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Old 02-24-2015, 01:43 PM   #1
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Hitch Confusion

I was stuck inside today and that’s okay as it was 10 below when I got up this morning. I have been pulling a couple of campers now for about 5 years. My wife and I think we will soon (within a year) upgrade to a bigger truck and a fifth wheel camper. About two weeks ago we test drove some trucks and decided on a Ford F-350 diesel with single rear wheels and the short bed. Nuff said about the truck.

Since the fifth wheel requires either a Reese Revolution hitch or a slider to operate safely (this from the manufacturer) I have been looking at my options.

After speaking to Forest River, Reese, Curt, B&W, etrailer, A local hitch installer, and Pullrite my mind is numb.

I have come to the conclusion that I would order the truck with the factory prep package installed and purchase a standard hitch, either Reese or B&W and mount it to the preset pucks in the bed. I would then purchase a Reese Revolution (Sidewinder) pin box and replace the factory one that comes with the 5th wheel.

My thoughts are that this would reduce any labor costs as I could do the installs myself. Nothing has to be done under the truck i.e. no drilling or removal of the exhaust system as some require and I would have fewer moving parts to make noise in the setup. I also believe the cost would be toward the lower end of the other options I have.

If you were starting over, how would you do it?

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Old 02-24-2015, 01:50 PM   #2
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No brainer for me.I really like our Sidewinder hitch.Towing with a 5 1/2' bed on a Ram.
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Old 02-24-2015, 02:01 PM   #3
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If you get a Flagstaff or Rockwood Super Lite, these have the Sidewinder factory installed. Just get a regular 16K Reese hitch and activate the Sidewinder.
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Old 02-24-2015, 02:35 PM   #4
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We are about a year away from the same big decision. We want an automatic system, and so far we are leaning towards the F350. We can get the Ford prep package and a Pullrite Superglide that fits the Ford Truck prep package, or the get the 5th wheel package which includes a Reese Hitch and the get the Revolution or Sidewinder. The Pullrite is manufactured north of the Rio Grande which is important to us, but the Reese seems to be simpler setup. Decisions, decisions.
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Old 02-24-2015, 02:59 PM   #5
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The Sidewinder/Revolution has a max weight of 10,000 pounds. That might limit your 5th wheel options.


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Old 02-24-2015, 03:09 PM   #6
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The Sidewinder/Revolution has a max weight of 10,000 pounds. That might limit your 5th wheel options.


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Factory says they have units that can handle up to 19,000 lbs.

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Old 02-24-2015, 03:10 PM   #7
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I run the Pull Right hitch, and it works good. No issues to turn at 90 degree angle. I also have the Mor Ryde pin box that almost eliminates any chucking on funky roads or holes in the road. I have the 18k hitch.
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Old 02-24-2015, 03:13 PM   #8
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Right you are about the 19,000 # hitch. Since the one I had said 10,000 # max, I thought that was it. My bad..
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Old 02-24-2015, 03:21 PM   #9
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When your negotiating for the RV. Try using my DWs bargaining method. They threw in the Reese 16K Pro and installation for free. Might not be bad to ask. I bought mine up here at BuffaloRV.
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Old 02-24-2015, 03:26 PM   #10
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I run a long bed 4door ford and a Reese "rocking" hitch. Long beds nice for hauling stuff around other then the 5er
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