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Old 11-01-2016, 08:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Factory Installed 5th Wheel Prep Package

I have just ordered a 2017 3500HD. I will be pulling a 5th wheel trailer for the first time, after 20 years of pulling bumper pull travel trailers. I did not order my truck with the factory installed 5th wheel prep package, and I'm now having second thoughts that maybe I should have ordered it.


Does anyone have any experience with this GM installed prep package? If so, do you still have to buy a 5th wheel hitch, or is that also included? Who makes the best 5th wheel hitch and what brands should I avoid?


Appreciate your input.

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Old 11-01-2016, 09:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If it has towing package, then all you need is a fifth wheel hitch

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Old 11-01-2016, 10:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This thread talks about it a bit. 2016 Factory 5th Wheel Hitch Prep - Chevy and GMC Duramax Diesel Forum

And, post 4 here https://www.dieselplace.com/forum/76-...ese-holes.html links to the instructions if you don't get the Z6A.

Search "Z6A Silverado" for more, on Google.
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Old 11-02-2016, 10:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Mine came with the harness for the 5th wheel but not the plug installed. It was easy to install. Drill the hole, cut the zip ties holding the harness above the spare tire, run the harness up to the hole and wire to the plug. For the 5th wheel install I used above bed rails with the chev custom brackets. They bolt up to the frame, you drill the holes through the bed and bolt down the rails. It is easy if you drop the spare tire. I didn't until I was near the end and kicked myself for not dropping it.

Now if you have the puck system you just need to get the correct 5th wheel and drop it into place. Very easy. All depends on which prep package you bought.
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My '16 came with the fifth wheel prep package, and the trailering package.

There are five holes in the floor of the box that have pop off covers. Four of the holes hold the cam lock pockets that the PURCHASED fifth wheel hitch can anchor into. The hitch I bought can have the head removed from the pedestal so that it is a one man removal/install. Mine also came with the goose neck ball for the fifth hole, and the safety chain anchors that use two of the pockets.

Along with both packages, the in box trailer power cord receptacle is in the left rear upper corner of the box so the cord doesn't hang over the box to the bumper receptacle.

All except the hitch was factory installed options. I bought mine from a rural dealer that sells to farmers. The city dealers don't seem to think of those things.

I haven't pulled a trailer yet. But I would insist on those packages for any truck I purchased. In fact I walked away from Denelies that didn't have those options.
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I have just ordered a 2017 3500HD. I will be pulling a 5th wheel trailer for the first time, after 20 years of pulling bumper pull travel trailers. I did not order my truck with the factory installed 5th wheel prep package, and I'm now having second thoughts that maybe I should have ordered it.


Does anyone have any experience with this GM installed prep package? If so, do you still have to buy a 5th wheel hitch, or is that also included? Who makes the best 5th wheel hitch and what brands should I avoid?


Appreciate your input.
I was thinking the same thing on my 16 3500, and then seen some videos on the factory setups, and then changed my mind.

This first video is why I changed my mind. I really do not like putting the chain cleats and greasy ball in my cab or someplace that is under lock and key (you know these would be theft items). I personally will go with a B&W Turnover ball hitch.

https://youtu.be/rEalyR4Zl4c

https://youtu.be/-gbjukDBxWU
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I was thinking the same thing on my 16 3500, and then seen some videos on the factory setups, and then changed my mind.

This first video is why I changed my mind. I really do not like putting the chain cleats and greasy ball in my cab or someplace that is under lock and key (you know these would be theft items). I personally will go with a B&W Turnover ball hitch.

https://youtu.be/rEalyR4Zl4c

https://youtu.be/-gbjukDBxWU
On the first video, skip to 13:15-19:40
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Snipped.....then changed my mind.

I really do not like putting the chain cleats and greasy ball in my cab or someplace that is under lock and key (you know these would be theft items). I personally will go with a B&W Turnover ball hitch.

https://youtu.be/rEalyR4Zl4c

https://youtu.be/-gbjukDBxWU
The GM ball and chain cleats come in a plastic case. You can keep the greasy mess inside the case under the rear seat when not in use.
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Traded off-'05 Chev, 2500HD, CC, SB, Duramax, Allison, 4WD, bought new April '05, sold at 179,400 miles, LBZ mouthpeice, Blocker Plate & Unplugged EGR, Air Box cut out, lost the cat, 52 US Gal (196 Litre) Titan Fuel Tank, SuperChips tuner reset to stock and retained, AirLift air bags, BrakeSmart Trailer Brake controller, PaceEdwards cover-replaced 2013, DSP Fifth Hitch, JVC KW-NT1 headunit, kept the"AutoEnginuity" scanner.

'02 GMC, 2500HD, CC, SB, D/A, 4wd, Traded in - wrong color
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The GM ball and chain cleats come in a plastic case. You can keep the greasy mess inside the case under the rear seat when not in use.
Yep, well aware of that. I looked at that case, and it is not sealed. I would think a greasy ball odor could be present. A few things I can't stand smelling: grease and gear lube. Weird, I know.

To each their own. I voiced why my mind was swayed from using this design. For most people it would be just fine. I just like the rating, turnover design, and the safety chain u-bolts better.
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I've got a pullrite superglide 5th wheel hitch, with the newer designs on the 5th wheel trailers a sliding hitch probably not necessary. It's pricy but I love it, wouldn't buy any other personally.

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