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Old 11-19-2015, 02:50 PM   #1
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Anyone use a 5th wheel setup on a flatbed?

I am wanting to mount a 5th wheel setup on the flatbed truck pictured below. I am wanting to pull a Jayco 4112 with it so I am looking at 24k rated hitches. Am I going to have to cut a big hole into the floor of the bed to accomplish this?

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B&W have mounted their hitches on flatbeds for years. I have one in my F350 and love it.
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Old 11-19-2015, 03:22 PM   #3
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Good to know! I really like the idea of a flatbed but wasn't sure if it was a realistic option for towing a large 5er.
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Old 11-19-2015, 06:25 PM   #4
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Good looking truck! Next pictures will be of your new coach attached to it.
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Old 11-19-2015, 06:33 PM   #5
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Several manufacturers make fifth wheel hitches specifically designed for flat beds. They are low profile hitches since standard hitches are too high to use with the higher floor of a flat bed. They have little to no height adjustment. And they still must be mounted to the truck frame, not just the flat bed, so custom brackets will need to be fabricated.

Make sure you know how much the extra weight of the steel flatbed reduces the available pin weight.
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You will have to check the turning clearance of the box corners.
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I built frame mounts that had nut plates just under the deck. The rails for the hitch are screwed on from the top. In that way the rails can be removed and you have a smooth clean deck. I didn't find deck height to be a problem. My thought is: A pick up bed is a pain in the butt.
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Google Western Hauler. Almost bought one specifically to tow a 5er!
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I installed the Western Hauler style bed on my truck. Stock truck bed sides were not letting me level coach, too high. Mine does have a trough and my hitch sets in that trough. I could not level my coach with a flat bed. Your camper may ride higher than mine at pin. Basically measure pin height with coach level, measure top of bed of truck and add hitch height. Your truck will drop some loaded, that depends on weight of pin. I really like the bed. I can see to back. Much easier to load. Can tie down things. Always a problem tieing propane and such with box bed.
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Thanks for the replies everyone!
I have taken a step back from buying that particular truck as I am now researching the DEF issues on the newer diesel powered trucks. Thinking of going with a 2012 or older Cummings now but that is a whole other thread. I still like the idea of a flatbed no matter what I end up with though.
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My truck is a 2012 Duramax. Been in shop 2 times emissions related. 54k miles. That allision will outperform any other. Both times got it back that evening. Dodge has emission problems also. all of them do.
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Thats why I deleted the DPF on my Silverado!
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I'm deleting the truck.
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Thats why I deleted the DPF on my Silverado!

No matter where you travel, you are now "fair game" to be cited in any state you travel in.

Could be a *very* expensive "modification".

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