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Old 03-28-2016, 02:52 PM   #1
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Question Bed Liner and Fifth Wheel Hitch Install.

I have a 2013 Ford F-350 dually and I need to have a hitch installed. I want to get one of the new style that has a frame under the bed and then just mounts through holes in the bed with pins. There is a plastic bed liner now and can I have this done or do I need to remove the liner for the hitch? Was going to have it sprayed but if I can use the liner it would save $600.00.

Also recommendations on the hitch. I pull a 12,000 fifth wheel but might go larger in the future. And I do not need a slider hitch, 8 ft bed.
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Sounds like you're looking for the B&W turnover ball with the companion hitch. That's what I have in my Dodge. I'm not an expert on the bed liner question but at the very least, it will need to be cut to accommodate the Companion hitch. Personally, I'd pull it completely, sell it and either put in a spray in liner or use the proceeds to offset your hitch cost. It's not cheap but will easily handle up to 20K.
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Get rid of that plastic bed liner.........traps water/grit/moisture underneath and causes rusting/gouges

Have the turn over ball installed THEN get Line-X bedliner sprayed on.
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Get the B&W ball over installed. Take liner out first. Look at the Andersen Ultimate Aluminum hitch. It weighs 32#, no greasy mess, machined to tight tolerances so no clunking and clanging. Super easy to put in and take out. Look at you tube videos. Spell it Andersen.
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$600 for a spray in liner ? Hmm, they are $400 around here... It might pay you to shop around a bit.
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Agreed on the spray liner. Worth the investment. Plastic liners are all over the side of the roads all the time and they don't look nice


Very happy with my Curt hitch. Would buy it again in a minute
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To my knowledge, there is not supposed to be anything between any 5th wheel hitch and the truck bed. If there is ant space between the mounting rails, or the mounting for the turnover type, everything can eventually work loose.
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Have it sprayed.
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Get the B&W ball over installed. Take liner out first. Look at the Andersen Ultimate Aluminum hitch. It weighs 32#, no greasy mess, machined to tight tolerances so no clunking and clanging. Super easy to put in and take out. Look at you tube videos. Spell it Andersen.

Here is a pic of my setup. Just as described by ccsvolsfan along with the addition of a BEDRUG system. B&W turnover GN hitch for my RAM is rated at 20k. Andersen is rated at 24k. I contacted Andersen directly ragarding the use of the BEDUG mat between the hitch and bed and they not only said it was okay but they recommend it. You can get the BEDRUG for the price of the spray in liner you mentioned. Zoom in on the pic. I cut a flap that neatly folds back in place when I don't need the hitch and full clean use of the truck is returned. I am quite pleased with the function of both hitches. If you don't like the Andersen B&W companion (I believe) could also be used on top of the BEDRUG in the same fashion.



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I use a Bedrug also. I just cut the portion out that would block the B&W hitch. Works perfect
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If you try to mount a hitch over a plastic liner, it will crush where the hitch supports sit. So, if you do it, thats what you'll end up with-a crushed plastic liner--or cut it out for the hitch.
Lots of good hints in the above posts.
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Sell the plastic POS get a quality spray in liner, add the factory pucks, and add the B&W Companion puck style hitch.

No safety chains required.
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I use a Bedrug also. I just cut the portion out that would block the B&W hitch. Works perfect

Are you using the B&W GN and Companion or some other setup? Any pics?
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I have seen hitch rails installed with bed liners. They used 5/16 round stock cut to length and laid in the grooves. Worked fine.
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