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Old 12-12-2015, 06:13 PM   #4033
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That hitch looks familiar
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Old 12-12-2015, 06:15 PM   #4034
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That hitch looks familiar
Did you have one like it?

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Old 12-12-2015, 06:21 PM   #4035
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That hitch looks familiar
Hey Tim;
Looks like it is going to a good home. You will be pleased when you see what Terry does with the installation.
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Old 12-12-2015, 07:32 PM   #4036
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Good Evening, Hi Tim, it sure should , I've checked it over and alls good with it, I'll take it apart and just go over it to say I did. Lloyd, Tim is who I got the hitch from . Gordon, it'll sure be better than a semi's 5th wheel I used to run, alot easier on the TH.
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Old 12-12-2015, 08:09 PM   #4037
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Hi Terry!

Yep, I read he sold you the hitch,,,, its my silly sense of humor at work. Hopefully the hitch is fully functional above the Mason Dixon line!

Was looking at your mount, will it be height ajustable? In case you tow a different trailer?

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Hi Lloyd, gotcha, sometimes I'm a little slow on the uptake. I'm not sure that I need an adjustable hitch, the "industry standard" that I have read is 45" to 48" at the top of the hitch plate. then most trailers pin box would adjust from there. This hitch from the factory is non adjustable sooo that's what I'm going with. Conditions always subject to change .
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Old 12-13-2015, 01:23 AM   #4039
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Terry, just remember the side height clearance on your body that you are going to build, there are many bed sides crunched on pick-ups from that one time it was just the right angle, backing into that "best spot in the CG" I'm sure you got it handled, but just a reminder!!
By the way, that is going to give you a very smooth ride, be my guess!
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Good Morning, Rail, thanks for the reminder, its always interesting designing and building something that you haven't done before. I was thinking last night about that very same thing, and looking at other hauler bodies I can understand why they typically slope in the back. Lloyd, I was thinking about the adjustable hitch, I could actually do that, by bolting in the side of the frame rails, but it would only go up as it is as low as it can go, so not sure how much it would be used.
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I am not a 5er guy and have never towed one. But I am wondering about mounting the hitch behind the rear wheels. I need you guys to educate me. I have always seen the hitch just forward of the axel center line. Like I said I am just a diesel pusher guy that doesn't know about towing a fifth wheel.
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Good Afternoon, Bill, when placing the 5th wheel behind the axle the trailer will track closer to the truck wheels, similar to a TT, with a heavy truck with an axle rated for 20,000 lbs. or more and a pin weight of 2000 to 5000 lbs. or more you are not putting any stress on the suspension. The trailer will just handle better with the wheel back there, obviously you can't do that with a PU or an 18 wheeler with 80,000 lbs. I know I'm not explaining it very well, if you Google Heavy Hauler Resource I think you will come up with a bunch of info.
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Hi Guys,
I've been really busy down here, Terry, hitch looks good, you need minimum of 6" between the body and bottom of the 5er. Unless you really build the body sides up, I don't think that you will have to worry about it, but just in case 6" minimum is the number.
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Terry - I can tell you from experience that 6" is OK but more is better. I have touched twice and been fortunate for no damage. You should be good with 6 as you are really short behind the hitch. I have just enough for the truck to turn without the bumper touching the 5er.
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Good Afternoon, Frank, thanks for the figures, I should write those facts down for future reference, never know when you might need them. Gordon, glad to see you made home safe and sound. Well got the mounting plate done and sitting in place, now need to drill holes and bolt it down.
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I agree Gordon that more is better, but like I said 6" is the minimum. I have touched also, but I saw it coming and was barely moving so it wouldn't have done any damage.
Terry,
Man that chunk of plate is heavy, it looks like it is going to crush those 2x2" tubing,( I know logically it won't, but just saying). That truck is going to ride good with the 5er hitched up.
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