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Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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How to Install the Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Speaker 1: Today on this 2017 Ford F-250, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Reese Elite Series Preassembled Fifth-Wheel Hitch with Slider, part number RP30144.Here's what our fifth-wheel and slider looks like installed. Now, the reason you're going to want this particular fifth-wheel and slider compared to other options on the market is that if your Ford truck, such as this one, has the factory rail system, this drops right in with no modification to the vehicle required at all. Also, you're going to need a slider if your truck does not have 8' bed. This particular truck has a 6-3/4' bed.As we make sure quick turns or do tight corners or pull into gas stations, we run the risk of having the overhang of our fifth-wheel contacting the cab of our truck. By having a slider in place, we move the overhang further back giving us the necessary clearance to make those maneuvers safely without damaging our truck or trailer.Compared to other options on the market, this one seems easier to me to be able to install and remove from the truck, if need be if we want full access to our bed, because it is lighter weight. Now, even though this is a lighter weight unit than some other options on the market, it doesn't sacrifice quality or durability while saving weight.

We still have the same capacities as other options as well.This fifth-wheel hitch and slider have a capacity of 18,000 pound max gross trailer weight rating and a 4,500 pound max pin weight rating. You want to make sure that you consult the owner's manual of your truck and not exceed what the truck is rated for or what the hitch is rated for. Go by whichever number is less.Coupling to our fifth-wheel is a very easy operation. Once we've removed our pin and clip, which secures our latch handle into place, we can grab our handle, push out or pull out depending on where we're at, push back towards the truck, and then it's locked in the open position. This is one of the smoothest operating handles I have used on any fifth-wheel.

Now, once we couple to our trailer by backing into our king pin, our jaws will wrap around it and it'll automatically close.Now, one nice feature that this has that other fifth-wheels don't is that we have a flag indicator right here that will let us know if we're fully coupled. If you can't install your pin and clip to secure your latch or your coupler, it means you're not fully coupled. Once you are fully coupled, the flag comes out indicating that it is.Now, when we need to operate our slider for those close-quarter maneuvers, to get it into the maneuvering position, you'll grab the pin, which secures your latch for the slider. Pull it out, take your handle, move it up into the unlock position, and then your slider can move freely. Once you're locked in the maneuvering position, reinstall your pin to make sure it stays there.

Once we're in the maneuvering position, you can see we have much more cab clearance now, so now we can safely execute those tight maneuvers.Getting back into our towing position is just as easy. We'll pull our pin, take our slider handle, rotate it into the unlocked position. At this point, we will activate the brake controller inside our truck to hold our trailer brakes on. We will reverse our truck up back towards our trailer, and our slider will move forward into the towing position where we can then lock it back into place. With our handle in the latch position, we will now reinstall our pin to make sure our handles stays in the locked position.For those rough terrain situations, the head of our fifth-wheel is fully articulating in any direction to give us the smooth ride that we're looking for.

We'll be able to adjust it from a minimum of 16" above the bed to a total of 18" above the bed. When we're hooking up to our fifth-wheel, our fifth-wheel head here has some unique features that makes it easier for us to hook up.Our frontal area here, which guides our king pin into our jaw clamping area is 9" wide versus the traditional 6", giving us more room for air so we can have a proper hookup in case we're off a little bit. This design also makes it so we can hook up up to a 45-degree angle in case we aren't perfectly centered. Once we have guided our king pin into position, our one-piece wraparound forged jaw provides full contact with the king pin to secure our trailer without having any loose movement. Now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get it installed.First thing we want to do is make sure that all four of our pucks and our factory rail system are free of any debris. Ours are all clean, so we're good to go. Now, we will lift up our slider and drop it into position making sure all four of the attachments points go into our factory pucks. Now, when we drop our slider into position on our pucks, we want to ensure that our handle is in the fully unlocked position. Otherwise, it won't go into the puck until you slide the handle to the unlocked position. It'll drop in.Now, we will close our handles into the locked position by swinging them towards the center. We will lock them together with our Clevis pin so they can't be opened. Okay. They're both secured now. We'll do the same for the other side of the slider. Okay with both of our sides now locked down into our puck system, we're going to pull up on our slider to make sure it's secured properly. Okay. It's locked into position and not going anywhere.Now, our fifth-wheel also comes with a wiring harness in case we need to add a seven-way to the bed of our truck to make it easier to hook up to our fifth-wheel. In our particular application, our truck is already factory equipped with a seven-way in the bed of the truck, but if you need to install this, you can just tee in to your factory seven-way connector at the back of the truck.So, you'll plug this end into your seven-way and this end into the factory wiring harness, and then you'll have 9' of cable where you can mount your seven-way in any position that you would like within reach of the cable and the bed of your truck to make it easier for you to hook up to your fifth-wheel.Now, I typically mount my seven-way towards the back on the driver side of the bed of our truck just like where our factory one is. Alternatively, you can also mount it closer to the front of the cab. A lot of people like doing that because when they're hooking up to their trailer, they're already in that position, so they could simply reach down, grab the plug, and hook it into the seven-way.That completes our look at and showing you how to install the Reese Elite Series Preassembled Fifth-Wheel Hitch with Slider, part number RP30144, on this 2017 Ford F-250.

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