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Fifth Wheel Hitch for 2014 Ford F250 Short Bed With Existing B & W Turnover Ball Gooseneck Hitch

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I just purchased a used 2014 F-250 diesel, 6 foot 8 inch bed. It came with a BandW Turnoverball gooseneck hitch installed but I want to install my slider hitch to tow my travel trailer. Does the turnover ball gooseneck hitch interfere with installing a Reese 50073-58 quick install rail kit? If so, is there any other rail kit I can purchase or adaptor that uses the gooseneck ball hitch that would make the new install easier?

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There are available solutions for installing a fifth wheel hitch in the bed of your 2014 Ford F250.

Since you already have the B & W Turnover Ball installed, you can simply use the B & W Companion, part # BWRVK3400-5W. The Companion is specifically designed to install into the Turnover Ball hitch, providing a sliding fifth wheel hitch with 12 inches of travel for low speed maneuvering.

A less expensive option would be to install an adapter like the Curt X5, part # 16310. The adapter is compatible with the Turnover Ball, and would provide industry standard fifth wheel rails that would allow you to install the Curt Q20 Fifth Wheel hitch with slider, part # C16536, or any other sliding fifth wheel hitch that uses industry standard fifth wheel rails. Because your truck has the short bed, you'll you wouldn't want to use the # C16130 non-sliding version.

It wouldn't be possible to install the Reese # RP50073-58 rail kit because the existing mounting brackets for your Turnover Ball would interfere. In order to install the bracket/rail kit, you'd need to remove the existing Turnover Ball hitch, which would leave holes in your bed.

If you don't already have a 7-way connector installed in your truck bed, you can install one using the Hopkins # 41157. If you click the provided links, you can see an install video for the # 41157 as well as demonstration videos for the products I've recommended.





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