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Air Springs And Fifth Wheel Hitch For a 2019 Ford F-150 With A 5-1/2 FT Bed

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What air spring and 5 wheel hitch mounts are compatible with 2019 F-150.

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For your 2019 Ford F-150 with a 5-1/2 ft bed I recommend the M5 Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Single Jaw - 20,000 lbs item # RP30928. This hitch is single jaw which makes for a tighter fit around the king pin. Can be adjusted from 14" up to 18" to provide the room needed between your bed rails and the bottom of the nose on the camper. We recommend at least 6" of clearance. Fully floating head allows for full range of motion when camper is connected. One person can easily remove hitch from vehicle when not towing. Head can be removed from base by pulling two pins and base can be removed from rails by pulling a pin in each foot.

I also recommend the Reese Quick-Install Custom Installation Kit w/ Base Rails for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches item # RP50087-58. This kit is a custom fit above bed rail kit designed specifically for your 2019 F-150 to make instillation easier. Once the rails are installed they stay in the bed. They only stick up about 1" so when the hitch is removed you maintain full bed access. All mounting brackets, rails, and the hitch have a durable black powder coat finish and come with all the hardware to get it installed.

Because your truck has a 5-1/2 ft bed it requires a rotating pin box like the Sidewinder 5th Wheel King Pin with Rotating Turret # RP34FR. This king pin is an extended king pin for short bed trucks and is designed to get the nose of the trailer back far enough so it doesn't make contact with the cab of the truck when making turns. You want to make sure the king pin is compatible with your pin box. This king pin is designed to be used with the following pin boxes: Fabex 663, Fabex 665, Lippert 0719, Lippert 1621, Lippert 1621HD, M and M 663, M and M 665.

I also recommend the Pollak 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Wiring Harness for Aluminum Truck Beds - 7 Way RV - 7-1/2' Item # PK11893-11932-010. This wiring harness provides you with a 7 pole plug in the bed of your truck so you don't have to drape the wire over your tailgate to plug it into your factory 7 pole plug on the bumper.

I always recommend adding rear suspension enhancement when towing a trailer. Rear suspension enhancement for your truck with 4-wheel drive I recommend Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Air Helper Springs with Internal Jounce Bumpers - Rear Axle Item # AL88385. These springs have a 5000 lb load leveling capacity. Keep in mind this does not increase your vehicle towing capacity it simply provides support for your rear suspension when weight is added. Each spring has a maximum air pressure of 100 psi and a minimum of 5 psi. We recommend keeping around 10-15 psi in the bags at all times when not towing so the bag doesn't create weak spots in the rubber. The mounting brackets have a black powder coat finish and the kit comes with all of the hardware to get them installed. The instillation does't require drilling. They install in place of your factory jounce bumpers and have internal jounce bumpers built into each bag.

To make inflating a deflating your bags easier I recommend Air Lift WirelessAIR Compressor System for Air Helper Springs - Remote - Bluetooth - EZ Mount Item # AL74000EZ. This kit comes with a wireless controller to easily adjust the pressure in your bags. It can be used inside or outside of the vehicle. You can also use your cell phone as the controller via blue tooth. The instillation is straight forward and doesn't require any wiring or airlines to be ran inside the vehicle.

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