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Reese M5 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation - 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

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How to Install the Reese M5 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch on a 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 3500


Hey everybody, how's it going Today, we're gonna be going over and showing you how to install the Reese M5 Fifth Wheel trailer hitch here on a 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. So this is what our fifth wheel hitch is gonna look like in our truck bed here. And you can see everything has a nice black powder coated finished which is gonna help protect the metal underneath from rust and corrosion. It's also gonna give it a nice aesthetic value along with the blue accents you can see throughout. So one of the standout features of this fifth wheel hitch is going to be the jaw design. So this particular hitch utilizes a wraparound jaw design.

And what this is going to do is, it's gonna ensure you get the most contact possible with the kingpin on the trailer. And the more contact we get, the more secure your connection is gonna be and the smoother the ride is. So having more contact here is gonna overall equate for a much smoother and enjoyable towing experience. So another feature I'd like to point out here, on the back of your fifth wheel hitch head, you're gonna get a little indicator system. So you guys I'm sure are gonna love this feature whether you're first time fifth wheel tower or you've been towing for years.

And basically it's just a little fail safe here. It's gonna be an easy two color system. Red is going to indicate that the jaws are not locked and we are not ready to tow or is green is going to indicate that the jaws are locked and we're ready to take off down the road. So it's just something you can check when you're on your way to the cab of the truck before you pull off. So you can make sure everything's locked into place here.

Now, another great feature about this fifth wheel hitch that sets it apart from some of the competition is the integrated zerk fitting. So there's actually gonna be a couple of them on this fifth wheel hitch, here are what they look like. And basically these zerk fittings are gonna allow you to pump grease into your fifth wheel hitch to keep everything working like it was when it's new. It's gonna cut down on all those creeks and squeaky noises that you get with some of the other fifth wheel hitches. So overall, it's just a great way to allow you to easily maintain your fifth wheel hitch and keep it working like new.

Now you'll notice the more that you play with your fifth wheel hitch and mess with it, that the fifth wheel hitch head can actually tilt back and forth, side to side, and front to back. So this is what's known as a fully articulating head here. And basically what that does is that's gonna, number one, allow to easily couple your trailer there because the skid plate is gonna self-align when you back up the kingpin there. And it's also just gonna make for a much smoother towing experience when we combine that with the wraparound jaw system. Now, in addition to the articulating portion head, we're also gonna have a nice wide funnel system here. So that's really gonna, again, help when you're coupling the trailer because the wider the funnel is, the more room for air you have when you're trying to align the kingpin with the center of the jaws. Now, something you'll see a little bit later on in the installation video is that we can also adjust the height of the fifth wheel hitch head in our truck bed here. So you can actually adjust this from the truck bed to the top of the skid plate from 14 to 16 to 18 inches. And basically what this does is, this just gives us a great range of adjustability for all the different combinations of trucks and trailers out there on the market. So you can make sure everything is nice and level. When you're choosing one of them, the 20K is probably gonna be a little bit more cost effective compared to the 27K, but so long as the rating of the fifth wheel hitch exceeds the GVWR of your trailer, preferably by a couple thousand pounds, that's gonna be the perfect one for you. So say your trailer has an 18,000 pound GVWR, I would probably opt with a 20K to save yourself a little bit of money, but if you have a heavier trailer, somewhere in the neighborhood of 25, that's when I would opt for the larger 27K. So last but not least, our hitch is covered by a lifetime warranty here. So if there's any problems due to manufacturing defects, you are gonna be covered. Now with that being said, now that we've gone over the hitch, I'll show you how easy it is to get it installed in your truck bed. So the first step of our installation, we're gonna be in our truck bed here and we're gonna be removing each of the four covers that go on top of our factory puck. So you can usually just pull these out by hand. Sometimes it may require a flathead screwdriver. Next we're gonna grab our center section of our fifth wheel hitch here that looks like this. And then we need some device to prop these intersection up on. We're gonna be using a large chunk of wood. And basically we just need to get the center section off the bed floor here, that way you can raise it up enough so we can secure our legs. So I've got my piece of wood here in the truck bed. It's gonna take this intersection here and set it on top. So we're gonna be securing the legs to the center holes in our center section here. Just as a reference, you are actually gonna need to measure your setup here because this is what allows us to adjust the hitch head height of our fifth wheel hitch. So in order to get our trailer level, we need to make sure that we're installing the legs in the correct set of holes. And the easiest way to do that is just to measure from the bed to the ground on your truck. And then on your trailer, you're gonna be measuring from the ground to the bottom of the skid plate. And the difference between those two is what you need to set the hitch head high at on your fifth wheel hitch in order to get your trailer level. But again, we're just gonna be using the center holes for demonstration purposes. We're gonna take our legs here along with our hardware. So on this side, we're gonna have free bolts in total. We're gonna have our three hex head bolts with our conical tooth washers. Now we need to make sure the teeth on the washer are facing the hitch side and these are actually gonna be installed onto the inside here and thread it into our legs. Now I'd also like to point out that you may or may not have that third bolt depending on your capacity. If you have the larger capacity, your kit is gonna come with a third bolt and installs through the center hole here and it's secured on the backside with the nuts. So just keep that in mind. You may or may not need to do that depending on the capacity of your hitch. So I'm gonna use one hand here to lift these legs into position and on the backside there, I'm gonna be securing it with our hardware. So I've got one started and I'm gonna come over to the other side and do the same thing. Now, again, depending on the capacity of your hitch, you'll go ahead and install this third bolt. We'll go ahead and just show you how to do that now anyways, but basically we're just gonna do the same thing we did on these outside ones, but this one's gonna come to the center. And then on this side here, we're actually gonna be securing it with a hex nut that comes in your kit. So now that we have all of our hardware in place, we're gonna go ahead and snug everything up using a 24 millimeter socket and wrench. So now that we have one side secure, we're just gonna repeat those exact same steps over here on the other side for our other leg. And now we'll come back with our torque wrench here and torque everything down to the specifications provided in your instructions. So now we're just about ready to actually install the fifth wheel hitch into the puck system. So in order to do that, we're gonna have a little lynchpin on the outside here. You're gonna open that up and then you're just gonna rotate the handles open in this position here. So we need to do this on each side. So now we're gonna go ahead and lift our fifth wheel hitch assembly off our little block that we have here earlier and then we're just gonna align it as best as we can and drop it into the puck system. So be careful because our fifth wheel hitch does have some weight on it, now that we have the legs added. So we've got the hitch dropped into the pucks in all four corners here, which is what we're looking for. Now, we're gonna test the tension of our handles. So ideally we wanna be able to close the handle with not too much friction, but we also don't want it too loose either. So I'm gonna go ahead and just close it here. And that's honestly a pretty good fit, straight out of the box there, but I will show you guys how to adjust it. So a lot of this is going to be by feel again because we wanna be able to close this handle here. We don't want it too tight where we can't close it, but we don't want it too loose where it's gonna be wobbling around. So in order to adjust the tension, you're gonna have a clevis pin here that you're just going to pull out, just like that. And then we can either tighten or loosen the castle nut in accordance if we need to tighten the handle tension or loosen it. Ours was a smidge loose there so I went ahead and tightened it. I'm gonna do another turn or so here, then I will reline up the pin, reinstall it, and then check fit again. So we're just gonna repeat the same process on each of our four sides until we get the fit where we like it. So once we do get the handle tension set on each of our four sides, we'll just go ahead and reinstall our lynchpin. Next, we're gonna take our head assembly here where we're gonna be installing the handle onto the head assembly. So this is pretty self-explanatory and straightforward. You wanna make sure the handle is pointed up. Just go ahead and slide the handle over the insert here, coming from our head. You're gonna line up the two square holes in either side here, just like that. Then you're gonna take a carriage bolt. You're gonna drop it down from the top side. And then on the bottom side, we're gonna be securing it with a split lock washer and a hex nut. And then once we get that on there, we're gonna take a half inch wrench and go ahead and tighten that down. We obviously need to do this for both of our bolts. Now don't forget to install your handle latch here. So you'll go ahead and open that up. Place it through this opening here, attaching the two mechanisms together, just like that. And then this little D ring here or this little chain ring is gonna attach to the opening on the side there, that little bosses. So you just open it up and thread it on there. Now we're ready to set our head assembly onto our center section. So one thing that can be tricky here are these little springs. You need to make sure that they're gonna be pointed straight up. So the opening is in line with these two little keepers over here. But once you do that, you'll grab the head and set it into place. So now we're gonna take our hitch pin and our clip here. And the easiest way to do this is I found is to go ahead and sit on the head there. And then if we reach under here, we should be able to find that little groove there in the fifth wheel hitch that's gonna line up of the hole in our head And then lets go ahead and slide your pin through and attach it on the backside with your cotter pin. And now that we have this side done, we'll just do that exact same thing over on the other side. So now we've got everything installed in the truck bed here, the only thing left to do is to hook up your trailer. But that's gonna do it today for a look and installation of the Reese M5 Fifth Wheel trailer hitch here on our 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 3500..


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Employee Jeff D
Installed by:
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Joshua S
Employee Dustin K
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Employee Conner L
Test Fit:
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