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Old 05-18-2016, 01:30 PM   #21
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Great discussion. Thank you to everyone for your help. I try to be very diligent when I hook up. I guess I'm just at that age that I need to recheck myself half a dozen times on most things I do. I'm trying to make hitching as fool proof as possible. Some people who know a lot more than I do told me "It isn't a matter of if you accidentally drop the 5th wheel it's a matter of when you drop it". Made me start thinking and that can lead me to questions like this. By the way I did a google search on the Butch's latch and the web site is inactive. As far as a search on the Blue Ox bedsaver I'm not able to find the model for my hitch.

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Old 05-18-2016, 01:50 PM   #22
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Great discussion. Thank you to everyone for your help. I try to be very diligent when I hook up. I guess I'm just at that age that I need to recheck myself half a dozen times on most things I do. I'm trying to make hitching as fool proof as possible. Some people who know a lot more than I do told me "It isn't a matter of if you accidentally drop the 5th wheel it's a matter of when you drop it". Made me start thinking and that can lead me to questions like this. By the way I did a google search on the Butch's latch and the web site is inactive. As far as a search on the Blue Ox bedsaver I'm not able to find the model for my hitch.

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I talked with Butch back in April. His email address is (was) onelessworry@5thwheellatchkit.com He did not make a bed saver for my Demco Hijacker hitch.

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Old 05-18-2016, 01:52 PM   #23
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I contacted three different local dealers as well as Blue Ox trying to purchase a bedsaver for my Reese Round Tube Slider hitch. I've been told by Blue Ox that they are discontinuing the bedsavers due to lack of sales. Does anyone have an alternative to using the Blue Ox bedsaver?

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A "Proper" hitch test to be sure that it is "locked" negates the need for a bedsaver. JMHO
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Old 05-18-2016, 02:10 PM   #24
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Is this not the one for the Reese slider?

Blue Ox BedSaver Reese Pro Series 15K Sliders 5th Wheel Hitch - $..
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Old 05-18-2016, 02:25 PM   #25
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Due diligence when hitching is the same as using any type of bed saver that isn't static. If you have to lock in a bar, you might as well just look to see that your hitch is locked in place. If you can't tell if your hitch is locked or not, I would look for a new hitch. I knew if my hitch was locked from the driver's seat. It either was or wasn't, no gray area.
Some folks like a little insurance in case the hitch breaks. Of course that can never happen to a mechanical devices.
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Old 05-18-2016, 02:27 PM   #26
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Mine front landing gear did that also, but they both came up just enough to let the weight off of them, which is enough for a pull test.
If you are following the Reese hitch instructions, you have checked that the pin box is seated fully on top of the hitch plate, and the jaws are fully closed around the hitch pin, and the bail pin is inserted in the release arm. Before you even do the pull test.
Reese then notes that the pull test is done with the trailer wheels chocked, the trailer brakes manually engaged, and the landing gear down (and supporting the trailer's weight!). Only after the pull test is done are the trailer braked released, the landing gear retracted, and the chocks removed.
A bed saver IMOA is $wasted if you follow the procedure.
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Old 05-18-2016, 02:40 PM   #27
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OK, what is a fifth wheel bed saver??
It's a device that is supposed to "catch" your kingpin when you screw up the hitching and your trailer wasn't really locked in.

I agree with others, these are really just unnecessary costs if you are diligent about ensuring your kingpin is actually locked in. And if you have a hitch like mine (sidewinder) by the time the kingpin moves out of the hitch a few inches to where a bed saver would catch it, you've already hit your tailgate with the back of the hitch if it was up (which it should be if you are moving).

I dropped my rig in the bed of my truck years ago when I was distracted. Ever since then Liz and I both triple check the kingpin is locked by actually looking at the jaws and the lock. I even painted the jaws white so increased visibility.

Most of the bed savers I've seen actually hinder you being able to view the jaws directly.

I've had several friends that installed them, then eventually took them off as they were just a PITA.

And don't get distracted during your hook up routine
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Old 05-18-2016, 03:22 PM   #28
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If you had the Andersen Ultimate, that would be one more thing you wouldn't have to worry about.
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I have a butch's deal and you have to open the pin to see the jaws...one more thing. You have to remember to open butch's deal first. Ask me how I know.


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Old 05-18-2016, 03:31 PM   #30
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If you had the Andersen Ultimate, that would be one more thing you wouldn't have to worry about.
I'm still not sold on this one. It's just a gooseneck hitch, and I've seen plenty of folks (mainly on the farm) sit their gooseneck hitch on top of the ball and drive off without their trailer.

Seems like the same problem to me

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