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Old 01-16-2015, 11:28 AM   #1
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What are the options for a 5thWheel Hitch for 5.5ft truck bed

Hi,
We are stoked...We have taken the 5th Wheel plunge (from a travel trailer) and just bought our first Jayco (2015 - 29.5 BHDS)!

Now we need to gear up my truck for the 5th wheel hitch for when we take delivery in the Spring.

I have a 2014 F150 SuperCrew Ecoboost >> with 5.5ft box << the kicker!

Anyone have any experience with the F150 short box set up? What type of hitch do you have? Does it have Sliders? a Sidewinder?

From what i gather i have a couple of options (please correct me if i am wrong):

#1 - 16K Fixed Head (looking at Reese Pro) with BedRails and Sidewinder
#2 - Reese Elite Head (think its called Signature now!?) with only under bedrails (non visible in box) - not sure if i need sidewinder????
#3 - 16K Fixed head with Elite adapter plate which would allow bed undermount similar to Elite but maybe $400-$500 less of cost

My main question is do i need the sidewinder with the Reese Elite/Signature or can i do without in my 5.5 Short Box?

Anyone have this set up or seen it?!
Can you recommend any other set up?

Is it Spring yet? Thanks in advance for your help!
Much appreciated!
Steve
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Old 01-16-2015, 02:41 PM   #2
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I would make sure that the 5er has the "extended pin box" just to get that little extra space.No experience with such a short bed but would say "slider" required.
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Old 01-16-2015, 04:40 PM   #3
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slider or sidewinder required with that short bed. If slider, I would go with a pullrite, as manually getting out of the truck to slide it would be a PITA imo..not to mention if you forgot about it or thought "I think I can make it". Curious, What is your payload sticker on the door jam say for your truck?
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:25 PM   #4
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I started out with a husky 16k slider hitch but found it to be a pain in the butt to have to get out and adjust the slider every time I got into a tight spot. I then added a fifth airborne sidewinder this was before Reese bought them out . Made it a lot better not having to worry about tight spots . Only thing I didn't like about the sidewinder if you adjust it too tight it hooked up and unhooked hard. If it was too loose you could feel the slack in the corners when driving. I think they have pacific wedges now for the hitch you have. I would still check to make sure you can still make a 90 degree turn 5.5 box is pretty short . Good luck !
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:42 PM   #5
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I always thought 6 3/4 feet was the very minimum for a FW hitch, regardless of a slider. Guess y'all are implying I'm mistaken (once again). Don't tell my bride.


What is the allowable cargo weight on that TV? And what's the pin weight on that trailer?
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If you are unsure of your TV towing limits, here is the official Ford engine/body cross reference chart for towing/5er (2012). I believe that the 2012 through the 2014 F150's have the same towing capabilities. You do not want to be to close to the max.

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I will admit - I don't know these new F150's but I find it hard to accept that they'd have the payload capacity to carry the weight of people/fuel/baggage plus that of the camper.

My current F250 meets my needs but I'm looking for an F350 - just for a greater safety margin. Cargo adds up quickly.
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I will admit - I don't know these new F150's but I find it hard to accept that they'd have the payload capacity to carry the weight of people/fuel/baggage plus that of the camper.
You need to head over to the Ford dealer just to take one for a test ride. They are GREAT, but as with any other truck, they have their limits.

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In my mind, you are trying to put 10 lbs of Stuff in a 5 lb bag. Guess you can make it work, but have to ask. Why did you buy a shortbed 1/2 ton if you were thinking about a 5er?

Admit I'm a Chevy guy, but all this eco-bust stuff is starting to sound like fantasy football. I'll give you that these engines can buck up some pretty impressive tork but asking it to pull a 5er after equipping it with a short bed sounds like putting the cart before the horse.

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You need to head over to the Ford dealer just to take one for a test ride. They are GREAT, but as with any other truck, they have their limits.

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I still ask, of the original posters F150, what is its empty payload capacity? What would be his typical cargo load weight before adding a FW? What is the pin weight of his trailer.

I like the F150s, and I'm speculating, but I suspect that he has too little truck for this cargo load; it's better he determines these points before attempting to hitch up and go.
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