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Old 04-14-2014, 10:22 PM   #1
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Ford 25k Factory Hitch Putting Back In

Hi Everyone, I had to haul some wood home this weekend and decided to take out my hitch, well guess what... Now I'm not sure how it goes back in, Is there a front and a back? I took the top off as well so I'm not sure if you can put it back on wrong or not.
Thanks for any help...
Sorry for the green horn question... Mike
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:35 PM   #2
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Hey there realniceguy,

When you say Ford 25k Factory Hitch, what hitch exactly are we talking about.

When I bought my 2013 F350 I had Ford install my Fifth Wheel Hitch. It is a Reese Elite 25k installed by Ford. If you have the same hitch I will take a couple of pictures and upload them for you.

When I removed mine the first time I went through the same thing. I have since marked mine with a center punch.

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Old 04-15-2014, 12:06 AM   #3
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Hi Arlan,
Yes I have the 25K Reese Elite. Once I get it back together again I'll be sure to mark it somehow as well, thanks again for your time.

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[QUOTE=realniceguy5000;13219]Once I get it back together again I'll be sure to mark it somehow as well/QUOTE]

Here ya go.

Together..................



Apart..............

The springs lean to the rear when you drop the fifth wheel plate on the hitch.




I marked mine with a center punch. Just a single punch mark on each piece.
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Thanks Man, You earned some more rep points :-)

That should get me going...
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Now that you've got your answer, I'm gonna hijack your thread to say that I've got a brand new one of those sitting in my garage that I'd like to sell. It came with my truck, but I already had the B&W 5th wheel from my F-250.

So if anyone needs one... make me a decent offer.
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Hey Arlan, I just notice your fifth wheel plate has the same grove in it as mine does. Do you use one of those grease plates?

I Just noticed the groove and had to say something.

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Hey Arlan, I just notice your fifth wheel plate has the same grove in it as mine does. Do you use one of those grease plates?

I Just noticed the groove and had to say something.

Mike
Are you talking about the circular lube plates. Amazon.com: Reese Towpower 83001 Signature Series Fifth Wheel Lube Plate: Automotive If so yes!
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Are you talking about the circular lube plates. Amazon.com: Reese Towpower 83001 Signature Series Fifth Wheel Lube Plate: Automotive If so yes!
Doesn't everyone but truckers use them. To bad they can't come up with something the same for regular trailer balls. Can't tell you how many times I've gotten grease on my pants from those.
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Are you talking about the circular lube plates. Amazon.com: Reese Towpower 83001 Signature Series Fifth Wheel Lube Plate: Automotive If so yes!
Hi Arlan,
Yep that is the one I have or pretty close.

When I looked at your pictures again, I just thought you may have been in my garage taking pictures of my own hitch.

Just seems a little odd to have almost the same grove in the top plate.
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