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Old 07-12-2014, 07:52 PM   #1
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question on f350 flat bed?

i just bought a 1995 f350 flat bed and the flat bed measures 48 in to the top of the bed. Am i able to mount a 5th wheel to the truck and if so what is the best way to go about it?

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Old 07-12-2014, 08:11 PM   #2
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You can always mount a fifth wheel hitch where ever. The question really is what is the optimal height?

I'd have to measure my truck and hitch. Basically, whatever hitch you use will have to be shorter than a standard hitch. B&W makes one specifically for flat beds, and I've seen a few Reese 16K's modified to fit too.

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Old 07-13-2014, 07:23 AM   #3
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The hitch must be mounted to the frame of the truck, not to the bed. The bed rails of most 5er hitches are in the bed, but are mounted to the frame of the truck. But most of those "industry standard" hitches would be too high because they are designed to be mounted between the wheel wells, not over the wheel wells of a flat bed.

Your best bet is to install a B&W Turnover Ball gooseneck hitch on the frame of the truck, with a hole cut in the bed to allow access to the gooseneck hitch. Include a hinged cover for that hole for use when the hitch is not being used for towing.
Gooseneck Hitch | B & W Trailer Hitches

Then install a B&W Companion 5er hitch in the Turnover Ball.
Companion 5th Fifth Wheel Hitch | B & W Trailer Hitches

The hole in the bed may will have to be big enough to allow the Companion hitch to be plugged into the Turnover Ball. And you may have to cut some of the bracing under the bed. But any good welding shop can fix it up easy.
Grumpy ole man with over 50 years towing experience. Now my heaviest trailer is a 7,000-pound enclosed cargo trailer, RV is a 5,600 pound Skyline Nomad Joey 196S, and my tow vehicle is a 2012 F-150 EcoBoost SuperCrew.
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