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Old 03-21-2016, 08:41 PM   #1
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5er users with experience?

I am asking for info to share with my buddy about 5th wheel hitches. He has a 3500HD dually with a 8 foot bed. This truck is a beast and setup with every towing/suspension option he has ever seen.

Having said that, he is thinking about buying a 43 foot toy hauler this week. He is kind of cavalier about what hitch he will buy, thinking it should be around $1,600.

My question is what kind of things should he consider before hand? You may know the pitfalls, I do not. Personally, I would not like to spend money only to find out that money should have been put towards something else.
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Old 03-21-2016, 08:55 PM   #2
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Not knowing pin weight or trailer weight, I would suggest the 20k pullrite. I have the reese 15k for my current fiver and I get a fair amount of chucking. I understand the pullrite is smoother. For that length bed, he does not need a slider hitch.
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Just asked. He says dealer is offering him a Demco 21K.


Had to edit, Pin weight 3610.
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you can get a 24K Curt for around $900ish. I've been very happy with mine
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That's a lot of pin weight.


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That's a lot of pin weight.


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I know that is huge pin weight. He has been running with a 4K slide in camper for years (big pig, need's it own wheels and motor).

He tells me the 5th wheel weight loaded is 20K.
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...I have the reese 15k for my current fiver and I get a fair amount of chucking...
Put shocks on the trailer and take the slop out of the hitch legs.
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Then bump the pullrite to the sir super series or Reese 24k signature series.

What dually does he have? IIRC dodge rams with factory installed hitch rails are limited on what hitches they can use.
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Put shocks on the trailer and take the slop out of the hitch legs.
Part of my issue could have been the stripped out frame screw that caused the bowed hitch plate.
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Then bump the pullrite to the sir super series or Reese 24k signature series.

What dually does he have? IIRC dodge rams with factory installed hitch rails are limited on what hitches they can use.
Chevy 3500 HD.
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