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Best Above Bed 5th Wheel Hitch for a 2015 Ford F-350 Short Bed Without Factory Prep Package

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I have a 2015 f35o diesel short bed. No factory bed tow package. What is the best hitch and above bed rail set up you guys have for this.. I have a 12000 pound 5th wheel I will be towing. I guess I need a sliding hitch? What do you guys recommend for me to get from your supply....you have so many choices!!

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I have two great options for your 2015 Ford F-350 short bed without the factory prep package. The best option I have for you is the Demco Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch part # DM8550034 with the Demco Hijacker Premier Series Above-Bed Base Rails and Custom Installation Kit part # DM8552000-71. The reason that this is the best option for you is because it is the most convenient. As you mentioned, a slider hitch is needed for turning clearance because you have a short bed truck. The Demco Hijacker will automatically slide the trailer back away from the vehicle to create clearance while turning which means you don't have to get out of the truck to engage the slider and then again to release it once you're done turning.

The second best option is the Curt A16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ R16 Slider part # C16521 with the Curt Custom 5th Wheel Installation Kit for Ford part # C16424-204. The Curt A25 is an excellent choice and one of my favorite 5th wheel hitches on the market. The reason for this is because it has 1" think dual interlocking jaws which do a phenomenal job of reducing chucking and its one pin head removal system which allows for one person to install and remove the hitch all by themself.

In order to compete your towing setup you will also most likely need an in-bed 7-way for which I recommend using the Pollak 5th Wheel / Gooseneck T-Connector part # PK11893-11932.

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