Originally Posted by smullenix
Just getting things together to start towing. So far, 2014 F350, long bed, SRW. Have not purchased a fifth wheel hitch yet. Thinking about an air hitch. Mountain Master, Hensley AirRide, etc. Are they worth the $$$?
I've towed my 5er over 100,000 miles with an ordinary Reese 5er hitch with 4-way tilt. Never even thought about needing a different hitch. Here's the one that would replace my 15-year old Reese:
Amazon.com: Reese Towpower 30047 16K Fifth Wheel hitch
That 16k hitch will be all you need if your 5er has GVWR less than 16k, so you don't exceed the GVWR of your tow vehicle. DO NOT
buy the less expensive Reese Pro-Series 5er hitch.
If your 2014 F-350 SRW included the optional fifth-wheel prep pkg, then you should buy the Reese Elite 18k 5er hitch that will plug right in without any drama. When you remove the Elite hitch, there is nothing in the bed but a few small holes that have plastic plugs in them.
Amazon.com: Reese 30142 Elite Series Fifth Wheel: Automotive
If your new pickup does not include the 5er prep pkg, then you can buy it, install it, and still plug in the Reese Elite 5er hitch. Before you get done, you'll probably wish you had paid the $200 option cost to Ford.
Amazon.com : Reese Elite Series Rail Kit
If you don't want to be overloaded, then don't buy any 5er with GVWR over about 14,000 pounds. Then a 16k hitch is all you need. And if you were my daughter, I'd advise you to keep the GVWR of the 5er down to 12,500 or less. Heavier 5ers need a dually to tow them safely without being overloaded.