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08-27-2019 05:40 PM
RoyBell
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Originally Posted by Aburdett View Post
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 1/2 chain and pushed it up through the hole and had my wife grab it.
You must be stronger than me or have a longer torque wrench

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Originally Posted by michaelrc51 View Post
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 need to figure out which hitch you are using first. Either the mopar puck system hitch, or gooseball hitch.

2 dealers and a hitch shop by me would not do the mopar puck install. The RV dealer wanted to install rails on my bed, I said no way.
08-27-2019 05:07 PM
Aburdett
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Originally Posted by michaelrc51 View Post
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.


Its easy. B&w instructions work well and videos are everywhere.
08-26-2019 08:55 PM
michaelrc51
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Originally Posted by Baradium View Post
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.
08-26-2019 08:54 PM
Jimmy N.
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Originally Posted by Baradium View Post
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.?
08-26-2019 08:48 PM
Baradium
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Originally Posted by michaelrc51 View Post
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.
08-26-2019 08:43 PM
michaelrc51
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Originally Posted by Jimmy N. View Post
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.

Haven't seen anyone mention the Demco autosliders in this thread. opinions?
08-26-2019 08:39 PM
michaelrc51
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Originally Posted by Baradium View Post
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.
08-26-2019 08:35 PM
Jimmy N.
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Originally Posted by michaelrc51 View Post
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.
08-26-2019 08:35 PM
Baradium
Quote:
Originally Posted by michaelrc51 View Post
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.
08-26-2019 08:27 PM
michaelrc51 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?
08-26-2019 06:57 PM
Jimmy N.
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Originally Posted by RoyBell View Post
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.
08-26-2019 06:21 PM
Aburdett
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Originally Posted by RoyBell View Post
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 1/2 chain and pushed it up through the hole and had my wife grab it.
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