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Old 02-26-2005, 08:08 PM   #1
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A friend of mine just bought a new 5th wheel. He found a Husky 15K single pivot much cheaper than the dealer offered him. He getting new truck and trailer. Will the single pivot hitch give him trouble? It is heavy enough to tow the 5iver that he is getting. For only $100 more he can get a 16k double pivot Husky. What do Y"all think?
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A friend of mine just bought a new 5th wheel. He found a Husky 15K single pivot much cheaper than the dealer offered him. He getting new truck and trailer. Will the single pivot hitch give him trouble? It is heavy enough to tow the 5iver that he is getting. For only $100 more he can get a 16k double pivot Husky. What do Y"all think?
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Old 02-27-2005, 05:29 AM   #3
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Our first 5th wheel hitch was a Reese 14K single pivot. The single pivot hitch actually has one advantage - the 5th wheel benefits from the roll stiffness of the tow vehicle. In other words, the truck's rear anti-roll bar provides some roll resistance for the 5th wheel.

The biggest problem with the single pivot hitch is in hitching or unhitching when on uneven ground. If the truck and 5th wheel are on different horizontal planes, the hitch will "get in a bind" and can be difficult to engage or release.

Now having had both, I'd spend the $100 and go with the double pivot hitch, but that's just my personal opinion.

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Double pivot is always better as there is less potential torque on the truck body and 5er kingpin and frame assembly.
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I pull with a Reese 20K double pivot and love it. Cant go wrong with one.
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Having had both I can't strongly enough recommend the double pivot. I was caught in a "bind" too often and had to drive onto boards to get the truck and trailer equal far too often. Double pivot all the way.
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I have rarely if ever had a campsite that was level enough that the trailer and truck were sitting at the same angle. With the single pivot there will be problems with hitching and unhitching due to binding. This is eliminated with the double pivot hitches. Spend the extra money and avoid the frustrations.
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Is the double pivot for only hitching and unhitching or do you leave it unlocked to side pivot all the time???
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I leave it unlocked all the time. I see no advantage to locking the motion. Some claim locking the side-to-side pivot locks the truck and trailer together to produce better security, but I fail to recognize that logic. I have never had any problems with sway when passing big trucks.
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Period. A double pivot is not just for hooking up. Let it flow and reduce the stress on your truck, 5er and yourself.
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