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take out the rails and use on the new vehicle?
Or do you replace on the new vehicle?
I'm in my first Fifth Wheel and 2500 tow vehicle.
Just curious what most people do.
At this point in my life, I'm paying someone else to do the installation.

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If you plan to reuse the hitch then I'd take out the rails if that cost considerably less than buying a new set. If you are going to pay $100 to get the old ones out but a new set costs $125 then I'd buy new. I have no idea what any of this costs tho.


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agesilaus That was sort of my thought, also.
Just curious what folks with more experience had to say about it.
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We ordered our current truck in Az and had the dealer change the hitch to this truck.
the story was we had to have new parts as it was illegal for them to installed used rails. True or false it was how it was so new rails happened. But no pins were installed . I sensed something was not right and lifted the hitch up. Good call as it was getting dark. After 3 or 4 winter going south we had a problem and 2 pins that hold the hitch head were missing. 3400 lbs of pin weight was what was holding it from coming off. Then my mind saw the old truck with 6 pins on the bed when we had them install the 4 pins. It was a weird thing how it happened for us to know this as the 2 pins did not show.

So give you truck a good inspection.

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Illegal to install used rails? I question that one.

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Never heard of illegal; but then "dealers is dealers!".

I bought my current truck used and it had rails in it, so I left the rails in the old one when I passed it to my son. He uses a Reese goose-neck adapter on the rails to pull his construction dump trailers.


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If buying a new truck now I would consider one with the puck system like RAM. Not sure if Chevy or Ford have them or not. Means you need a new hitch and no rails at all.

I like the fact that with the puck system when the hitch is removed everything comes out of the bed leaving it totally flat.

When I switched to my 2013 Chevy I purchased new rails it was cheaper and less hassle then removing them.

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Ditto for the puck system. Got the factory hitch prep on my 2012 F350 even though I did have to buy a new hitch to fit it.

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My Superglide has been swapped from 3 trucks..... The rails as well. The ONLY things that needed to be replaced was the 2 frame mounts for the pins to fit in, they changed with the frame changes..


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If I was a dealer I wouldn’t install used parts. YOU can reinstall whatever you wish.


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