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Old 06-25-2009, 03:42 PM   #1
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Reese 15k Fifth wheel hitch question

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We are new to fifth wheels. I'm getting a 2007 Keystone Outback 31fbhs. I'll be towing with a 2000 Ford F350 Diesel Crew Cab(8ft bed). The place we are purchasing the rig from will be installing a 15k Reese pro long bed hitch. Does anyone have any information on this? Is it good, or should I be looking at other hitches???

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There are several brands and types of hitches out there. I have used three Reeses and never had a problem. Is a 15K big enough for that rig?
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:00 AM   #3
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The GVW is 10,500 lbs. Is 15k enough or should I go more?
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:51 AM   #4
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The GVW is 10,500 lbs. Is 15k enough or should I go more?
I try always to have a heavier rated hitch then is necessary. I towed a lot of heavy trailers with my Reese 20K hitch and it costs perhaps 200$ more for another 10,000Lbs rating then the one you are considering. Never had any trouble with Reese hitches. Now I pull a 13,000 lbs 5er and I use a Valley 25K hitch. I don't care for this hitch as much as I liked my Reese because you could break the Reese hitch down to 2 100Lb pieces allowing someone working alone to install it or remove it. The swivel head and then, the base. The new Valley you can't which means to put it in or out from the rails requires 2 people and it's heavy and ungainly to lift out of or into the bed. Wish I had my Reese back. The Reese also was lockable, not so with the Valley. IMHO a big disadvantage.

Do yourself a favor and buy a heavier hitch and the heaviest tow vehicle you can and they will outlast the trailer and not be working at the very edge of their design limits.
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I just got the Reese Pro 15K a few months ago and have no complaints with it so far. When I researched it, there were no problems that I could find. For the price, I think you would be fine with it.
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:15 PM   #6
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I just got the Reese Pro 15K a few months ago and have no complaints with it so far. When I researched it, there were no problems that I could find. For the price, I think you would be fine with it.
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What is the approx. weight of the rig you are towing? And what are you towing with if I may ask?
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See my signature for my fiver and truck. The pin weight loaded is about 1800lbs and the gvw of the trailer is 11500. I seem to take alot of stuff with us!
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Thanks guys!
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I used a Reese 15K hitch to tow a 10,500# GVW 5er for many years(~10) without a single problem. Keep the pivot points lightly greased, use a nylon pin plate on the 5er pin, and most important: Keep the locking lever fastened with either a pad-lock or dog-chain snap! This locking lever is the only thing that secures the jaws locked around the 5er pin.
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I have been using this same hitch for over a year witn no issues, towing a Gulf Stream Canyon Trail 33 bunkhouse with a 2000 F-350 CC dually, 10,500 loaded with not a single issue.
I love the fact that it has a pivoting head and for the $$$ seemed to be a good fit for me, the fact that is smaller than some of the higher rated hitched makes it a one man job to remove it if needed.
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Thanks for the replies. I ended up with the Reese 18K. So far so good!!!
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