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Old 08-12-2011, 07:55 PM
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Mounting Reese fifth wheel hit in an F-350

So....it's finally time to retire the old '71 F-250 gasser I've been using to haul our 27ft fifth wheel RV. The replacement is a 2000 F-350 PSD 4x4 dually crewcab long box I picked up last weekend.

I'm installing the used Reese 5th wheel hitch that I had in the other Ford. Do you guys see any problems with re-using four of the large torx bolts to bolt the hitch rails to the bed along with another four bolts tied into the frame? The torx bolts go down through a sleeve and into a nutplate on the frame, but are they up to the task of hauling around a 8800lbs GVW trailer?

Keep in mind, I'll be using a total of 8 bolts and not relying just on the four torx bolts.

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The truck and trailer are not on level ground, but I think it'll be perfect. If anything, I may need to raise the 5er hitch up one set of bolt holes (out of 4).

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If you have to ask if a bolt is strong enough, replace it with something that you won't have any doubts about. Bolts are cheep, don't put everything at risk for a few bucks.
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