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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.
Here you can see that the bolt has passed through the base rail and the frame bracket top plate with the captured nut described earlier.
Now it’s time to prepare the hitch for installation. This baby weighs around 190 pounds, so C&S uses a forklift to raise it to truck-bed level until it is ready for its new home. These feet mount to the hitch base on each corner and fit into the slots in the base rails.
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