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Old 02-07-2014, 08:00 AM   #21
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Although the rails are "universal", make sure the install kit is "custom". Usually doesn't require any drilling into the frame, whereas the "universal" install kit does.
I did spend an extra 120 bucks and ordered the custom brackets. I wasn't that excited to drill 12 new holes in the frame.

I haven't done a search yet, but if anybody wants to throw out your thoughts on setting the height I'd be willing to listen.
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:32 AM   #22
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I'm sure there a more official formulas for height. My advice. Start high and go from there. Have your hitch more in the higher position as a starting point. The 5er wants to be basically level to the road when hitched. Measure from a common point at front and back when hitched to see. Bear in mind the truck is going to drop some on the suspension therefore lowering the front and raising the back of the camper when you hitch. The most important thing is that the bottom of the camper is not too close to your bed rails when maneuvering on hills or inclines. For example my driveway is a moderate downslope from the road. The camper is all the way angled on the slope when I back in and the truck is still level on the road so you want to be sure you have clearance in these type of situations. Im sure there are people on here that at least know of someone who has damaged bed rails from inadequate clearance. You can put your hitch all the way up and if you still need more height you can drop the pin box down some. There are situations I've seen where people have done that for the extra height for one reason or another. I'm sure others will have good advice on this too. Good luck!
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:35 AM   #23
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Set the pin box and or hitch so you have around six inches between the top of the bed side rail and the bottom of the trailer.

Check the level of the trailer and truck and adjust from there if the nose is to high or low.
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:22 AM   #24
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I did spend an extra 120 bucks and ordered the custom brackets. I wasn't that excited to drill 12 new holes in the frame.

I haven't done a search yet, but if anybody wants to throw out your thoughts on setting the height I'd be willing to listen.
Also make sure you drop the spare and get it out of the way, even if it doesn't look to be in the way. As for height, measure from the floor of your truck bed to the top of the bed rail, add 5-6", subtract the distance from the overhang of 5er down to the king pin plate. Set your hitch at this height and hook up. Your truck will squat, see if camper is level, and you have at least 5" between rails and 5er. If it is, you're done. If low you can raise hitch, if high and you have raise camper at axles (being a little high is OK,)
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Old 02-07-2014, 09:23 AM   #25
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I just let a shop deal with it.
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:41 AM   #26
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I just let a shop deal with it.
Ah, the checkbook solution! The older I get the more often I see myself using it.
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Old 02-07-2014, 11:04 AM   #27
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Actually installed many universal rail kits. drilling the holes are easy if you have good bits and oil properly. I just happen to trade in a diesel pusher for my 2014 5er and made the hitch with install part of the deal on this latest truck. So much nicer then spending 2 hours drilling those 8 frame bolt holes.
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:04 PM   #28
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I just let a shop deal with it.
I have a bad habit of never letting anybody do something I can do myself. Sometimes I wish I didn't feel that way! I've towed trailers all my life but I'm new to the 5er world so I want to know everything I can. Installing the hitch and setting the proper height is all part of the process too me.

Thanks for all the tips so far!
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I installed my own fifth wheel hitch on my 2011 F 250. I would highly recommend the extra few dollars for the custom brackets for the bed rails. Mine was a Reese bed rail kit with a Draw-Tite slider hitch. the only drilling I had to do was through the bed to bolt on bed rails. bought hitch and rail kit from etrailer.com.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:40 AM   #30
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^X2!

I installed my own hitch with custom rails. Took a little longer since I did it in my driveway without a lift or removing the dually wheels. I measured several times before drilling the first holes.
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