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Old 12-17-2017, 09:47 AM   #1
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Factors in choosing a 5th Wheel hitch

Hi Everyone. I am moving up to a new truck and 5th wheel camper. I have decided on a 2017 Ford F350 XLT Crew cab, Long bed 4:30 gasser. The truck has the 5th wheel hitch prep. The trailer will be a 2017 Sabre 27RLT (max loaded weight about 11,500).

What is new to me is what I should be looking for in the hitch to put in the bed. Are there any must haves I should be aware of? Any brands preferred over others? Any models that would be recommended?


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Old 12-17-2017, 10:10 AM   #2
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I would suggest looking at the B&W Companion. It can be easy to breakdown for removal and installation when you need your truck bed. I can do it by myself.

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Old 12-17-2017, 10:23 AM   #3
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The major brands are pretty good. If getting another one I’d make sure the top mechanism will “float” or swivel enough so it can be hooked/unhooked in non-level spots so you don’t have any binding. I also always liked using a pin box extension on the trailer to help give myself extra turning space in tight maneuvers.
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Old 12-17-2017, 10:35 AM   #4
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The B&W hitch is highly regarded, I'm a big fan of the Andersen Ultimate 5th wheel hitch for smooth towing, no chucking, no clunking, capacity and ease of installation.
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Old 12-17-2017, 11:12 AM   #5
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Since you have a long bed, any standard hitch will do! Do some research and then go look at a few. I like the newer hitches that have positive kingpin lock indicators. Since you just need a standard hitch (no slider), most come apart into two pieces for easy removal. Also look at replacing your kingpin with a type of air ride kingpin. Well worth it! Good luck.
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Old 12-17-2017, 12:02 PM   #6
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If possible check the kingpin height compared to your truck height. this limited me on what hitches were available. I needed a hitch that was 14" from the truck bed. if you dont want to worry about this you can lift the trailer. I didnt want to do that.

as for hitches. full wrap around jaws, fully articulating cushioned head. I really liked the B & W when I was looking but it wouldnt drop down low enough and the thought of putting a 3" lift on the trailer didnt make sense
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Old 12-17-2017, 12:17 PM   #7
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Does this help?

And agreed on the B&W fifth wheel hitch. Awesome company, awesome hitch. Heck to the yes.
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Old 12-17-2017, 12:34 PM   #8
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I believe the newer "ball & socket" style are the safest and best design overall. The are quiet, cleaner , lighter to handle, have a greater range of motion and very secure.
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Old 12-17-2017, 12:46 PM   #9
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As others have said there are many hitches out there. Not all will drop into the Ford puck system and will need an adapter that will raise the hitch height. This can cause problems resulting in a nose high RV. The BW Companion does as well as Demco, and the Anderson Ulitmate. Also remember with the Ford Puck System you are limited to 18,000 lbs so getting a hitch over that weight is wasting money.

I know this will get some rebuttal but, I am very preferential on a hitch that completely wraps around the pin, I do not care for the jaw type of lock.

As NMWildcat has said do your research am sure you will get one that meets your needs.
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