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Which 5th Wheel Base Rails are Compatible with Demco DM8552025 Frame Brackets for 2017 Ram 2500


What base rails can be used with these brackets ? My supplier can source this SKU however I need to know if universal rails will work with the recon demco hitch, Thanks


Expert Reply:

The Demco # DM8550043 Recon 5th wheel hitch is compatible with industry standard bed rails such as those provided with the Demco # DM8552025-71 bracket/rail kit. The kit combines the # DM8552025 brackets along with the # DM6071 industry standard rails.

The hitch fits on industry standard rails from Reese, Husky, Valley, B&W, Demco ISR and Curt, among others, but if you use Demco frame brackets, you'll want to use bed rails from the same manufacturer. The brackets and rails aren't capacity tested separately, so if you mix and match brackets and rails from different manufacturers, you could end up with an unknown weight capacity.

The Demco # DM8552025-71 fits the 2014 - 2020 Ram 2500 short and long bed truck.

One final note, if you have a short bed truck, the Recon likely won't provide enough clearance between the front of the 5th wheel and the rear of the truck cab, unless:

• Your 5th wheel his concaved or dished in front corners and the manufacturer specifically states it's compatible
with short bed trucks
• You use a rotating pin box such as the Reese Revolution, Reese Sidewinder or Lippert Turning point along with
the proper wedge to prevent the king pin from rotating in the hitch jaws. The # SWW-05 is compatible with the
Demco Recon.

I've linked to some install videos that you might find helpful.

expert reply by:
Mike L

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