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  • 5th Wheel Hitch for 2018 Ford F-150 with 5-1/2 Foot Bed
  • In order to tow a fifth-wheel trailer with your 2018 Ford F-150 that has a 5-1/2 foot bed you will need a fixed hitch and a pin box on the trailer that features a rotating turret like a Reese Sidewinder. On a short bed truck like yours a sliding hitch still doesn't provide enough cab clearance for making sharp turns, so the only option is a pin box like this that extends the pivot point back 22 inches from the king pin. Starting with the hitch, I highly recommend the Reese Select Plus...
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  • Deciding Between a Single Rear Wheel and Dual Rear Wheel Truck for Towing a 5th Wheel
  • A truck with dual rear wheels is going to be more stable with strong crosswinds, having a higher weight capacity, and observe less stress while towing when compared to a truck with single rear wheels. A truck with single rear wheels is going to be more cost effective, experience greater mpg, and more comfort while not towing when compared to a truck with dual rear wheels. Therefore, if you will be towing constantly like across the country then it might be best to get a dual rear wheel model...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Hitch for Ride Quality and Safety on 2018 Ram 3500 Short Bed with Puck System
  • The best fifth-wheel hitch in terms of both ride quality and safety for your 2018 Ram 3500 short bed with the factory puck system is the B&W Companion # BWRVK3670. The Companion hitch features 1 inch thick dual jaws for 360-degree jaw-to-king-pin contact. What this will do on top of providing a safe, secure connection to the trailer is allow for a much smoother ride with less rattle and annoying towing noise. Its fully articulating head will also ease the hookup process with the trailer...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch for 2019 Ford F-250 Short Bed and Trailer with MORryde Orbital Pin Box
  • Since the fifth-wheel trailer you plan on pulling is equipped with the MORryde Orbital Pin Box you don't need to have a sliding hitch that would typically be needed on short bed trucks like your 2019 Ford F-250 so that you can have the required cab clearance during tight turns. This is because the Orbital Pin Box will move the pivot point back from the king pin to provide this clearance. With this in mind, the hitch I recommend for your 2018 Ford F-250 that is equipped with the factory...
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  • Can a 2014 Ram 1500 with the 3.6L V6 Engine Tow a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • According to my research, the most well equipped 2014 Ram 1500 with the 3.6L V6 engine has a maximum towing capacity of 7,300 lbs. However, not all of them with the 3.6L V6 engine have this high of a towing capacity as the figures will vary depending on cab type, bed size, drive type etc. If you take the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and subtract that from the gross combined weight rating (GCWR) which are both found on the white info sticker in your door jamb that will then tell you...
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  • Automatic Sliding Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Ford F-350 with Rail Kit
  • We have just what you need to install an autoslider fifth wheel hitch in the bed of your 2018 Ford F-350 short bed. For a hitch you'd want the Demco Hijacker part # DM8550038 if you need a 21k capacity or the part # DM8550024 for an 18k capacity. Both of these hitches will automatically slide as you make tight turns to give you the clearance needed.
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  • Travel Trailer Compatibility with 2006 Dodge Ram Towing Capacity
  • To confirm your towing capacity, you will want to look inside the door jamb of your vehicle to get the GCVR (gross combined vehicle rating) and then subtract the GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) of your truck. That will give you the total weight of the trailer you can tow. If the numbers you have are correct, then you will be able to tow that trailer, but you will need to make sure the total loaded weight of the trailer is still under the max towing capacity of your truck. You...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Nissan Titan XD Short Bed with Factory Gooseneck
  • We actually don't carry either of the adapters you mentioned currently. We used to carry the Andersen Ultimate you mentioned but stopped allegedly because of issues people had with it. What I would recommend for your 2017 Nissasn Titan XD short bed with factory gooseneck is a Demco Hijacker auto slide fifth wheel hitch part # DM8550034 as it will slide back as you make tight turns to give you short bed truck the turning clearance it needs. Unlike other slider hitches this one does not need...
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  • Does Fifth Wheel Hitch that Fits 2015 Factory Ford Rail Kit Also Fit 2018 Ford Rail Kit
  • Yes, a fifth wheel hitch that's designed to fit a 2015 factory Ford fifth wheel rail kit would also fit a 2018 Ford factory rail kit like the B&W Companion OEM 5th-Wheel Hitch for Ford Super Duty Prep Package # BWRVK3300. If you had a short bed truck and needed a slider hitch for turning clearance the slider version of this hitch is the part # BWRVK3370.
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  • What is Height Range of Curt Q20 Fifth Wheel Hitch and Where is it Measured From
  • The height range of the Curt Q20 fifth wheel hitch part # C16130 that you referenced is 13 inch to 17 inch measured from the top of the fifth wheel rails to the top of the hitch head. Since fifth wheel rails are around 2 inches in heigh the 15 inch height setting of this hitch would be what I would recommend you start with.
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  • How to Mount Demco Autoslide Hijacker to OEM Pucks on a 2017 GMC Sierra 3500 with 8' Bed
  • The RV store you spoke with were correct and incorrect at the same time. The puck systems between the 6-1/2' bed and the 8' bed for your 2017 GMC Sierra 3500 do have different measurements so if they only have sliders that fit directly into the pucks it would make sense as to why they thought this couldn't be accomplished. We do have a way for you to use an autosliding 5th wheel hitch in the bed of your 8' bed. For a 21K autosliding hitch that fits your 6-1/2' bed you would use the Demco...
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  • Is There a Single Rear Wheel Truck that Can Tow a 20k lb Trailer
  • I looked up the towing capacities of the 2018 Ram 3500 and as long as the truck has the Cummins diesel engine and the premium 4.10 axle ratio the single rear wheel versions of the truck have a 21k towing capacity so that would work really great for you. The Reese 20k Select Plus part # RP30081 that you referenced has a 20k capacity and would work well for you as long as you stay under 20,000 lbs. If instead the truck you get has the factory Ram towing rail kit in the bed of the truck...
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  • Single Rear Wheel Ram Truck that Can Tow 15,500 lb Trailer
  • I just answered a similar question for a guy asking about a SRW truck that could tow up to a 20,000 lb trailer. The solution I found using Ram's online towing guide was that the only way to get a decent towing capacity out of a single rear wheel truck was to go with a 3500, diesel, with the 4.10 gear ratio. For your application I would recommend the same thing since the gross trailer weight is going to be 15,500 lbs. The Companion Ram Hitch part # BWRVK3670 that you referenced would...
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  • 5th Wheel Base Rail Kit and Hitch Compatibility with 2013 Toyota Tundra
  • The 26 inch on center brackets do not make sense to me. The standard 5th wheel base rails are 22 inches by 20-1/2 inches where the majority of hitches fit and in some cases are 22 by 29 inches. The 26 inches makes me think you may have a different style or are measuring in a different location as there aren't hitches I'm aware of with a 26 inch base. My recommendation for your 2013 Toyota Tundra is the Reese Quick-Install Custom Installation Kit w/ Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer...
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  • Will Curt Q24 Slider # C16546 Fit 2014 Ram 3500 6-1/2' Bed w/ OEM Pucks and Ram Adapter
  • Yes, if the adapter that you have for your 2014 Ram 3500 6-1/2' Bed with OEM prep gives you the standard above bed rails then the Curt Q24 Slider # C16546 will work with it. The Curt Adapter # C16022 is only compatible with Curt sliders because of the raised rails in the middle, but the Curt slider hitches themselves are compatible with other adapters as long as they have the industry standard base rail attachment points.
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  • Will the 13K Demco Autoslide # DM8550041 Work with a 2018 Ford F-250 6-3/4' Bed
  • Yes, the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550041 is compatible with your 2018 Ford F-250 with a 6-3/4' bed. This hitch actually installs in the Demco Underbed Rail and Installation Kit # DM8551009 instead of a traditional "OEM prep package". If you don't already have a 7-Way in the bed of your F-250 then I also recommend the Demco # DM8555002 which help make connecting and disconnecting the wiring in your pickup much easier.
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  • How to Release King Pin from Jaws of B&W Companion When Binding Occurs
  • Thank you for the picture! Have you tried putting the handle of the B&W Companion Hitch, like part # BWRVK3705, in the "open" position and then driving away? Sometimes when parked on uneven terrain some binding occurs between the king pin and the jaws of the Companion. B&W actually uses a cam-action handle so that when binding does occur (like what it looks like is happening to you) the latch can simply be put in the open position so and then the tow vehicle driven away for the jaws...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for 2018 Ram 2500 Long Bed with Factory Rail Kit
  • I recommend the B&W Companion, part # BWRVK3600. It fits right into your factory pucks with any adapters. It's rated up to 25,000 pounds and has the B&W 1 inch thick jaws so you get a good connection with your trailer's king pin which takes out a lot of the rattle between truck and trailer.
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  • Should the 16K or 18K B&W Patriot 5th Wheel Hitch be Used for a 16,000 lb GVWR Trailer
  • You are correct. Even though the 16K B&W Patriot # BWRVK3200 is a great option, if the GVWR of your 5th wheel Montana 3120RL is 16,385 you do want to give yourself a safety margin. We typically recommend having at least 1,000 lbs - 2,000 lbs of "cushion" between the GVWR rating of your trailer the the hitch so the 18K Patriot # BWRVK3255 is the perfect solution. It looks like you put a 2003 Dodge Ram Pickup in as your vehicle. If your Dodge Ram doesn't already have a 7-Way connector...
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  • Head/Height Adjustment for B&W Companion for 2018 Ram 3500 with Rail Kit
  • For your 2018 Ram 3500 with a factory rail kit the height range of the Ram Companion Hitch # BWRVK3600 is 17 to 19 inches measured from the floor of the truck bed. You pick the height based on what allows the trailer to be towed level and still allows you at least 6 inches from the bed rails to the trailer overhang. The forward to back positions of the arms is to allow you more clearance between the truck cab and nose of the trailer.
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  • Weight of Pro Series Fifth Wheel Hitch # PS30119
  • The Pro Series fifth wheel hitch part # PS30119 that you referenced weighs 113 lbs. It has a 20k trailer weight capacity.
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  • Weight of Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch for 2019 Ford F-250 Factory Prep Package
  • The 18k Demco Hijacker Autoslide, part # DM8550024, weighs right around 300 pounds and the 21k model, part # DM8550038, is closer to 330 pounds. Both of these hitches fit right into the factory puck system of your 2019 Ford F-250. I've linked a video of them both for you to take a look at.
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  • Comparing B7W Companion 3500 to Discontinued Companion 3000 Model
  • The B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 20,000 lbs # BWRVK3500 has a higher weight capacity from the 3000 model and is also quite a bit taller for the taller bed rails. The 3000 had a capacity of 18,000 lbs and had a height adjustability of 14-3/4 inches to 16-3/4 inches. The newer 3500 adjusts from 16-1/4 inches to 18-1/4 inches. The other difference is the foot pads are now adjustable and there is some forward and aft adjustment in the post on the newer model. Based...
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  • What 5th Wheel Hitch Installs in a Square Gooseneck Hitch Ball Opening
  • Yes, if you have a square gooseneck hitch ball opening on your Chevrolet Silverado 3500 then you can use the B&W Companion Gooseneck-to-5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter part # BWRVK3500 if you have a long bed or the B&W Companion Slider Gooseneck-to-5th-Wheel Trailer Hitch Adapter part # BWRVK3400 if you have a short bed. The B&W Companion is considered by most to be the best trailer hitch on the market. It has 1" thick dual jaws which will drastically reduce chucking and jarring. They...
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  • Recommended Best Truck and 5th Wheel Hitch with Added Air Bag System for Fifth Wheel Trailer Towing
  • First, thanks for your kind words. For towing your trailer, I have attached a couple of articles on best trucks for 5th wheel towing. My recommendation is the 2017 or 2018 Chevy 2500 with factory prep package puck system. You don't need the long bed, but a sliding hitch will be needed for the 6-1/2 foot bed. I recommend the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider # DM8550034 along with the Rail adapter # DM6194 for the best option. This will automatically slide...
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  • How Heavy of a 5th Wheel Trailer Can a 2006 Ford F-250 Tow
  • The weight capacity of a 5th wheel hitch needs to exceed the weight of the trailer it will be pulling. However, your 2006 Ford F-250 must also have a towing capacity that is greater than the weight of the trailer. According to my research, the towing capacity of your F-250 varys from 8,100 to 9,100 depending on options. In order to find the exact amount you will want to refer to the 2006 Ford RV and Trailer Towing Guide which can be found online. So long as the weight of your 5th wheel...
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  • Troubleshooting Raise the Rear End of Trailer With Flipped Axles
  • The Over-Under kit like # K71-385-00 has already been installed and you have maxed the height of your Reese hitch # RP30047. We used to have a lift kit, but it has been discontinued, so the best option is to replace your suspension hangers on your trailer to give you the additional 3 inches you desire. I've linked the page to your hanger options to assist. This will require cutting off your current hangers and welding on new ones that are longer. Another option is to use the...
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  • Husky 5th Wheel Hitch Castle Nut and 2010-2017 Recall Issue
  • The castle nut on the pin is not part of the Husky recall. The recall was not using Loctite on bolts in the handle and the jaw so bolts became loose over time in 2010-2017 models of the 16K and 26K hitch head. The manufacturer offers a repair kit for the 16K and 26K hitch heads to remedy the issue. This may be part of the issue with the fore and aft movement in the head, so I recommend looking into the recall. The castle nut you are referring to is on the pivot pin and the pin should...
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  • Which Fifth Wheel Hitch is Designed to Fit Truck with Flat Bed
  • For trucks with a flat bed the low profile fifth wheel hitch from Reese part # RP30054 that you referenced is the best choice since it sitting lower allows a fifth wheel hitch an easier time to be towed level. This is due to flat beds sitting higher than standard beds that rest directly on the truck frame. You'll have to come up with a way to fabricate the install using this hitch. It will need to be braced directly to the truck frame.
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  • Where Do Fifth Wheel Rails Install in the Bed of 2011 Ford F-350
  • For Reese's universal fifth wheel rail kit part # RP30035 which they list as a fit for your 2011 Ford F-350 long bed they recommend having the center of the king pin 4 inches in front of the rear axle center. I attached a picture that I took from the install instructions for this rail kit that have other measurements as well that you'd need for placing the rails in the truck bed.
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  • What Rear End Gear Ratio is Best for Towing Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • The higher the numerical number rear end gear the better for fifth wheel towing as that gives the engine more mechanical advantage over the weight of the trailer. I attached a help article on picking out a truck for towing with for you to check out as well.
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for Towing 20k Fifth Wheel Hitch Car Hauler
  • For your 2018 Ram 3500 with the factory rail kit the Curt A25 hitch part # C16046 is a confirmed fit and would be an excellent option. It has a 25,000 lb capacity which means it would be more than strong enough for your trailer that has GVWR of 20k. The lock of the handle is designed to prevent the jaws from accidentally coming unlocked. It's a redundant security device but basically if the pin can be inserted in the handle the jaws of the hitch aren't opening.
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  • Where to Mount Fifth Wheel Rail in Bed of 2001 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • To place a set of fifth wheel rails in the bed of your 2001 Chevy Silverado 1500 like the universal rail kit part # RP30035 will require you to set the rear rail edge 25-1/8 inches from the rear truck bed edge. To place the front rail you'd want to then put a hitch like the # RP30081 you mentioned in the rear rail and wherever the hitch places the front rail is where it needs to go.
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  • Slider Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation with Capacity Higher than 25,000 lb
  • We have the Husky Silver Series 26k Slider Hitch part # HT31318-32042 which is rated for 26,000 lb. This would work well for you if you need up to a 25,000 lb capacity.
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for Curt E16 Slider Installed in 2013 Ford F-150 6.5 ft Bed
  • You are on the right track! You do need a slider hitch so that you'll have enough clearance to make tight turns and a custom install fifth wheel rail kit is the way to go as it will minimize drilling and install time over a universal kit. For a custom fit fifth wheel rail kit confirmed as a fit for your 2013 Ford F-150 6-1/2 foot bed that would work well with the Curt E16 Slider part # 16516 that you mentioned you'd want the part # C16441-204 and you'd be set. The E16 hitch will...
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  • Which B&W Companion Hitch is Recommended for 2018 Ram 3500 with OEM Rail Kit and Short Bed
  • Slider hitches are designed for short bed trucks like your 2018 Ram 3500 with the factory rail kit to give you the needed clearance to make a tight turn. Otherwise the cab of the truck and the trailer nose will hit each other before a tight turn can be made. So you would want the B&W Companion Slider Hitch for Ram Rail Kits part # BWRVK3670 to give your short bed truck the clearance it needs to make a tight turn.
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  • Why is There a Gap Between the Jaws on my Reese 16K 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Slider
  • I spoke to my contact at Reese about your Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch with Slider part # RP30051 and they informed me that the 1/4" gap between the jaws is normal with the trailer coupled. The reason for this is because the diameter inside the jaws while uncoupled is less than 2" which is the diameter of the kingpin therefore a gap must be present while coupled. The space can be anywhere from 1/4" - 5/16". You should not have any concerns with your 5th wheel hitch in regards to the gap...
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  • Can 5th Wheel Hitch Be Installed and Removed from Bed Rails as Needed for Use?
  • Yes. Fifth wheel trailer hitches like the Husky Silver Series 26K W 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ 10 Composite Slider # HT31318-32042 are designed to be moved in and out of the truck bed as needed. The sliding hitches are a bit more difficult due to the additional weight of the slider, but it is still an option. This particular hitch is around 250 lbs, so it is best to move it in pieces which it is designed for. The hitch head is about 100 lbs and can quickly and easily be removed from...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Towing Setup for a 2017 Ram 2500 Short Bed with Prep Package
  • According to my research, the towing capacity of your 2017 Ram 2500 is 17,200 lbs. This means that the gross trailer weight (GTW) of your trailer cannot exceed this figure. When towing a 5th wheel trailer you also need to take into consideration pin weight. The pin weight of your trailer and all of the cargo and passengers in the truck cannot exceed the payload capacity which is 2,380 lbs. In regards to the type of 5th wheel hitch to use on your truck, you will need to use a sliding...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Hitch for a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 with 8 Foot Bed
  • The best 5th wheel hitch we have for your 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 with an 8' bed is the B&W Companion 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # BWRVK3500-5W with the Custom Underbed Turnoverball Installation Kit part # BWGNRK1012-5W. This setup is unique in that it provides you with a connection point for both 5th wheel and gooseneck trailers. The Companion hitch has 1" thick dual locking jaws that are going to do a phenomenal job of keeping the kingpin secure which in turn reduces chucking...
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  • What is Towing Capacity for 2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD For 5th Wheel Trailer
  • I looked up the towing capacity of your 2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD with a Duramax diesel and it looks to have a 13,000 lb towing capacity like you mentioned. If the trailers you are considering will weigh less than that when loaded and ready to tow you'd be fine, but you can't exceed this number safely. The length of the trailer is not quite as important as it's really the weight that's the issue. The Reese 20k hitch part # RP30081 that you referenced would be a great choice for a hitch...
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  • Will Curt Q25 Fifth Wheel Hitch Fit Rails that Curt X5 Adapter Provides
  • The Curt Q25 fifth wheel hitch part # C16265 that you referenced will fit on the rails that a Curt X5 adapter would provide. Like you mentioned you'd need to keep the weight of the towing setup below the weight rating of the X5.
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  • Why is the Locking Plate # DM6025 Required for a MOR/ryde Pin Box When Using the Autoslide Hijacker
  • Most pin boxes, like the common Lippert 1621 # LC1191191, have a solid connection to the king pin and can be secured to the Demco Hijacker Autoslide # DM8550034 via the built-in brackets. Since the MOR/ryde pin boxes have a unique connection to the king pin the Locking Plate # DM6025 is needed so that the pin box can remain secure. This locking plate has a wedge on it so if you were to tow your trailer with a 5th wheel hitch that doesn't automatically slide (and has the same funnel size...
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  • How to Determine Which Arm Position to Use for B&W Companion Hitch
  • I attached a chart that has all of the arm positions explained for the B and W Companion Hitch part # BWRVK3500 that you have. The horizontal position really comes down to cab clearance. Most people are find with the arms located forward which allows the trailer to sit closer to the cab of the truck. But some people need more turning clearance so the rearward-most position works best for them.
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  • How to Pick Out Best Truck for Towing Toy Hauler
  • I attached a help article we put together that details how to pick out the best truck for towing a trailer like your 2015 CrossRoads RV ReZerve RTZ33RL that you mentioned. The guide is more for 5th wheel trailers but most of it still applies to bumper pull trailers. The short answer though is that the best trucks for towing have a diesel engine since they have the best torque, and have a dually rear axle for best stability. Look for the help article on this page titled "Guide to Choosing...
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  • Recommended Base Rail Brackets for 2016 Ford F-150 with Pro Series 5th Wheel Hitch with Rail Kit
  • For your 2016 Ford F-150 the Pro Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Rails and Installation Kit - Slide Bar Jaw - 15,000 lbs # PS30128 is a fit. I recommend using the Reese Quick-Install Custom Bracket Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches # RP50087 with these base rails to give you the installation without drilling into the trailer frame. I've attached videos to assist. I also recommend the Hopkins Endurance 5th Wheel/Gooseneck 90-Degree Wiring Harness with 7-Pole Plug # 41157 to give you...
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  • Recommended Arm Position of B and W Patriot Fifth Wheel Hitch for Centering Hitch Over Axle
  • There are two horizontal positions that the B and W Patriot Slider part # BWRVK3270 can be in when installing in a set of fifth wheel rails. The forward-most position of the hitch head will get you the closest to the center between the rails. It will be 1/2 inch behind the centerline of between the fifth wheel rails. The other position will be 2-1/2 inches in front of the center line. SInce typically fifth wheel rails are installed the the center between the two rails being also the...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for a 2018 Ford F-250 with 6.5 Foot Bed and Grand Design 337 5th Wheel
  • The Demco HiJacker I recommend looking at is actually # DM8550022 with installation kit # DM8551009. The one you referenced, # DM8550040, is rated for 13,000 pounds only and is designed for trucks with super short beds and not the regular short bed like you have on your 2018 Ford F-250. Demco Hijacker # DM8550022 has 3 height settings, the lowest of which is 15-1/2 inches tall measured from the top of the bed corrugations to the top of the hitch head. Once the trailer is hooked up you...
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for 2018 Ford F-150 5-1/2 Foot Bed and Grand Design Reflection 150 Series
  • The Lippert Turning Point pin box on your trailer means that you will need a fixed 5th wheel hitch for your 2018 Ford F-150. The Curt A16, # C16120, is a great option for you. This hitch is rated at 16,000 pounds, so it has plenty of capacity for the Grand Design 150 series of trailers. The dual jaw design is safe and secure and the cushioned head improves ride quality. For the best fit with your Turning Point pin box I also recommend using custom wedge # C16992. For an installation...
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  • Solution for B and W Companion Hitch that Won't Fit All the Way In and Latch
  • You'll need to loosen the tracks on the bottom of your Companion hitch so that you can position them to fall into the valleys of your truck bed surface. This will allow the hitch to fit and position properly.
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  • Which is Better Reese 20k Select Plus Fifth Wheel Hitch or Titan 20k/R20 Hitch
  • Well the Reese Titan 20k/R20 hitch is no longer made for a reason...so the winner is definitely the Reese Select Plus 20k part # RP30081 hitch that you also referenced. This is one of the nicest hitches you can get so I recommend it highly. It uses a single hook jaw design that is easy to operate and provides very tight king pin contact which allows for minimal movement/noise. This hitch will work really well for you.
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  • Comparing the Jaw Designs on the Dual-Jaw # RP30047 and the Single-Jaw # RP30081 5th Wheel Hitches
  • Although the dual-jaw design system on the Reese 16K # RP30047 and the single-jaw design on the Reese Select Plus 20K # RP30081 are both safe, I prefer the single-jaw design. With the single-jaw there are less moving parts and the jaw essentially "hugs" the king pin inside the hitch as opposed to the dual-jaws which grip around the king pin themselves. Again, both designs are great and perfectly safe, but the Select Plus is definitely the way to go when it comes to ride comfort when...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Hitch for 2018 Ram 2500 with Factory Puck System
  • For your 2018 Ram 2500 with the factory puck system the best 5th Wheel Hitch is the B&W OEM Companion. If you have the 8 foot bed then you will want the fixed 25K # BWRVK3600 and if you have the short 6-1/2 foot bed you will need the 20K Slider # BWRVK3670 that allows for cab clearance during sharp turns. The Companion series hitches are considered by many to be the best on the market because of their extremely durable construction and 1 inch thick dual jaws that provide a superior...
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  • Different Jaw Design for Fifth Wheel Hitches for 2018 Ram 2500 Factory Rail Kit
  • The big difference between the slide bar jaws and a dual jaw setup is how tight the hitch will hold the king pin of the trailer. A slide bar setup is an economically priced option but it won't hold the king pin very tight and will allow quite a bit of movement. A dual jaw will hold the king pin tightly and give you a much smoother ride quality overall and will give you a much better overall towing experience. For your 2018 Ram 2500 with a factory rail kit I'd recommend the B and W Companion...
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  • Comparing Curt A20 and Q20 Fifth Wheel Hitches for 2018 Ram 3500 Factory Rail Kit
  • For your 2018 Ram with the factory rail kit the two largest differences is the limited warranty on the Q20 for Ram Trucks # C16530-16021 is 10 years for the hitch and lifetime for the legs while the A20 For Ram Rail Kits # C16044 is a limited lifetime warranty and the A20 has an improved jaw design over the older Q20. This means better contact for a smoother towing experience. I attached pictures of the jaws on both hitches for you to check out and compare as well. You'll see the A20 jaws...
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  • Lightest Weight Fifth Wheel Hitch Solution for 2018 Ram 3500 with Rail Kit for Use with Sidewinder
  • The lightest weight fifth wheel hitch we offer that can fit the factory rail kit of your 2018 Ram 3500 short bed is the Demco Recon # DM8550043 which weighs on 100 lbs. You'll need to use the Ram rail kit adapter part # RP30154 but it this will be your best option by far as this is the lightest hitch around. Since you have a Sidewinder the correct wedge to use with the Recon is the part # SWW-05. Sidewinders are pin box specific so you will first need to know what pin box you have...
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  • How to Pick Correct Fifth Wheel Hitch Height for 2019 Ford F-350 with Factory Rail Kit
  • The B and W Companion Hitch for Ford Rail Kits # BWRVK3300 that you referenced is a great hitch for your 2019 Ford F-350 long bed with the factory Ford rail kit. It has a height range of 16-3/4" - 18-3/4". The idea is to use the height that allows your trailer to sit as level as possible. I attached a picture that has all of the height settings shown and how they are selected by using the different arm install locations. The second picture I attached shows how to measure your truck...
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  • Fifth Wheel Towing Capacity for 2018 Ford F-150 with 5.0 liter Engine
  • The towing capacity for a 2018 Ford F-150 long bed with a 5.0 liter V8 engine is 5,000 lbs for a fifth wheel trailer. For a hitch the Reese 16k hitch part # RP30047 would work well and then for a rail kit you'd want a custom fit rail kit, part # RP50087-58 as the custom kits will minimize drilling and install time over the universal kits. I attached an install video for this kit for you to check out as well. For a 7-way to install in the bed of your truck to make connecting your trailer...
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  • Best Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Ram 3500 Long Bed with Factory Rail Kit
  • For your 2018 Ram 3500 long bed with the factory fifth wheel rail kit the best option is easily the B and W Companion Hitch for Ram Truck Rail Kits part # BWRVK3600. This hitch fits directly to the factory pucks you have in the bed of your truck and will give you the best fifth wheel hitch option out there. Nearly all RVers refer to the Companion hitches as being the best hitches you can get. They are well-made, easy to use, very reliable and made here in the USA. They also can break down...
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  • Best Underbed Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Ram 2500 w/o Factory rail Kit for Clear Bed
  • For your 2018 Ram 2500 short bed the best underbed fifth wheel hitch setup will be the B and W Companion Slider Hitch part # BWRVK3400 and the rail kit part # BWGNRK1384. This setup gives you the best slider fifth wheel hitch on the market and an underbed rail kit like you wanted. What's also great is that the rail kit also doubles as a gooseneck hitch too. I attached an install video for this kit for you to check out as well. For a 7-way to install in the bed of your truck to make...
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  • Best Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2019 Chevy Silverado 3500 that Won't Bind Unhitching
  • For your 2019 Chevy Silverado 3500 long bed with the factory rail kit the best hitch is easily the B and W Companion part # BWRVK3700 which is designed to fit the factory rail kit you have in your bed. Most RVers refer to the Companion hitches as the best out there. The jaw design works flawlessly and would not give you any binding issues.
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  • What Are Dimensions of Demco Hijacker for Ford Super Duty Prep Package # DM8550024
  • The Demco Hijacker for Ford Super Duty Prep Package # DM8550024 fits your 2019 Ford F-250 factory rail kit and overall measures 35 inches long by 33 inches wide. I attached a picture that shows these dimensions as well.
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  • How Far Does Head of Demco Recon Fifth Wheel Hitch Pivot Front to Back and Side to Side
  • If you check out the 30 second mark of the review video link I attached for the Demco Recon hitch part # DM8550043 that you referenced you can see exactly how far the hitch can pivot forward to back as well as side to side. I watched a few other Demco hitch reviews and the pivot of the Recon is about the same as the other ones. It looks like it might move forward to back more than the Hijacker like part # DM8550034.
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  • Where Does B&W Companion Hitch Install Relative to Rear Axle of Truck
  • The B and W Companion Hitch part # BWRVK3500 that you referenced is a great choice for your long bed 2015 Ford F-350 without the factory rail kit. To install it in your truck bed requires the B and W Turnoverball Rail Kit # BWGNRK1111. This rail kit allows the fifth wheel hitch to basically be centered right over the rear axle. Having it located there allows the pin weight of the trailer to be best distributed over the rear suspension without being so close to the cab of the truck that...
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  • Recommendation for Fixed 5th Wheel Hitch and Rotating Pin Box on a 2016 Ram 3500 Short Bed
  • For your 2016 Ram 3500, you would need to use a fixed 5th wheel hitch with a rotating pin box. The Reese Goose Box 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Air Ride Coupler Adapter will not work on short bed trucks due to not having clearance needed for turning. However, although you must use a fixed 5th wheel hitch with a rotating pin box this is actually one of the better options for you as the rotating pin box is going to give you the most turning clearance and it works automatically so you don't need...
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  • Availability of Sliding B&W Companion 5th Wheel Hitch for 2019 Ford F-250 with Factory Puck System
  • Congratulations on the new truck! I have good news. For your 2019 Ford F-250 with the factory puck system and a short bed we have the B&W Companion Slider 5th Wheel Hitch # BWRVK3370. As you mentioned in your question, the Companion series hitches are considered by many to be the best on the market and this particular model is designed to drop right into the factory pucks on your F-250. It features the 1 inch thick dual jaws for an excellent connection to the trailer, a fully articulating...
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  • What is Weight of B&W Companion Slider Hitch for 2018 Ram 2500 Factory Rail Kit
  • The B&W Companion OEM 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider for Ram Towing Prep Package # BWRVK3670 that fits the factory rail kit your truck has that you referenced weighs 303 lbs. That is quite a bit of weight to lift in and out of the truck bed but the head does come off of the hitch to make it a bit lighter weight. We also have a truck bed crane part # MT70238 which will fit the hitch of your truck and allow you an easier way to get the hitch in and out of the truck. You'll need the...
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  • What is 5th Wheel Towing Capacity of 2018 Ram 2500 with Factory Rail Kit
  • The tow capacity for a 2018 Ram 2500 is between 9,910 to 12,830 lbs depending on how it is equipped. Since you have the factory rail kit in the bed of your truck fitting a hitch to your truck is very easy. If you have a short bed you'd want the slider B and W Companion Hitch part # BWRVK3670 which has more than enough capacity and is considered by nearly all fifth wheelers to be the best option. If you have a long bed truck instead you'd need the fixed version of this hitch part # BWRVK3600....
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  • Best Fifth Wheel Hitch Setup for 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
  • I may be biased...but I'd say ordering your fifth wheel setup from etrailer.com would definitely be the best place. The best setup available for your truck would be the B and W Companion hitches as they are the best made and performing hitches availalble. For that you'd need the slider kit part # BWRVK3400 if you have a short bed so that you have turning clearance or if you have a long bed you'd want the fixed hitch version part # BWRVK3500 since you wouldn't need the slider's additional...
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  • What is Part Number for Fixed Companion Hitch Base and Head
  • The Companion base # BWRVB3500 that you saw in the ad would only be a couple years old as it had it's weight capacity changed and increased to 20,000 lbs pretty recently. The part number was changed at that point. The replacement head you'd need is the part # BWRVC3006 if you are in need of that to go with the base. When these two parts are sold together the part number is # BWRVK3500.
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  • Which Arm/Height Position for B and W Companion Hitch is Good Starting Point
  • I attached a picture that has all of the available positions you can use for varying heights with the B and W Companion hitch part # BWRVK3305. It's best to measure first to determine which height you'd need, but if not then I'd go with the medium height position with the arms fursthest from the cab for a position that will be the most likely to fit the best.
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  • What is the Pin Weight Capacity of a 2015 Ram 2500
  • The pin weight which is the same as hitch weight but for a 5th wheel and gooseneck trailer cannot exceed either the payload capacity or the gross axle weight rating (GAWR) on your 2015 Ram 2500. I do have access to the payload and (GAWR) figures for a 2015 Ram 2500 but they vary drastically depending on factors such as cab type, bed length, drive type, engine size, transmission, and axle ratio so I can't give you a yes or no answer but I have sent you an article which lists all these capacities...
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  • Determining Towing Capacity of 2015 Sierra 2500 Duramax Diesel for Towing 2018 Keystone Fuzion 429
  • I took a look at the online specs for your 2015 GMC Sierra 2500. Depending on your bed length and drivetrain the Sierra 2500 Crew Cab with the Duramax 6.6L V-8 Turbo Diesel engine has a 5th wheel towing capacity of 16,400 to 17,400 pounds. I do highly recommend verifying this by checking your copy of the owner's manual or by visiting a local GMC dealer with your VIN. With the above information in mind it looks like your truck can handle the dry weight of your trailer but based on my...
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  • Best Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Ram 2500 with Factory Rail Kit
  • The best fifth wheel hitches we offer for your 2018 Ram 2500 with the factory rail kit is the B and W Companion hitches. If you have a long bed you'd want the fixed Companion # BWRVK3600 or if you have a short bed truck you'd want the slider version part # BWRVK3670. A slider hitch is needed for a short bed truck so that you have enough clearance to make tight turns. What makes the Companion hitches so nice is that they are USA-made, very reliable, and easy to use. Most RVers on the...
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  • Best Fifth Wheel Hitches for 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 with Factory Rail Kit
  • For your 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 that has the factory rail kit in the bed you'd want the fixed B and W Companion part # BWRVK3700 if you have a long bed truck or the slider version # BWRK3770 for if you have a short bed. The Companion hitches are considered by nearly all RVers as the nicest hitches you can get. They are USA made hitches, that are easy to use, and last a very long time. The reason you need a slider hitch with the short bed trucks is so that you have turning clearance when...
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  • Best Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2019 Ford F-250 with Factory Rail Kit
  • For your 2019 Ford F-250 long bed with a factory rail kit the best option is easily the B and W Companion hitch part # BWRVK3300 which easily fits directly to the rail kit you have. Most RVers on the road refer to this hitch as the best option around because of how well it's made, how reliable it is, and how easy it is to use. It also breaks down to make removal and install easier. (see picture) If you had a short bed you'd instead have wanted the slider version part # BWRVK3370 which...
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  • Pin Weight and Payload Capacity Difference for 2018 GMC Sierra 3500
  • So the difference between payload capacity and pin weight capacity is that the fifth wheel hitch setups are bolted directly to the truck's frame which is where their capacity is related to and payload is the truck bed which is made from a much less strong material. That is why your pin weight capacity is 5,500 lbs and your payload is 4,450 lbs. Since you are at 4,020 lb pin weight you would be fine.
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  • How to Tow a Fleetwood Prowler Lynx 5th Wheel Trailer with a 2002 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Short Bed
  • I do have options for you but there are few circumstances that allow you to make a full 90 degree turn while towing a 5th wheel trailer using a short bed truck and fixed 5th wheel hitch. The first exception to the rule is if you have a rotating pin box which moves the pivot point back and the other is if the trailer has a tapered nose. The Fleetwood Prowler Lynx 5th Wheel Trailer never came with a tapered nose and you already stated you didn't have a rotating pin box so it looks like...
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  • Does Demco Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitch Need Lube Plate With Rota-Flex Pin Box
  • Although it is not necessary to use a lube plate with your Demco Hijacker # DM8550035 Autoslide 5th wheel hitch because you should be using the Demco Hijacker Autoslide Capture Plates for Trailair Rota-Flex Pin Boxes # DM6171, you can use the 10" Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch Lube Plate # 16721 if you want to more easily allow the king pin to slide into the hitch.
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  • Offset of the B&W Companion OEM 5th-Wheel Hitch Part # BWRVK3300
  • In regards to the B&W Companion OEM 5th-Wheel Hitch part # BWRVK3300 (150 lbs), the pivot arms can be adjusted so that the kingpin is positioned 3" in front of the axle or 1" behind the axle. In regards to the Andersen Ultimate Connection 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch System part # AM3200 (50 lbs), the base can be positioned so that the kingpin sits 9" behind the axle. However, in order to use this 5th wheel hitch on your 2019 Ford F-350 you will also need the Reese Elite Series Underbed Rail...
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  • How to Mount a Reese Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch on a 2008 Ford F-250
  • It looks like you have the Pro Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # PS30094. In order to mount this hiitch in the back of your 2008 Ford F-250 I recommend using the Reese Quick-Install Custom Installation Kit part # RP50082-58 because it is a custom fit that will not require any drilling into the frame rails. There is even an install videos which I have attached for you. For the pins and clips you can use part # 6014.
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  • B&W Companion 5th Wheel Hitch For 2019 Ford F-350 Short Bed With Factory Puck System
  • I highly recommend going with the B&W Companion sliding fifth wheel hitch # BWRVK3370 over the Companion fixed (non-slider) hitch # BWRVK3300 for your 2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty with a 6-3/4' bed in order to avoid potentially hitting your new truck's cab with your Bighorn trailer. While we do not have the exact specs available for your truck I can give you a way to take some measurements so you can find out both if you can back under your trailer without contacting it as well as if...
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  • Could Fixed Companion Hitch for Ford Rail Kit Work in Short Bed 2018 Ford F-350
  • If your trailer was towed with a short bed truck previously and a slider hitch wasn't needed then for your 2018 Ford F-350 with the same bed length of 6-3/4 feet the B and W Companion part # BWRVK3300 would fit and would work well. Normally slider hitches are needed with short bed trucks like the Companion slider part # BWRVK3370 which fits your truck too, but if the trailer has a tapered nose a fixed hitch can work as well.
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  • Can 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Mega Cab Tow Fifth Wheel
  • Yes, a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 with a Mega Cab and a 6-1/2 foot bed does have fifth wheel rail kits made for it so it could easily tow a fift wheel hitch. From my research it looks like the towing capacity is 7,300 to 7,800 lbs so you'd need to confirm that though and stay under the capacity. So since you have a truck bed shorter than 8 feet you'll need a slider hitch to get you the clearance needed. For that we have the Pro Series 16k Hitch part # PS30121 which is a slider hitch and would...
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  • Is B&W Companion Hitch the Best Fifth Wheel Hitch for 2019 Ford F-350 with Factory Rail Kit
  • For your 2019 Ford F-350 with the factory Ford rail kit the B and W Companion Hitch part # BWRVK3300 is a confirmed fit and would work well. Most people refer to the Companion fifth wheel hitches as the nicest ones on the market so this would be a great hitch we'd highly recommend. Since this is a fixed hitch this would be the hitch to use if you have a long bed truck. If instead you have a short bed truck you'd need the slider hitch version of this as part # BWRVK3370. The slider allows...
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  • Lube Disk Recommendation for Use with B and W Companion Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • For a B&W Companion hitch like the part # BWRVK3600 I recommend using a 10 inch diameter lube plate. We have the Reese Lube Plate, # RP83002, which is my top choice, and the Curt 10 inch Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch Lube Plate, # 16721, both of which will work nicely with your Companion hitch. B and W recommends the use of a lube plate so we also recommend it.
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  • Gooseneck Latch Pin Pulls Out when B&W Companion Slider is Installed
  • When installing the B&W Companion slider # BWRVK3400 you will pull out the gooseneck pin all the way and rotate clockwise, remove the ball, and reinsert the gooseneck pin. At this point make sure that the pin is in properly. B&W states "Check the latch pin under the truck. Make sure that the latch pin has passed through both sides of the socket and that the pin is covered up inside the socket by the socket adjuster, see Figure A1 in your instructions. If the pin is visible inside the GN...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for 2018 Ram 2500 without Factory Pucks
  • Since your fifth-wheel trailer is equipped with the Lippert Turning Point pin box you can go with a fixed hitch. The extended pivot point on the Turning Point eliminates the need for a sliding hitch that would otherwise be needed on short bed trucks like yours to provide cab clearance during sharp turns. For a hitch that will work great on your Ram and is compatible with the Turning Point I recommend the Curt A20 # C16140. This is an excellent hitch that features a fully articulating...
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  • Sidewinder Wedge for Demco Hijacker Premier Series 5th Wheel Hitch # DM6076P-16K
  • The correct custom wedge for the Demco Hijacker Premier Series Hitch # DM6076P-16K for use with the Reese Sidewinder is the part # SWW-05. This custom wedge will prevent the king pin from pivoting at the hitch. I have attached a short video demonstration and the written instructions that you can also check out. If you are still looking for a Reese Sidewinder I recommend the Reese 5th Airborne w/ Sidewinder and Turret # RP61422. This will not only move the pivot point 22 inches toward...
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  • Is there a Pin Catch or Bed Saver that Works with the B&W Companion 5th Wheel Hitches
  • As far as I know there are no plans for adding a pin catch or bed saver type of product to the Companion hitches, such as # BWRVK3500. There may be some aftermarket products that could work for this but if there are we do not carry them. If you do find something that could potentially work be sure to verify that it will work with the Companion hitch prior to purchase.
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  • Will a Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Hitch from a Ford Fit Factory Pucks in a 2018 Ram 2500
  • On a Ford truck the factory pucks are spaced 13 inches apart front to back and 30 inches apart side to side center to center. The puck spacing in the bed of the Ram trucks with the factory 5th wheel prep package is 22.6 inches front to back and 39 inches side to side, measured from hole center to hole center. This means that you can reuse the head of the Reese 20K Elite series hitch but you would need a new center section and legs. The center section is # RP30863 and the legs are # RP30864....
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  • Does Height Settings Of Fifth Wheel Hitch Include Height of Bed Rail
  • The height of a fifth wheel hitch like the Demco Recon part # DM8550043 that you referenced would be the distance from the top of the rail to the top of the hitch. The height adjustability of the Recon is 15-1/2", 17-1/4", and 18" which you'd need to add the height of the rails to this to get the total height. Depending on how tall your rails are will deterine which of the lower two height settings should be used.
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  • Towing Capacity for 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Towing Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • The max trailer weight you can tow with a fifth wheel would be the figure GM gave you for the 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 of 9,200 lb. There are several factors that contribute to the towing capacity like gear ratio, engine size, cab/bed size etc. but if GM puts out a max towing capacity for a vehicle that number is the max you could do regardless of trailer style. There isn't a separate set of capacities for bumper pull trailers and fifth wheel trailers. The Reese Select Plus hitch part...
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  • Reese Base Rail Kit Measurements for a 2001 GMC Sierra 2500
  • The Reese 5th Wheel Hitch # RP30047 itself will just sit in base rails. If you are talking about where to configure the base rails on your 2001 GMC Sierra 2500 then we first need to determine which base rail kit that you have to ensure that you can follow the correct instructions. Most people purchase the base rails from the same manufacturer of the 5th wheel hitch so if you purchase Reese base rails you have either part # RP30035, part # RP50064-58, or part # RP56007-53. I have attached...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch for Towing a Pinnacle FBTS with a 2014 Ford F-350 with OEM Puck System
  • Thank you for all of the information! I am not sure what you meant by a standard size for the bed on your 2014 Ford F-350 but I can easily make a recommendation as the puck system really helps to narrow things down. What I recommend using is the B&W Companion 5th wheel hitch. This comes as a slider hitch # BWRVK3370 if you have the 6-3/4' bed or a stationary hitch # BWRVK3300 for 20K or # BWRVK3305 for 25K if you have the 8' bed. This 5th wheel hitch fits directly into your pucks,...
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  • 5th Wheel and Conventional Towing Weight Capacities for 2018 Ram 3500
  • The 2018 Ram 3500 with Cummins Diesel is dependent on the axle ratio, the cab, and the box length. I've attached the chart to assist with each of these. The number in the parenthesis for each of them is the 5th wheel towing capacity and the other number is for the trailer hitch receiver below the bumper. If you are looking for a trailer hitch receiver, I have linked the page to your options to assist. Assuming you are looking for 5th wheel components, if you have the factory tow...
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  • Worn Powder Coat on Skid Plate for B&W Companion OEM
  • The skid plate on your B&W Companion OEM 5th-Wheel Hitch part # BWRVK3300 should have been lubed prior to hitching the trailer per the owner's manual for the unit which is attached for you. The worn powder coat is not a huge deal but there may be some accumulation of rust so you would want to spray some paint over the exposed metal and keep a fair amount of grease on it. I also recommend using a lube plate part # HT34914 as this should prevent any more material from wearing away.
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  • Curt or Reese 5th Wheel Hitch for 2018 Ram 3500 Long Bed with Factory Puck System
  • Curt and Reese both make exceptional 5th wheel hitches and you really wouldn't go wrong with a hitch from either of these manufacturers. Since you have the factory puck system I recommend first narrowing down your options to hitches that will mount directly to the pucks so that you don't have to mess with a separate adapter piece. Reese has one such unit with the OEM 5th Wheel Hitch # RP30160. This is a really nice hitch that features a forged single-piece jaw for a secure connection...
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  • Recommended Fifth Wheel Hitch for 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 With Turning Point Pin Box
  • I can understand not wanting to put rails in your 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 but the B&W Companion cannot be used with a Turning Point pin box (or any rotating pin box like the Sidewinder) when mounting it with the Turnoverball Underbed Installation Kit. I have cut out a portion of the manual from the Companion # BWRVK3500 you referenced which explains this. As much as you would like to avoid using rails in your truck you will need to but the good news is that there is a custom installation...
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  • How to Fit Companion Fifth Wheel Hitch to 2018 Ford F-350 Short Bed with Rail Kit
  • What you can do is use the Companion hitch slider part # BWRVB3370 with your current Companion hitch head and you'll have a slider Companion hitch that fits directly to the factory Ford rail kit of your 2018 Ford F-350 short bed. There isn't a way to install the base you currently have to the Ford gooseneck hitch.
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