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Old 12-31-2013, 02:15 PM   #1
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5th Wheel Hitch Recommendations

Happy New Year’s Eve to all! I am new to the forum and new to RVing. I have some experience traveling with my best friend in his RV’s. My wife and I bought a 2014 Ram 3500 that has 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel with an 8’ bed (no dully; no 4x4) to pull a 5th wheel. We are in the process of shopping for 5th wheels now.

I am looking for recommendations from experienced 5th wheelers on what type of hitch to install on the truck. All comments are welcome…thanks!
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:40 PM   #2
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Typically where you buy your fiver, they will install your hitch. We have had bothe the. Reese and the Pullrite. Personally I liked the Pullrite. The Pullrite
hooked up easier. As for fivers. All depends if you will be weekenders with
weeklong vacations or Fulltimers. Mobile suites or excel is my choice for FULLTIMING. Floor plan would be first. Bit see sig. Have had both.
Mh. And Fivers.
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Happy New Year’s Eve to all! I am new to the forum and new to RVing. I have some experience traveling with my best friend in his RV’s. My wife and I bought a 2014 Ram 3500 that has 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel with an 8’ bed (no dully; no 4x4) to pull a 5th wheel. We are in the process of shopping for 5th wheels now.

I am looking for recommendations from experienced 5th wheelers on what type of hitch to install on the truck. All comments are welcome…thanks!

Hi; a questions for you to answer.
1. Did you get the tow package in the 3500?

The reason I asked is the 3500 tow package has the power outlet for the 5th wheel trailer in the bed also the frame has the mounting points for the 5er hitch and or goose neck already installed. It seems that the B&W companion hitch works well with the RAM 5th wheel package.

I checked the Turbo Diesel register. Com site for this information you may want to check this out too. Here is the link for TDR.

http://www.turbodieselregister.com/

Do not let them weld on the frame this is now 50K PSI high strength steel and you need to be careful about frame modifications.

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Typically where you buy your fiver, they will install your hitch. We have had bothe the. Reese and the Pullrite. Personally I liked the Pullrite. The Pullrite
hooked up easier. As for fivers. All depends if you will be weekenders with
weeklong vacations or Fulltimers. Mobile suites or excel is my choice for FULLTIMING. Floor plan would be first. Bit see sig. Have had both.
Mh. And Fivers.
I had b&w companion in previous truck. PullRite in present truck. PullRight more trouble hooking.
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Old 12-31-2013, 03:05 PM   #5
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I really do no0t believe there is much difference in hitches. My Hyjacker has been in use since 2005 with zero issues. I think more important than brand is type. Be absolutely sure you get a double pivot hitch. Otherwise you will be changing very soon.
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Old 12-31-2013, 03:16 PM   #6
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I'm also considering hitch options... very early in the research... what is a "double pivot" hitch?

I'm guessing it pivots both side to side and forward and back while hitched tight. Is that correct?
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I'm getting a 24k Curt to tow our Teton with
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If you have the factory 5th wheel hitch prep package, then you're going to be limited to the hitches that will fit the factory mounts. In the case of Ford, both Reese and B&W have hitches that will drop in. I haven't researched the 2014 Ram, but a little Googling may help you narrow the field.

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We had the B&W Companion fifth wheel hitch on the truck we just traded in. It was a very good hitch and we liked the way the jaws opened and closed...no jerking on a handle and then having trouble getting the jaws open unless the truck and fifth wheel were perfectly level!
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welcome to the forums. When you find the 5er you want, make the hitch (and installation) part of the deal. It's like the best motor oil ...... everyone has their favorite hitch for reasons of their own. I too think that nowadays they are all about the same.
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B&W head stayed fairly level when disconnected. My PullRite head falls down and makes it a guess what height to set rv before backing up. Rarely do i get it right first time. Would not buy another.
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I'm also considering hitch options... very early in the research... what is a "double pivot" hitch?

I'm guessing it pivots both side to side and forward and back while hitched tight. Is that correct?
Yep, you are correct. Not too much of an issue now, but some of the older 5th wheel hitches did not pivot side to side to help reduce stress incurred from uneven ground.

If you can afford them. The air ride hitches by Trailer Saver Air Ride Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches for Reese Rails... are the Cadillac of them all. These ensure you get a good ride and reduce the chucking and bouncing of the 5th wheel onto the truck. They also claim less wear and tear on your 5th wheel too.
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Not enough hitch for Teton. That why 24k Curt. Have trailAire on Teton
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