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Old 08-01-2015, 06:11 PM   #1
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8" bed hitch

So let's talk hitch. New to this game. We have had a motorhome for 4 years but find the 5r better. So what am I looking at for hitch. The 5r is 12405 dry.

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Old 08-01-2015, 06:27 PM   #2
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You want a hitch with a good range of both front to back and side to side tilt motion. The other important feature is a hitch that captures the king pin with either a single or double jaw, as opposed to a simple retaining bar.

I'm not 100% certain, but I believe that the least expensive hitch that meets these criteria is the Reese 20K Pro Series.


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Old 08-01-2015, 08:17 PM   #3
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The Reese Pro series is the "economy" 5er hitch from Cequent. Don't buy that one.

For your 5er weight, you want the Reese Classic Series, sometimes called a Reese 5er hitch. The 16k max trailer weight should be plenty, but it won't hurt to spend more and get an 18k or 20k hitch.

Note that hitch has the rails in the bed. When you remove the hitch, all that remains in the bed is the two bed rails, that are about 3/4 inch thick. If you tow infrequently and hate having those rails in the bed, then it requires about a half-hour to remove them, then another half-hour to replace before you tow again.

I had those bed rails in my bed for 12 years with no problem. But if you must haul pea-gravel or sand in the bed, then you'll probably need a bed rug over the bed rails, or else remove the rails after the hauling job to get rid of the sand or gravel in the cracks and crevases in the rails.

There are more expensive 5er hitches available that leave nothing in the bed but some holes covered with plastic covers. A popular one is the B&W Companion, which plugs into a B&W Turnover Ball gooseneck hitch. So install the TurnOverBall, then Companion.
Amazon.com: B&W Trailer Hitches 1067 Gooseneck Hitch: Automotive


I looked up your previous posts to determine your tow vehicle, but all you mentioned was a motorhome and a toad. If your tow vehicle for the 5er is a late-model Ford or Ram, then a factory option was the Reese Elite 5er prep kit. In effect. that was the install kit for the Reese Elite Series 5er hitch. So if you have a late-model Ford or Ram, and want below-the-bed rails for hauling the 5er, then you can buy that install kit and add the Reese Elite 5er hitch to plug into those below-the-bed rails. With that hitch, nothing is left in the bed except some holes covered with plastic stoppers when you remove the hitch. The Elite hitch comes in two versions, 18k and 25k. For your trailer, the 18k is more than enough. Here's the 18k:
Fifth Wheel by Reese for 2013 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty - RP30142

And here's the install kit (under-bed rails) for a late-model Ford:
Under-Bed Rail and Installation Kit for Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel and Gooseneck Trailer Hitches Reese Fifth Wheel Installation Kit RP30126

Reese now makes the Elite 5er hitch for several older models too The hitch is the same, but the install kit is different, depending on the make/model/year of the tow vehicle.
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Old 08-01-2015, 09:04 PM   #5
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Okay, if you want a really great 5er hitch rated 18k with nothing in the bed when the hitch is removed, then here it is for your 2008:

Elite Fifth Wheel for 2008 F 350 Super Duty by Ford | etrailer.com

But it that's a bit steep for your budget, then go back to the classic Reese 16k 5er hitch with in-bed rails for your 2008. There are two different install kits available. The "universal" kit means you must drill holes in the side of the frame. That is a job for Superman with a strong drill motor and very sharp bits. So I would strongly recommend the custom install kit for your 2008. It costs more, but there's no drilling in the frame required.
Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches Reese Fifth Wheel Installation Kit RP50082-58

You still have to drill holes in the bed - after very careful measurement to drill them in the right places. But the sheet metal in the bed is like drilling butter compared to trying to drill in he frame.
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