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5th Wheel Hitch For A 2019 F350 Short Bed Towing A Grand Design 2020 Reflection 303RLS

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Looking at going to Reese 5th Airborne with Sidewinder pin box RP61422 and would like 5th wheel hitch suggestions. Thinking about the Andersen Ultimate If it works. Main objective is to have it lite for easy remove. Thanks in advance,

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Because the Anderson Ultimate is not compatible with a Sidewinder pin box, you will want to consider another option.

The Reese 5th Airborne Premium 5th Wheel Air Ride King Pin w/ Sidewinder # RP61422 is an excellent choice and perfect for your 2019 Ford F-350 Short Bed It provides extra clearance when the trailer's pivot point is moved 22" toward the rear of your tow vehicle. This significantly improves your experience because you can easily make 90-degree turns and worry less about cab to camper contact.

I recommend the Sidewinder be paired with the Demco Recon 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # DM8550043. This lightweight hitch has an easily removable head that is also light weight (ships at 39lbs). The hitch quickly installs onto your custom underbed installation with kit # DM6175. Even though this hitch is not heavy, the thick, wraparound 3/4" single-piece jaw still provides a secure connection with 360-Degree jaw-to-king-pin contact. This reduces chucking and combined with a double pivot head and dampeners, makes for a much smoother ride.

Included are video resources including reviews and installation information to help inform your decision.

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Will I also need a custom wedge? Also with the truck bed being so high, I have concerns with a rail adapter and making the trailer too nose high. Can you suggest a hitch that works without a rail adapter and is light weight?

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Per Demco they do not have a custom wedge to be used with the Recon and recommended the wedge included with Reese 5th Airborne as sufficient. Be sure to follow the installation safety precautions noted in the instructions.

For a hitch that fits directly into your Ford puck system, my recommendation is the very popular B&W Companion OEM 5th-Wheel Hitch for Ford Super Duty Prep Package # BWRVK3300. This hitch ships at 152lbs so it's not lighter than the beforementioned Demco Recon but it is essentially 2 parts, with the 75lb head being easily removable with a simple pin and clip setup. This hitch is heavy duty with 1" thick jaws, is made in the USA, and looks great in a powder coated gray finish. The custom wedge for this B&W hitch is # SWW-06.

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