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Old 02-20-2012, 06:26 AM   #1
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5th wheel hitch install

Any thoughts on DIY install of a 5th wheel hitch?

The trailer sales I bought it from does not install and recommended I not attempt it myself. I have a 2000 F250 short bed 4X4. I can't remember the brand of hitch. It's a 16k slider.

A couple of places want $350.00 to install. Seems a lot. I paid $600.00 for the hitch.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:49 AM   #2
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I paid $400 for my 16K 'Lil Rocker hitch and $150 for the install back in `00. I had it mounted so the kingpin was ~1" behind the axle centerline. This was on a long bed Ram 2500. Took about an hour. Did you check with U-Haul. They might install it.
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:15 AM   #3
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I paid to have mine installed. They also added a second 7-way electrical connection inside the bed.

Granted, I had a Pullrite Superglide hitch installed with the SuperRail system. Not something I wanted to tackle myself since the hitch weighs a couple hundred pound.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:23 PM   #4
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Well, I'll look at the instructions again. Work is slow so it would be like paying myself to do it since I have time.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:03 PM   #5
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I had mine installed and it was about in the neighborhood of 300.00, I would have liked to done it myself, but my old back and shoulders prevented me from it. For once I let my brain overrule my ego. Smart move as my wife put it.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:16 PM   #6
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There is no problem installing it yourself...my buddy and I put mine in over a 12 pack. If you have any doubt after reading instructions get on You Tube there are several different videos on there that help out a lot. Just make sure you have a torque wrench for the right torque for your bolts, and also good drill bits. Do not weld your hitch brackets to frame a lot of places will charge you out the a** for install and weld it (you are not supposed to weld on tempered frames) take the time and drill your holes right torque your bolts to right specs and you will be fine.
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:13 PM   #7
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If you get a custom kit for your application and can follow instructions you can definitely do it yourself, some are even no-drill (and trust me, drilling 1/2" holes in frames at odd angles is not exactly a pleasure.) It will be a day's work but $350/day isn't bad pay...
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I checked around and the price for installation was $300 to $400 dollars. I installed a Curt q5 20k and the instructions were so straight forward that I decided to do it myself.

I probably took twice as long, but I feel like its probably a better install than having it done. Just like in wood working "measure twice cut once".

The real hard part for me was torquing all the nuts in some of the awkward positions you had to be in!!!!!

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Old 02-24-2012, 07:54 AM   #9
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I think I am seriously going to give it a shot. I just needed to hear from some who have been there.
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