5th Wheel Trailer hitch and Installation Kit for a 2016 Ford F-350 Short Bed without Prep Package

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Hi there, Im looking to add a 5th wheel hitch to my 2016 Ford F-350 short bed. it does not have the pucks or whatever in the bed. I need a slider hitch right? What do you recommend?

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Since your 2016 Ford F-350 short bed does not have the factory 5th wheel prep package you will first need an installation kit. I recommend the Demco under-bed kit # DM8551000. This kit mounts under the bed like the factory prep package. When the hitch is removed you will have a clear bed for cargo.

For a compatible 5th wheel trailer hitch I recommend the Demco HiJacker # DM8550037. This hitch is rated for 21,000 pounds gross trailer weight and it slides automatically. You will not have to get in and out of the truck to operate the sliding feature. A slider is needed on a short bed truck for clearance when turning. I have included a link to a video review of this hitch for you.

I also recommend adding a 7-Way trailer connector # PK11893-11932 in the bed of the truck to make hooking up the 5th wheel trailer easier. I have included a link to a video showing an example installation for you.

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