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Old 03-19-2012, 07:59 PM   #1
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New Reese Hitch

Fellow RVer's,

I am getting ready to start a new rving season but have ran into a small problem, my tow vehicle got wiped out by a person who just couldn't stop for that red light. I now have another truck and getting it prepared to tow. My question is has anyone had any experience with the new 16K hitch that Reese has come out with? It kind of looks like their elite series. I believe the stock number is 30866.
My only experience has been with reese hitches but if anyone has another that they would highly recommend please let me know.
Thank you for your help.


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Old 03-23-2012, 06:38 PM   #2
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Looks just like my older Reese 16k 30047 5er hitch from about 2002. New ones are still for sale. http://www.etrailer.com/Fifth-Wheel/Reese/RP30047.html
That was all the hitch I needed for my 5er. It had 4-way tilt - which made it a lot better than the cheaper 15k with 2-way tilt. It's about $150 less money than the "new" 30866. There might be some differences in the way the jaws lock around the kingpin, but mine gave no problems for the 9 years and coupla hundred thousand miles we put on it.

Here's the new 30866: Fifth Wheels - Reese

ETrailer.com has them now: $700 plus at least another $117 for the install kit.
Reese R16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch - 16,000 lbs Reese Fifth Wheel RP30866

If you plan to DIY, then I strongly recommend you pay extra for the "custom" install kit. Here it is for a 2011-up Ford:
Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches Reese Fifth Wheel Installation Kit RP50073-58

Grumpy ole man with over 50 years towing experience. Now my heaviest trailer is a 7,000-pound enclosed cargo trailer, RV is a 5,600 pound Skyline Nomad Joey 196S, and my tow vehicle is a 2012 F-150 3.5L EcoBoost SuperCrew.
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:02 PM   #3
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I have the Reese 16k round tube slider. You may not need the slider but I do recommend getting the upgraded "double jaw" hitch. I bought a cheap slider first that just had straight bar that locked in the kingpin and all it did was bang around and make noise and cause excess wear. Go with a double jaw.... My .02 cents.
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:05 PM   #4
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Well I feel dumb now, I just googled the model number you gave and that unit is pretty nice. Definitely a dual jaw.
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