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Demco Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Hitches

Demco Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Hitches

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Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in your truck bed with this kit. Custom brackets reduce the amount of time required to install the hitch. Brackets, base rails, and hardware included. 1-800-940-8924 to order Demco fifth wheel installation kit part number DM8552032-71 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Demco products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Demco Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Hitches. Fifth Wheel Installation Kit reviews from real customers.
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2019 Ram 1500 - Demco Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Hitches

  • Above the Bed
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  • Demco

Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in your truck bed with this kit. Custom brackets reduce the amount of time required to install the hitch. Brackets, base rails, and hardware included.


Features:

  • Installation kit lets you mount your Demco Premier Series 5th-wheel trailer hitch in the bed of your truck
    • Also compatible with B&W, Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Husky, Reese, and Valley above-bed 5th-wheel trailer hitches
  • Mounting brackets install beneath truck bed to provide attachment points for above-bed base rails
  • Base rails provide necessary mounting points for 5th-wheel hitch
  • Custom-fit brackets mount to existing holes in your vehicle's frame
    • Minimizes drilling
    • Reduces installation time
    • Avoids known obstacles along your truck's frame
  • Sturdy, black powder coated steel resists corrosion
  • 2 Base rails, brackets and hardware included
  • Made in the USA
  • 5-Year limited warranty


8552032 Demco Hijacker Premier Series Custom Mounting Brackets for 5th Wheel Above-Bed Base Rails

6071 Demco Bed Rails for Hijacker Premier Series Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches

Installation Details DM8552032-71 Installation instructions


Customer Reviews

Demco Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Hitches - DM8552032-71

Average Customer Rating:  4.3 out of 5 stars   (7 Customer Reviews)

Install your fifth-wheel trailer hitch in your truck bed with this kit. Custom brackets reduce the amount of time required to install the hitch. Brackets, base rails, and hardware included.

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Chevrolet Silverado 1500

installation was fairly straight forward. read and note bolt sizes. just make sure you use the proper bolts in the right places or you will be back tracking . i have used these rails to mount the demco sliding hitch. have close 1500 miles use with no problems. my trailer is the small Winnebago 5th wheel. I scale 400lbs below the rear axle rating. i also use a curtis gooseneck adaptor.


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the rail mounts for the ram 1500 are still working fine. i use both a demco auto slide 5 th wheel hitch and a gooseneck adaptor i have a ram 1500 not chevy
Robert - 03/05/2022


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2019 Ram 1500

I give the product 3 stars. They lose 2 stars because the instructions are borderline adequate and could really benefit from additional pictures and more detailed explanations. My biggest complaint on the instructions is the wiring harness on the drivers-side is a MAJOR obstacle. They tell you to disconnect it to aid access to install a frame mount. Good Luck…it’s far easier said than done and they “casually” mention you should raise the box from the frame to gain better access. Who wants to do that? To gain more slack on this harness they also tell you to remove a ground wire. Great, that’s easy, but silly me did it in advance of lowering my tailgate. When it came time to place the hitch in the bed to spot the mounting holes, my electric tailgate lock refused to work. I had to reconnect the ground to put the tailgate down. Shame on me because they do tell you to place the assembled hitch in the truck before you tackle the mounting brackets. Lastly, I could not tighten the lower frame fasteners on both forward brackets without shaving some steel from the gusset that supports the shock. The hex nuts end up too close to the support. Even an open end wrench would not slip in to get the job done. The instructions make absolutely no mention of this problem.

On the plus side, the pre-engineered brackets do fit the frame, they are heavy duty, the appropriate fasteners are all included so the system does work as designed.

My suggestions:
1) Drop your tailgate before disconnecting the ground wire.
2) Removing the spare tire allows you better access to separate the plastic fasteners that secure the wiring harness to the frame. Ultimately, I removed enough fasteners so I was able to push the harness forward far enough to make room for the bracket so I never actually had to disconnect the wires.
3) When you position the bed rails and think you are ready to drill the 4 - 5/8" holes, center punch the spots first and only drill small 1/16” or 1/8" pilot holes. Inspect the positon of these holes relative to the bracket before drilling 5/8” holes. This way you can see if your bracket lines up with the drilled hole before you have a giant, 5/8" holes in your truck bed. If you are off by 1/8" or 1/4" you can still relocate the holes without having oblong holes or have extra unwanted holes in your truck bed. I found the hitch had to be located 1/4" closer to my cab than the instructions showed or the holes would not line up with the forward brackets. The rear brackets have a little more wiggle room but the front brackets sit flush to the bed channel supports so the 5/8" mounting holes need to be spot on.
4) The instructions say to drill the frame with a 17/32” bit. I did not have one. I found a 1/2” bit did the job if you just widened the hole out a little once the bit goes through.




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2019 Ram 1500

Product fits 2019 Ram. Quality! However one of the top brace T bar wasn’t threaded all the way and the bolt wouldn't go in all the way. Did what I could then had to weld. Probably just a random thing during manufacturing but took up 2hrs to get it to work. Took all day to install and it’s too close to cab and 5th dented my cab when I turned too much.




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2019 Dodge Ram Pickup

This fits the new 2019 body style Ram. I had it professionally installed.


Comments
Great. No problems.
Michol - 04/13/2020


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etrailer was very helpful in making sure I got what I needed to do the job. Everything fit great and great customer service.




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fast friendly service product arrived in a record time frame great price well informed
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  • Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Recommendation for 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Without Air Suspension
    Since your 2019 Ram 1500 5.5 foot bed does NOT have the air ride suspension the fifth wheel rail kit you would Demco # DM8552032-71 which is a confirmed fit and provides rails compatible with Reese fifth wheel hitches. Since your truck bed is so short you will need to use a Sidewinder pin box replacement to allow you to make tight turns. Sidewinders are pin box specific so you will first need to know what pin box you have now in order to pick out the correct one. There should be a...
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  • Difference Between Demco 5th Wheel Base Rail Kits for 2019 Ram 1500 Versus 1500 Classic
    I reached out to my tech contact at Demco and the 2019 Ram 1500 had two different options. The Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Hitches # DM8552032-71 is the correct fit for the new 5th generation. If you have the older stock 2018 frame that was being used on some 2019 models then they put the word classic inside the door frame to signify that and then the correct fit would be the # DM8552030-71 instead. I think the installer...
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  • How To Install the Demco Hijacker on a 2019 Ram 1500 with 5-1/2 Foot Bed
    I have sent a copy of the installation instructions for the Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit part # DM8552032-71 to you as well as attached a few photos from them. These instructions have very detailed photos which you will be able to see so they should give you a very good ideal of what is required. However, as of March 2019 we have not yet had a chance to install them on a 2019 Ram 1500. This kit was also just recently released and so was...
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  • Which Is Better Auto Sliding Fifth Wheel Hitch For 2019 Ram 1500: Pullrite or Demco
    I recommend the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # DM8550034 with the custom install bed rails part # DM8552032-71 for the 2019 Ram 1500 over the Pullrite SuperGlide because of the Hijacker's built in capture plate brackets and it's height adjustability. The Pullrite SuperGlide does require a capture plate for your king pin box which is sold separately. The capture plate restricts the king pin from turning in the fifth wheel plate while turning. The Demco Hijacker...
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  • Comparing Sliding Hitch and Sidewinder for 5th Wheel Towing With a 2020 Ram 1500 5.5 Bed
    The best option I have for a 2020 Ram 1500 with 5-1/2' bed would be to use the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # DM8550040 which would require the Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit part # DM8552032-71. The reason this is the best option is because it allows you to make full 90 degree turns without having to change out the pin box on the trailer. It is actually the only sliding fifth wheel hitch with enough travel to do this...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch and Rail Kit Recommendation for 2019 Ram 1500 6.5 ft Bed
    The best option would be the Demco Hijacker Autoslide hitch part # DM8550034 with the rail kit part # DM8552032-71 for your 2019 Ram 1500 6.5 ft bed. Since you have a bed shorter than 8 feet you'd need a slider hitch to give you the clearance you'd need to make sharp turns. What's great about the Hijacker is that it automatically slides as you make tight turns which allows you to not have to get out of the truck when you pull into/out of a parking lot.
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  • Determining Turning Clearance For A 2015 KZ Durango D296BH With A Demco Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitch
    To determine if you'll be able to jackknife your trailer you'll need to measure from the center of your fifth wheel hitch to cab of your truck. This will be measurement A and you'll be able to add 22-1/2 inches due to the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider # DM8550040 sliding feature. Then you'll need to measure the width of your trailer and divide it by 2, this will be measurement B. You'll then subtract measurement B from measurement A (A-B=C). If the number is...
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  • Compatibility of Demco Hijacker Premier Base Rail Kit for 2019 Ram 1500 Models
    The Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Hitches # DM8552032-71 is compatible with the 2019 body style. It is confirmed to fit both the 5-1/2 foot bed or the 6-1/2 foot bed of the Ram 1500 models. You may also want to consider adding the Hopkins Endurance 5th Wheel/Gooseneck 90-Degree Wiring Harness with 7-Pole Plug # 41157 to your truck for convenient access and a clean look. This combination will work very will with the Demco...
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Install Kit for a Fifth Gen 2019 Ram 1500
    I do have a custom 5th wheel install kit available for your fifth generation 2019 Ram 1500 but the Reese Quick-Install Custom Bracket Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches part # RP50142 is not a confirmed fit. Instead, you will need to use the Demco Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit part # DM8552032-71 which is currently one of the only available options for you so long as you don't have the factory airbags. Please note that you do not need to use a Reese install kit in order...
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  • Installing B and W Patriot Hitch 2020 Ram 1500 5-1/2 ft bed Towing Trailer with Turning Point
    I have a solution to allow you to install the fixed B and W Patriot hitch part # BWRVK3200 in the bed of your 2020 Ram 1500 5.5 foot bed. You'd basically just need the Demco custom fifth wheel rail kit part # DM8552032-71 and you'd be set. The Patriot uses the same high quality jaw system as the Companion hitches but instead fits standard rails and is also compatible with the Turning Point pin box in your trailer as well.
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  • Should Air Lift Kit Install at Same Time as Fifth Wheel Rail Kit for 2019 Ram 1500
    There's no real advantage to installing the Demco rail kit part # DM8552032-71 before, after, or at the same time as the Air Lift kit part # AL88375. Doing them in any order would be just fine so if you want to start with one or the other and then do other at a later date you'd be just fine.
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  • Do I Need a Sidewinder for a 2019 Ram 1500 with the 5-1/2 Foot Bed
    If you do not want to use a rotating pin box like the Reese Sidewinder on your 2019 Ram 1500 with the 5-1/2' bed then I do have one option, the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer part # DM8550040 paired with the Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit part # DM8552032-71. The Demco Hijacker is an auto-sliding 5th wheel hitch which means it will move the connection point back away from the cab while making a sharp turn. This will eliminate...
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  • Parts Needed To Tow a 5th Wheel Trailer With a 2019 Ram 1500 5-1/2' Bed
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  • 5th Wheel Base Rail Kit for 2019 Ram 1500 and PullRite SuperGlide 2700
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  • Which Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Fits 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 6-1/2 ft Bed Without Air Suspension
    We have custom fit fifth wheel rail kits that fit your 2019 Ram 1500 6-1/2 foot bed without the air suspension like the Demco part # DM8552032-71. The Reese install kit part # RP56018-53 is for models with the air suspension system. With the Demco kit installed you can then use their automatic sliding hitch part # DM8550034 which would give you the needed turning clearance to make tight turns.
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  • Recommended 5th Wheel Hitch for 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel 5-1/2 Bed
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  • 5th Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2021 Ram 1500
    For your new generation 2021 Ram 1500, not the Classic model, with a 5-1/2' bed in a slider hitch, there is limited options. I suggest the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch, # DM8550040 and the Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails # DM8552032-71. This hitch slides automatically as you drive to give you 22-1/2" of additional clearance for tight turns. The head slides toward the tailgate when you turn and back toward the cab when you straighten out. The rotation...
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  • Recommended Fifth Wheel Bracket/Bed Rail Install Kit for 2020 Ram 1500 Short Bed Eco Diesel
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  • Weight and Compatibility of Demco and Reese Base Rails with Anderson Ultimate 3200 for 2019 Ram 1500
    The Demco Kit # DM8552032-71 weighs about 75 lbs while the Reese Kit # RP56018-53 weighs about 70 lbs. Both are compatible with the Andersen Ultimate Connection # AM3200 as they provide the industry standard base rail connection that the Anderson Ultimate needs. Please note that these base rail kits are a fit for a 2019 Ram 1500 with either the 5-1/2' or 6-1/2' bed. The Anderson Ultimate Connection could possibly provide enough turning clearance for the 6-1/2' bed (not likely unless you...
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  • Recommended Fifth Wheel for my 2019 Ram 1500 with a 6.5 Bed
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