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Future Ford Pickups Could Get Auto Sliding Fifth Wheel Hitch

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for an auto-sliding fifth wheel hitch that could be used on future Ford pickups, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on October 27th, 2020, published on April 25th, 2023, and assigned serial number 11634187.

Ford Patent Auto Sliding Fifth Wheel Hitch

The Ford Authority Take

Ford has filed a number of towing-related patents in recent months as it aims to maintain its position as America’s favorite maker of trucks, including one for a retractable drop leg trailer assist system, a vehicular remote control system, adjustable towing mirrors, and a trailer sideswipe avoidance system. Now, this newly filed patent introduces an idea for an auto-sliding fifth wheel hitch that could very well be used in future Ford pickups.

Ford Patent Auto Sliding Fifth Wheel Hitch

The concept behind this new patent is a fifth wheel hitch that’s mounted in the bed of a pickup as is the case traditionally, though it would also utilize a carriage capable of sliding along rails between two positions in response to movement of the the head, which is also mounted on the carriage. Additionally, a fixed component with guides could provide the base for a sliding apparatus.

Ford Patent Auto Sliding Fifth Wheel Hitch

Fifth wheel hitches have become increasingly popular in recent years for those looking to tow large, heavy campers and semi-trailers, as they provide greater stability and are affordable, to boot. Users are also able to tow heavier loads using a fifth-wheel hitch, and pull campers with additional space designed to hang over the beds of trucks. Designing a hitch that improves maneuverability, which is the case here, seems like a great way to take advantage of the fifth wheel’s popularity, and make it even more viable for those looking to tow more with their pickups.

We’ll have more on this and all Ford patents soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford patent news, Ford business news, and comprehensive Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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