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Old 08-02-2014, 12:06 PM   #1
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Front back fifth wheel rails

I know most fifth wheel hitch rail go cross ways of the truck . I have a flat bed on my truck with a recessed gooseneck ball . the cross way rails would be in the way of the access door to use the gooseneck ball.
I know demco makes a front to back rail fifth wheel hitch . Rbw used to make one is there any other mfg. who use the front to back system just lookin for more options

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Old 08-02-2014, 04:22 PM   #2
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I had 2 tow vehicles with a hitch from a Canadian company with manual slide rails, don't know if they were available in the USA. Can't think of the company name at the moment , but I will.

There is a 5er hitch that mounts, in the bed by locking down to the goose neck ball, have you considered one of those?

Company name was Hi-Jacker, I'll see if they're still in business and marketing in the USA.

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EDIT: Found info , company bought out by Demco, but still marketed under the Hijacker name . For some reason my Nortons considered Demco site unsafe??
But I found this.
https://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/...ijacker-sl.htm.
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Or get an extended shank gooseneck ball and use a B&W Companion?
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Old 08-02-2014, 04:52 PM   #4
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Actually the only rails I've ever seen run front to back and ever door on a ball opens to the front. Should've got a b&w and then the companion 5th hitch! Or how big of trailer? Mines 30ft and I put a gooseneck adapter on the trailer, works great but if your trailer is too large or has a weak frame and trailer brakes arent set right it can break the frame over time.
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Old 08-02-2014, 05:29 PM   #5
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I know most fifth wheel hitch rail go cross ways of the truck . I have a flat bed on my truck with a recessed gooseneck ball . the cross way rails would be in the way of the access door to use the gooseneck ball.

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The flat bed of your truck sits higher than standard pickup beds and all hitches designed for them are too tall for the flat bed. They have heights of between 13-18 inches and if used on your flat bed will make the fiver very nose high. There are several short hitches designed for flat beds with heights in the range of 8 to 9-1/2 inches but these require fabricated mounting brackets and are permanently mounted.

A few flat bed rigs that I have seen with both GN and fiver hitches, mount the short fiver hitch behind the truck's rear axle. My guess is that this was a trade-off with the fiver having a lower pin weight.

Couldn't you change the GN hatch to open differently (maybe sideways) to solve the problem with cross-bed rails? If so, some standard hitches have leg designs than can easily be cut down to achieve a level fiver with a flat bed.
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Old 08-02-2014, 07:04 PM   #6
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Here is info I found on a B&W flatbed hitch.

The B&W Flatbed Companion is able to sit in a 20" x20" well up to 4" deep
For Steel Flatbeds only
Fully articulating head allows front to back and side to side pivoting
10.5" from bed deck to top of coupler
Cam action latching handle for easy release, even when parked on unlevel sites
No mounting rails means using your truck for more than towing
Base: 18" x18"
Utilizes the B&W Turnoverball model 1500 flatbed kit. (Must use BW1500 with BW3050)
Pull a gooseneck or a 5th wheel with the same system
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thanks guys I have been looking at the demco hijacker SL flat deck model I was just wondering if there where any others where made in the same fashion an the SL. I have a old RBW on another truck but its way too tall for what I need on the other truck

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