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5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2011 Ford F-150 with 5-1/2 Foot Bed

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I have a ford 150 145inch WB 5.5 ft bed. Looking for a sliding hitch that will work. Any help would be great!

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Because your 2011 Ford F-150 has the 5-1/2 foot bed there is only one set up that features a slider hitch that will work. The hitch is the Demco HiJacker 13K # DM8550041. This is an autosliding hitch with 22-1/2 inches of travel and since you have the super short bed you will need that match travel to avoid the trailer making contact with the trailer when making tight turns. For an installation kit that works with your truck and the hitch use # DM8551001.

Regular slider hitches should not be used because they do not travel far enough to avoid contact between the truck and trailer. If you do not want to use the above set up then you will need to use a fixed 5th wheel hitch along with a Sidewinder pin box for the trailer. This will move the pivot point of the trailer back 22 inches. To see if there is a Sidewinder that fits your trailer I would need to know the manufacturer and model number of the pin box itself. This information should be on a sticker or plate on the pin box.

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