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Old 05-04-2014, 07:50 PM   #1
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Help finding a 5th wheel hitch

Appears now that I've got a new 5er I need to upgrade my Husky 15K hitch. The new trailer can max out at 15K +, dealer says I need to go up to a 16K??? Dry weight is just 12K, and I know I'll never add another 3K in extras. So, what are your thoughts on the best hitch for the money. I have a short bed GMC.
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You will find out that the unit will be quite a bit north of 12K, so it will be pretty easy to get above 15K. I would suggest that you load your new unit and weigh it at your local Cat scales. I would guess that if your unit is around 15K, that you will be at or above the GVWR of your TV if you have a SWR and probably real close to your rear GAWR.
Once you weigh it, then you will have a better idea where you stand. 15K to 16K, I would go with a minimum of an 18K hitch, Above 16K to 18K, I would go with a minimum of a 20K hitch. I wouldn't waste my money on upgrading from a 15K to a 16K hitch.
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Here is my experiences with this hitch question. We used to own a Dodge CTD and pull a 30', 10,000# 5er. I had a Reese 15K classic hitch. Bought a new 5er with GVW of 15,500#. Tried towing the new 5er with the old truck and hitch, nope, severely overloaded. Bought a new truck, Chevy CC, LB, 4WD, dually,and used old 15K hitch. While the truck towed the 5er easily, the hitch was another matter. I could feel it flex when cornering or even changing lanes on the interstate. Bought a used Reese 20K hitch and the difference was evident, now the rig felt solid and steady under any conditions. Lesson learned, using anything at its limit continually is not the best idea.
Still have truck and 20K hitch, but now travel in a Motorhome.
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Here is my experiences with this hitch question. We used to own a Dodge CTD and pull a 30', 10,000# 5er. I had a Reese 15K classic hitch. Bought a new 5er with GVW of 15,500#. Tried towing the new 5er with the old truck and hitch, nope, severely overloaded. Bought a new truck, Chevy CC, LB, 4WD, dually,and used old 15K hitch. While the truck towed the 5er easily, the hitch was another matter. I could feel it flex when cornering or even changing lanes on the interstate. Bought a used Reese 20K hitch and the difference was evident, now the rig felt solid and steady under any conditions. Lesson learned, using anything at its limit continually is not the best idea.
Still have truck and 20K hitch, but now travel in a Motorhome.
Very good advise, thanks so much.
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My bet would be you will be able to find a 20 K Curt for less than most of the other brands and you will not only have a great hitch, but if you go to a little bit bigger in the future, you won' have to change again. Only need the head if you already have the rails in your truck.
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My bet would be you will be able to find a 20 K Curt for less than most of the other brands and you will not only have a great hitch, but if you go to a little bit bigger in the future, you won' have to change again. Only need the head if you already have the rails in your truck.
Yes I do have the rails, so you're right on the money about just needing the head portion. Seems most people like the Curt brand, so I will look at them. Good information, and thanks for your service in Nam!
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