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This 2003 Chevy 2500 shortbed had been purchased used and had been fitted with a fifth-wheel hitch at some point in its history. We don’t know what hitch it was or who installed it, but modern installation practice is to bolt on the mounting brackets, not weld them.
With help from a skilled forklift operator, the hitch assembly is carefully positioned onto the base rails in the bed for a trial fit.
Since the frame changes to a box section from a C channel as it gets closer to the cab, the supplied bolt leader (aka fish wire) is used to pull the bolt through the forward mounting hole.
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