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Fifth Wheel Hitch for 1997 Ford F-250 Super Duty With 8-Foot Bed


Need a complete 5th wheel kit for a 1997 Ford F250 Super Duty HD with 8-foot bed. Powered by 7.3l Turbo diesel. 8800 GVWR. Towing 2004 Laredo 5th wheel camper, Dry wt. 5525, Wet wt. 6955, Hitch wt. 1420, Carrying Cap. 2970. Thank You


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The fifth-wheel hitch I recommend for your 1997 Ford F-250 Super Duty is the Reese # RP30081. To install this hitch you would need the Reese Universal Base Rails and Installation Kit # RP30035. It has a pivoting head and wide, 9" funnel to make hookup an easier process, as well as a forged, single-piece jaw. I have included links to review videos and installs of the rails and hitch for you to take a look at.

For an economical option, I recommend checking out the Husky Silver Series 16K # HT31313-31314, which you'd install with base rails # HT31563-686. The Husky also has a 16,000 lb gross towing capacity and 4,000 lb vertical load limit. It has a slide-bar jaw and color-coded indicators that tell you when the jaw is open and confirms when it is closed.

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