can usually be found on the specs sticker in the driver's side door jamb. The GCWR is the amount of weight the entire setup can be including the weight of the truck, trailer, and everything and everybody in both of them. Once you have the GCWR load your truck like you would when you're...
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  • Andersen Ultimate Hitch AM3200 Height Range
  • I spoke with my contact at Andersen and he informed me that the Ultimate 5th Wheel Adapter part # AM3200 that you referenced has three height settings now. One that is 15-3/4 inches, 16-11/16 inches, and 18 inches. I attached a picture that shows these dimensions.
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  • How to Determine Hitch Height for Companion Hitch for Ford Rail Kit in 2016 Ford F-350
  • For your 2016 Ford F-350 with the factory rail kit the B&W Companion Hitch part # BWRVK3300 would be the correct fitting hitch and would be an excellent option as many view the Companion hitches as the nicest hitches around. Unless you can get the dealer to give you the distance from the pin box platform down to the ground on the trailer you would have to wait till the trailer shows up to determine what height setting you would need to use with the hitch. The other measurement needed...
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  • Will Using the Reese 5th Wheel Adapter Raise the Height of the 5th Wheel Hitch
  • You are correct, if you use the Reese 5th Wheel Adapter, # RP30154, with the Pro Series 20K 5th Wheel Hitch, # PS30119, you will raise the hitch height 2 inches. We do offer a few 5th wheel hitch models that do not need the use of the Reese adapter. Curt has the Q20 Hitch set up for the Ram Tow Prep Package, # C16530-16021. The Q24 has a 20K weight capacity and will fit the factory-installed tow prep package on you 2014 Ram 3500. B&W has the Companion 5th Wheel Hitch, # BWRVK3600....
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  • Towing Capacity of 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 with 5.3-liter V8 Engine
  • The best place to confirm the towing capacity of your 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 with 5.3-liter V8 engine is the printed owner's manual. This will reflect the capacity of your specific pickup with the particular mix of equipment installed on it at the factory, including the 3.42 differential. I reviewed the online trailering guide on the Chevrolet website and at most a properly-equipped 1500 can tow 12,000-lbs. But your 5.3L V8 crew cab 4x4 with 3.42 differential is shown...
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  • Will Curt A16 5th Wheel Hitch Sit Below Truck Rails on 2012 GMC Sierra 2500HD
  • The Curt A16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # C16621 you referenced in your question will work with your 2012 GMC Sierra. The height of this 5th Wheel Hitch can range between 17-1/2 inches to 21-1/2 inches. I did some research and found that the depth of the truck bed on your 2012 GMC Sierra is 21 inches. To be sure the hitch will fit under your Tonneau Cover when it is closed, you can measure from your truck bed floor to the underside of the Tonneau Cover. As long as this provides at least 22...
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  • How Much Do Reese Titan 16K 5th Wheel Slider Hitch and Reese Rail Adapter for Ram Prep Package Weigh
  • The Reese Titan 16 5th wheel slider hitch # RP30869 weighs 175 pounds assembled. And the Reese 5th Wheel Rail Adapter # RP30154 weighs just under 90 pounds. The total for both is 265 pounds.
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  • Weight of Each Piece of Reese Elite Series Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • The Reese Elite Series Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30144 basically breaks down to three pieces: The head # 58292 which is about 40 pounds, the head support # 58293 which is about 50 pounds, and the sliding base which is about 100 pounds. Realistically, you will only remove the head to move the hitch in and out of your truck bed so the base and head support will be attached weighing about 150 pounds.
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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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  • Why is There Weight Capacity Difference Between Reese Titan 16 and 20k Fifth Wheel Hitches
  • I will admit that both of the hitches you referenced look basically identical on the outside. The difference though is internal between the part # RP30866 and the # RP30867 that you referenced. The jaw systems are different as well as other internal components which is why the part # RP30866 has a lower capacity.
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  • Why Do Pro Series Fifth Wheel Hitches PS30132 and PS30855 Have Diffferent Capacities
  • I will admit that both of the hitches you referenced look basically identical on the outside. The difference though is internal between the part # PS30132 and the # PS30855 that you referenced. The jaw systems are different as well as other internal components which is why the part # PS30855 has a lower capacity.
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  • Where are Fifth Wheel Hitch Heights Measured From
  • The height range of the Reese Titan 16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30866 is from the top of the install rails to the top of hitch with the head sitting level. Most rails are about 1-1/4 inches in height. So with the hitch installed in rails the head would be between 15-1/4 inches and 19-1/4 inches tall.
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  • How Much Does a Reese 5th Wheel Hitch Weight
  • The Reese Select Plus 5th Wheel Hitch weighs approximately 130 lbs. It does have a removable head, but you have to get under it to take some pins out first. All of our products have the shipping weight on the product's information page, so you can judge about how much something is going to weigh based off of its shipping weight. Unfortunately we do not have listings for the weight or removable components of our products, but I have some recommendations for you to consider. We do have...
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  • What Height Adjustment to Use for Fifth Wheel Hitch Head
  • The correct height for your hitch really depends on your fifth wheel trailer and truck setup. Basically you want your trailer to sit as level as possible so you will need to pick the correct height adjustment of the hitch based on what will give you a level setup for your trailer. What you will do is park the truck and trailer on level ground. Using the landing gear/jacks on the 5th wheel to make it level, then measure from the ground to the bottom of the pin box skid plate, not the...
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  • When Setting Fifth Wheel Hitch Head Height for Leveling Trailer Does Suspension Sag Get Factored
  • Ideally you want the trailer to sit as level as possible with at least 6 inches of clearance from the truck bed rails to the overhang of the trailer. If the suspension of the vehicle does sag when you put the weight of the trailer on it then you will need to compensate for that with the height of the fifth wheel hitch head.
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  • Weight of Reese Titan 16k Fifth Wheel Hitch RP30866
  • The Reese Titan 16 part # RP30866 weighs 127 lbs which should be less than half what you Pullrite weighs and would be a much simpler hitch setup. Since you have a long bed truck you would not need the slider portion of the PullRite either.
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  • What is the Weight of the Reese OEM Hitch for Ram Towing Prep Package?
  • The Reese 5th Wheel Hitch for Ram Towing Prep Package # RP30160 has a shipping weight of 186 lbs. The 5th wheel legs # RP30864 weigh 93 lbs, the center section # RP30863 weighs 42 lbs and the 5th wheel head, # 58292, weighs 45 lbs.
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  • How to Level 5th Wheel Trailer Towed by New Taller Pickup
  • Since your new truck is a few inches taller than your previous one you might be able to adjust the height of the 5th wheel hitch to compensate. For example, the Pro Series # PS30119 provides a 4-inch adjustment range, from 13-inches to 17-inches height. Another possible option is to check your pin box on the trailer to see if it can be repositioned on the trailer's mounting wings at a taller height; this too will allow the trailer to remain level when hitched. A third option is to...
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  • Can a Ford F-150 with EcoBoost Tow a 7,000 Pound 5th Wheel Trailer with a Slider Hitch
  • As long as the truck has the capacity to tow the trailer, loaded and ready to tow, then you will be good to go. The big thing with heavy duty towing is torque and not necessarily power. Generally speaking the 3/4 and 1-ton diesel trucks offer more of both torque and power but it might be overkill for a light weight trailer like the one you bought. The PullRite SuperGlide hitch is not one that we carry but there is a better option; the Demco HiJacker Auto-sliding hitch. There are a few...
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  • Dimensions of B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • From the center of the shank to each end of the base of the B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # BWRVK3500-5W is 18 inches. The entire length of the base is 36 inches.
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  • Measuring for Clearance to Make Tight Turns when Towing 5th Wheel Trailer w/2015 Ram 3500 Short Bed
  • To determine if there will be enough clearance to make tight turns when towing a 5th wheel trailer there are some measurements needed. Once a hitch like the Husky hitch # HT31318-32042 is installed using installation kit # HT32221-686 it will be centered over the rear axle on your 2015 Ram 3500 6 foot bed. What you will do is measure from the center of the rear axle on the truck to the back of the cab and record the distance. Then add to that 10 inches for the travel of the slider hitch. Next...
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  • Weight of the B and W Patriot Slider Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • Total weight for the B and W Patriot Slider hitch part # BWRVK3270 is 221 lbs. The slider base on it's own weighs 169 lbs and the head weighs 52 lbs.
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  • How Much Does Demco Hijacker Weigh When Disassembled to Remove From Truck Bed
  • The total weight of the 18k Demco Hijacker Autoslide # DM8550034 is listed at 265 pounds. You can disassemble the hitch when taking the hitch out of your 2016 Ram 3500 and then head weighs approximately 40 pounds leaving about 225 pounds for the base. For a lighter hitch you will need to go with a manual slide, like the Reese Titan # RP30870 which is under 200 pounds before being disassembled.
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  • Distance From Rear Truck Bed Edge to Rear Fifth Wheel Rail for 2016 Ford F-350
  • The center of the jaws of the hitch will end up approximate 7/8 of an inch in front of the rear axle center on your 2016 Ford F-350 long bed. From the rear edge of the truck bed to the rear edge of the rear rail will measure 27-5/8 inches.
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  • Can a 2013 Ram 1500 Handle the Pin Weight from a 10,000 Pound 5th Wheel Trailer
  • Basically for a 5th wheel trailer pin weight you are looking at the payload of the truck. For the 2013 Ram 1500 with a short bed the payload is going to depend on some additional factors. What is the cab style and is it 2- or 4-Wheel drive? Most of the payload figures are going to work out fine for a pin weight of 1,520 pounds but to be sure I would need a little more information. In the mean time we can look at 5th wheel trailer hitches and installation kits. I recommend a custom installation...
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  • Towing Capacity of a 2016 Ram 1500 Quad Cab, 4x4, 5.7 Liter, Short Bed, with 3.21 Gears
  • Unlike the 3/4 and 1-ton Ram trucks the 1500 does not have a separate towing capacity for 5th wheel or gooseneck towing. Based on your truck, 2016 Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4 with 6 foot, 4 inch bed, 5.7 liter motor, and 3.21 rear end, and with standard rather than premium options the capacity can vary depending on the trim level of the truck: Outdoorsman, Big Horn, and Lone Star, 8,250 pounds Tradesman and Express, 8,150 pounds Sport, 8,000 pounds Laramie, 7,950 pounds Payload in general...
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  • Can I Pull a Fifth Wheel Trailer With My 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 With a 5-1/2 Ft Bed and RamBox
  • Yes, it's possible to pull a fifth wheel using your 2014 Ram 1500 short bed with RamBox. However, before you purchase anything you will want to take some measurements and make sure everything will work. For starters you'll need a trailer that has as sidewinder or revolution pin box. If you buy a trailer without one it's possible you can change replace it. Check out the article I've attached to see if a specific pin box is compatible. You'll need the pin box number from the trailer....
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  • Height of Base of Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch DM8550024
  • My contact at Demco confirmed that the thickness of the base portion of their Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch # DM8550024 (without the side plates required for installation) is 3-inches. This dimension is shown in the linked photo I prepared for you.
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  • My Trailer Say 15K Weight and My 5th Wheel Hitch in My Truck is 14K Do I Need to Upgrade?
  • If your current Reese 5th wheel hitch says 14K on it and your trailer is 15K you will need a hitch that is rated for your trailer. You will want to make sure that this is the GVWR of your trailer and not just the Dry weight. GVWR is the heaviest with cargo and accessories that 5th wheel trailer is capable of weighing. For a 15K 5th wheel you will want a 15K hitch like # PS30093 at the very least, but I recommend a 16K to be safe since we do not know for sure what your GVWR is. If...
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  • How Much Length of Fifth Wheel Trailer is Typically Over Bed of Truck
  • The distance that is typically over the bed of a truck is typically right at the distance of the center of the rear axle of the truck back to the bumper. If you measure that distance on your truck and subtract it from 33 feet you would know how much length would get added to your setup.
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  • Does Reese Elite Hitch and Rail Kit plus Sidewinder Weigh Less than Demco Hijacker Setup
  • You are on the right track with your math but you have to also consider that if you are replacing your pin box with a Sidewinder 5th Airborne you would have to subtract the weight of the stock pin box on the trailer as that would get removed. The weight of most 5th airborne Sidewinders is right at 166 lbs and then the weight of a standard pin box is a little under 100 lbs. So you would be gaining only around 60-70 lbs in that regard and not the full weight of the Sidewinder. So by...
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  • Clearance Dimensions From Demco Autoslide To Front Of Truckbed And To Tailgate On 2016 Ford F-350
  • There are a couple measurements you can take to determine how much clearance you will have for the tank and tool box you want to use in your truck bed. I have attached a photo of the # DM8550024 and have some dimensions noted from the center of the mounting bracket on the hitch. It measures approximately 10-inches from the centerline of the bracket to the front of the hitch nearest the cab of the truck and 25-inches from the centerline to the back of the hitch nearest the tailgate....
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  • What is Lowest Height Setting on Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30083 for 2015 GMC Sierra 3500
  • Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30083 has a height of 15-1/4 inches when it the lowest position. The lowest position is the second to last set of holes because it can't use the last set because of interference with the slider mechanism. I have included a link to a video review of this hitch for you. The hitch will fit the custom install kit # RP56001-53 for your 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 short bed. I have linked a video showing an example installation of this kit for you. I also recommend...
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  • Can a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Short Bed Tow a 1989 Wilderness 5th Wheel Trailer
  • The towing capacity of the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 is up to 8,000 pounds depending on how it is equipped based on a towing capacity guide for 1999 vehicles that I was able to find. If you look at the placard on the door jamb of your truck it may list the exact capacity. If it does not then it should less the gross vehicle weight rating and a gross combined weight rating (GVWR and GCWR respectively). If your subtract the GVWR from the GCWR the difference is the towing capacity of the truck. In...
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  • How to Determine Tow Capacity for a 2008 Toyota Tundra Short Bed
  • The most accurate way to determine the towing capacity of your 2008 Toyota Tundra is to find your gross combined weight rating (GCWR). This can often be found on the truck's spec label either in the door jam or under the hood. If not, you can contact Toyota and provide them with your VIN and they can give you the GCWR as well. Once you have your GCWR you will need to weigh your truck with it loaded the same way it will be loaded when you are pulling the fifth wheel trailer. This will...
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  • Determining if 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Head Can Be Lowered to Allow Trailer to Ride Level
  • When measuring for the proper clearance for your 5th wheel, you will want to measure the space between the top of the truck bed side rails and the underside of the camper when the truck is parked on level ground. Taking this measurement on level ground helps ensure you will still have enough clearance between the truck and camper when the hitch head does pivot. For sufficient clearance, you will want to have 6 inches between the truck bed sides and the trailer. The B&W Companion 5th...
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  • Vertical Load Limit Reduced on Husky Silver Series 16K W 5th Wheel Hitch With Sidewinder
  • When using a Sidewinder, the only weight capacity that is reduced on the Husky Silver Series 16K W 5th Wheel Hitch, # HT31326-31314, is the vertical load limit (or pin weight). The vertical load limit is reduced to 3,200 lbs. This hitch will retain the full 16,000 lbs towing capacity.
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  • Differences In Towing Capacities of 2016 Ram 2500 Diesel and 3500 Diesel
  • The new 2016 Rams with the Cummins diesel have incredibly high towing capacities when properly equipped. However, the 2500 models don't get the crazy high towing capacities. The best configured 2500 for towing can tow up to 17,980 lbs with payload of up to 3,990 lbs. But that is a regular cab, 4x2, long bed. Now if you went with a dually, 3500, regular cab, 4x2 you have the insane towing capacity of 31,210 lbs. With a payload of 7,390 lbs. If you went with a short bed 2016 Ram 2500...
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  • Recommended Spacing Between Tool Box & 5th Wheel Hitch
  • There is no absolute rule for spacing between the forward side of a 5th wheel hitch and a tool box mounted between it and the cab, but I would say 6 inches would be an appropriate minimum in most instances. We do have recommended clearance distances between the various points of the trailer and truck that you can see in the linked diagram. You want to ensure the front loft of the trailer can clear the top of the tool box.
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  • What is the Towing Capacity of a 1995 Chevy C/K Series 3500 with 454 Motor
  • I found a document from GM that covers the towing and other capacities of the full line of 1995 pickup trucks. For your 3500 with the 454 motor and a gooseneck trailer the capacity appears to be 13,000 pounds for a 2-wheel drive dually or 10,000 pounds for single rear wheels. If you have a 4x4 the capacities are lower 10,000 for single wheels but 12,500 for duallies. Provided that you stay within the truck's capacity then it can tow the trailer.
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  • Recommended Gooseneck & 5th Wheel Hitch Adapter to Reduce Pin Weight on a 2015 Chevrolet 2500 Diesel
  • If you get a gooseneck hitch for your 2015 Chevrolet 2500 Diesel like the B&W Turnoverball Gooseneck # BWGNRK1012, I recommend, you will need the Andersen Ultimate # AM3225 not the # AM3200 you were looking at. This is because the # AM3225 is compatible with the gooseneck hitch while the one you were looking at is compatible with the 5th wheel hitch rail kit. If you go with the Andersen Ultimate # AM3225 which weighs 75lbs you will save yourself about 202lbs compared to a sliding 5th...
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  • How to Measure to Determine Which Hitch Height Should be Used on a Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • To determine the hitch height needed for a fifth wheel hitch is pretty easy. Back your vehicle under the fifth-wheel trailer stopping when the center of the king pin is directly above the center of the fifth-wheel attachment jaws. Measure from the top of the bed on the truck to the base of the pin box on the trailer. This will give you the measurement needed to select a mounting height for the fifth-wheel hitch.
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  • How Much Does B and W Companion Hitch for Mopar Rail Kit Weigh
  • The B and W Companion hitch part # BWRVK3600 weighs in at 216 lbs. What most people do is remove the head of the hitch before removing/installing the base of the hitch since that will lighten things up a bit. In the install video I attached for this hitch you can see our installer do this.
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  • Distance Between Fifth Reese Wheel Rails When Installed in Bed of Truck
  • The distance on center that you want have between fifth wheel rails is right at 22 inches. Typically we recommend you place the rear edge where the installation instructions recommend and then use the fifth wheel hitch to place the front rail. But if you don't have a hitch available using 22 inches would be the correct dimension.
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  • Where to Place Fifth Wheel Rails in the Bed of a 1982 Chevy 1-Ton Truck
  • When installing a fifth wheel hitch with a universal rail kit like with what comes with the # RP30035 you will want to place the rails so that the center of the fifth wheel jaw is right above or slightly forward of the rear axle. For your truck it is recommended to have it 3-1/2 inches forward of the rear axle. To do this you will measure 34-7/8 inches from the rear edge of the truck bed. That is where the rear edge of the rear rail will be. You will use the hitch then to place...
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  • 2016 Ram Power Wagon Towing Capacity and Rear Helper Spring Recommendations
  • According to Ram the 2016 Power Wagon has a towing capacity of 9,800 pounds. The trailer you choose cannot weigh more than this when loaded and ready to tow. If it is a Laramie Power Wagon it is rated for a max of 12,450 pounds. And if it is a Tradesman Power Wagon it is rated for 12,650 pounds. For your 2016 Ram Power Wagon I recommend adding Timbren springs # TDR2500D which will fit 2- or 4-wheel drive models with or without overload springs. These springs will prevent the rear of...
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  • Height, Length, and Width of the Demco Hijacker 18k Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • As far as height goes for the Demco HiJacker 5th wheel hitch # DM8550034 the minimum measured up from the base rails in the truck bed is 15-1/4 inches. You should not have a problem closing the Tonneau cover on your 2015 Chevy Silverado 3500HD depending on the type of cover it is. Should there be an issue you can easily unpin the head from the base and set it aside. The overall width is approximately 31 inches and the overall length is approximately 35 inches. I have included a picture...
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  • What Mounting Slot Spacing on 5th Wheel Rails Fit the Curt Q24 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • The Curt Q24 5th wheel trailer hitch # C16245 fits in industry standard above the bed rails. Industry standard rails have mounting slots that measure 22 inches on center front to back (it is actually closer to 21-13/16 inches). Side to side there are 3 sets of mounting slots per rail. The outside set is spaced 29 inches apart on center, the middle set, which is where the hitch will mount, is spaced 20-1/2 inches apart on center. And the inner set is spaced 10 inches apart on center....
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  • Dimensions of Reese Low-Profile 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch RP30054
  • According to my contact at Reese, their Low-Profile 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30054 has a base that measures 17- x 28-inches. The four mounting holes' centers are spaced at 15-inches front-to-back and 25-inches left-to-right. Do note that welding and possibly also some fabrication will be required when you mount this hitch to the truck's frame. A review video and the installation instructions are linked for you.
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  • Under-Bed 5th Wheel Hitch Puck Placement on Ford and GM Trucks
  • Under-bed 5th wheel hitch puck placement is different between Ford and GM vehicles. Hitches that fit one do not fit the other. On a Ford truck the pucks are spaced 13-inches apart front-to-back and 30-inches apart side-to-side. On a GM truck the pucks are spaced 22-inches apart front-to-back and 27-inches side-to-side.
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  • Can Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch Be Lowered to Lowest Height Setting
  • A hitch like the Pro Series 5th Wheel Hitch # PS30129, because it has a slider base, will not adjust down to its lowest head height setting. This is true for many 5th wheel slider hitches. If your same head assembly were installed on a fixed hitch base then it would be possible to lower the head height to the lowest setting. You also referenced the Reese 5th Wheel Rail Adapter for Ram trucks, part # RP30154, which allows any industry-standard hitch to be mounted in a Ram that has the...
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  • Hitch Height Dimension of Demco DM8550034 Hijacker Auto Slide 5th Wheel Hitch
  • I can help you understand why there are differentiating measurements on the Demco Hijacker # DM8550034. Both specifications are correct per the manufacture's instructions; the unit has adjustments from 15.25, 16.5, and 18.0. See attached image. According to the video, Jeff states the measurements from the bottom of the truck bed, so his measurements take in account the height of the above the bed rails this unit will need to be installed on. In the video that the lowest hitch height...
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  • B&W 5th Wheel Hitches that Allow Full Truck Bed Access
  • The B&W Patriot 5th wheel hitch and installation kit you referenced, parts # BWRVK3270 and # BWRVK2501, is a confirmed fit for your 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 with 6-1/2-foot bed. This system uses industry-standard rails (ISRs) for mounting in your truck and these remain in place when the hitch is removed. The hitch head unit alone weighs approximately 50-lbs; the remainder of the slider/base weighs about 165-lbs, a bit much for one person. If you want to have the bed totally clear...
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  • Footprint of B&W Companion Slider Hitch in 2014 Ford F-250, 6-3/4 Foot Bed
  • The overall dimension of the B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Slider # BWRVK3400-5W is 45 inches long x 34-3/8 inches wide. For your 2014 Ford F-250 with 6-3/4 foot bed, you will have approximately 20 inches between the front (cab-side) of the truck bed and hitch, and approximately 16 inches between the tailgate and end of the hitch. I have attached a photo of the # BWRVK3400-5W in a truck bed with these measurements shown for you. The angle of this photo distorts these measurements....
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  • Can a GMC Sierra 3500 Diesel Tow a 16,000 Pound 5th Wheel Trailer
  • You did not mention the year of your GMC Sierra 3500 but looking back at the last few years (2013 to 2016) the 3500 diesel models can tow at least 17,000 pounds so a trailer weighing 16,000 pounds would not be a problem. If you can tell me the year of your truck I can verify that. It is also listed in the owner's manual in the towing section. The 20K Curt hitch, # C16130 for long beds or # C16536 for short beds, is an excellent choice. These hitches have a 360 cushioned head for ease...
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  • Towing Capacity and Replacement Base for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Hitch in 2007 Silverado
  • B&W makes several versions of their Companion 5th wheel hitch. Their Companion fixed-style hitch # BWRVK3500-5W is rated for 20K. This hitch fits long beds. For short beds they offer a sliding version # BWRVK3400-5W which is rated for 18K. You can use Replacement Base # BWRVB3500 or slider base # BWRVB3405. The linked page will let you select your truck version and bed length to then see the B&W hitches that fit.
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  • Weight of Legs and Head of the Curt Q24 5th Wheel Hitch Ram Towing Prep Package C16545-16021
  • The head of the Curt Q24 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for Ram Towing Prep Package # C16545-16021 weighs 111 lbs and the leg kit weighs 94 lbs which brings it to a total of 205 lbs together.
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  • Weight of the B and W Companion for Ford Hitch Prep part # BWRVK3300
  • The B and W Companion part # BWRVK3300 that you referenced weighs 148 lbs. This hitch will fit the Ford Super Duty hitch prep packages on 2011 and newer Ford trucks.
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  • How to Determine if There is Clearance with Short Bed Truck to Make Tight Turns with 5th Wheel
  • There is a formula you can plug in the dimensions of your setup into to determine if there would be enough clearance to make sharp turns. (A + B) - C = Clearance A = Distance from the center of fifth wheel jaws to the truck cab B = Offset used like if you had a slider. Your extended pin box does not count since it pivots too. C = Width of the nose of the trailer divided by 2. If you are dead set on using that hitch you are most likely going to have to go with a Sidewinder pin...
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  • How to Determine if a Dodge Ram 1500 Could Tow a 34 ft Flagstaff Trailer
  • The final answer on whether or not your truck can tow your trailer is dependent on the towing capacity of the truck (in the owners manual), and the loaded weight of the trailer as it is ready to tow. Since I do not know the year of your truck I couldn't get any type of tow capacity range for it, and since I do not know the specific model of your trailer I couldn't find a dry weight of it either. From similar questions we have found that the most your truck can tow typically is around...
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  • Height Adjustments for Curt Q20 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider for Ford Towing Prep Package
  • The height adjustments for the Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Slider for Ford Towing Prep Package # C16530-16020 measure from 17-1/2 inches - 21-1/2 inches from the bottom of the truck bed to the top of the hitch skid plate. I spoke with my contact at Curt and he confirmed that this is the height measurement for all of the Curt Q Series hitches when they are on a slider for the Ford Towing Prep Package. The slider causes the hitch to sit a couple inches higher than the Q Series...
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  • When Are 5th Wheel Slider Hitches and Sidewinder Replacement Pin Boxes Required for Short-Beds
  • Some 5th wheel trailers are designed with a tapered nose to provide better trailer-to-cab turning clearance when towing with a short-bed truck. This is by no means an industry-wide standard but some trailer makers are realizing that a crushed truck cab tends to ruin a day, if not an entire trip. Trucks with a bed shorter than 6-feet generally require a replacement 5th wheel pin box called a Sidewinder. This is a bolt-on pin box that moves the trailer's actual pivot point back from the...
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  • Towing Capacity of 1994 Chevrolet C/K Series 3500 V8
  • Towing capacity for your 1994 Chevrolet 3500 pickup will depend on several factors, including engine displacement, transmission (2x4 or 4x4), cab style and bed length. If you have the owner's manual for the truck that is the best place to check since that manual should reflect the capacities of the actual equipment in your particular truck. I reviewed a GM document that indicates a maximum towing capacity of 10,000-lbs for V8 3500s and a minimum rating of 8K. You can also check the...
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  • Height Range of the Pro Series 5th Wheel Hitch # PS30133
  • The lowest setting the Pro Series 5th Wheel Hitch # PS30133 will go is 14 inches in height. The slider assembly prevents you from being able to use the lowest setting so you get the range of 14-17 inches of height adjustability instead.
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  • Weight of the Head and Slider of the Curt Q20 Fifth Wheel Hitch part # C16530-16020
  • The head of the Curt Q20 Hitch part # C16530-16020 weighs 108 lbs and the roller weighs 170 lbs. I attached a review video for this hitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Mounting Measurements and Overall Width of Body of Reese 20K 5th Wheel Hitch and Square Slider
  • The mounting tabs on the Reese 20K 5th wheel hitch with square slider # RP30084 are 22 inches apart on center front to back and 20-1/2 inches apart on center left to right. The overall width excluding the handles/levers is 24-1/4 inches. I have included a link to a video review of this hitch for you.
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  • Recommended Clearance Between Truck Bumper and Fifth Wheel/Gooseneck Trailer
  • It is generally recommended that you have at least 2 feet between the rear bumper of the truck and the fifth wheel trailer so that you have clearance around corners. I can't recommend you move the fifth wheel hitch behind the axle center as that will unload the front suspension slightly which will affect braking and turning in emergency situations. For a flat bed fifth wheel hitch the Demco Hijacker SL part # DM6076SL-FLAT would be a great options since it is designed for flat bed...
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Height Adjustment Range for Curt 5th Wheel Hitches 16516 and C16521
  • All of the Pro Series 16K slider 5th wheel hitches offered for you 2008 Ram 2500 Quad cab have a height adjustment range of 13 to 17-inches. Curt E16 series 16K sliding 5th wheel hitch # 16516 has a height adjustment range of 15 to 17-inches while their A16 Series hitch # C16521 that you asked about has a taller head unit that gives it a height range of 17-1/2 to 21-1/2-inches. The E16 Series hitch will be closer in height range to your original Pro Series slider. If your hitched trailer...
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  • Height Adjustment Range for Curt 16K 5th Wheel Hitch in a 2016 Ford F-350 Factory Prep Package
  • I checked with Curt about 5th wheel trailer hitch # C16520-16020 for the 2016 Ford F-350 with the factory 5th wheel prep package. The hitch is adjustable from 17-1/2 inches - 21-1/2 inches measured from the pickup bed to the top of the hitch skid plate. I have linked a video review of this hitch for you.
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  • How Far Forward Does the Handle Extend on Reese Elite Series 18K 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • I went out to our demo area to measure the Reese Elite Series 5th wheel trailer hitch # RP30142. From the center of the nearest puck to the end of the handle it is approximately 8 inches. You technically could turn the handle upside down so that it points towards the tailgate. However, this is not an approved method from the manufacturer because it has not been tested and confirmed. The Elite Series hitches are compatible with the Sidewinder pin boxes. There is a custom wedge for...
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  • Dimensions of Demco Hijacker Autoslide for Ford Super Duty Prep Package
  • I spoke with my contact at Demco about the dimensions of the Demco Hijacker for Ford Super Duty Prep Package # DM8550024. He told me that with the mounting brackets, the 5th wheel hitch measures 35 inches long x 33 inches wide. I have attached a diagram showing these measurements for you.
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  • Weight of Reese Titan 16 Hitch Head, Titan 16 Round Tube Slider, and Reese Elite Series Adaptor
  • The head assembly of the Reese Titan 16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Round Tube Slider # RP30869 is detachable from the body. The body weighs approximately 134 pounds. The head assembly weighs approximately 42 pounds. The Reese Elite Series Underbed Rail Adapter # RP30156 weighs approximately 52 pounds.
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  • Towing Capacity for a 2007 Chevy Silverado Duramax for Fifth Wheel Towing, 20k Trailer
  • If your trailer weighs 20 when fully loaded you are going to need a truck that has at least that much capacity to safely tow it. From the research I did it looks like your truck would have a 16,700 lb towing capacity. I checked and the 2015 3500HD trucks from Chevy only have a 17,800 lb capacity so it would be in your best interests to go with a 4500 or 5500 truck. The Reese Select Plus # RP30081 that you referenced has a 20k capacity. If the weight of your trailer is right at 20k...
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  • Towing Capacity of a 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 5.3L Crew Cab with 3.73 Rear Axle Ratio
  • I checked the owner's manual for the 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500. The maximum trailer weight for a 1500 Crew Cab short bed with 5.3 liter motor and 3.73 rear end is 11,100 pounds for a 2-wheel drive model and 10,900 pounds for a 4-wheel drive model. There is also a footnote for these trucks in the configuration that you have that states "This model is neither designed nor intended to tow fifth-wheel of gooseneck trailers." It doesn't say that you can't just that the truck wasn't made for...
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  • Towing Capacity of a 2011 Ford F-150 with 3.5 Liter EcoBoost
  • The 3.5 liter EcoBoost motor was not available until the 2011 model year Ford F-150. Based on the 2011 owner's manual your truck will have a capacity of 8,200 to 11,300 pounds depending on the configuration of the truck. I have included a picture that points out the various towing capacities of the F-150 with the 3.5 Liter EcoBoost motor. Things that have an effect on towing capacity are the cab style, bed length, axle ratio, and 2 or 4-wheel drive. So be sure to look at the correct...
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  • Size of Castle Nut on Husky 16k Silver Series Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • I spoke with my contact at Husky Tow and he informed me that the castle nut on the Husky 16k Silver Series Hitch part # HT31326-31314 that you referenced is 2-1/4 inches. That would be the size of wrench or socket needed.
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  • Rear of Cab Clearance Provided By Reese Elite # RP30144 Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch on 2015 Silverado
  • Whether or not you'll be able to make 90 degree turns will depend on how wide your fifth wheel is at the front, and the distance between the rear axle centerline and the rear of the truck cab. You'll need to measure the distance from the rear of the truck cab, rearward to the rear axle centerline. This will be a very close approximation for where the king pin will sit in the hitch jaw, with the hitch fully slid forward. Then, add 10 inches to that distance, to represent the 10 inches of...
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  • What Is Actual Weight Of Reese 15K Slider Fifth Wheel Hitch And Universal Installation Kit
  • Per the technical specs I found, the weight of the Pro Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, part # PS30094 is 131 lbs. This is a square tube slider hitch that has a 15,000 lb towing capacity. The weight of the Reese Universal Base Rails and Installation Kit, part # RP30035 is 53-1/2 lbs. This is a universal installation kit for a fifth wheel hitch. I have attached links to product review videos you can check out.
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