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Old 08-04-2010, 02:38 PM   #1
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5er Hitch Installation Question

This may sound silly (and probably is) but does 1/2 in off center (side to side) matter on a 5th wheel installation? I just checked the installation performed on my truck and found that the 5th wheel hitch king pin is off center (to one side) by inch. Should I squawk about it? Also, the hitch is 2-1/2 inches in front (closer to the cab) of the rear axle center.

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Old 08-04-2010, 02:46 PM   #2
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I would not worry about being off center from side to side by a 1/2 inch. As for it being 2 1/2 inches in front of the rear axle that is to add weight to the steer axle which is fine. I have had hitches installed in two different one ton dually units and they were both in front of the center of the drive axle.

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Old 08-04-2010, 02:55 PM   #3
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Thanks Emptypockets.. I knew that the hitch had to be installed in front of the axle, I just did not know if 2-1/2 inches was normal. Thanks for the prompt reply. Great forum...
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:59 PM   #4
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I run 2.5 inch forward on mine even with a shortbox. The half inch side to side really isn't going to hurt a thing, but I am anal enough it might bother me lol. As long as the rest of the install is sound then leave it alone.

Depending on the brand and the rails, you might be able to go out right now and knock the thing over a 1/4 inch. Some really are that sloppy.
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