Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-23-2017, 06:12 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 2
Hitch/Rail Question


Brand new member here, don't even have a 5th wheel yet!

I've encountered an issue as I prepare my truck to tow a 5th wheel. My hitch will not fit in the rails on my truck.

The truck is a 2009 Ford King Ranch short bed. When I bought it, it already had the rails installed but no hitch. Last week I bought a Reese sliding 16k hitch that looked like it would drop into the rail slots.

Today I was messing with it and discovered three of the mounting pins will go into the slots on the brackets, but the fourth is off about 1/4" and will not drop down into the slot. No amount of pounding (with a dead blow hammer) or re-positioning seems to help.

Either one of the mounting points on the hitch is bent (doesn't look like it) or the rail in the bed of the truck is installed slightly off. I think my options are:

* Grinding a slight amount of metal off the rail so the hitch will drop in (may not be a good idea to remove any metal)!

* Loosing one of the rails under the truck and see if it will move slightly allowing the hitch to drop into the mounting slots.

* Starting over with a new hitch and rails.

Anyone ever experience this or have any ideas?

Thank you,

Chris98671 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2017, 09:19 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 287
Option 1, maybe a little metal but that's all.
Option 2, sounds like the way to go. Its definitely worth a try before resorting to.....
Option 3

Glenn 2008 36TK3 #4571
oldbird is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2017, 07:04 PM   #3
Site Team
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Where we park it
Posts: 2,834
Well, if you had succeeded in hammering the pin in--it would probably been permanent.
So, yes to 1, then 2. Shouldn't hurt to take some of the metal off for a fit.
Welcome to the forum.
2016 Tiffin 40 QBH
2015 38RSSA, traded
2005 TK3 #1869, 10 yrs of memories,
2017 F450 KR--one more Ford is it
2009 F450 4x4-died; 2010 F450-retired
wingnut60 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:57 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.