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Old 12-22-2013, 10:09 AM   #1
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5th wheel hitch

Is it advisable to have 5th wheel installed where you get the camper at or have an independent that specializes in hitches?
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:22 AM   #2
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I had mine installed at an independent hitch dealer. It was also cheaper. Bummer, now I have sold the 5th wheel but kept the hitch..
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:23 AM   #3
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If you get your trailer from an established, long time in business dealer, you can probably trust that they know what they are doing and will do a good job. However always double check their work! Don't be afraid to ask about anything that doesn't look just right. Although they may have been here a long time doesn't mean that their regular installer didn't call in sick that day or they may be training a new installer.
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:26 AM   #4
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IMO I would have the dealer install the hitch. That way you can do it all as a package. Also they do it on all kinds of trucks and many times a week. I would think they could match the truck, reciever and pinbox into a good performance set - up.
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:26 AM   #5
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Also, you may be able to find a hitch for less elsewhere but if you are buying the trailer from them, ask for them to "throw in" the hitch, if nothing else at least the install cost! You will be surprised what a dealer will do to make a sale! But do price other places!
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:51 AM   #6
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My dealer wanted to much money to install hitch so i got it done at Camping World for $29.
That deal works till the first of the year.
CW had the best price on the hitch also.
Very pleased with their work.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:59 AM   #7
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Is it advisable to have 5th wheel installed where you get the camper at or have an independent that specializes in hitches?
When I bought my first 5er from the dealer, he provided free installation of the hitch if I bought the hitch and 5er as a package. I did shop around and the slider hitch was the same price as other retailers were asking so to me this was a good deal.

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Old 12-23-2013, 03:38 PM   #8
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I installed my own. With the custom bracket kits it is really not all that difficult. I just had to buy a big hulking torque wrench. I am absolutely not a mechanic and I was 70 years old at the time. If I did it, pretty much anybody can.

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Old 12-27-2013, 08:10 PM   #9
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My Hitch was easy to install uninstall just plug it in and out, Fords new factory tow prep package.
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Old 12-28-2013, 11:01 AM   #10
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I got a good deal on a dealer installed used 5th hitch when we bought our new 5'er.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:45 AM   #11
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U haul does it for less their hourly rate is low, however we installed it ourselves .
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:29 AM   #12
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the salesman recommended I buy our hitch on my own instead of buying theirs --did some shopping around & found a better hitch for $300 less than the dealer quoted...
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I used to install my fiver hitches my self. Not that hard. Even wire a plug in the bed where they should be. Now I just order a Ford truck with it all installed from the factory. Spray in bed liner and all. If your going new, its cheaper then doing it latter. Ford puts the plug in the bed and on the bumper also. Brake controller and aux switches on the dash. All under factory warranty. Not sure if any other manufacturer does it all like this. Even mud flaps from the factory, not the dealer as a afterthought. You can take it out and have a flush bed. They also put in the goose neck mount, so you can pull anything. I bought the 18K Reese hitch from the Ford dealer cheaper then I could find it online, and no shipping. It installs in two pieces and is a one man job for a old man. Fords rock.
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IMO I would have the dealer install the hitch. That way you can do it all as a package. Also they do it on all kinds of trucks and many times a week. I would think they could match the truck, reciever and pinbox into a good performance set - up.
This is what we did, let the experts do it, we have perfect match 5th wheel, hitch and brake system, works great, no regret.
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