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5th Wheel Recommendation for a 2012 Ford F-350 With Factory Trailer Tow Package Installed

Question:

I have a new truck with 5th wheel and gooseneck already installed. I have a 2006 10000 pound 5th wheel How do I know what height or what hitch to get? Do they have height adjustments?? what hitch to get for 2012 f350

Expert Reply:

I am working on the presumption that you have the trailer tow prep package installed in your 2012 Ford F350.

To determine the height needed: level out your trailer and measure from the bottom of the pin box to the ground, then with your truck on a level surface measure from the floor of the bed to the ground. Subtract the truck distance from the trailer distance and that will be your height requirement.

When picking a hitch, you can go one of two ways - you can use the puck mounted guide and use Reese Elite # RP30142 which has a height range from 14 to 18 inches or you can use the Reese Elite Adapter # RP30156 and use a wide variety of hitches. The adapter will add ~2-7/8" to your height.

I have attached a FAQ article covering the Ford Trailer Tow Prep Package.

Two important factors when picking a hitch for your truck - first, if you have an 8 ft bed, you will be fine with any hitch, however, if you have the 6-3/4 ft bed, you will need a slider 5th wheel.

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