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Recommended 5th Wheel Towing Setup for a 2017 Ford F-350 With a 6-3/4 Foot Bed

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I am looking for a 5th wheel hitch setup for a 2017 F350 6.75ft bed with factory rails. The wet weight of the trailer will not exceed 15K lbs. I will be logging about 15K miles/per year and will be hitching/unhitching 40-50 times per year. It is very important to me to be able to hitch/unhitch on sloping/uneven ground, at an angle. I am considering that following: Reese 20K RP30928 Reese Elite under bed rail adapter RP30156 Reese Airborne Sidewinder 16K I do not have the pin box number yet Do you consider this an adequate configuration for my use? Do you have any suggestions?

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You have really done your homework. Using the Reese Select Plus # RP30928 (one of my favorites) with the Reese Elite Series Underbed Rail Adapter # RP30156 along with a Sidewinder, like part # RP61422, is exactly what you will need for your 2017 Ford F-350 with a short bed. Using the Custom Wedge # RP44FR will ensure a secure fit between the Hitch and the Sidewinder.

If you need help picking out the correct Sidewinder for your 5th wheel trailer, I would be happy to help once you know your pin box number. The Sidewinder that I mentioned, part # RP34FR, is a direct upgrade for the very common Lippert 1621 pin box.

If you are planning on taking your 5th wheel hitch our fairly often, it might be easier to go with the Reese M5 Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30921, which still uses the 4-Way head pivot for faster and easier hookup even on unlevel ground.

The only other thing that I recommend is installing a 7-Way Wiring Harness in the bed of your F-350 if it does not already have one. You can use the Draw-Tite # 20110 to do so. I have attached a video of this harness being installed on a 2016 F-350 for you to review.

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