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I feel this was a bit harder than some make it out to be. The hardest parts were getting the hitch installed tight to the frame. One side would go tight enough to get the bolts started, but I couldn't get the other side tight. I ended up using a bottle jack wedged between the rear dif and the hitch to force it up. It's a tight fit.
Also, getting the bolts to 150 ft lbs was damn near impossible laying on my back.
I've found that the easiest way is to put a 2x4 (or something) across the bed and lift the hitch up in place with a ratchet strap.

Access with a torque wrench is tricky, and I've ended up using "through sockets" and other somewhat unusual tools to get to all the fasteners.


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I've found that the easiest way is to put a 2x4 (or something) across the bed and lift the hitch up in place with a ratchet strap.

Access with a torque wrench is tricky, and I've ended up using "through sockets" and other somewhat unusual tools to get to all the fasteners.
I had a ratchet strap with a 2x4 straddling the bed rails so it didn't fall and break my face. I could not get enough force to pull it all the way through.

I did this at my work, with limited tools. I think some wobble extensions with short 24mm would had helped a lot. The problem is the torque wrench+ sockets are heavy enough that it's hard to hold them against gravity while pulling with all your might to get to 150lbs lol.

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I had a ratchet strap with a 2x4 straddling the bed rails so it didn't fall and break my face. I could not get enough force to pull it all the way through.

I did this at my work, with limited tools. I think some wobble extensions with short 24mm would had helped a lot. The problem is the torque wrench+ sockets are heavy enough that it's hard to hold them against gravity while pulling with all your might to get to 150lbs lol.


I was sitting on my with legs under diff and had no issue using torque wrench. Just the passenger side 2 were little tough had to pull
Exhaust toward me to get it on.

I locked the pin through a piece of 1/2Ē chain and pushed it up through the hole and had my wife grab it.
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I did this at my work, with limited tools. I think some wobble extensions with short 24mm would had helped a lot. The problem is the torque wrench+ sockets are heavy enough that it's hard to hold them against gravity while pulling with all your might to get to 150lbs lol.
Now I remember; the tricky installation was on a '10, which had cross bars holding the much larger center piece. In contrast, the '14-up version is a piece of cake.

By far the easiest was an '18 3500...because the bed was off of it, so I could plop the bolts in from the top.

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You all seem like some knowledgeable people when it comes to towing with a 5th wheel. I am purchasing a '16 2500 megacab and I see that flat areas in the bed for everything for a 5th wheel or center ball but nothing is cut out.

I am assuming the support under the bed is there, as it appears to be. Do I have to locate and drill the bed to put a 5th wheel hitch or ball?
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You all seem like some knowledgeable people when it comes to towing with a 5th wheel. I am purchasing a '16 2500 megacab and I see that flat areas in the bed for everything for a 5th wheel or center ball but nothing is cut out.

I am assuming the support under the bed is there, as it appears to be. Do I have to locate and drill the bed to put a 5th wheel hitch or ball?
You can either buy a hitch which should come with a template or other instructions on drilling the bed or you can take the truck to a trailer/hitch dealer to have one installed.

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I am purchasing a '16 2500 megacab and I see that flat areas in the bed for everything for a 5th wheel or center ball but nothing is cut out.

I am assuming the support under the bed is there, as it appears to be. Do I have to locate and drill the bed to put a 5th wheel hitch or ball?
Yes, you need to decide on what hitch to get (B&W or OE) and drill holes accordingly.
Nothing to it, really. But do paint/undercoat/bedline, whatever, after you exposed bare metal.

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You can either buy a hitch which should come with a template or other instructions on drilling the bed or you can take the truck to a trailer/hitch dealer to have one installed.
I should've given my newb disclaimer as I know very little about 5th wheel setup.

Thanks. I'm a do it yourself kind of guy, seems pretty simple.

You never know when the dealer will have a first timer learn on your rig so I prefer to handle it on my own if i can.
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Yes, you need to decide on what hitch to get (B&W or OE) and drill holes accordingly.
Nothing to it, really. But do paint/undercoat/bedline, whatever, after you exposed bare metal.
Yes! I will be painting and rust proofing the frame and all so I will drill it before I do so, so I can also coat those holes.
Truck was from Ontario so I want to catch and stop any rust now. At least it only has 34k miles so rust is pretty normal right now.

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I should've given my newb disclaimer as I know very little about 5th wheel setup.

Thanks. I'm a do it yourself kind of guy, seems pretty simple.

You never know when the dealer will have a first timer learn on your rig so I prefer to handle it on my own if i can.
But in this case you are the first timer and the dealer in question will be doing them all the time.

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But in this case you are the first timer and the dealer in question will be doing them all the time.
Except when the dealer guy is doing it for the first time, as Michael pointed out could happen.

And even if the dealer has done it 500 times, do they use a torque wrench, paint bare metal, etc.?
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But in this case you are the first timer and the dealer in question will be doing them all the time.
I hear you bud.
I'm pretty meticulous and hate having people work on my stuff. I've seen people screw up simple things so unless I can't wrap my head around it, I will research it and do it myself.
I don't mind paying people to do good work but these days you end up paying good money to someone who has a kid on their first day do it. Besides it doesn't seem all that hard.
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