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Can I Just Add Slider Legs To My Husky 26K Fixed 5th Wheel Hitch By Replacing the Legs?

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I just bought a husky 26k fixed hitch I have a 2003 short bed dodge 1500. I was looking at getting the slider legs. Do I need special rails or can I just buy the frame rail brackets and use the rails that came with the hitch? And can I just buy the slider system and replace the legs

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The good news is that you don't need special rails, you can just buy the custom brackets and use the rails you have assuming they are husky brand rails. They should look like part # HT30686. The Husky Custom Mounting Bracket Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches for your 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 is # HT31413.

The Husky 10 Composite Slider for Silver Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 10" Travel - 26,000 lbs, # HT32042, that you reverenced is a confirmed fit for your truck as well. You can just trade out the fixed legs for the slider system.

One thing you may want to consider, because your truck bed is technically under 6-1/2 feet, is measuring to ensure you will have enough turning clearance with your 5th Wheel Trailer at a 90 degree turn. We have a formula that can help.

(A + B) - C = Clearance

A = Distance from center of fifth wheel hitch jaw to truck cab
B = Length of Slide Travel (10")
C = Width of trailer divided by 2 (to get half)

For example: With the slide travel, if the distance from the center of the hitch to the cab is 42", 42" + 10" = 52". If your fifth wheel trailer is 102" wide, take half (51"), then plug in: 52" - 51" = 1" of clearance.

NOTE: At least 4 inches of clearance is recommended to safely execute a 90 degree turn.

If you don't have at least 4 inches of clearance, then you may not be able to make a 90 degree turn without hitting the cab of your truck. Some trailers out there have noses designed for short bed trucks to accommodate a lack of clearance, but if your trailer does not have the angled nose, then you will want to consider using your current 5th wheel hitch and replacing the pin box on your trailer with a Sidewinder. A Sidewinder changes the pivot point of the trailer to provide 22 inches of additional turning clearance. This is the ideal setup for trucks with beds shorter than 6-1/2 ft. Sidewinders are custom fit replacements, so to choose the correct Sidewinder replacement for your trailer, we will need the brand and model number of the current pin box.

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