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Old 06-14-2011, 07:44 AM
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You can't get the 5th wheel prep on a short bed truck, only the long beds. If you want a short bed you can just have a hitch installed afterwards as everyone has had to do up until this model year on all trucks.
That's not correct. I just bought a short bed with the fifth wheel prep.
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:56 AM
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That's not correct. I just bought a short bed with the fifth wheel prep.
When he wrote that over a year ago it was correct. Things changed since then.
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:27 PM
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I have a Signature 18K hitch which I moved from a '05 F250 to the F350. It cost more to do that move at a Reese Authorized installer then the cost of the Factory Prep, and it was labor only, the frame is the same, so the rails swapped. Looking at a 2012 F350 Lariat FX4, CC, DRW 3.73 limited slip in the near future. Wish the extended track front axle on the "Tow Boss" was still available, but a F450 is a bit of overkill, even for me!
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Another option you all have is that Hensley makes an adapter plate for their air ride hitch.
The adapter allows standard slotted hitches to work with the Ford factory prep.

The adapter may be pricey but it is a heavy well made piece.
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Another option you all have is that Hensley makes an adapter plate for their air ride hitch.
The adapter allows standard slotted hitches to work with the Ford factory prep.

The adapter may be pricey but it is a heavy well made piece.
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I bought the Hensley adapter just before the price increase in May. Very solid and well built piece. Saved me a boatload by being able to use my old RBW Lil' Rocker hitch.
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Didn't know they had an increase. Glad I got the hitch in April then. Mine was included with the air ride, so I don't know how much the plate was. Though $500 seems to ring a bell.
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Didn't know they had an increase. Glad I got the hitch in April then. Mine was included with the air ride, so I don't know how much the plate was. Though $500 seems to ring a bell.
Yep...was $500 plus freight...I think it went up $60.
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I just picked up my 2013 Lariat 4X4 with the camper package and the 5th wheel prep on a 6 3/4 bed. Don't know what that means for a F350, but I had to look all over for it.
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Chief,

Unless you go chassis-cab model, all you get on today's DRW 450 is the 4.30 rear end(s), wide track front, and lights on top of the cab. It is the gear ratio that adds a bit to the theoretical tow power - but it is only Ford's theoretical. Your rear axle and payload are still in the DRW 350 range and will be what limits you.


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I have a Signature 18K hitch which I moved from a '05 F250 to the F350. It cost more to do that move at a Reese Authorized installer then the cost of the Factory Prep, and it was labor only, the frame is the same, so the rails swapped. Looking at a 2012 F350 Lariat FX4, CC, DRW 3.73 limited slip in the near future. Wish the extended track front axle on the "Tow Boss" was still available, but a F450 is a bit of overkill, even for me!
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B&W OEM 5th Wheel Hitch

I am the proud new owner of a '14 F350 CC Lariat 4x4 dually (2 weeks). It has the factory 5th wheel/gooseneck prep package. I purchased the new B&W Companion 20K# OEM Hitch for the new factory prep package. It was the first one my dealer had sold and installed.. Very nice unit, solid build, easy to remove. Head removes separate from the base section with removal of 2 pins, lift 2 handles on each side and lift it off. Then the base is light enough for 1 person to lift it out. I've towed my 5ver a couple short pulls, this unit is quiet, I have to look in the mirror to see if my 5ver is still back there...Having come from a Reese Slider in a '09 short bed F350, this is a HUGE improvement! Best part, it was $985 installed....oh...and it's 100% made in USA!
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GW, congrats on the new truck !
Thanks for sharing your experience with it.
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A couple pics of the B&W Hitch I was bragging on a few days ago. I paid $985 installed at time of truck purchase.









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A year ago I wouldn't touch a B&W as I just didn't care for the way they pull down into the bed. But now that they utilize the 4 point pivot mount it may very well be my next hitch.

Looks great.
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I purchased my reese hitch from Summit Racing for a fraction what some retailers wanted for it.
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I am the proud new owner of a '14 F350 CC Lariat 4x4 dually (2 weeks). It has the factory 5th wheel/gooseneck prep package. I purchased the new B&W Companion 20K# OEM Hitch for the new factory prep package. It was the first one my dealer had sold and installed.. Very nice unit, solid build, easy to remove. Head removes separate from the base section with removal of 2 pins, lift 2 handles on each side and lift it off. Then the base is light enough for 1 person to lift it out. I've towed my 5ver a couple short pulls, this unit is quiet, I have to look in the mirror to see if my 5ver is still back there...Having come from a Reese Slider in a '09 short bed F350, this is a HUGE improvement! Best part, it was $985 installed....oh...and it's 100% made in USA!

Not sure if you know but the BW companion is just a copy of the Reese Elite which is the same as the Ford hitch. Good stuff but not ground breaking. Also, curious what you mean about the "installed" price? They didn't install anything. They put the hitch in the bed and turned the locks. Same thing you will do when you take it out and put it back in. Do it on mine all the time.
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