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Old 08-07-2015, 04:02 PM   #1
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Fifth wheel hitches

Just a quick question, I have a 16k Reese hitch. But I need to step up to a 18 or 20K. I have a F-250 short bed. What is everybody's thought on which hitch brand to go with? I haven't liked the Reese I have. Thanks
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Old 08-07-2015, 05:00 PM   #2
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I think you may need to step up the truck also. 18 to 20K for a F250? that don't sound right, but it may just be me. I use B&W
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I think you may need to step up the truck also. 18 to 20K for a F250? that don't sound right, but it may just be me. I use B&W

Happens all the time!People are told a 250/2500 can tow anything!

Yes on the B&W!!!
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Old 08-07-2015, 08:22 PM   #4
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I've always been happy with a simple Reese 16/18/20K. No Titan or Elite series, just plain and simple.

B&W also is always very good quality, and have been happy with their hitches too.
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I would love to have a F-350, but dealers don't want to be fair about price. But I have been impressed at how well my 250 is pulling. Thanks for your guys input.
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what haven't you liked about the reese you currently have? I haven't had any issues with mine. There's a ton of hitches out there to choose from. I would maybe start by narrowing it down from what you don't like about your current hitch.
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Wwenstad1,
Don't mean to offend, a 250 is a really nice truck. Just keep your trailer to a weight it can handle safely. That is not 18K to 20K, it's not the pulling as much as it is the stopping. My concerns are for your safety, and especially mine, I might be the vehicle behind you or worse in front of you hoping you stop.
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18 - 20k is more appropriate for a 1 ton dually not a 3/4 ton, also once in that territory the pin weight will be up there in the 3000# - 4000# range.
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I would love to have a F-350, but dealers don't want to be fair about price. But I have been impressed at how well my 250 is pulling. Thanks for your guys input.
"PULLING" has nothing to do with it. What does the rear axle of TV weigh loaded and ready for the road?
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18 - 20k is more appropriate for a 1 ton dually not a 3/4 ton, also once in that territory the pin weight will be up there in the 3000# - 4000# range.
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Our 36' Mobile Suiters weighed 20K and the pin was 5K so 20% pin is a minimum from what I have seen.
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Wwenstad1,
Don't mean to offend, a 250 is a really nice truck. Just keep your trailer to a weight it can handle safely. That is not 18K to 20K, it's not the pulling as much as it is the stopping. My concerns are for your safety, and especially mine, I might be the vehicle behind you or worse in front of you hoping you stop.
Just so you know his F250 has the exact same brakes as a F350. Only difference is a 4 inch riser block instead of 2 inch and one additional leaf spring. Air bags on the F250 takes care of that difference. Rear axle is exactly the same. Tranny exactly the same. These may be things Ram owners are not aware of....................
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My previous TV was a 2011 F-250 SRW. I pulled a relatively light Open Range, 14500 lbs loaded. I fooled myself into believing that air bags would make up for the excess pin weight. Despite having the Michelin rear tires aired up to max sidewall pressure, they showed cracking at the bead all around the rims. The tires were clearly over capacity. We replaced the 250 with a 3500 DRW and couldn't be happier.
A post on the SOITC forum indicated that a weigh in at rally showed a huge percentage of SRW TV's overweight of the rear axle. To each their own.
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I have a trailer saver air ride hitch it is expensive but with a mor ryde pin you just watch the trl smoothly going up and down. Greatly reduces potential road damage to trl and contents.
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