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Old 08-13-2016, 12:02 PM   #1
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Fifth Wheel Hitch Question

Ok, I admittedly do not know a whole lot about fifth wheel hitches. I kind of got talked into buying a fifth wheel after having a regular trailer for a number of years. I'm looking to upgrade my ride and am wondering if hitches are vehicle specific? I was under the impression I could move my hitch from one vehicle to another, assuming of course I keep the same trailer. I have a Reese 16k fifth wheel hitch and have a Reese Sidewinder on my trailer. I'm looking to upgrade from a Ford F150 to a Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. Can I use my existing hitch in the Chevy?
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Old 08-13-2016, 12:25 PM   #2
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Yes, you will just need Reese bed rails installed in your new truck.
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Old 08-13-2016, 05:15 PM   #3
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no expert, but i would think it would be OK depending on your setup. May have to adjust the height that both your hitch and pin box are currently set at
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Old 08-13-2016, 05:27 PM   #4
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Fifth wheel hitches are not vehicle specific. Some mounting hardware is. The bed rails are all pretty much the same, it's the brackets underneath that can vary based on model year of your truck.
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Old 08-13-2016, 05:43 PM   #5
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As everyone has already said, yes you can use the hitch in the Silverado. Get the custom install kit. I like buying hitch products from e-trailer, they have everything you need at good prices. The custom install kit will make installation much easier over the universal kit.
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Old 08-13-2016, 06:16 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone! Looks like I'll be upgrading my ride. Can't believe I won't be driving a Ford anymore.
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Old 08-13-2016, 06:42 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone! Looks like I'll be upgrading my ride. Can't believe I won't be driving a Ford anymore.
Not let your heart be troubled. I too have gone to a 2015 Chevy 2500HD and have not regretted it at all. Like others have said, the only thing that is truck specific is the under the bed kit for the rails that go into the bed. Check out curtmfg.com. That is were I found some good install videos for installing their product.
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Thanks everyone! Looks like I'll be upgrading my ride. Can't believe I won't be driving a Ford anymore.
Congratulation! There's a point in everyone's life when they decide to move on up
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Old 08-16-2016, 10:01 AM   #9
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Unfortunately it appears that my hitch can't be installed with an under bed rail system on the Chevy 2500. The dealer has called a few places and each place said my hitch wouldn't fit. I could install above the bed rails, but I don't want to do that and my hitch is less than a year old and I don't feel like spending more money to buy another hitch. Looks like the deal isn't going to happen
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Ok, I admittedly do not know a whole lot about fifth wheel hitches. I kind of got talked into buying a fifth wheel after having a regular trailer for a number of years. I'm looking to upgrade my ride and am wondering if hitches are vehicle specific? I was under the impression I could move my hitch from one vehicle to another, assuming of course I keep the same trailer. I have a Reese 16k fifth wheel hitch and have a Reese Sidewinder on my trailer. I'm looking to upgrade from a Ford F150 to a Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. Can I use my existing hitch in the Chevy?
I started with the Reese R16 and Sidewinder with my 1st trailer and short-bed 1/2 ton Chevy. When moving up to the 3500HD, I went long wheel base, have the same R16 and pinned the Sidewinder. The Sidewinder is a versatile pinbox, was one of many selling points on upgrades when I sold that trailer.

Good luck, I think you'll enjoy the stability and experience pulling the 5er, as compared to the TT.
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