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  • How To Check if Trailer Surge Brakes Are Working Properly On Tandem Axle Boat Trailer
  • Checking the brakes can be done in two ways. The easiest way is to raise one side of the trailer and spin the wheels while someone applies the surge brakes at the coupler. The better way would be to remove each of the wheels and brake drums and activate the brakes while making sure the wheel cylinders and brake assemblies are functioning properly. After this the first thing I would do is bleed the brakes using the trailers surge coupler to force the fluid from the brake lines and make...
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  • Where Can VIN Be Found On Travel Trailer
  • The trailer A-Frame tongue is the first place to check. Look for a ID plate affixed to the frame near the coupler. If the ID plate isn't evident there, check the front storage compartment and look over any exposed frame members in that area. On some travel trailers, The ID plate is actually inside the trailer, inside a storage cabinet.
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  • Recommended Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch For Short Bed Truck With Rails Installed
  • The rails in your 2005 Ford F-250 with 6-3/4 foot bed are standard rails compatible with most hitches. Because you have a short bed, you will need a sliding hitch. There are a few options for you, but I'll give you a recommendation for an auto-slide and a manual sliding hitch. The reason you will need a sliding hitch is because the clearance between your truck and trailer is limited due to the short box, so you want to make sure you have the ability to turn in tight spaces without having...
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  • Compatibility of Demco Autoslide with 2018 Ram 2500 6.5 Foot Bed
  • The Demco 13K with a 22-1/2 inch slide # DM8550040 and # DM8550041, will not work for your application. It would cause issues with the tail gate. The confirmed fit for your truck is the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider - 18,000 lbs # DM8550034 or the 21K # DM8550035. Either will work well with the Rail adapter for Ram 5th Wheel Towing Prep Package # DM6099 or the Reese 5th Wheel Rail Adapter # RP30154. The weight of the hitch is 273 lbs for the 18K and...
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  • Comparing Demco Hijacker and Pullrite Superglide Fifth Wheel Hitch for 2017 Ram 2500
  • The things that the 18K Demco Hijacker # DM8550034 and the 18K SuperGlide have in common are that they both offer 14" of travel, they are both automatic sliding 5th wheel hitches, have 2-point pivoting hitch heads, are compatible with industry standard base rails, and they are both rated to tow up to an 18K trailer. Both 5th wheel hitches come with a 5-year limited warranty as well. Although they both have the single-jaw system to lock the king pin into place, the SuperGlide hugs it...
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  • Comparing Demco and Pullrite Automatic Slider Hitch for 2017 Ram 2500
  • The Demco Hijacker Hitch part # DM8550035 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for your 2017 Ram 2500 with hitch package and short bed as long as you use the adapter part # DM6099 and would be what I would recommend for you. It would not require any rail kit adapters either. It is very similar to the Pullrite Superglide in operation. I have read many online reviews on other sites and forums where people compare the two saying that the Demco costs less and tends to be more...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 Behind Motorhome
  • For a larger truck your 2009 GMC Sierra the Demco Exali-Bar tow bar # DM9511009 would be the tow bar that would work best. It has a 10,500 lb capacity and has longer arms which helps with turning range. For a base plate kit the part # DM9518200 is a confirmed fit for your 1500 and would work well. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight wiring to allow your tow vehicle to...
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  • Troubleshooting Difficult Connection of Demco Hijacker AutoSlide to Fifth Wheel Trailer
  • The Demco Hijacker hitches like the part # DM8550034 are pretty particular about how straight your truck is relative to the trailer. Anytime we've seen issues with people having a hard time coupling with this hitch the problem has been that they aren't backing up totally parallel to the same direction as the trailer.
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  • How Much Does Demco Hijacker #DM8550024 Weigh for Removing Hitch
  • The head of the Demco Hijacker part # DM8550024 weighs 65 lbs. The total weight of the hitch with the head would be 289 lbs. You would need two people to get this hitch in and out or you could use the MaxxTow Crane part # MT70238 that is designed to install in the hitch of a truck.
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  • Recommended Sliding 5th Wheel Hitch for 2017 Ram 3500 Dually Mega Cab with Factory Pucks
  • For your 2017 Ram 3500 dually that has the 6-foot bed and factory rail kit my best recommendation for a sliding hitch is the 20K-rated B&W Companion # BWRVK3670. The build quality of B&W hitches is unmatched and over 300 of our customers that have selected this hitch have rated it with almost a perfect score! The Companion drops right into your pucks - no adapters required - and it offers 12-inches of slider travel, a double-pivoting head for easier hitching and a double jaw system...
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  • Pullrite Superglide or Demco Hijacker Comparison
  • The advantage the Pullrite Superglide would have over the Reese hitch # RP30083 is that you would never have to get out of your truck to activate the slider. We don't sell Pullrite hitches, but that would be a huge selling point for me to pick it over the Titan. However, I do have an additional option for you to consider that we DO offer that does automatically slide like the Pullrite. I really like the Demco Hijack part # DM8550034. This hitch would work similarly to the Pullrite,...
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  • Does Demco HiJacker Auto-Slide 5th Wheel Hitch DM8550034 Have Double-Pivoting Head
  • The Demco 18K Hijacker Autoslide 5th wheel hitch # DM8550034 has a double-pivoting head that makes for easier hitching on uneven ground. You can hitch at up to a 15-degree angle. In a 2016 Ram 2500 short-bed with the Ram factory rail kit this hitch will install using under-bed adapter # DM6099. We also have 5th wheel slider hitches that can drop directly into the factory pucks in the bed, without need for any adapter, such as the outstanding B&W 20K Companion Slider hitch # BWRVK3670....
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  • Adapter Needed for 5th Wheel Hitch on a 2018 Chevy Silverado 3500 with the Factory Puck System
  • The Demco 5th Wheel Rail Adapter # DM6194 is an adapter rated for 21K that changes the factory puck system on a GMC or Chevy so that a 5th wheel hitch that installs on industry standard rails can be used for your towing setup. It will fit and work well with the puck system on your 2018 Chevy Silverado 3500 if it has a short bed.
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  • Underbed Fifth Wheel Hitch and Rail Kit Recommendation for 2017 Ford F-250
  • We have the Demco underbed rail kits that fit your 2017 Ford F-250 like the part # DM8551009. With this kit installed you could use their 21k Demco hitch part # DM8550032 if you have a long bed or the auto slider part # DM8550022 if you have a short bed. The Demco hitches are USA made hitches that will work great for your application.
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  • Can 2015 Ram 3500 Be Flat-Towed Behind Motorhome
  • From my research I found the 2015 Ram 3500 would weigh somewhere in the neighborhood of 7,000 lbs, depending on the features, so your Ram should have no problem being towed behind your motorhome. The # DM9518134 is designed for the 2500 and 3500 Ram pickup, and they will work well with the Excali-Bar # DM9511009 tow bar you said you already have. It sounds like you are familiar with flat-towing but if not there are 5 items needed when you want to tow a vehicle. You will need the...
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  • Best Fifth Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Ford F-250 Short Bed with Rail Kit
  • The hitch I would recommend for your 2017 Ford F-250 short bed with the factory rail kit is the Demco Auto Slider part # DM8550038. This hitch has a 21k capacity, but what really makes it nice is that it attaches directly to your rail kit and automatically slides as you make tight turns instead of forcing you to get out of your truck every time you need to slide the hitch. It's not super lightweight but can easily be broken down into smaller sections to make removing it easier. I attached...
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  • Height Added by Use of Demco DM6099 Rail Adapter for Ram OEM 5th Wheel
  • According to my contact at Demco, their 5th Wheel Rail Adapter # DM6099 for the Ram OEM 5th Wheel Towing Prep Package will add only 1-3/4-inches of additional height to the hitch set-up, as compared to standard above-bed base rails. This additional height is about 1/2-inch more than typical above-bed base rails. If your reference point is the top of the puck openings in the bed then from there up to the top of the rail surface the distance according to my contact is approximately the 1-3/4-inches....
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  • Weight of Demco Hijacker Premier Series 5th Wheel Hitches
  • I have the shipping weight of each Demco Hijacker Premier Seires fifth wheel hitch. The actual weight will be a little less because of the shipping materials so subtract few pounds. 16k fixed hitch, # DM6076P-16K is 122 pounds 21k fixed hitch, # DM6076P-21K is 140 pounds 16k sliding hitch, # DM6076P-UL-16K is 186 pounds 21k sliding hitch, # DM6076P-UL-21K is 210 pounds
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  • Will the Demco Hijacker 5th Wheel Head Replace an Older Model Hijacker Head
  • I went out to our warehouse and measured the pin and mount width on the Replacement Saddle Bracket for the Demco Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitch, # DM6023. This pin measured 1 inch in diameter and the inside bracket measurement where the head will slide into measured 7-5/8 inches. The Demco Replacement Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitch Head, # DM6076, will fit your current hitch saddle if it has the same measurements. I have attached a photo of the Hijacker saddle that displays the measurements.
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch for 2016 Nissan Titan XD to Tow 2018 Forest River Sabre 5th Wheel
  • The Forest River Sabre series of 5th wheel trailers ranges in unloaded weight from about 8600-lbs to about 12,500-lbs so I recommend at least an 18K-rated hitch so that once your trailer is fully loaded you will still have a good safety margin with your 2016 Nissan Titan XD. Since your 2016 Nissan Titan XD truck is a short bed, you will need a sliding type 5th wheel hitch to ensure enough turning clearance when you're making tight near-90-degree turns. If you have the factory integrated...
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  • Pin Weight Capacity for Demco Nissan 5th Wheel Rail Adapter # DM6200
  • Maximum towing capacity for the Demco 5th Wheel Rail Adapter # DM6200 is 21k and since pin weight is typically 20 percent of total trailer weight that means this has a pin weight capacity of 4,200 lbs.
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  • Demco Hijacker Autoslide Compatibility with 2017 Ford F-250 Factory Rail System Holes/Pucks
  • For your Demco Hijacker Autoslide, if you have the above bed rail version like the 18K # DM8550034 or the 21K # DM8550035, then you will be able to use the adapter for your factory puck system. This adapter for your 2017 Ford F-250 is the Reese Elite Series Underbed Rail Adapter for Standard 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 20,000 lbs # RP30156. If you want the hitch that will fit without an adapter, the # DM8550038 or # DM8550024 would be the options. You may also want to consider...
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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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  • Adapter for Reese 16K 5th Wheel Hitch to Fit Factory Puck System on a 2018 Chevy Silverado 3500
  • The Demco 5th Wheel Rail Adapter for Chevy/GMC OEM 5th Wheel Towing Prep Package # DM6194 is what you will want to use if your truck has a short bed. It provides standard base rails in place of the pucks on your 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 enabling you to still use your Reese 16K 5th Wheel Hitch. Keep in mind that you will want a sliding hitch for trailer-to-cab clearance when making sharp turns. If you still wanted to use your 16K Reese Titan head you could simply replace the stationary...
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  • Recommended Fifth Wheel Hitch for 2002 Ford F-250 Flat Bed
  • The Demco Hijacker SL Series Flat Deck 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM6076SL-FLAT is designed for flat bed trucks like the one on your 2002 Ford F-250 so it will work well. You will need to install Base Rails for Demco Hijacker SL Series # DM6012, though brackets are not available for a flat bed so these would need to be custom installed by a professional at a local RV shop or other qualified individual. I've added links to video reviews of both parts for you to take a look at.
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  • Does Demco Hijacker Capture Plates Need Adjusting Each Time You Couple or Uncouple the Trailer?
  • On the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider # DM8550024, you do not need to set the capture plates each time you couple or uncouple your trailer. Demco recommends that the capture plates be set about 1/16 inch from your pin box on either side at initial adjustment and that will set the plates so that each time you couple and uncouple, the capture plates will align your pin box for proper function. They will not actually get torqued to pinch the sides of your pin box.
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  • Weight and Height of Demco 18K Hijacker # DM8550024
  • The Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch # DM8550024 referenced in your question, which is confirmed to fit your 2015 Ford F-350 with the factory rail kit, has a total weight of 289 pounds. The hitch head can be removed, which has a weight of 65 pounds. You will need two people to remove or install the hitch or you can use the MaxxTow Hydraulic Pickup Truck Crane # MT70238 to assist with this. The Demco Hijacker has 3 possible hitch height settings, which are measured from truck...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch for 2018 Ford F-250 with 6-3/4 Foot Bed
  • Yes, the 2018 Ford F250 will work fine for the 5th wheel you mentioned. I recommend going with the factory rail kit to give you a clean bed when you are not towing. I also recommend the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider - Single Jaw - Ford Super Duty Prep Package - 18K # DM8550024 which will automatically slide to give you turning clearance for your short bed truck. This particular hitch it designed specifically for your truck. If you prefer a manual slider option,...
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  • Recommendation for Installation of a Brake Mounting Flange on a Trailer Spindle and Axle
  • Welding a mounting flange, possible item # 4-35, is a very precise installation. The flanges need to be installed square and concentric to the hub and drum assembly and each other. If the flange is installed incorrectly rapid brake lining wear, improper braking, trailer dog legging, bearing failure, rapid tire wear and, worst of all, weakening of the axle can occur. Usually special jigs are used to install the flange. The jig will keep the flange square and concentric to the axle and...
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  • What Height/Angle Should a Tow Bar be At When Flat Towing
  • Basically you want the tow bar to set as level as possible when flat towing. You have 3 inches up and down that is considered safe. Check out the picture I attached that shows what I mean. I also attached a help article that covers how to pick out the correct high-low adapter to allow the tow bar to sit level.
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