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Old 12-21-2019, 11:57 PM   #21
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I love my Curt 20K hitch. Flawless hookup that is positive and foolproof. If I want to remove it, the head will come off the base after pulling two simple pins. Makes moving it around a lot easier.
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Old 12-22-2019, 09:10 AM   #22
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I love my Curt 20K hitch. Flawless hookup that is positive and foolproof. If I want to remove it, the head will come off the base after pulling two simple pins. Makes moving it around a lot easier.


Great to here.
I just installed a Q20 in my Denali HD and looking forward to using it next season.
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Old 12-22-2019, 09:44 AM   #23
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Based on the specs, your Riverstone will have a pin weight approaching 5000# so I’d suggest that whatever you get, it be rated for a trailer weight of at least 25,000# and over 6,000# on the pin.
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Old 12-22-2019, 10:15 AM   #24
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To me, a hitch is not a place to skimp.

Ive had 2 B&W and in between them i had a curt. I hated the Curt and only used it on one trip to florida and went back to the B&W.

you'll probably get lots of endorsement for an anderson and a B&W.

for the 5th wheel prepped truck you should look at the B&W companion.
I love my Curt. Just curious why you didnít like it?
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Old 12-22-2019, 11:04 AM   #25
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I love my Curt. Just curious why you didnít like it?
there was no comparison to the quality and the beefiness in the B&W. i used both the curt and the first B&W i had on the same 5er. with the Curt Q 25 i had more chucking, it seemed more sloppy and i didn't like the way the king pin coupler worked - too much room for error in my mind with the design of the handle and the little "window" to look in on to make sure it want red or yellow.

the B&W couples great and nothing beats the cam lever design of the coupler. you back into it, the jaws wrap around, the jaw is way thinker than the Curt and once that lever spins into place you know you are coupled properly. very simple and fool proof. it was just my preference - but it was twice the cost of the Curt Q25.
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Old 12-22-2019, 11:04 AM   #26
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Merry Christmas. I will recommend what i use because i like the setup plus there isn't much that will fail. I have a blue ox diamond gooseneck hitch rated for 30k. If you have the puck system use factory. The fifthwheel has the Reese goosbox . I like this set up. It is solid no chunking and i dont have to remove any thing except for flipping a ball over to use my bed. Good luck and safe traveling. L
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Old 12-23-2019, 10:34 AM   #27
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Great to here.
I just installed a Q20 in my Denali HD and looking forward to using it next season.
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Some hints to using your Curt which may make things easier.
1. When hitching up, the safety latch on the open/closing lever must be flipped open so the lever can close. Once you hitch and the lever slides in to lock, flip the latch over and install the pin.
2. When getting ready to unhitch, back up against chocks to hold pressure away from the closing jaw. This makes pulling the jaw lever so much easier. Use your front jacks to take most of the weight off the fifth wheel plate to make it even easier.
3. Remember to latch the unlock lever to the open position before pulling your truck out from under the 5th wheel. If you don't latch it open after you pull to unlock, the Jaws will close again.

After figuring out the steps to make unlocking the hitch easier, I could not be happier with this Q20.
My brother had a B&W with the long cam lever to close, and it popped open going down the interstate and his Cardinal 5th wheel came loose.
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Old 12-23-2019, 10:36 AM   #28
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My brother had a B&W with the long cam lever to close, and it popped open going down the interstate and his Cardinal 5th wheel came loose.
Interesting...did he not have the pin in place to lock the arm closed?
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Old 12-23-2019, 10:48 AM   #29
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My brother had a B&W with the long cam lever to close, and it popped open going down the interstate and his Cardinal 5th wheel came loose.
Just goes to show there can be accidents with any hitch. Sorry to hear that happened. On the flipside, I drove for 60 miles after forgetting to pin my B&W Companion in the locked/closed position before we stopped for a potty break. About crapped myself when I saw that it wasn't pinned!

As for the OP...

I've had 3 hitches:
- B&W Companion, absolutely would buy again. I only got rid of it because I upgraded my trailer was 21k and the B&W I had was only rated to 20k.

- Andersen Ultimate, would never buy again. The ride for our setup was atrocious. It lasted 4 months before we got rid of it.

- Trailer Saver TS3, a full air ride hitch. Stupidly heavy but amazing ride. Expensive, though at $3k.
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Old 12-23-2019, 11:09 AM   #30
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I also have a curt Q20. My comments:

Save the plastic king pin that came with the hitch. When I take the hitch out of the truck bed I slide the plastic king pin into the hitch to close it. Doing this seems to allow the springs to return to their home position and the locking arm retracts making it marginally easier to store.

I have five fingers on my hand which remind me to check for five things when I hook up:
Green on the pull bar handle
Safety cable connected - I place it on the locking bar handle
Electrical cable connected
Lacking latch pinned on pull bar
Visual confirmation that jaws are locked

I have learn that the jaws will be even to each other when they are locked. Visually confirm that that have the king pin locked and that the king pin is actually in the jaws properly. Look to make sure you do not have a high hitch with the king pin not going fully through the jaws. I cannot overstate the importance of a visual confirmation.
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Old 12-23-2019, 11:15 AM   #31
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The fifthwheel has the Reese goosebox . I like this set up. It is solid no chunking and i don't have to remove any thing except for flipping a ball over to use my bed.
X2 this. The goosebox is amazing and if they had them out when I bought the Andersen (which I love) I would have gotten it, as it leaves the bed completely clear without removing anything except the ball.

If and when I switch hitches, the Goosebox will be what I go with.
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Old 12-24-2019, 10:26 AM   #32
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I've had a B&W that came with my first used truck and trailer 13 years ago; don't know how old it was then. Since, I'm on my 3rd fiver and 2nd Dodge. It has served me well.
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Old 12-25-2019, 09:08 AM   #33
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Interesting...did he not have the pin in place to lock the arm closed?
The pin was in place and verified. The only thing they can figure is that it jumped out going over the rough roads and then the lever sprung open. The pin box came down into the tailgate which crushed around it. The brakes on the trailer locked up and he was on his Dodge dually brakes as well. When it all came to a stop, the only thing connecting the truck and trailer together were the two little tailgate cables that hold the tailgate when it is open.
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Old 12-25-2019, 09:37 AM   #34
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The pin was in place and verified. The only thing they can figure is that it jumped out going over the rough roads and then the lever sprung open. The pin box came down into the tailgate which crushed around it. The brakes on the trailer locked up and he was on his Dodge dually brakes as well. When it all came to a stop, the only thing connecting the truck and trailer together were the two little tailgate cables that hold the tailgate when it is open.
wow crazy - too bad that happened. i don't see how the pin could come undone as its kind of a clevis style pin - basically has a bail that closes on the end of it - but anything is possible.

a good thing to triple check!
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Old 12-25-2019, 12:05 PM   #35
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wow crazy - too bad that happened. i don't see how the pin could come undone as its kind of a clevis style pin - basically has a bail that closes on the end of it - but anything is possible.

a good thing to triple check!
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It would have taken something extraordinary for the arm pin to come out the way the bail locks onto the pin.

See the pin at about 6:58 in the video.
Always pays to double check.

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It would have taken something extraordinary for the arm pin to come out the way the bail locks onto the pin.

See the pin at about 6:58 in the video.
Always pays to double check.

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I have read on a couple of forums (take that for what it’s worth) of people pulling in to take a break, then coming back out only to find that someone had removed the locking pin from their hitches.

I went and got a lock and put it on mine just to be safe. I check it every time I stop.
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I have read on a couple of forums (take that for what itís worth) of people pulling in to take a break, then coming back out only to find that someone had removed the locking pin from their hitches.

I went and got a lock and put it on mine just to be safe. I check it every time I stop.
That a great point. I put a lock on my hitch the keep the feet from opening when parked. Might be a worthwhile upgrade!

I too check all connections at stops.
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I'll bet the OP is sorry he asked about now. There is nothing magical about hitches now days, the functional designs have been around for 40 years. You get what you pay for, the better built and easier operating hitches cost more than the cheap ones. The specialized ones like Trail Saver or Comfort Ride and others serve a very specific purpose but still are nothing NASA designed although expensive. He just needs an appropriate class hitch for his weight rating and the rest is just money he's willing to part with for convenience.
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Old 12-25-2019, 09:22 PM   #39
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After reading the post about 5th wheel hitches I am curious who is towing a Riverstone with the Anderson ultimate or pullrite superlite hitch.
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Old 12-25-2019, 09:32 PM   #40
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