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Old 03-02-2016, 12:22 PM   #1
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Fifth Wheel Hitch Rating

OK, well, im on the fence about upgrading my hitch, so I figure maybe I can get some opinions. I just upgrade my 5er to a new Montana 40 foot , weighed it on the scale just under 14k. No full tanks, or food, or clothes, but everything else that I would normally take was on board. My current hitch is the Reese Kwick Slide 16K model. I normally never travel with full tanks, but it has happened. Im estimating that if I ever did, and was loaded for a trip, I would be probably within 500LBS of the max hitch capacity. So question is, do I upgrade to one with a bigger capacity? just to have some wiggle room, or do I need wiggle room if I am close to the max, or at tha max?

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I had a hitch rated at 18k. Called manufacturer and stated my Teton will be 20k+. They stated hitch had been re rated to 20k. Told him pin approaching 6k. He said good. It popped the bolts holding it together. I replaced bolts with heavier grade and sold it. I replaced with heavier duty hitch. I would upgrade hitch.
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Old 03-02-2016, 06:42 PM   #3
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Good question and I subscribed. I have a Montana 3711FL on order and I have the Reese 16K manual slider. Think my FW will weigh the same.
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Old 03-02-2016, 07:21 PM   #4
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What is the GVWR of trailer?

Get a hitch rated for at least 1000# higher.
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Old 03-02-2016, 08:26 PM   #5
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I would try to have a hitch that would be rated over the maximum of the trailer, not empty weight plus something. The link between two very expensive items, the trailer and the tow vehicle, would not be the place to try to save a few hundred bucks.
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I just upgrade my 5er to a new Montana 40 foot , weighed it on the scale just under 14k. No full tanks, or food, or clothes, but everything else that I would normally take was on board. My current hitch is the Reese Kwick Slide 16K model. ... So question is, do I upgrade to one with a bigger capacity? just to have some wiggle room, or do I need wiggle room if I am close to the max, or at tha max?
A new Montana 3911FB is a hair over 40' long and has GVWR of 16k.

I would not feel comfortable towing a 16k 5er with a hitch rated for 16k. I'd want at least 18k rated 5er hitch.

If your 16k Reese slider uses the in-bed rails, and you're okay with a manual slider, then you can replace just the 5er hitch without having to replace the in-bed rails. Here's a 20k slider hitch that will plug into your current bed rails:
20k Fifth Wheel Slider - Reese

But while spending money, you might want to upgrade to the automatic slider for not a lot more money:
ISR Series SuperGlide 18K | PullRite Hitches

ISR = industry standard in-bed rails. In other words, Reese bed rails. So that SuperGlide will plug right into your current bed rails. That should save you having to learn a few new choice words, and you'll LOVE the SuperGlide. No more worries about forgetting to slide the hitch when you put the tranny in R.
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Old 03-08-2016, 06:07 PM   #7
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the GVWR of my 3950 is 16,025 , its over, however at the scales. loaded and ready to go, I'm right at 13995. That's with empty tanks and I don't travel with full tanks.
I have seen the 20K hitch, its a possibility.
my buddy has the superglide I believe, but that has a special attachement that goes on the pin box. I have a mor ride pin box, I'm not sure that attachment ill fit on there. I have to do some more research, but I think I am going to end up upgrading to a lsrger capacity
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also, I don't have bed rails, I have the OEM under the bed kit. I just place a reese bracket in the bed, and that acts as my rails. It has a 25000 capacity, and I believe it is industry standard my current reese manual slider goes right into it.
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too bad you are in new york or I'd offer my 18k pullrite 4400 auto slider
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Old 03-09-2016, 05:51 PM   #10
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Thanks anyways John
So I have decided to upgrade, and I am down to 3. The Reese Elite 20K 30084, the Reese Titan 20K 30870, or the Pull Rite 18K 2900
Thoughts? I have always had Reese
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