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Old 02-24-2015, 04:15 PM   #1
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5th wheel hitch recommendations

Just purchased a 2015 Jayco 27.5 RLTS 5th wheel. GVVWR 9950. TV is 2002 Ford F250 V10 with short bed. In the past I have towed with a Hensley hitch and have a love/hate relationship with it. If possible I would like to consider the following in selecting the 5th wheel hitch:

*Need to make a 70 degree turn to get into my driveway.
*Would like a comfortable ride
*Ease in hooking and unhooking
*Vacationing use of trailer, 8 to 10 week long trips per a season

Dealer recommend a Reese Revolution pin box. Reading the forums I learned that you need to be mindful of having the trailer as straight as possible in hooking up. This reminds me of my challenging days with the Hensley. Suggestions on pin box and hitch would be helpful. I have no experience with 5th wheel hitches.
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Old 02-24-2015, 04:45 PM   #2
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The front cap looks like it's sunk in, and you might not need a slider hitch.

Most common is a Reese 30047. 16K LBS rated, tilts front/back/sideways, and easy to hook up/unhook. Of course you would need the 30035 rail kit also.

Does the truck have any hitch in the bed?
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Old 02-24-2015, 07:12 PM   #3
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No bed rails. This is my first 5th wheel. I have towed a 30' Sunnybrook with a Hensley for 8 years.
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Old 02-25-2015, 01:04 PM   #4
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I had a B & W set up when we had a fifth wheel. Was very satisfied with it.
Used it for 6 years & sold it for what I paid for it.
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b&w bed/ball mount w/an anderson tripod conversion!!! u will NEVER regret it!!! good luck
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Aww, I see you're staying away from the Hensley? I have the TS3 and drives like a dream.
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All air ride hitches I am aware of are built like a tank. Mine is formed 3/8" steel with no bolts holding it together. All welds. Large shaft pins in bushings for pivot points. Compared to standard hitches they are far superior
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Dealer recommend a Reese Revolution pin box. Reading the forums I learned that you need to be mindful of having the trailer as straight as possible in hooking up. This reminds me of my challenging days with the Hensley. Suggestions on pin box and hitch would be helpful. I have no experience with 5th wheel hitches.
I have the Reese Sidewinder pin box and hitching has not been an issue. You don't need to be straight with the trailer, but you need to be straight with the pin box. You can actually connect with the pin box at 90 degrees to the trailer because it pivots at the trailer instead of at the hitch. Just be sure you have a hitch that is Sidewinder/Revolution compatible.
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I had a Fifth AirBorne Pin Box on the old Cedar Creek & there was no problem hooking or un-hooking. It may a big difference in ride quality over the stock pin box.
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If you're making a 70 degree turn to get your trailer in a driveway, you're pushing the limits of the new style front cap. A high quality slider fifth wheel hitch is all that'll save you from denting your cab.

I suggest you look on Amazon.com for great prices and availability. Pullrite is a popular brand, as is B&W.
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If you're making a 70 degree turn to get your trailer in a driveway, you're pushing the limits of the new style front cap. A high quality slider fifth wheel hitch is all that'll save you from denting your cab.

I suggest you look on Amazon.com for great prices and availability. Pullrite is a popular brand, as is B&W.
90 degrees with the Reese Sidewinder/Revolution pin box is no problem with a short bed truck.
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I am new to pulling a 5'ver and bought a B&W on my brother-in-laws recommendation for my F250 V10 LB. Hook up for me is super easy. I was shown by the trailer dealer how to hook it up once and it has been a breeze since then. I really like the way the frame of the hitch is mounted to the frame of my truck avoiding the hitch rails (?) in the bed. I did not want to deal with loading things in the back and having to fight with the rails.
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B&W RVK3500 IMHO best non air ride hitch available!

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Cummins12V98 I like your padlock idea there. I take the coupler (?) (not sure if that is what it is called - anyway the top part of the hitch) off when I am not using it. Let's just say that in my neighborhood, things that are not locked down or behind locked doors tend to disappear rather quickly. So I will be going to Home Depot and getting some locks like you did. I had been thinking about it but I just haven't gotten to it yet. I even have a heavy duty bicycle cable wrapped around my propane tanks handles and the cross bar for my landing gear to keep someone from grabbing my tanks.

Thanks for posting!

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