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I had mine done in a shop. My arthritis does not want me on my back with arms in the air to do a self install. To me it was worth the $300.00 to have them do it. If your in good physical shape, and handy, do it your self. Just be ready to spend more time than the manufacture say's it will take, (you will need time for a few adult beverages) if you know what I mean


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phillyg wrote:

I think ease of installation varies between mfgrs. For example, I notice that on my dealer-installed SuperGlide hitch, one of the removable mounting pins is probably 1/16" out of spec relational to the other three pins, so that installing and removing the hitch from the truck bed is a bit more difficult than it should be. I can imagine I would have had a very difficult time determining how to drill the access holes in the bed accurately, and then properly locating the frame mounting plates in very tight areas. It took the dealer all day to do the work.


Not good!
The above is "why" some of us prefer doing our own work!
No guarantee the dealer (or his employees) know what they are doing!.

A poster a couple of years ago had "dealer installation" - the
dealer drilled holes in the *frame* of his *new* truck in the wrong location!
He had posted a "what do you recommend I do now??" - question.

Fortunately "they" were able to find a different hitch brand that utilized the holes the dealer drilled.

I installed my PR SuperGlide in about 3 hours with a helper.
he had done a hitch before (but not a SG), first one for me.

IMO - could do one in 2 hours now - working at a moderate pace.
BTW - no frame drilling req'd - just the four holes in the bed.

You will get some frame flex and minor bed movement causing the rails and/or the pins to sometimes be a bit "tight" to remove.
A sixteenth of an inch shouldn't be any problem - the pins certainly aren't exactly "precision" pieces, LOL.

A bit of file work on the holes and heavy emery cloth on the pins, then some lubricant will facilitate removal.

For the OP - if you can follow directions - it's no big deal, especially since *no* frame drilling necessary for most hitches.

Hint = put rear of truck on jack stands, remove both *rear* wheels for
easy access to underside of truck.

If you have a question or a problem - call the mfgr tech line.
I did - found PR tech to be very helpful - good quick answer.

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I have installed two of them. Rather the money in my pocket then someone else. Just make sure that everything lines up and there is no interference with other items under box of truck. I used two drills, one for the pilot hole and the other for the large hole, which helped to speed things up. Also once you have one of the box rails installed, set hitch base into second rail before drilling holes in it. Just in case a measurement is off a bit.


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John Bridge wrote:

The OP is inquiring about a fifth wheel hitch, not a goose neck hitch.

I had mine installed where I bought it. It was worth it.



The b+w goose neck is required to use their companion fifth wheel hitch.
We have that and I had the dealer install it in my last truck.
I just ordered a Reese slider for our new truck. I'm going to install this myself.


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I installed my superglide myself. About 6 hrs total, and I was managing my shop at the same time.


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I bought my 16k round tube slider off craigslist which was practically brand new for 315.00. (lady was asking 450.00) I went on etrailer .com and bought the custom install kit for the f350. Comes with rails and custom truck specific mounting brackets and was a piece of cake to install. 3 hrs total. It helped to watch etrailer's online vids of the install too. The hardest part for me was torqing the main bolts to 212ftlbs when I only weigh 165lbs. Trying to push or pull the torque wrench was pushing or pulling me around on the creeper. (my buddy was laughing at me). I also installed the rv extension plug inside the bed.

As long as you can measure and use basic hand tools, you can do it!!!
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The last two hitch installs were free so no need to go through the pain of doing it myself, as was said am not getting any younger and if it cost $300 would gladly allow someone else to go through that pain.


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tkarvelis wrote:

I installed a Reese signature series slider in my truck and it was easy. I removed the bolts on the bed to allow room for the brackets to slide between the bed and frame. The brackets bolt together so there was no worry about being out of square. Reese includes a pointed bolt that when you thread up through the brackets towards the bed it puts a dimple on the bed where you need to drill holes in the bed. Take a center punch and knock the dimples back down and drill them. Install the pucks and you are done.

It took me about 4 hours to complete by myself. I needed to purchase a 5/8" bit as I had the 2" (I think) holesaw.


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I installed a Reese signature series slider in my truck and it was easy. I removed the bolts on the bed to allow room for the brackets to slide between the bed and frame. The brackets bolt together so there was no worry about being out of square. Reese includes a pointed bolt that when you thread up through the brackets towards the bed it puts a dimple on the bed where you need to drill holes in the bed. Take a center punch and knock the dimples back down and drill them. Install the pucks and you are done.

It took me about 4 hours to complete by myself. I needed to purchase a 5/8" bit as I had the 2" (I think) holesaw.


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DO IT YOURSELF unless you trust some kid installing it. I much rather do my own work if able. It's not hard just a pain. If you have a reese or other that uses universal brackets, do yourself a favor and get the vehicle specific brackets from etrailer.com. They use the holes already in your frame. I personally wouldn't drill my frame plus the universal brackets hit on my 2012 where there was already another bracket. Took me about 3 hours total


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