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Old 05-09-2014, 04:44 AM
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bolting fifth wheel slider in intermediate position?

I have a slider hitch when in forward position I just barely dont clear 90 degrees, when in aft position if clears with 12" plus. I want to run it into the middle which would be dead over axle and lock it in place. I could either weld the frame to the square tubes (Reese Kwik 20k rails square tube) or drill holes in the middle of the assembly through the frame, through the rails on both sides with 5/8 Grade 8s, or drill holes and use Grade 8 Pins like used to hold the rails to the bed.

Ive towed with it in the forward and aft position and it tows great in both, i am not whatsoever worried about pin versus axle position because as I said I have towed with in the rear position 1000s of miles and probably would continue to do so if I dont bolt it in middle. Just wondering if I am overlooking anything? Always good to bounce ideas of the wealth of experiance in this forum. I think 2 or 4 Grade 8 5/8 bolts would be 10x stronger then the locking pin that drops in the rail and holds the unit in position design from Reese.

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Old 05-09-2014, 08:13 AM
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This is what my Elite 20k hitch sits on. It locks full forward or full aft. I would put it in center and put 4 5/8" x 3" grade 8 bolts through the frame of the sliding unit that would go through the rails (horizontal) at the marked locations.

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Well I guess I am in uncharted territory. I pinned it where I wanted with 4 5/16 grade 8 bolts. Ill report if there is ever any issue.
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I would think you would be just fine. Those bolts have a massive shear strength.
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What pin box do you have ? There are different pin boxes for short bed trucks that move the pin further forward.
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