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Old 05-30-2015, 10:13 PM   #1
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Portable fifth wheel towing?


We bought a fifth wheel to live out of, and we don't have a truck to haul it but our family does. Problem is that they don't have the ball in the back of the bed and we don't want to ask them to start drilling into the truck frame in order to install one. I found this:


and we can make it if we have to, but I was wondering if there was something like this available commercially?


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Old 05-30-2015, 11:06 PM   #2
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JMHO: That assembly is held to the front of the pick-up box by chains , attached to hooks designed to tie down a dirt bike. The box is held to the frame by 6 or 8 , 3/8" bolts. That assembly ( I'll refuse to call it a hitch ) is a redneck solution to moving a gooseneck trailer around a farmyard , I wouldn't trust it on a highway, or anywhere over 30 mph. particularly since it would require a second assembly to hook-up to a 5er's pin.

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Old 05-31-2015, 04:52 AM   #3
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If you just bought the 5th wheel, why not pay a little xtra and have the dealer to put it where you want it. If you bought from a private individual, ask them to bring it to your set location for a few extra dollars. I would not trust that gizmo you found.
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Old 05-31-2015, 07:14 AM   #4
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We go to NASCAR races at MIS speedway in Michigan, they get new trucks in from the local Chevy dealer and put those hitches in the trucks to hook up to there (trams) people movers. They are only going about 15mph and have very little weight to them. I would not even think about trying to pull anything over 3000 lbs with that.

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Old 05-31-2015, 07:33 AM   #5
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Agree with - pay someone with a 5th wheel hitch in their truck to move it for you. Go to the nearest camp ground and start asking around. I know if someone approached me to tow their 5th wheel I would do it, especially if the distance was only a few (20ish) miles.

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Old 05-31-2015, 08:13 AM   #6
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One more reason for not using one of those is that they are for a goose neck rather than a standard pin box. You could get a goose neck adapter for your 5th wheel, but it is likely that doing so would void the warrantee.

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Old 05-31-2015, 11:35 AM   #7
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As others indicated, that light-duty hitch is for a gooseneck trailer, not a fifth wheel. No, don't buy one for moving a fifth wheel trailer.

One solution - but not cheap - is to install a B&W TurnOverBall hitch in the truck, then use a B&W Companion 5er hitch to connect the 5er.

The TurnOverBall install uses existing holes in the frame, so there's no drilling into the frame. However, you will have to cut out a big hole in the bed. That hole in the bed is covered by a spacer when the hitch is not installed/

Although the TurnOverBall original purpose was as a gooseneck hitch, you won't use the gooseneck ball for your application. Instead, plug the Companion hitch into the hole where the TurnOverBall gooseneck hitch usually goes.

Here's the TurnOverBall:
Gooseneck Hitch | B & W Trailer Hitches

And here's the Companion hitch:
Companion 5th Fifth Wheel Hitch | B & W Trailer Hitches
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Old 06-02-2015, 06:44 PM   #8
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If you just bought the 5th wheel, why not pay a little xtra and have the dealer to put it where you want it. If you bought from a private individual, ask them to bring it to your set location for a few extra dollars. I would not trust that gizmo you found.
Beyond that, check Craigslist or other places for someone to move the 5th wheel for a fee, generally in the range of $1 to $1.50 per mile. Even the guys that deliver new RVs to the dealerships, might want to make a little extra $$ before heading back.
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Old 06-03-2015, 08:20 AM   #11
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Smile REF: Hitch for 5er

I agree totally with everyone on the use of this type of hitch. I wouldn't ever consider towing anything down the road with a hitch of that type. Also, as SmokeyWren says, the B&W Turnover Ball/Companion Hitch is a great alternative and works great. Some advantages are:

1) Once installed, the turnover ball can be literally "turned over" and there is
nothing exposed in the bed of the truck. The majority of this hitch is
bolted to the frame of the truck under the bed and once installed, it is
pretty much invisible to the user.

2) The B&W companion hitch comes with an adapter that takes the place of
the turnover ball and the hitch is fastened to that adapter. The beauty of
this set-up is that you have no rails in the bed of your truck. The hitch
weight is approximately 200 lbs and it comes in (2) sections so it is not

3) I have used this hitch for a couple of years and love it. I can install or
remove the hitch in less than 10 minutes.
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Believe me that hitch is much better build then the rectangular tubing framing on my 5th wheel pin supports that I just repaired. The chains do most of the lugging while the beam protects when braking. Its similarly surported in the box as the turn over system.
But for me it looks awful heavy and prefer my slide in box rails that are only made in Canada now.

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