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Old 08-19-2013, 11:22 AM
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I just bought a 5th wheel trailer & have a B&W gooseneck hitch in the bed already. Wanted to get the B&W 5th wheel Companion ($880) or Companion Slider ($1100) but have a cheaper alternative in mind. I picked up a used 16k Reese slider with rails for a steal. My intentions are to have a shop fab up a 1/2" steel plate with handles & a piece of 2" solid steel stock welded up & through the plate to connect to the B&W like the Companion with the Reese rails welded to the plate to avoid any more holes in my bed. I know it sounds heavy but the hitch itself will detach like it usually does leaving the rails, plate assembly to be able to be removed seperately, or left in there like the rails usually are. Thoughts on this? I need the slider because the truck is a shortbox F350.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:15 PM
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Id drill the holes and mount the rails. Safety before looks in my book.
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Id rather not drill the holes, but you have a valid point. Shop labor to build the plate is going to be $55/hr + materials. Guy said he could have somebody work it in after hours since I need it by Friday preferably.
I got the idea from B&W originally.Their Companion series 5th wheel works the same way utilizing the gooseneck pin to a floating chassis to support the hitch. Just not $900-1100 for it.
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:31 PM
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I've got a Ranch Hitch Adapter that I have been thinking about getting rid of. Used it in my short box with no problem but if you want you can pickup a 8" offset.

I guess what I am saying is I'd just buy something rather than try to build it myself. I didn't want to put holes in my bed and I already had a flip over ball so I bought the ranch hitch. I think that plate would tear up the bed if it was only attached using the gooseneck pin. I thought the Ranch Hitch worked great for pulling a 16k 5th wheel camper.
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I went ahead & just bought a new installation kit with new rails & all the hardware & drilled the holes. I am having custom 2" brackets built to secure the back rail to the frame though. The B&W gooseneck took up the room needed for the kit brackets. But alls well & holding great.
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