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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch and Wiring Harness for a 2017 Ford F-250 with Prep Package
  • Yes, the Curt E16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider for Ford Towing Prep Package part # C16515-16020 is a confirmed fit for your 2017 Ford F-250 with the factory prep package. It comes with both the slider and hitch head which is everything you need to haul a 5th wheel trailer. If you do not already have an in-bed wiring harness then I recommend the Curt 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Custom Wiring Harness part # C57008. I have attached a review video of the hitch and wiring harness for you as well.
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  • Troubleshooting Curt A20 Fifth Wheel Hitch That Doesn't Want to Latch
  • Sounds like the jaws of your Curt A20 fifth wheel hitch # C16064 are in need of lubrication. I attached a chart that has the maintenance schedule for the hitch. If you are still having issues after following that chart let me know and we can go from there.
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  • Extra Bracket Kit Recommendation for Use with Rail Kit and Hitch PS30128 for 2013 Ford F-150
  • The Pro Series 15k hitch and rails part # PS30128 comes with a set of rails that are compatible with your 2013 Ford F-150 but will require an additional set of brackets. You will also need the bracket kit part # RP58426 to go with the rail kit part # RP30035 that you have already.
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  • Can B and W Companion Slider be Used with Trailair RotaFlex Pin Box
  • The Trailair RotaFlex pin box would have no problem being used with the B and W Companion Slider part # BWRVK3400. This fifth wheel hitch can be used with basically all cushioned pin boxes.
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  • Can a Sliding Hitch Be Used On 2018 & 2019 Ram With RamBox?
  • On the newer 2018 and 2019 Ram with the Rambox, a product like the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider # DM8550034 will not work. It will only work with a fixed hitch like # RP30081 with a Sidewinder pin box similar to # RP61422. In this case a Sidewinder helps prevent the pin box from contacting the sides of the RamBox and increases the truck cab-to-trailer clearance in a turn. The sidewinder option works because it moves the pivot point up higher than the narrower...
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Compatible with 2000 Chevy 3500 Dually Flat Bed
  • When you say you have a 12 foot bed, I can only assume you have a flatbed on your 2000 Chevy 3500 Dually. You have a couple of options for a compatible 5th wheel hitch: B&W Gooseneck hitch # BWGNRK1500 along with the B&W Companion Flatbed Gooseneck-to-5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter - Dual Jaw - 22,000 lbs # BWRVK3050. Reese Low-Profile 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 30,000 lbs # RP30054. Demco Hijacker SL Series Flat Deck 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Travel Adjustment -...
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  • Can the B&W Companion Be Used with a Round Gooseneck Hole Opening
  • If the opening for the gooseneck hitch ball on your 2009 GMC Sierra 2500 is round and not square then you do not have the B&W Turnoverball Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch like part # BWGNRK1067. Therefore, you would not be able to use a B&W Companion Gooseneck-to-5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter like part # BWRVK3500 or part # BWRVK3400 unless you removed the gooseneck hitch you have now and installed the above gooseneck hitch. If you can send me a photo of the gooseneck hitch you have...
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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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  • What is Required for Maintanance on the Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30871
  • Aside from following the "Before Each Trip" (page 2) and "Lubrication" (page 3) in the installation instructions, the only other things you should do for maintenance are the following: Recheck tightness of all hardware every 1000 miles of use. All 3/4” bolts have a torque specification of 260 ft.lbs., and 1” jam nuts should be box wrench snug plus 1/4 turn. Anchor assemblies should be lubed every 6 months with lithium grease to keep assemblies moving freely. These instructions...
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Options for a 2013 Toyota Tundra with an 8 Bed
  • The best 5th wheel hitch option that we have for your 2013 Toyota Tundra with an 8' bed comes from B&W. If you install their Gooseneck Hitch # BWGNRK1257-5W you not only have the option of towing a gooseneck trailer, but you can also utilize the Companion # BWRVK3500-5W. This has a 20K weight capacity and sits directly in the gooseneck receiver so that when you remove it you have a clear bed. The head is easily removed to help make removing the hitch an easier task. All of the B&W products...
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  • B&W Companion Slider Hitch for 2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty Short Bed with Factory Prep
  • The 2015 Keystone Cougar 303RLS 5th wheel is designed with a taper at the front corners of the overhang. This feature provides better turning clearance and in combination with certain trucks it may provide enough clearance. If the trailer happens to have a Sidewinder/Revolution pivoting pin box like # RP61421 or # RP61422 (a cushioned model) then a sliding hitch is NOT necessary and a standard fixed hitch can be used. For the 6-3/4-foot bed truck with the factory 5th wheel rail prep...
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  • Is a Truck Sitting 4" - 5" Higher Than Older Pickup an Issue for 5th Wheel Towing
  • You definitely want to make sure that your 5th wheel trailer is as level as possible as that will allow all of your suspension and tires to wear evenly and safely. To ensure proper clearance with the bed rails on your 2018 Ford F-350 there needs to be at least 5" - 6" of clearance to the bottom of your trailer overhang (see attached photo). If your taller pickup doesn't allow for this clearance you can adjust the pin box along the mounting holes, and most 5th wheel hitches, like the...
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  • Deciding Between Ford, Chevy, and Dodge 1 Ton Pickups for Towing an 18K 5th Wheel Trailer
  • I wish I had a direct answer for you but it really boils down to what you are looking for in a truck. Using a bigger 1 ton for towing is an excellent idea, but when comparing Ford, Chevy, and Dodge trucks a lot of it comes down to brand loyalty, gas mileage, and perks of the trucks. The perks can greatly vary depending on what years you are looking at and how much you are willing to spend as well. You already are going in the right direction with the heavier vehicles so if I were you...
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  • What Does the Towing Capacity of a Truck Mean and How to you Weigh a Trailer
  • A vehicle will have several capacities related to towing. There is the gross trailer weight rating which is the most that the trailer can weigh. There is the gross combined weight rating which is the most the truck and trailer can weigh together. And there is tongue weight capacity which is the most amount of weight that can be suspended from the trailer hitch receiver on the vehicle. If your truck has a towing capacity of 10,400 pounds (confirm using the owner's manual) then that is...
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  • Who Determines the Weight Capacities of Trailer Hitches, Gooseneck Hitches, and 5th Wheel Hitches
  • Trailer hitch manufacturers are responsible for the testing and rating of hitches. Most all hitches are built to comply with safety specifications and requirements for connecting devices and towing systems of the state of New York, V.E.S.C. Regulation V-5 as well as SAE (society of automotive engineers) J684. This is for regular trailer hitches. For 5th wheel and gooseneck hitches most are built to SAE J2638 standards. Some companies such as Reese (Draw-Tite) do additional testing beyond...
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  • FIfth Wheel Rail kit for 2013 Ford F-150 5-1/2 foot bed
  • For a custom install/bracket kit that uses existing holes in the truck's frame which would be considerably easier to install, use # RP50081-58 for your 2013 Ford F-150 5-1/2 foot bed. In order to gain the proper clearance between the rear of the truck cab and the front of the fifth wheel, a Sidewinder replacement pin box would need to be used because your truck bed is shorter than 6 feet. You would need a specific model Sidewinder to replace the OEM pin box on your fifth wheel. Your...
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for 2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD for Reese Rail Kit
  • The Reese Fifth Wheel hitch part # RP30033 is designed to fit industry standard fifth wheel rails like the custom rail kit Reese # RP50064-58 which is a confirmed fit for your truck. Custom rail kits are the way to go as they do not require frame drilling and they have a very short install time.
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2002 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
  • We have fifth wheel hitches and rail kits that are confirmed as a fit for your 2002 Chevy Silverado that would work well for towing your trailer. If you have a long bed you'd need a fixed hitch like the part # RP30047 or if you have a short bed truck you'd need a slider hitch like the # RP30869 and you'd be set. For a rail kit you'd then want a custom install kit like the # RP50064-58 which is a confirmed fit for your truck and will minimize drilling and install time when compared to...
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  • Will Pro Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Rails # PS30132 Fit 2012 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
  • The Pro Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Rails # PS30132 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit your 2012 Chevy Silverado 2500HD with the 8 foot bed. This kit includes the Reese Universal Base Rails and the needed installation hardware. This is an all-in-one type kit and nothing else will be needed to install base rails to your truck and attach the Pro Series Hitch. I have included a short video demonstration on this hitch that you can also take a look at.
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  • Determining 5th Wheel Towing Capacity for 2017 Toyota Tundra
  • I took a look at the online owner's manual for your 2017 Toyota Tundra Limited and found that its towing capacity can vary quite a bit depending on your exact model (engine size, cab style, bed size, etc). For example, the regular cab Tundra with 4WD, 3UR-FE engine, and an 8 foot bed can potentially tow a trailer that weighs up to 10,300 pounds. However if you have a double cab model with the 1UR-FE engine this capacity can drop to as low as 6,500 pounds. Because of this wide range,...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Install Kit for 2014 Ram 3500
  • I recommend the Reese custom kit, part # RP50085-58, for your 2014 Ram 3500. Since it's a custom install it reduces the amount of drilling and time required for the install. It'll give you industry standard rails which the Anderson Ultimate, part # AM3200, will fit right into.
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  • Determining Towing Capacity for 2015 Ram 1500
  • I took a look at the online owner's manual for your 2015 Ram 1500. The exact towing capacity for your truck can vary quite a bit depending on its axle ratio, transmission, and bed size. For example, the maximum trailer weight for the 5.7L V8 Hemi with a 3.21 axle ratio and 6-1/2 foot bed is 7,160 pounds. This capacity jumps up to 10,450 pounds though with a 3.92 axle ratio and an 8 foot bed. Because of this, I highly recommend verifying your truck's specific rating by checking your owner's...
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  • Removable 5th Wheel Hitch for 2017 Ford F-250 Short Bed without Factory Rail Kit
  • For your 2017 Ford F-250 short bed without the factory rail kit, I recommend taking a look at the Curt A20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # C16541 along with the Custom Installation and Base Rail Kit # C16428-204. This is an excellent sliding hitch that features an interlocking 2-jaw system for a secure connection to the trailer and a fully articulating head for easy hookup and a stable, quiet ride. It has a 20,000 pound towing capacity and 12 inches of slider travel for cab clearance during sharp...
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  • Solution for Towing 5th Wheel Trailer with Curt Double Lock Gooseneck Hitch
  • I do have a solution for a more secure setup to tow a fifth-wheel trailer, however the B&W Companion # BWRVK3500 that you referenced is not compatible with your Curt Double Lock Gooseneck Hitch. The Companion is designed specifically for the square ball hole that the B&W Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitches provide and cannot be adapted to fit your Curt system. I instead recommend using the Curt X5 Base Rails Adapter # C16210. This is designed to fit your Curt Double Lock Gooseneck Hitch...
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  • Recommended 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 with 5.5 Bed
  • Because you have the 5.5 foot bed, there is only one sliding hitch we have confirmed to fit. This is due to the amount of travel needed and the restricted size of the bed. To offer the necessary turning clearance, you need 22 inches of adjustment, so you have limited options. The first option is to use the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider # DM8550040 which automatically adjusts as you drive to give you the appropriate clearance and has 22-1/2 inches of travel....
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  • Best Sidewinder Wedge Kit Fit for the Curt E16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch
  • I reached out to my contact at Curt and they advised me that once you actually bolt the Sidewinder Wedge # C16991 on the Sidewinder there should not be any wiggle room. The Sidewinder Wedge Kit for Curt E-16K Fifth Wheel Hitch # 30861 will provide the same fit as the # C16991. I recommend using the # C16991 or the # 30861 instead of the Replacement Universal Wedge for 5th Airborne Sidewinders # 201100 because they are specifically made for the Curt E16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch.
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  • Inexpensive 5th Wheel Hitch for a 2018 Ram 2500 Long Bed with Factory Puck System
  • The most cost effective 5th wheel trailer hitch option available for your 2018 Ram 2500 long bed with the factory prep package is Curt hitch # C16515-16021. This hitch features a slide-bar jaw which, while secure, does allow for more movement between the hitch and trailer king pin than dual-jaw and other jaw systems. The hitch is rated for 16,000 pounds gross trailer weight. For not much more in cost you could go with Curt hitch # C16520-16021 which has a dual-jaw design and a cushioned...
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  • Reese or B7W Hitch To Fit Underbed Rail Kit of 2009 Ford F-350
  • If your 2009 Ford F-350 had the Reese Elite rail kit part # RP30073 installed in the bed the B and W Companion part # BWRVK3300 that you referenced would fit it and work well. But since you said "turnoverball" and that's the rail design from B and W you might actually have the rail kit part # BWGNRK1108-5W instead which would allow you to install the Companion hitch part # BWRVK3500 instead. If you are unsure send me a picture of what you have in your truck bed and I'll be able to...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation to Fit 2016 Ford F-250 with Factory Rail Kit
  • Your 2016 Ford F-250 came with the factory rail package which means a fifth wheel hitch can easily attach to the 4 pucks you have in the bed around the gooseneck ball. If you have a short bed truck you'd want to go with the slider Companion hitch part # BWRVK3370 which fits direclty to the pucks. If you have a long bed truck you'd want the fixed hitch version part # BWRVK3300. The handles of these hitches easily get turned to lock the hitch into place.
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty without Factory Rail Kit
  • I really like the B and W Companion fifth wheel hitches. Most RVers refer to them as the nicest hitches on the market. So if you have a short bed truck you'd want the slider version part # BWRVK3400 so that you have turning clearance or if you have a long bed you could use the fixed version part # BWRVK3500 and you'd be set. For the rail kit then you'd want the part # BWGNRK1116 which fits both bed lengths.
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  • Can Curt A16 5th Wheel Hitch be Used with 2018 Ford F-150 5.5 ft Bed with Sidewinder
  • If your trailer had a Sidewinder pin box installed on it the Curt A16 Fifth Wheel hitch part # C16120 that you referenced would work well. You'd need the custom wedge for this hitch # C16992. For a custom fifth wheel rail kit confirmed as a fit for your 2018 Ford F-150 5-1/2 foot bed you'd then want the # RP50087-58 which is confirmed as a fit for your truck and will work great with the Curt hitch. Sidewinders are pin box specific so you will first need to know what pin box you have...
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  • Towing Capacity and Recommended Hitch to Tow a 5th Wheel Trailer with a 2014 Toyota Tundra
  • The towing capacity of your 2014 Tundra is determined by Toyota, not either dealership. I recommend checking your owner's manual with your truck's specifics. Or you can contact Toyota with your VIN and they should be able to tell you how it came directly from the factory. I looked up a copy of your truck's manual but I'd still look at a printed copy if possible because as you said it has the tow package and 5.7L V8 but the capacity also depends on the bed length and cab style. From...
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  • Curt or B&W 24K 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for a 2018 GMC Sierra 3500 with Factory Puck System
  • B&W would be my top choice. For a 2018 GMC Sierra 3500 long bed with the factory puck system that would be # BWRVK3705. Not that Curt hitches are bad at all. But we rarely get questions from customers who have had any issues with B&W hitches because they are so well made. If your Sierra is a short bed though you would need to use Curt hitch # C16546 with adapter # C16023 since there isn't a B&W slider option for the short bed versions.
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  • Placement of B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch in 2014 Chevy Silverado 3500
  • When installing the B&W Companion, part # BWRVK3500, in your 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 you need to place it so that you have enough cab clearance to make sharp turns. Since you have a long bed truck turning clearance shouldn't be an issue so the hitch should be centered directly over the axle or slightly in front of it. Positioning it 8 to 10 inches forward like you have is shifting the pin weight of your trailer forward on the truck which could be what's causing the bounce you're...
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  • Weight of 16k Husky Silver Series Fifth Wheel Hitch HT31326-31314
  • The total weight of the Husky Silver Series 16K W 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # HT31326-31314 that you referenced is 135 lb. This then has a 16,000 lb trailer weight capacity.
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  • Reese 5th Wheel Hitch Compatible with 2014 Ford F-350 Factory Prep Package Puck System
  • For your 2014 Ford F-350, we have the Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30142 that is a direct fit for your factory pucks and includes the wiring harness. There are many other hitch options for your truck if you utilize the Reese Rail Adapter # RP30156. This will fit into the pucks and give you compatibility for standard Reese hitches like # RP30081. If you have a short bed, then you can use # RP30144 for a direct fit or use the rail adapter with a hitch...
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  • Installation Instructions for Reese Universal Base Rails Included with Pro Series # PS30129
  • I have attached the complete installation instructions for the Reese Universal Base Rails and Installation Kit # RP30035 that is included with the Pro Series Sliding Hitch # PS30129. This is a universal rail kit that is designed to fit most trucks. You will simply scroll down through the instructions until you find the section on your particular model truck. I have attached a couple short video demonstrations on these products that you can also check out.
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  • Recommended Gooseneck Hitch and Towing Capacity for 2014 Toyota Tundra
  • I took a look at the online owner's manual for your 2014 Toyota Tundra and the towing capacity can vary quite a bit depending on your exact model. Because of this, I highly recommend checking your copy of the manual or visiting your local Toyota dealer with your VIN so they can provide you with the exact specifications of your truck. For example, the 1GR-FE engine, 2WD model will have a maximum trailer weight of 4,800 pounds but the 3UR-FE engine, 4WD can have up to a 10,200 pound towing...
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  • Can 2017 Ford F-150 5-1/2 ft Bed Tow Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • Yes, you can tow a fifth wheel trailer with your 2017 Ford F-150 with a 5-1/2 foot bed. There's only one slider hitch though that will provide you with enough turning clearance though. Most sliders can provide up to 12 inches of sliding clearance whereas with a bed as short as yours you'd need more like 22-1/2 inches of clearance. So the hitch you'd need is the Demco Hijacker part # DM8550040 which has the clearance you need and automatically slides as you make tight turns. For a...
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  • Installing Reese Base Rails on 2016 Ram 1500 with 5-1/2 Foot Bed
  • For a custom base rail kit that is confirmed to fit your 2016 Ram 1500 with the 5-1/2 foot bed I recommend the Reese Quick-Install # RP50142-58. When mounting the rails, the rear base rail will be positioned 28-15/16 inches from the tailgate (see attached image). This base rail kit includes custom brackets that will use existing holes in your truck's frame to eliminate the need for any frame drilling. I have attached the complete written instructions that you can also check out. For...
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  • Weight of Head and Base for Reese M5 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30890
  • Just the head on the Reese M5 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30890 that you referenced weighs about 48 pounds. The base and legs weigh 105 pounds. This 20K fifth-wheel hitch is confirmed to fit your 2018 Chevy Silverado 3500 that features the factory rail kit. It will mount directly to the factory pucks in your truck bed and it has a premium single-piece Talon jaw that will wrap completely around the trailer king pin for a secure connection. I have attached a short video demonstration...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch for 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
  • I wish I had better news for you but there are no rails that will allow you to use the B&W Patriot # BWRVK3270 in the prep package of your 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500. The only available adapter for standard fifth wheel hitches that fits the Chevy prep package, the Demco # DM6194, does NOT work with the Patriot. This means you will need a new fifth wheel hitch, and if you liked the Patriot, B&W makes what is considered to be an even better fifth wheel which DOES fit into your Silverado's...
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  • Reese Elite Series Fifth Wheel Hitch in 2018 Chevy Silverado 3500
  • The Reese Elite Series # RP30142 does not have legs that are available to switch; the only way you can transfer this hitch to your 2018 Chevy Silverado 3500 is if the Chevy does NOT have the factory puck prep package. If it does not, you can use the Elite Series by installing the Under-Bed Rail and Installation Kit for Reese Elite Series # RP30868 in your Silverado. If your Silverado does have the factory rail kit and you need a new fifth wheel hitch I strongly recommend the B&W Companion...
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  • Recommended Ford Puck Adapter for Reese 20K 5th Wheel Hitch Compatibility
  • The Reese Select Plus 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw - 20,000 lbs # RP30081 does not have legs available that are directly compatible with the Ford factory puck system. You will need the Reese Elite Series Underbed Rail Adapter for Standard 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 20,000 lbs # RP30156 which will make the current legs on that hitch compatible with the puck system.
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  • Demco Adapter DM6194 for a 2018 GMC Sierra 2500 has a Lot of Vertical Play After Installation
  • I spoke with my contact over at Demco about adapter # DM6194 for the 2018 GMC Sierra 2500. He said that without a hitch on the adapter you can pull up on adapter and it will move slightly. This is due to the slight play between the channel in the gooseneck hitch ball hole and the ball bearings in the adapter's shank. But he said at most you should only see maybe 1/8 to 1/4 inch of vertical movement. If the adapter is installed correctly both in the gooseneck hole and at each of the 4...
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  • American Made Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • We carry hitches that were made in America, though the Reese # RP30033 is not. I recommend checking out the Curt A25 # C16180, which is made in the USA, has a 25,000 lb capacity, offers full 360 degree king pin contact, and has an articulating head to make hooking up your trailer an easier process. It fits in standard above-bed base rails also features a handy 3-color indicator system which easily lets you know when you're ready to hook up, tow, or uncouple.
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  • Comparing Curt and Reese 5th Wheel Hitches for Use with a 2012 Ram 3500 8' Bed
  • When it comes to choosing the best 5th wheel hitch everybody has a subjective opinion based on their experience and the experience of people they know or have spoken with. Most 5th wheel hitch manufacturers have good/better/best choices so if someone were to use a good option from Curt but a better option from Reese (or vice versa) that would influence their opinion. For example, when you input your 2012 Ram 3500 into our fitguide the first couple of options that pop up are from Curt...
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  • Will the Head of a B&W Companion BWRVK3000 Fit the B&W Companion Flatbed Base BWRVB3055
  • Yes, the hitch head on your B&W Companion Gooseneck-to-5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter part BWRVK3000 will fit the base of the B&W Companion Flatbed Gooseneck-to-5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter part # BWRVK3050 which is available separately as the Replacement Base for B&W Companion Flatbed 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # BWRVB3055. All of the B&W Companion heads are interchangeable among bases. The only problem you run into is when trying to use a B&W Patriot head with a B&W Companion...
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  • Does the 18K B&W Patriot w/ Slider Use the Same Rails as the 16K B&W Patriot
  • Yes, the B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider part # BWRVK3270 uses the same rails as the B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # BWRVK3200. They will work in place of one another without any additional modifications. I have attached a review video for you as well.
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  • Does Fifth Wheel Hitch King Pin have to Center Over Rear Axle of Truck
  • The center of the king pin of a fift wheel trailer needs to be centered over the rear axle. Since fifth wheel trailers are pretty heavy if you had the pin weight behind the rear axle you'd unload the front axle which would make braking and handling dangerous. I believe you have a 2005 Ford F-150 with a 5-1/2 foot bed. For bed this short there's one slider hitch that can slide far enough back to give you the needed turning clearance and it's the Demco hijacker auto slide part # DM8550041....
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2012 Ford F-250 with B&W Turnoverball Gooseneck
  • Fifth wheel hitches will always perform better than adapters. What hitch do you have installed in your truck?
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  • How to Fit Reese Elite 26.5K Fifth Wheel Hitch Under Truck Tonneau
  • I spoke to my contact at Reese and he informed me that the head of the Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30871 that you referenced will be 14 inches high in its lowest setting and 18 inches in the highest setting. The handle will add an additional 4-5 inches to the setup, but an option that some people do is install the handle upside down that way it will not be too tall for your tonneau cover.
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch for a 2014 Ram 2500 with Prep Package and RamBox
  • I have attached a photo of what the factory prep package for a 2014 Ram 2500 looks like.
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  • Replacement Parts for B&W Companion Hitch # BWRVK3050
  • The Replacement Saddle Pin for B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - Qty 1 # BW3025-119A is available, but the shock is only available with the replacement head # BWRVC3006.
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  • Weight of the B&W Companion Hitch for Chevy Factory Prep Package
  • The B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider for Chevy/GMC Towing Prep Package # BWRVK3770 is a very well made product. I only have the shipping weight of 256 lbs so it is most likely right around 250 lbs. Just the head of the hitch # BWRVC3006 can be removed and installed separately. That hitch head weighs 74 lbs. We have had people use the crane # MT70238 and lifting bracket # DM6100 for heavy hitches like this to be installed by an individual. It takes a little work to set...
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  • How to Tow a 5th Wheel Trailer with a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 that has a 5-1/2 Foot Bed
  • I have attached the formula that is used to determine turning clearance with a 5th wheel trailer for you below. In order to give you the exact measurement you are looking for we would need to know the distance from center of fifth wheel hitch jaw to the truck cab. However, I can already tell you that you will need to use either a rotating pin box or sliding 5th wheel hitch with at least 22-1/2" of travel in order to execute a 90 degree turn with your 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 because...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Compatible with B&W Gooseneck Hitch with Height Close to 13-1/2 Inches
  • The B&W Companion Flatbed Gooseneck-to-5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter # BWRVK3050 does not have any adjustment. It is 10-1/2 inches tall. The Curt X5 5th Wheel Base Rails Adapter for B&W Turnoverball Gooseneck Trailer Hitches - 20,000 lbs # 16310 will give you industry standard rails height which is 1.38 inches. Then you can add the Curt A20 # C16140 which is equal height with the shortest hitch and gives you some nice features. This is adjustable from 13 inches tall, so you will...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches for a 2018 Ford F-250 4x4 Both with and without Factory Prep Package
  • On your 2018 Ford F-250 4x4 look in the bed. If you see the 4 pucks in the bed like in the picture I have included then you do have the factory 5th wheel prep package. If you just see the indentations where the pucks would be then you do not have the prep package. If you do have those pucks then you can use a hitch that mounts directly in them. For a long bed truck you can use the following: # BWRVK3305 # C16036 # RP30871 # DM8550033 If you have the prep package and a short...
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  • Husky 5th Wheel Base Rail Bracket and Hardware Kit for 2006 Silverado 2500HD
  • Thank you for the photo of your recently acquired 16K Husky Sliding 5th Wheel hitch # HT31326-32220-59. To install your above-bed base rails in your 2006 Silverado 2500HD you will use bracket and hardware kit # HT31415. A helpful install article is included for you. If you need an in-bed wiring harness for your 5th wheel you can use kit # 20110 which offers simply plug-in installation at your bumper-mounted 7-way.
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  • Can Demco Hijacker Replace Pullrite Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • Yes, if the Pullrite Hitch you have currently sits in a set of industry standard rails like what you see with the part # RP30035 you can replace the hitch with a Demco Hijacker Autoslide like the # DM8550034 and you'd be good to go. This would simply install right in the rails that you currently have.
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  • Sliding Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Ram 2500 Short Bed
  • If you are looking for a slider fifth wheel hitch to fit the factory pucks of your 2017 Ram 2500 the B and W Companion hitch slider part # BWRVK3670 is the way to go as it's the best hitch available. If you do not have the factory rail kit you'd need to go a different route though. For an underbed rail kit you'd want the B and W Turnoverball hitch part # BWGNRK1384 and then for a slider Companion hitch to fit this you'd want the part # BWRVK3400.
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  • Best Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2015 Ram 2500 with Rail Kit
  • The fifth wheel hitch I recommend for your 2015 Ram 2500 is the B&W Companion Hitch for Ram factory rail kits part # BWRVK3600. This is considered by many as the nicest hitch around and it fits directly to your factory rail kit. Then for a custom wedge for this hitch to connect to your Reese Revolution pin box we have the # SWW-06 which will allow the hitch to fit perfectly to the pin box. This will give you basically the nicest towing setup around so I know you'll be very happy with it.
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch and Rail Kit Recommendation for 2018 Toyota Tundra 5-1/2 ft Bed
  • There is only one fifth wheel hitch solution we have for your 2018 Toyota Tundra with a 5-1/2 foot bed to tow a trailer with the Atwood pin box you mentioned. While most slider fifth wheel hitches will slide back around 12 inches to allow for turning clearance the Demco 13k Auto Slider part # DM8550040 is the only hitch that will slide back 22-1/2 inches which will give your short bed truck the clearance needed. Anytime a truck bed is shorter than 6 feet more slider clearance is needed...
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  • Installing B&W Companion in Turnoverball Gooseneck Hitch
  • The ball will not be underneath when you install the B&W Companion # BWRVK3500. The hitch installs in the post of the Turnoverball gooseneck hitch, but you will need to remove the ball first. If you let me know the year, make and model of your truck I'd be happy to let you know the correct Turnoverball and Companion for you.
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  • How to Tow a 5th Wheel Trailer with a 2014 Ram 2500 that has RamBox
  • You can absolutely haul a 5th wheel trailer with a truck that has the RamBox like your 2014 Ram 2500. However, there is only one method that will allow for this and the Andersen Ultimate Connection 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch System part # AM3200 is not it. This option would almost certainly cause the trailer to come into contact with the bedsides. Instead, you are going to have to use a rotating pin box with fixed 5th wheel hitch like you mentioned. In order to choose the correct rotating...
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  • How to Determine if Truck is Too Tall to Tow 5th Wheel Trailer
  • While it's possible that a truck can simply be too tall to tow a fifth-wheel trailer level, it's difficult to determine this with only the truck bed height, as the height of the particular trailer you are wanting to tow will also affect this. Also keep in mind that most fifth-wheel hitches, along with the pin box on a trailer, can be adjusted to different heights to help with trucks and trailers that don't get along height-wise. In order to see if your truck is too tall, I recommend...
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  • Guide for Picking out Truck for Fifth Wheel Towing
  • We have a really detailed guide for picking out the best truck for fifth wheel towing that I attached a link to on this page. For a trailer as heavy as yours though your best option is to go with long bed, diesel truck with a dually rear wheel axle as new as you can afford.
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  • B&W Companion Hitch for 2017 Ford F-350 with Factory Rail Kit Towing 18k Trailer
  • You'd be 1,000 lbs under the capacity of the B and W Companion hitch part # BWRVK3300 if you carried 2,000 lb of motorcycles in a 17k trailer. So yes the B&W Companion OEM 5th-Wheel Hitch # BWRVK3300 would work well for your 2017 Ford F-350 with factory rail kit.
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  • Fifth Wheel Solution for Cab and Chassis Truck
  • The only option we have for your cab/chassis is the Reese Low Profile 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, part # RP30054. This hitch has a 30,000-lb gross towing capacity. Installation of this hitch requires it to be installed directly through a 1/2 inch steel plate under the deck. The plate must be welded to brackets that are bolted to the truck frame and should be done by a qualified professional.
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  • Best Fifth Wheel HItch Recommendation for 2018 Ford F-250 Short Bed with Factory Rail Kit
  • For truck beds shorter than 8 feet you'll need a slider hitch in nearly all circumstances but if you happen to be towing a trailer that has a Reese Revolution or Sidewinder pin box you can use a fixed hitch. Or if the trailer has a tapered nose designed for short bed turning clearance that is another option. I attached a help article on Sidewinders for you to check out as well. It sounds like you have the factory rail kit in your 2018 Ford F-250 so for a slider hitch the B and W Companion...
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  • Can Underbed Demco HiJacker be Installed at Lowest Height Settings on a 2018 GMC Sierra 3500
  • There are no notes or warnings from Demco regarding using a HiJacker in a lower setting on your 2018 GMC Sierra 3500. And it looks like there is a ton of space available based on your picture. And the gearing is higher up than the lowest part of the hitch base anyway. So while they may not have installed anything wrong it does certainly appear that they could have gone down a setting if not 2.
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  • Will Lippert Turning Point Universal Wedge Fit B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Hitch
  • The universal wedge that came with the Lippert Turning Point King Pin should work just fine with your B&W Companion OEM 5th-Wheel Hitch # BWRVK3300. I do recommend considering a custom wedge instead that is specifically designed for your B&W Companion, as it will provide a much better fit than the universal model. We have the Custom Wedge # SWW-06 available that is designed for use with your B&W Companion. This particular custom wedge is confirmed to work with the Reese Sidewinder/Revolution...
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  • Will Companion Fifth Wheel Hitch Chuck Less than Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter
  • The B and W Companion hitches are incredibly nice hitches. They do not have a reputation for chucking at all. They jaws and head design of the hitch hold the king pin very tightly to eliminate any movement. If you have a long bed truck you'd want the fixed hitch part # BWRVK3500 or if you have a short bed truck you'd want the slider version part # BWRVK3400.
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  • How Does Demco Fifth Wheel Rail Adapter for Ram Rail Package Attach to Truck
  • For your 2017 Ram 2500 with a factory rail kit and a short bed the Demco rail adapter part # DM6099 fits into the pucks of the rail kit, secures to them, and then provides a set of rails that are compatible with the auto slider part # DM8550034. If you check out the install video I attached to this page for the # DM6099 which shows how it installs. The price is available at the links below.
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  • Can B&W Patriot Fifth Wheel Hitch be Used with Reese Revolution Pin Box
  • The B and W Patriot fifth wheel hitch is compatible with the Reese Revolution pin boxes. All you really need is the right wedge part # SWW-06 and you'd be set. This allows the head of the hitch to fit the Revolution perfectly. Then for a set of fifth wheel rails for the bed of your 2006 Ford F-250 the B and W rail kit part # BWRVK2400 would be a great custom fit option confirmed as a fit. Custom fit rail kits are the way to go over universal ones that will require a bit more install...
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  • Universal 5th Wheel Kit for a 2010 Nissan Frontier SE
  • The best option we have for you to use the Andersen Ultimate Connection 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # AM3200 in the bed of your 2010 Nissan Frontier SE would be to use the Reese Universal Base Rails and Installation Kit part # RP30035. This kit works with a variety of different makes and models. You will however need to drill into the frame in order to install the brackets. I recommend using the formula below in order to make sure you have proper turning clearance. The Andersen Ultimate...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation Kit for a 2018 Ram 2500 Mega Cab
  • Assuming that your SuperGlide hitch is an ISR version that fits in industry standard rails you can use any of the custom installation kits available for the 2018 Ram 2500. Reese kit # RP50054-58 is a popular option. You will not have to drill into the truck frame for installation so install time is less than on universal or semi-custom kits. You could also use the similar B&W kit # BWRVK2602 or Curt kit # C16427-204. Again, no drilling into the frame is required. The easiest kit to...
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  • What is the Correct Position for Reese Replacement 5th Wheel Hitch Spring 30776
  • For spring # 30776 when used on the handle the long end goes to the handle and the other end to the fixed position in the hitch. The picture I have included sort of shows this. You can see that on the handle end the representative coils start further from the hook than on the opposite end.
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  • Shipping Weights of B&W and Reese 5th Wheel Hitches
  • B&W's awesome Companion 5th wheel hitch # BWRVK3600 for the Ram factory prep package, shown in the linked video, has a shipping weight of 216-lbs, and about 10-lbs of this is packing material. The base portion alone # BWRVB3600 has a shipping weight of 142-lbs (so figure about 135-lbs net) and the head portion alone # BWRVC3006 has a shipping weight of 74-lbs (so figure about 70-lbs net). The Reese 5th wheel hitch # RP30160 for the Ram OEM package has a shipping weight of 186-lbs so...
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  • 5th Wheel Base Rail Dimensions and Kit Options for 2018 Ford F-150
  • All industry-standard 5th wheel base rail kits share a common fit with all brands of 5th wheel hitches, including the 15K Pro Series hitch # PS30093 but the install kits vary. We have custom-fit base rails kits that require less drilling and semi-custom kits too. Not all base rails are the same length, however. Reese Custom Install Kit # RP56034-53 fits 5-1/2-foot, 6-1/2-foot and 8-foot bed versions of your 2018 F-150. This kit includes outboard brackets that are easier to install (since...
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  • Where are 5th Wheel Hitch Adjustable Height Measurements Taken on 2018 Ford F-350 w/Prep Package
  • For B&W Companion hitch # BWRVK3370 fit Ford trucks with the prep package you would measure from the top of the pucks. That is about the same as the top of the bed corrugations. I have linked a video review of this hitch for you. Are you looking for a specific height that could possibly fall outside of the range of the Companion? If you need to go lower Demco hitches # DM8550024 and # DM8550038 are height adjustable from 15-1/2 inches to 18-1/4 inches. These hitches also slide automatically...
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  • What is Weight of Curt R20 Slider Base
  • The weight of the Curt R20 Round Slider part # C16550 is 140 lbs.
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  • Underbed Gooseneck Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Ford F-350 Short Bed
  • We certainly can help you pick out an underbed rail kit for your Ford F-350, but I need to know the year of your truck first.
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  • Can Air Bag Helper Springs be Installed on a 2016 Ford F-350 with B&W Gooseneck Trailer Hitch
  • Actually, you can install air bags on your 2016 Ford F-350 with the B&W Turnover ball hitch brackets on the frame. The brackets have a hole in them right in the middle that is needed by the upper brackets of Firestone Ride-Rite air springs # F2597. The hitch brackets and air spring brackets can use the same bolt through the hitch brackets and truck frame to secure to the truck. (Please note the F2597 kit is Not a fit for V10 Gas Engine with Extended Cab and 8 ft Bed, 2-wheel drive models.) I...
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  • How to Level a 5th Wheel Trailer to a Tow Vehicle
  • The 4" difference you have between the ground and bottom of the skid plate on the trailer's pin box (while level) and between the ground and top of the skid plate on the 5th wheel hitch is not ideal. As previously mentioned you are going to want the height of the skid plate on the trailer's pin box to be the same or very close to the height of the skid plate on the head of the 5th wheel hitch. If the head of your 5th wheel hitch is at the lowest setting while measuring 54" and the pin...
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  • Towing Capacity of a 2017 Toyota Tundra for 5th Wheel Trailer
  • There are several different towing capacities listed for your 2017 Toyota Tundra which will vary depending on engine size, cab style, drive type, bed length, etc. In order to determine the max towing capacity of your specific vehicle you are going to want to find both the gross combined weight rating (GCWR) and the gross vehicle weight (GVW). If you subtract the GVWR from the GCWR that will give you the maximum gross trailer weight (GTW) you can safely tow. These figures can be found on...
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  • Which Way Should the Kingpin Coupler Block Face on the Andersen Ultimate Part # AM3200
  • The orientation of the kingpin coupler block that comes with the Andersen Ultimate Connection 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch System with Adapter part # AM3200 will depend on which pin box you have on your trailer. If you have an extended pin box then you will need to place the kingpin coupler block so that the opening is towards the trailer but if you have a short pin box then the you will need to place the kingpin coupler block so that the opening is towards the vehicle. If you have a medium...
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  • Can Fifth Wheel Hitch Installed in 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 be Used in 2018 Ram 2500
  • If you have the B and W Patriot fifth wheel hitch part # BWRVK3200 that you referenced you can pretty easily install it in your 2018 Ram 2500 with just a new rail kit. For that all you'd need is the part # BWRVK2602 and you'd be set if your truck does not have the factory fifth wheel rail kit. If instead you do have the factory fifth wheel rail kit you'd want the rail kit adapter part # RP30154 to convert it to a rail set compatible with the Patriot.
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  • Will Demco 16k Fifth Wheel Hitch Have Height Range that works for 2017 Ford F-350 Long Bed
  • For your 2017 Ford F-350 8 foot bed without the factory rail kit we have several hitches that will fit and work well. The Demco 16k hitch part # DM6076P-16K has a height of 16 to 19 inches which works for more applications but this is a slightly smaller and taller range than other hitches. Typically on newer trucks with taller bed rails though this wouldn't be an issue. Our most popular option is the B and W Companion hitch part # BWRVK3500 with the rail kit part # BWGNRK1116 which also...
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  • Problems Uncoupling Demco Hijacker on 2015 Ford F-250
  • Uncoupling your 2015 Ford F-250 from the Demco Hijacker # DM8550034 can be a tad tricky. You need to essentially be in a straight line and also level in order to uncouple. Otherwise you won't be able to fully release from the hitch and will run into the problem you're having.
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  • 5th Wheel Install Kit and Hitch and Towing Capacity for a 2016 Toyota Tundra
  • I will be happy to help you out. I did some checking and there are 88 possible configurations of the 2016 Toyota Tundra. To determine the capacity of your specific model you will need to know: 1) The model code (indicated on the Certification Label) 2) With or without towing package 3) If it has the towing package does it also have the larger than normal fuel tank 4) The engine version 5) 2 or 4-wheel drive 6) Bed length 7) Cab style Once you know the above information you can...
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  • Rail Kit Recommendation for 2000 Ford F-350 with B and W Patriot Hitch
  • The B and W Patriot hitch you have # BWRVK3200 is designed to fit the industry standard fifth wheel rail offered by several different manufacturers. So you have a few optoins. The custom install kits are the way to go as they minimize drilling (no frame drilling), and the cut install time down quite a bit as well. I really like the Reese rail kits as they aren't too expensive but you get a great kit and rail setup. So for your 2000 Ford F-350 I'd recomend the Reese kit part # RP50082-58...
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  • How Much Does the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Weigh
  • I do have a similar 5th wheel hitch that you can use as a reference point but we do not carry Pullrite SuperGlide 5th Wheel Hitches so I would not be able to give you an exact figure. The competitor of the Pullrite SuperGlide is the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch. This hitch's weight will vary depending on its capacity. The 13K model part # DM8550040 weighs approximately 305 lbs, the 18K model part # DM8550034 weighs approximately 273 lbs, and the 21K model part # DM8550035...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Hitch Options for a 2017 Ford F-350 with a Short Bed and Factory Puck Package
  • There are 2 different 5th wheel trailer hitches that rise above all of the rest when it comes to the short bed on a 2017 Ford F-350 with the factory prep package. These would be the B&W Companion and the Demco Highjacker. The Companion # BWRVK3370 is rated for 20K and is considered by most to be the nicest 5th wheel hitch on the market. It uses a dual-jaw system to secure the king pin, is very easy to use, and is made in the USA. One of the best features is that the head is easily removed...
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  • Replacement Slider Base Recommendation for Reese 16k Hitch
  • Typically this only happens if somehow the slider was damaged or is installed in rails that aren't totally square which binds up the slider mechanisms. If you attempt to remove the hitch from the rails will it come out easily or does if feel difficult like it's stuck? For a replacement slider base we have the part # RP30092 which would be an exact replacement or you could upgrade to a round tube slider like part # RP50024 which will operate noticeably smoother.
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  • Jaw Replacement Recommendation for Reese 16k Hitch 30047
  • Replacement jaws for the # RP30047 are available. The correct part number is # 58056. Typically this fixes any movement hitches this hitch might have.
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  • Can a Pullrite SuperGlide Be Used on a 2016 Ford F250 Long Bed
  • For starters, the Pullrite SuperGlide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch is a sliding 5th wheel hitch and though it can still be used on a long bed truck, this will create added stress on both the truck and trailer which is not ideal. If the slide feature can be locked then it would be better but if not then I actually recommend using a hitch that is specifically designed for your truck like the B&W Companion OEM 5th-Wheel Hitch part # BWRVK3300 which is considered to be one of the best in the industry....
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  • Curt A16 5th Wheel Hitch Compatibility with Husky Base Rails
  • The Curt A16 5th wheel hitch # C16120 will fit any industry standard base rails. The Husky rails are industry standard rails, so the Curt A16 will fit your Husky base rails.
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  • Jaws on Reese Titan 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Will Not Fully Close Around Trailer King Pin
  • It sounds like your Titan hitch # RP30870 has excessive Loctite at the jaws. This problem was common enough that Reese released a tech bulletin about which I have linked for you below. I have also included the instructions here: 1) With the handle in the locked position try to move the jaws with your hands. If you can move them about 1/16" you do not have a system that has the extra Loctite. If you cannot move them freely with your hands, then you may have a system with extra Loctite...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches for a 2011 Ford F-250 Long Bed
  • There are several 5th wheel trailer hitches that will fit the factory pucks in a 2011 Ford F-250 long bed. One of the most popular is B&W Companion # BWRVK3300. This hitch is rated for 20,000 pounds gross trailer weight and is made in the USA. There is also a 25K version, # BWRVK3305. We also have some options from Curt including the 24K hitches # C16039, # C16545-16017 or # C16036, 20K hitches # C16034 and # C16530-16017, and 16K hitch # C16520-16017. All of these hitches feature cushioned...
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