How to Install a Fifth Wheel Hitch Slider How to Install a Fifth Wheel Hitch Slider

What You'll Need
Trailer
Fifth Wheel Hitch Slider
Torque Wrench
Bolts

If you want the perfect answer to your hitching problems, then you should consider a fifth wheel hitch slider. Also known as a sidewinder, this type of hitch is most suited to trucks that have a small bed, as it pulls the turning point of the trailer closer to the truck bed, preventing fishtailing and possible damage to the truck.

Step 1 - Positioning the Fifth Wheel Hitch Slider

Place the fifth wheel hitch slider in the back of the truck. Most types of slider hitch are designed to use holes which already exist in the base of the truck. Slide the hitch forward until it reaches the front of the truck bed, and then locate suitable bolt holes to secure the hitch. If there are no suitable holes, drill through the holes in the side of the fifth wheel hitch until you make some.

Step 2 - Installing the Fifth Wheel Hitch Slider

Install the reinforcing plate by placing it below the fifth wheel hitch. You should then place the machine directly on top of the plate. You need to have metal-to-metal contact with any attachment points. You can then push the bolts through the holes from the underside and seal it with a nut. Use the torque wrench to tighten the bolts and keep the hitch from moving too much.

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