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Old 08-03-2015, 07:26 PM   #1
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We pulled the trigger F-450 Hitch?

So, we did it... We purchased a new to us TV

2011 F-450
Has the factory hitch setup...

So what hitch do we get? The fifth Wheel is 12405 dry...
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Old 08-03-2015, 07:48 PM   #2
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Get the hitch that's made for your installed prep kit, the Reese Elite 5er itch. That's a premium hitch with a premium price, but you'll be glad you bought it.

Since you have an 8' bed, no need for a slider hitch. And since your trailer grosses less than 18,000 pounds, no need for a heavier duty hitch that the Elite 18k. (But if you prefer to have a lot of cushion between enough and way too much, the Elite also comes in a 25k version.

Here's an 18k from etrailer.com:
Reese Fifth Wheel for Ford F-450 Super Duty 2011 - RP30142

Yep, not cheap. But you're worth it.
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IMHO you won't find a better non air ride hitch. Get one of these to fit your truck. This is for the 13 and up RAM's.

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Old 08-04-2015, 11:46 AM   #4
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Yeah, the B&W Companion is an alternative. B&W makes one that plugs into the Ford prep kit:
Companion OEM - 5th Wheel Hitch - Fits Ford Puck System | B & W Trailer Hitches

Not cheap either, but a little less expensive than the Reese Elite:
http://www.amazon.com/3300-Companion...+Companion+OEM
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B&W will give you 20K towing capacity. You can get a Curt that is 25K I think, and the Reese is now 26.5K. I would go big so you don't have to change in the future if you go with a bigger rig.
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Old 08-04-2015, 12:55 PM   #6
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I should look this up but am too lazy today. I have a 2012 F-450 with the Reese Elite 25K hitch. The hitch works great and is one I would recommend but it is heavy and I need help to move it. Just 3 years ago I muscled it out of my truck myself...but 3 years later I look for help.

Not sure how much lighter the 18K hitch would be.

Oh...also get the curly que saflty brake cable since the plain thin cable will get caught under the legs of the Reese hitch.

Since then other manufactures have made hitches that will fit in the Ford under bed mount puck openings.

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Old 08-04-2015, 04:36 PM   #7
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We have narrowed it down to either:

Curt Q16

https://www.etrailer.com/tv-Demo-Cur...520-16017.aspx

Pullright

http://www.pullrite.com/products/oe-...th-wheel-hitch
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B&W will give you 20K towing capacity. You can get a Curt that is 25K I think, and the Reese is now 26.5K. I would go big so you don't have to change in the future if you go with a bigger rig.
I would never worry about a B&W. They are VERY conservative with their ratings and some hitch makers are VERY liberal! Just compare one to any other hitch side by side and while you are at it compare how simple and solid the latching system is.

Kinda like a Craftsman Shop Vac that they claim "DEVELOPES" 6HP!
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