How much does it cost to install a 5th wheel hitch?
A professional 5th wheel hitch installation can cost anywhere from $70 to $225, depending on the hourly labor rate and the components being installed on your truck. If custom brackets and a basic 5th wheel hitch are being installed, costs will tend to be lower. If drilling is required and more complex 5th wheel components are needed, the price may go up. Also note that a dealership may charge more than an independent shop.
To decide if a professional 5th wheel install is within your budget, call a local installer and ask for a quote.
I install a fifth wheel hitch?
Yes, most fifth wheel hitches can be installed without professional help as long as you have the tools for the job. Typical tools required include a ratchet, socket set, crescent wrench, drill with drill bits and a torque wrench.
Before deciding to install the fifth wheel hitch by yourself, read through the instructions specific to your brackets, rails and hitch model.
long does it take to install a fifth wheel hitch?
Installing a fifth wheel hitch can take anywhere from 1 hour to 2.5 hours, depending on your level of expertise. Installing the custom brackets typically takes anywhere from 40 to 90 minutes. Assembling the fifth wheel hitch usually only takes 15 to 30 minutes. If your truck requires a roller or slider, an extra 20 to 40 minutes may be required.
If you are installing a set of puck system legs or an adapter, installation can be completed in just a few minutes if the hitch is already assembled.
- Custom brackets (no drilling) – 40 to 80 minutes
- Semi-custom brackets (drilling may be required) - 90 minutes
- Fifth wheel hitch assembly – 15 to 30 minutes
- Roller / slider assembly – 20 to 40 minutes
do you put a fifth wheel hitch?
A fifth wheel hitch is designed to install in a truck bed, centered between the wheel wells and mounted directly above or slightly in front of the rear axle. For exact positioning, the installation instructions will provide measurements and references to walk you through the process.
When not towing a trailer, a fifth wheel hitch can be disassembled and removed from the truck bed base rails to be stored in your garage, shop or shed.