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Posted: 02/17/08 05:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If there's anyone out there thinking about installing your own fifth wheel hitch, it may not be as easy as it looks. I know on this forum that several have said they installed their own and it was fairly easy, and the Reese video instructions look easy. The installation process is definitely not rocket science, but accomplishing it is anything but easy. We bought a Reese 18K Select Plus slider along with the quick install brackets to put on our 2008 Chevrolet 2500 4X4, and yesterday it took my husband and brother-in-law over 6 hours of physically draining and frustrating work to finally get it installed. It may have been less of a physical problem if the truck had been on a hoist, but they didn't have that luxury. The main problem was with tightening the rail bolts because they were almost impossible to access under the truck. There was barely room to get your fingers around the nuts and bolts, much less a torque wrench, so I don't know how they expect you to torque them. If we had it to do all over again, we would pay someone to do the installation.

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Mine was a 2 hour job by myself, I thought maybe it would have been easier if I had pulled the rear tires. But my Chev frame may be different than yours.

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I removed mine from my 03 GMC 1500HD in about 45 minutes and installed it in my 07 Chevy 2500HD in about 1 1/2 hours.
Having an air compressor and impact gun was a plus.
I did not think it was too bad as the Chevy dealer wanted $250 to swap from old truck to new truck.


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I felt the same way after installing my airbags:

http://picasaweb.google.com/kena48/AirBags2006F250WithSliderHitchFirestoneModel2400

You may want to take a peak, because this set works well with a slider hitch.


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That is why we are having our hitch installed tomorrow for $240.


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I have done two myself and the reese custom brackets make life alot easier.first one was 5 hours second one was done in less then two hours.


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It did not look like fun so my friend CREATO on the forum here owns a CASE/IH New Holland dealership and had his "Metal Magician" install it in about an hour. It was done right, no worries.


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I paid the $250. I was told the slider position and alignment was a little more critical than a regular hitch. I figured I would save myself the aggravation and know the job was done right. It took the dealer about 2 hours to do. I know that is $125 an hour and I am by no means rich but I know it is done properely and probably maybe saved myself a couple more years on my life.


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My truck has the same frame as yours. I did my Superglide myself, slowly and carefully, in about 4 hours.
That included drilling 7 holes in the frame.
Not sure I understand why you could not get at the nuts - they are on the back of an open "C" channel. Big Johnson bar on the inside, big torque wrench on the outside.
I did it without a lift, without removing wheels, dropping the hitch or the spare.


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I wouldn't say it was easy but it became much easier after I just pulled the duallies and had room to work. I bought two brand new industrial quality drill bits before beginning and just took my time measuring and marking. I also wound up borrowing a torque wrench and buying a deep socket to fit the bolts. Considering the price, I'd do it again.
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