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Old 01-27-2013, 08:34 PM   #1
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5th Wheel Latch Kit

Hope I'm ready for the new 5er now. I installed one of Butch's Services hitch latch kits. I'm one of those who have when it comes to dropping a 5er on the pickup bed. I'm pretty anal about all that process now, but it only takes one small distraction to cause it to happen again. I hope this will help keep it from happening.

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Old 02-02-2013, 02:02 PM   #2
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Waiting on them to make more so I can buy mine
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:19 PM   #3
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Like that setup, less bulky than other models offered.
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:43 PM   #4
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Hope I'm ready for the new 5er now. I installed one of Butch's Services hitch latch kits. I'm one of those who have when it comes to dropping a 5er on the pickup bed. I'm pretty anal about all that process now, but it only takes one small distraction to cause it to happen again. I hope this will help keep it from happening.

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What make/model is your hitch?
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:01 AM   #5
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With these Butch Kits- do you actively have to do something to "engage" it? Or is it always engaged and it isn't something that you have to remember?
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:06 AM   #6
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B47, Not sure of the exact model, it's a Husky 16k easy glide (rolls back about 11"). I went to Butch's site and found one under 'other hitches' that looked the same except for the roll feature. When the latch came, it fit perfectly and installed in minutes. It's another step to add to the hook-up procedure, but likely worth it. With a new trailer and all, I'm tempted to put together a check list.

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Old 02-03-2013, 12:14 AM   #7
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Ependydad,

No you have to remember to close the latch (by sliding the shaft across into the keeper on the other side) after the pin is latched into the hitch. Preferably before you raise the front jacks. I always do a light tug with the pickup after backing in and hearing the hitch close just to make sure the hitch really did close, then when I walk back to finish and visually inspect the hitch status I close the latch so when I do raise the front jacks and pull out it's in place.

It stays there until such time you have released the hitch to unhook, you then slide the latch keeper back toward you before you pull away.

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Old 02-03-2013, 01:13 AM   #8
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am not sure if that would bolt onto mine or not

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I talked to Butch earlier this week. He said he should have more done this upcoming week. During our conversation I let him know I have a sidewinder. He asked me to take a picture from a cross sectional view of it hooked up which I did Friday before heading out to the CG. He said that the thick steel plate that locks the sidewinder into the hitch can sometimes interfere with the latch. He said he can make one that will work though. So if you have a sidewinder make sure you check with him before ordering.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:21 AM   #10
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I'm curious, how does one actually drop a a fifth wheel? Is it user error or a mechanical failure? With the hitch I have now(draw bar), it's possible to drop a fifth, it's either closed or open. There is no mistaking it. I'm upgrading hitch, but is there that much uncertainty of whether the hitch is closed or not, that you have to add additional equipment for safety?
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