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Old 04-06-2019, 06:59 AM   #1
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5th Wheel Hitch

Fresh newbie to the 5th wheel world, got myself a 5th wheel travel trailer and an 2001 Ford F350. Trying to determine which hitch is best to install and what details I should look for in a hitch without being tricked by a sales guy in a hitch shop, any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-06-2019, 07:07 AM   #2
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the length of your truck bed and weight of your camper may help greatly. Me personally, I would never tow without my Anderson ultimate.
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Old 04-06-2019, 07:22 AM   #3
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Dependent on how resourceful and handy you are makes a difference. We had bed rails and a Gooseneck plate in our first TV. We went on Craig's List and bought a $75 hitch for a #15000 trailer used it twice. Then bought a Adapter to use the Gooseneck ball, too much battery usage to lift all the way up and over the ball. We now have a BW companion hitch that allows us to use the Gooseneck receptacle. Moral of the story start cheap and work your way up till you find something that works for you. It also make a big difference on how much you can do yourself, install wise.
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Old 04-06-2019, 08:10 AM   #4
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I personally like Curt. They offer a range of tow ratings with/without slider and OEM brackets
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Old 04-06-2019, 08:49 AM   #5
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I had an Andersen and didn’t like it. For my setup, the ride was really rough and my wife would be in pain after travel days.

My vote is for the B&W Companion hitch:
B&W Fifth Wheel Hitches | Learn To RV

Though, for ultimate in ride comfort, you can’t beat my TrailerSaver TS3 (or the smaller BD3 sibling). But it’s hard to recommend due to its price.
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Old 04-06-2019, 09:20 AM   #6
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I agree that the bed length has a lot to do with your style of hitch. Some will disagree and some will agree but with a short bed truck you will need a slider hitch. A long bed truck will not require a slider hitch. Also hitches are offered in different carrying capacity such as a 15K, 16K, 20K and up to 30K weight rating. In most cases you should have a hitch that will support more than the trailer weight, IE a 16,000 to 17,000 LB trailer should be towed with a minimum of a 20K rated hitch.

Always purchase more hitch weight capacity than you need with your first 5er trailer weight. Why? You will be replacing this trailer sometime in the future and this new trailer may or may not be heavier than the current trailer.

As an example I am on my third 5er in 10 years with each one weighing more than the last one I owned. But I only had one hitch for all of three of them until my first Sliding hitch wore out after 10 years of use. I now have a Demco Hijacker 18K Auto Glide hitch in my truck.
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I agree that the bed length has a lot to do with your style of hitch. Some will disagree and some will agree but with a short bed truck you will need a slider hitch. A long bed truck will not require a slider hitch.
This may or may not be true. I have had my Curt 20K slider hitch in three trucks over the last 9 years, and have never "needed" it. I have used it a couple of times, and only once where I used it out of an abundance of caution. I don't think I really needed it, but better safe than sorry. Now, for "Peace of Mind", absolutely. I have no regrets (other than weight...this sucker is heavy) getting a slider.

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Always purchase more hitch weight capacity than you need with your first 5er trailer weight. Why? You will be replacing this trailer sometime in the future and this new trailer may or may not be heavier than the current trailer.
This for sure. I was going to get a 16K hitch, but the dealer didn't have one in stock, so I got the 20K for the same price. Again, no regrets. It is more than I have needed, and will probably need, but it has also been trouble free.
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Really appreciate all your replies guys, the box on my truck is an 8 footer and my trailer is 7600 lbs dry. My other concern if I was to but a used one, how can I tell if it would be the right fit for my truck or would they be universal.
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...Me personally, I would never tow without my Anderson ultimate.

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Also consider hitch simplicity, cost, weight and chucking
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Really appreciate all your replies guys, the box on my truck is an 8 footer and my trailer is 7600 lbs dry. My other concern if I was to but a used one, how can I tell if it would be the right fit for my truck or would they be universal.
Most rail-mounted hitches (which you would need for a truck the age of yours, since it doesn't have a "puck" system), are universal. Check the "classified" section of this forum. There may very well be one for sale right here, and you can contact the seller directly via his/her post. Often, when someone moves from a 5th wheel to a motorhome, the 5th wheel hitch will be listed for sale on the forum.

I personally use a B & W Patriot 18K slider hitch in the 6.5 foot bed of my Silverado for my Columbus.
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