Originally Posted by Ghostman
I think I'm going with the 16k reese. What's the difference between the pro series and elite?
The Reese Pro Series is the el cheapo "economy" 5er hitch. I threw one of those away way back when. Under $400
You want the Original Reese 16k hitch, which some now call the Select Series, and others simply call it the Reese 16k 5er hitch. Under $560. It has 4-way tilt and works great. Reese part number RP30047 Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - Dual Jaw - 16,000 lbs Reese Fifth Wheel RP30047
The Elite is new newer, much-more-expensive Reese with under-bed rails. Over $1,200. When you remove the hitch, there's nothing left in the bed but four small holes. And the hitch comes with plugs you can use to plug those holes. It comes in either 18k or 25k versions. You would probably want the 18k version.
The install is tough but do-able for the RP30047. It's much more difficult for the Elite. (Read the install instructions before you decide.) An experienced friend told me that he always removes the bed as the first step in installing the Elite. That's not a hard job, but you probably need a couple of gorillas to help you remove the bed.
I see the price is a lot different. Will the pro work?
It will work, the way most "economy" models will work. But again, I bought a new Pro Series, and threw it away after a year or so.