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Can a Slider Fifth Wheel Hitch Install in Bed of 2012 Ford F-150 5-1/2 ft Bed

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2012 56inch bed measurement on the rails f150 mount a slider fifth wheel

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For your 2012 Ford F-150 that has a 5-1/2 foot bed we can help you tow a fifth wheel trailer and we have rail kits and hitches that can be used, but since your bed is so short you have to install a Sidewinder pin box on the trailer to allow you to have enough clearance to make tight turns since the slider hitches don't slide enough to give you the needed clearance. A Sidewinder gives 22-1/2 inches of additional clearance whereas a slider hitch only gives about half of that.

Sidewinders are pin box specific so you will first need to know what pin box you have now in order to pick out the correct one.

There should be a sticker or a stamping on the OEM pin box of the trailer that will list the pin box number that is on the trailer.

Once you figure out which pin box you have you can check the FAQ I attached that has a chart that shows the correct Sidewinder to get based on which pin box you have.

You'll need a fixed hitch like the part # RP30047 and a rail kit as well like part # RP50081-58 which is a confirmed fit for your truck as well. This is a custom fit rail kit which means it installs without frame drilling and is much easier in general to install.

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