Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch Setup for a 2018 Ford F-150 with the 5-1/2 Foot Bed

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I am looking for a 5th wheel hitch to use on my 2018 Ford F-150 Super Crew with the 5-1/2' bed. Can you please help?

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My favorite 5th wheel hitch and install kit for a 2018 Ford F-150 with the 5-1/2' bed is the Curt A16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # C16120 and the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit part # C16442-104. The Curt A16 has wraparound locking jaws which are going to create a more secure grip on the kingpin and reduces chucking and jarring. It also has built-in zerk fittings which makes maintenance very easy and a 16,000 lb towing capacity which will be more than enough for your needs.

The Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit as the title states is a custom fit so no drilling into the frame rails is required. This custom process is also going to cut down on install time. The base rails have a gloss black finish so they will match the Curt A16. You may also be interested in the Curt Base Rail Lock for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches part # C23256 which will prevent theft of your Curt A16 and the Curt 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Custom Wiring Harness part # C57008 which will give you an in bed 7-way for your 5th wheel trailer.

Since you have a 5-1/2' bed, in order to obtain turning clearance on a 90 degree turn you will need to use a rotating pin box. If you did not use one of these then the cab of the vehicle and loft of the trailer would likely make contact with one another which can cause thousands of dollars in damage. In order to recommend the correct rotating pin box for you I would need to know the make and model of pin box on your trailer now as the replacement would be based on that style. There should be a sticker on the pin box with this info.

The most common pin box is a Lippert 1621 and the correct replacement rotating pin box for this is the Sidewinder 5th Wheel King Pin with Rotating Turret part # RP61420. If you have a different pin box on you trailer then take a look at the attached help article which should guide you to the correct rotating pin box. I have also attached several install and demo videos for you as well.

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