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Old 10-10-2013, 05:19 AM   #1
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1st time 5th wheel!

New to the forum, long time camper. Just traded in our jayco and bought a Flagstaff 8528BHWS. Went to the rv show in Suffern NY looking for a larger tt with bunks and came out with this. Can't wait for the first trip!!!
Now to have the hitch installed, I work in a repair shop and are thinking of doing it ourselves, any thoughts on that?

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Old 10-10-2013, 05:35 AM   #2
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Congrats and welcome to the forum! Although I have put 2 5th wheel hitches in, in the past 2 yrs, I'm thinking next time I will pay to have it done. I'm quite mechanically inclined, and not a novice by any means, but it's a PITA, at least in the Chevy/GMC diesels. My last custom rail mounts said it would take a novice 80 minutes to install. I spent the better part of 4. Just have to figure what your time is worth.

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Old 10-10-2013, 05:56 AM   #3
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Kind of what I was thinking. Dealer offered a deal at 850 and think I'd be foolish to do it myself. I'd only be saving around $300. My only issue is they need my truck for a whole day and they are about 80 miles away in Jersey,

Thanks for the input. You have reaffirmed what I was already thinking.
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Old 10-10-2013, 06:35 AM   #4
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When we bought our 5th wheel I had a 05 Silverado gasser and dealer installed hitch for $800.00
Hitch was included in that price.

When I traded trucks I removed the hitch rails and installed them back in my 08 duramax.

Install time was 90 minutes.

The longest part was drilling holes in the frame and making sure items tucked behind frame rails weren't hit with drill or had to move them.

Good luck.

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Old 10-10-2013, 06:42 AM   #5
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Although I don't have a fifth wheel, I would pay the dealer to install. As several have mentioned, what is your time worth, but, more important is the fact that the dealer is taking on all the liabilitiy associated with the installation.
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Old 10-10-2013, 06:43 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on your Flagstaff 8528BHWS.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:08 AM   #7
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I prefer to let someone who does hitch install on a daily basis to ensure it's done correctly...I bought my hitch direct to get best price & paid an rv shop for the install.

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Old 10-10-2013, 08:07 AM   #8
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It can be done yourself without much difficulty. Measure twice, drill once. A local truck equipper here wanted $125 to install it. A lazy Saturday afternoon and a cold beer or two should do it.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:38 AM   #9
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You could do it yourself, but if you have never done that kind of work before, its going to take you a while. Make sure you have fresh drill bits and a couple of them. Drilling frame steel is about patience and managing the heat of the drill tip more then brute force.

But really how much will you save over the cost of the hitch?
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:54 AM   #10
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Another option- the B&W hitches do not require drilling the frame at all. 1 to 5 holes in the truck bed (depending on if you're going to install the u-bolts for the gooseneck chains or not).

I still opted to have mine installed, but I am not mechanically inclined.

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