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5th Wheel Hitch For Ford F-250 With 4 Bolt Mounting Holes In Bed

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I have a question regarding fifth wheel hitch that was previously installed in the 2010 F250 diesel truck I purchased. I have holes in bed which appear to be about 1-1/2inch at four locations. They are exactly 24inch front to back and 41inch side to side. The rear most hole is 31-5/16inch from tailgate. The hole are on the outside of the frame rails. I am trying not to turn my truck into Swiss cheese by drilling more holes in both the bed and frame. I thought maybe at first it was Pullrite brand brackets but I have contacted them and the dimensions are close but the 24inch front to back is thee issue. All other dimensions are similar to that of an obsolete model install kit. I have been looking at Reese and not seeing anything. Im hoping that you might be able to help. I am seriously in the market and will be buying something in the next couple weeks. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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I have a solution for you, but it appears that your truck may have had an older four bolt fifth wheel rail kit based on the number of holes and the dimensions that you provided. The four bolt rail design has been pretty well phased out of the industry by almost every manufacturer, so your best option will be to look into the newer 10 bolt 5th wheel rail design. Although this will require you to drill more holes in your bed, the good news is that the new base rails should cover up the existing holes.

My recommendation is to install the Reese Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches 10 Bolt # RP50082-58. This kit will work with most fifth wheel hitches that use industry standard base rails. If you would like a recommendation, I recommend the Reese M5 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw # RP30928.

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Thank you. Checked out the response. I’m interested in the Demco DM8550034 to go with that bracket. Like the idea of the auto slide feature. Will this combination be advised?

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The recommended install kit to pair with Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ Slider # DM8550034 is the Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Hitches # DM8552002-71. I would not advise going with the Reese rails. The Demco Installation is designed specifically for the # DM8550034.

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