We don’t like to call on friends, family or neighbors to help us install or remove our Fifth wheel hitch so we decided to use an engine hoist to assist us making this a one person operation vs 4 big dudes lifting this in and out of the truck.
Hey everyone. We’re tollway couple Tom and bunny. And I’m the driver and I’m Sam is maker sandwich maker got to have a sandwich maker with you. And after 35 years, my sandwich maker still works. Yes. He hasn’t put the out on their part in there either. So pretty lucky this time. So today we’re going to tell you about.
Putting a fifth wheel hitch in your truck by yourself. Now, if you have a long bed truck, the fifth wheel hitches are a lot lighter and you can pretty much do those, those by yourself because you don’t need a slider. And fortunately, we are going to be pulling fifth wheels on a short bed. So we have to have a slider.
Now we pull our own fifth wheel. It’s a 40 foot toy hauler. So we are already set up with it. Problem was, is we always had to rely on family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, to help us get the hitch out and then back in. And when you need it, a lot of times they’re not available right in this beast is heavy.
It takes four dudes. To lift this sucker up. Right? So obviously you could tell Tom and I, by ourselves, we’re not going to be able to lift all of this fire. Right. I’ve had four hernia surgery, so I really can’t lift too much anyways. So we set up an engine hoist with the load leveler system and our truck requires a puck system.
We do have in bed mounts and this sucker mounts in four places. And then a fifth wheel mounts to four places on this, and then the head mounts on the fifth wheel. And like Tom said in the beginning, definitely. You’re thinking about doing tow away. If you have a long bed, you are in a much easier place than we are.
Uh, we absolutely love our truck after years and years of having a long bed, we wanted a short bed because honestly I can’t park a long bed sometimes. So, so it was a nice truck, but we have to go with this system now and we have to go with the sliders so we can pull. Yeah. And so we can pull our bigger trailer, right?
So our trailer is only 13,500 pounds. So I could’ve gotten a 16 pound Hicks or some are 18,000 pound hitch. I always do the go bigger, go home for the few extra bucks. I got the 21,000 pound hitch. I’m glad I did because driving tow way, you’re required to have 21,000 pound or greater hitches. So for the few, few extra hundred bucks, Even if you’re not going to do tow way, get a heavier duty hitch.
That’s just more peace of mind when you’re driving down the road. The fact that when you do have an RV, you’re always looking to upgrade. I mean, where our next step grade would definitely be one of the big momentum. So we absolutely love those so we can actually live in it. Right. You could see I’m sitting here wiping the sweat off.
We’re an Alabama and it must be 150% humidity today. So we’ve picked today. To install it. But realistically, we actually had to Indiana to go to orientation and drive our first load. So we have to get it installed air regardless of what the weather is. So, and if we sound like we’re yelling, it’s because we’re using lapel microphones.
We normally have a boom microphone, but if we turn our back, you can’t hear us. So we decided to go with our lips, right? That way you can hear us yelling and cussing at each other. As we install the spinner. We’re going to show you me assembling the hoist and watch my shirt. Now it’s wearing different clothes earlier.
I’ve taken three showers today already. You’re going to see my shirt go from nice and dry to wrenched and about four minutes, because I’m going to speed it up really fast. On this episode here, we’re going to actually show you us installing the hitch, but again, We’re not going to talk. We’re just going to speed up the install process.
You don’t really care about that. You’re just more interested in learning about tow way. So, all right. So we’re going to move all of our cameras and lighting and face the truck and we’re going to start stalling. All right, I’ll see you guys soon.
so for all of you paying almost a hundred dollars an hour for hot yoga and just move to Alabama and work out in your garage. You don’t know how hot this is. Holy mother of God.
If you’re wondering. Yes, I lived it all up before we’re putting it in.
Holy cow, that’s Alabama weather. Y’all gotta help me next time, but I’ll tell you what to hit. The hoist worked out right. Worked out a whole hell of a lot better than we have done in the past. Taken a bath. It looked like you peed your pants. I looked like, Oh my God, it does. Doesn’t it? That is pure sweat.
My whole back is sweaty. So now it’s all set and ready to go and suckers. I feeling very comfortable. Good. All right. So that’s how we install our hitch. Now it only took a few minutes. Yeah. Related. It were only wasn’t that long at all. It was a hell of a lot faster than trying to get four neighbors over here to help lift it up.
Exactly. And no damage to the truck. So you could see, I lubricated everything back here. Maybe, maybe not. But realistically, it makes sure that’s your lifeblood. If that thing doesn’t work right, it could kill you and people on the road. So basically make sure you check your hitch maintenance, your hitch. If there’s any issues, look for cracks in the welts.
Uh, if it moves around too much, the value of the hitch isn’t working, I was just gonna say that. You know what don’t go a court or go according to get you get what you paid for. Don’t say, Oh, look, I got the shits for 50 bucks. You’re just taking your, your life in the life of somebody. Else’s no, I mean, some people will suggest buying a hitch off of Craigslist or Facebook marketplace.
You know, we actually have a full warranty on this hitch. You don’t get that. You don’t know how they pulled with that Hicks. You know, these. Um, bumper poles hit or miss. I mean, you just don’t know if they jerked off the line backed up. I get forecast hitches, but a lot of them have the welded. Yeah, that always scares me.
Right. Right. So definitely invest in your life. So invest in a good quality hitch and it will definitely get you down the road a lot farther than you expected. Now we’ll put in the description of this YouTube video, all of our truck, all of the equipment we have on there. Plus we’ll put links to all the equipment as well.
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Absolutely. All right. Have a good one. And we’ll see you down the road.
- 2017 RAM 3500 4×4 short bed 6’4″
- 6.7 Cummins turbo diesel
- Aisin six-speed automatic transmission
- Demco AutoSlide Ultra Series 21K Above-Bed Fifth Wheel Hitch https://amzn.to/3hWAMjc
- Reese Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Mounting Adapter https://amzn.to/2Be4DDb
- Air Lift rear suspension upgrade https://amzn.to/2NxrSLe
- Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar sidewalls https://amzn.to/2VkhNWc
Below are links to some of our equipment we use on our truck or for our business.
We highly recommend a DASH CAM that also records GPS and SPEED as well as Audio
Rexing V1P Pro Dual 1080p Full HD Front and Rear Wi-Fi Car Dash Cam with Built-in GPS & Speed Logger
Officemate OIC Carry All Clipboard Storage Box, Letter/Legal Size, Black and Gray
Demco 8550035 AutoSlide Ultra Series 21K Above-Bed Fifth Wheel Hitch
Capture Plates for Demco for different trailers
Demco Hijacker Autoslide Locking Plate for Lippert Rhino Pin Boxes
Demco Hijacker Autoslide Capture Plates for Trailair Rota-Flex Pin Boxes
Demco Hijacker Autoslide Locking Plate for MOR/ryde Pin Boxes
Reese 30154 Fifth Wheel Rail Kit Mounting Adapter For RAM
Husky 31425 Round Bar Weight Distribution Hitch with Shank Assembly – (1001 lb. to 1400 lb. Tongue Weight Capacity)
CURT 17132 Replacement Weight Distribution Hitch Shank, 2-1/2-Inch Receiver, 8-Inch Drop
Tow Ready 228.1073 Reese 63840 Class V Hitch Ball – 2-5/16″ Ball x 1-1/4″ Shank x 2-3/4″ Shank Length, 20,000 lbs. GTW, Chrome
CURT 40090 Chrome Trailer Hitch Ball, 10,000 lbs, 2-Inch Diameter, 1-1/4 x 2-5/8-Inch Shank
Rigidhorse 12 Inch LED Light Bar Single Row Flood & Spot Beam Combo 10000LM Off Road LED Light Bar
WeatherTech TECH SH DGE RAM1500/5500
WeatherTech Custom Fit FloorLiner for Dodge Ram Truck 2500/3500-1st & 2nd Row (Black)
Foxfire F3TK Roadside Safety Reflective Warning Triangle, DOT Approved with Weighted Base and Case, Collapsible, 3 Pack
Tumecos Emergency Flare Alert Warning Signal Caution Light LED Beacon Pro with Magnetic Base for Vehicle (Yellow 1)
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3ft 7-Way Trailer Plug Wiring Harness [7-Pin Trailer Cord Extension Wire Cable] [Gooseneck Hitch Extender] [Plug-N-Play] [10-14AWG] 7 Prong Trailer Tow Wiring Connector for RV
CURT 58270 7-Pin RV Blade Trailer Wiring Towing Vehicle Socket Tester