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Old 10-21-2012, 07:59 PM   #1
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Hitch Upgrade

After a year of dragging a heavy trailer around with an F-350, it has become apparent that I need a truck with a bit more "woof". Enter the 2012 F-450.

Along with the new truck, I will need a new hitch. What I am going to look for is something with at least a 25k capacity, and preferably a better build quality than the standard Reese.

Any suggestions for what I am looking for?
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:09 PM   #2
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The new Reese products are now made in China.
Pullrite has a Super 5Th 25.5K high quality hitch and it's Made in USA.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:18 PM   #3
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I just ordered another Hensley air ride hitch for the Volvo 730 and 40' Travel Supreme. 3 bagger this time. Just about 3k$. It would make a big difference for a truck like yours. 5k pin and 32 towing I think.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:39 AM   #4
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I have an 08 F450 and use an Air Safe 25K hitch with the Binkley Head. One advantage of the Air Safe is that you can adjust hitch height.
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:22 PM   #5
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If yoour looking for a standard (non-air) type hitch, take a look at the CURT 24K hitch. They are very well made. I have the q 20 (20k) and it is superb.
By the way check the internet, they can be had fot about $650 with the standard rails.
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Thanks all for the responses.

The Pullrite and the Air Safe are good looking hitches, and the Hensley is one sexy beast.

I also had a look at the 24k Curt. At $1100 on their website, the price is in line with what I expected.

I think I'm leaning toward the Hensley if I go air, and the Curt if I go with a solid.

Gonna keep looking for a bit yet tho...
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take a look at the TrailSaver hitch. it uses heavy guage steel than most others.
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Check out the B&W hitch. Not sure of specs but we've had ours since 2005 in Silverado 350 1-ton since 2005. Tows great and removes easily from bed to leave it flat.
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While I don't like its country of origin, I've been using the new Reese 25K hitch that fits in the underbed rails on the newer Fords. No complaints after 18 months and many miles and I like the flat bed when the hitch is removed from the truck. Ordered the hitch as part of the truck deal from Jarrett Ford in Dade City.
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I just ordered another Hensley air ride hitch for the Volvo 730 and 40' Travel Supreme. 3 bagger this time. Just about 3k$. It would make a big difference for a truck like yours. 5k pin and 32 towing I think.
You might want to check the Hensley web site as there is an optional extra air bag to raise the pin weight to 7.5k.
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I think Hensely is Trailsaver. No need to spend the extra 150$ for the xtra airbag unless pin wt requires it. It is however an additional 300 odd bucks to retrofit hitch with 3rd bag. I just went thru it.
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