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Old 04-12-2013, 10:45 AM   #1
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Your thoughts on these Reese Hitches....

I currently have a Reese Slider 30049.

I need to upgrade to a 20k with 5k pin wt hitch for our new unit.

The 30119 is $140 less than the next one up a 30081
The 30867 is another $50 more than the 30081

Back to the less expensive one. It is 5k/20k which is what I need.
2 piece. double jaw and has 4 way pivot.
The only down side is the funnel opening is slightly smaller than the more expensive ones from what I can find.

They refer to the 30119 as a "entry level" or pro series, bottom of the line

This hitch should go in the exsisting rails just like the other Reese hitches and it will covered when not in use.

My comment/concern/question is if someone can convince me the extra$$ cost on other models warrants me to spend that or not.

I still have to upgrade my controller, buy plates, DW has plans for $$ on inside rig so every bit of extra $$ helps. Thanks Jim

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Old 04-13-2013, 09:32 AM   #2
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The Pro Series 20K is the el cheapo for $600. Skip that one. (I threw away a 15k Pro Series and replaced it with a 16k Select Series.)

The 30867 is the new R20 for $775. It meets all the new requirements set by somebody. It's wonderful.

The 30081 for $720 is the old classic or Select Series almost identical to the 16K I used constantly for towing over 100,000 miles over 10 years. Works great. I don't know the changes made in the R20, but I doubt they are necessary to have a functional 5er hitch.

I guess it depends on how much that $775 vs. $720 means to your budget. I'd have no problem paying $720 for the 30081 and know it would last for years and years. But if you have an extra $55 floating around you can spend, then get the latest and greatest R20 for $775.

But skip that Pro Series. We can't have a retired Super Sergeant driving around with an el cheapo 5er hitch.
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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