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Recommended Fifth Wheel Hitch for 2002 Ford F-250 Flat Bed

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Need your help will this model of fifth wheel work on my flat bed truck from what i can tell i need a low profile hitch. Any suggestions on what i need. i did see a 30,000 # hitch that would mount to the frame using 1/2 plate but thats allot more than what i need. My trailer is less than 12,000 #

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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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I think this will work i was also looking at the sidewinder RP61450 to give me distance when turning without having to moving the hitch. going off the formula my trailer is 97" wide with my head ach rack its 33" to pin so i figured 33+22= 55 55-48.5=6.5 will this give me enough clearance

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You did the formula correctly in terms of distance that you would need to do a 90 degree turn with a Sidewinder, and since you would have 6-1/2 inches of clearance, and since the minimum amount you need is 4 inches you will have enough clearance, yes.

The # RP61450 Sidewinder you were referring to is designed to replace Venture CJ13515, CJ13517 and CJ20517 pin boxes. It will work with the Demco # DM6076SL-FLAT though you will need to use wedge # SWW-05 and also remember to keep the Demco in the locked position; you do not want to use the sliding feature with a Sidewinder.

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