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Old 09-12-2013, 06:13 PM   #1
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Best Affordable 5th wheel hitch

We are currently looking for a 5th Wheel Hitch.
We know and agree that safety is always first and a little more money can always give you a much better product but the financial resources are not many.
Looked into ebay and you can find them from $300 new?
At the moment we are not planning on hauling for living and is only to tow our 5th wheel that is about 12K with a GVWR of 16K.
So what is the best 5th wheel hitch out there for the entry level?
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:47 PM   #2
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I would also look on craigslist, that's where I found mine for less than half cost, and no shipping charges. I would look closely at the weight capacity and I would stay with a major US brand. Also, check with RV dealers, they often get perfectly good hitches that are changed because a customer likes a particular brand. Don't be afraid of buying used, good hitches are virtually indestructable. My research led me to my B&W GN setup and B&W Companion 5th wheel hitch, they are made and serviced in America and have about $800 invested but you can find perfectly good major brands for about half that. Make sure it includes the rails and accessories, you can purchase new bolts/nuts to install.
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thanks for the reply
We are not totally afraid of buying used, is just that we never had a 5th wheel hitch before and no idea what to look for.
For instance by reading almost all afternoon we learned that a 4 way pivot is a big plus.
No idea about the jaws yet it seems to be a big deal about difference between them
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The Reese Pro series tends to be reasonably priced, but the lower weight end of the series uses a bar instead of jaws to capture the pin, and also have less articulation. The 20K Pro has jaws and a good amount of articulation. You can get them under $600https://www.etrailer.com/5w-2011_Che...es,+8+Foot+Bed. The rails and installation kit will be an additional cost.

I saved a few hundred by doing my own installation. With the custom kits, it is not all that difficult. I was 70 years old when I did mine, and I am not a mechanic.

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looking at this...
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24K double pivot 5th wheel hitch
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anyone familiar with Curt?
I Like the Made in America!
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The Reese Pro series tends to be reasonably priced, but the lower weight end of the series uses a bar instead of jaws to capture the pin, and also have less articulation. The 20K Pro has jaws and a good amount of articulation. You can get them under $600https://www.etrailer.com/5w-2011_Che...es,+8+Foot+Bed. The rails and installation kit will be an additional cost.

I saved a few hundred by doing my own installation. With the custom kits, it is not all that difficult. I was 70 years old when I did mine, and I am not a mechanic.

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Joel thanks for the input about the jaws!
Is just great that you are healthy enough to be doing some heavy manual labor at 70s
Are you familiar with any of the systems we found?
I'm also looking into installing it myself
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If you will be installing your own, be careful about which custom installation kit you get. Reese makes two styles. With the original version, the brackets mount inside of the truck's frame rails. The installation usually requires dropping the fuel tank and a heat shield.

They also have a newer version where the brackets mount outboard of the truck's rails. The only thing I had to drop was the spare tire.

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I got this one and installed it my self
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