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Old 07-07-2010, 09:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Installing a 5th wheel hitch in a 2011

Now that the 2011s are hitting the dealerships, and some dieselplace members have taken delivery, has anyone fitted a fifth wheel hitch yet? I'm wondering with the box frame whether there are any issues? If someone has pics, please post.

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Old 07-11-2010, 11:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I will be able to post in a couple of weeks. Pickup is now 4200, in transit.

Arranged to have B&W hitch installed. The shop where I am getting the hitch had to call about the 2011 Chevy hd. They will have a hitch that will fit in about a week. This is the companion hitch, no rails, the frame installs under the bed. Looks like everything is coming together.

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Old 07-11-2010, 11:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the post wkgordon. This topic also came up under 2011 engines forum and someone has posted a note that GM has predrilled the frame for hitch attachment points.

I have a Curt hitch, which uses bedrails, so I'm most interested in that type of mounting. Our trailer is 14,500 lbs and after 12 years of RVing I went through 2 Reese hitches before trying Curt Q10. What a great hitch and it has an 8 year warranty. It has grease zerks for the bearing surfaces.
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Old 07-11-2010, 12:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have the Q5, 20k fifth wheel hitch in my old d/a. Going to let it go with the pickup. It is a slider and my new pickup will have the long bed. Buddy is buying the old one and he will need a hitch. I did like the hitch but it is too heavy for me to remove without help.

The B&W looks like I will be able to pull myself and free up the bed of the pickup. (no rails)
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My Curt is a standard without the slide so I can remove it myself. The head comes off by pulling two pins, and then the base comes off the rails with 4 pins. Quite manageable.
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The B&W comes apart in two pieces as well, pull two pins and the plate lifts off, then you can take the main body out, very easy for one guy to do. The biggest advantage to the B&W is a completely flat floor with nothing in the way when the hitch is removed. I've towed many thousand miles with mine pulling a 14k trailer, I love it!

It's also very adjustable for height and one of the few hitches that you can move the plate forward and backward to suck the trailer up closer to the cab and carry some weight on the front axle as well. Made a pretty big difference in ride quality, and slightly better fuel mileage.
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Old 07-24-2010, 09:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I got the B&W system installed in mine and the installers said it was easier than in past. Very Clean and easy from the looks of it!!!!!!!!!!

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Any chance of a couple of photos through the wheel well to show where the brackets are attached.
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Sorry for the delay, I will try to take a pic in the next couple of days

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Old 07-25-2010, 11:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thank You MO

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