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Old 06-03-2023, 01:23 PM   #1
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Beacon 5th wheel pin box & hitch change out

We purchased a Curt 25Q 5th wheel hitch with OEM legs for our 2020 F350 dually. Our 2023 Beacon 34RLB 36’ 5th wheel has a Curt pin box. We have found the Curt 25Q to be very difficult to hitch and unhitch. Have read of others having the same issue. I also want a smooth ride. Thinking of changing to a Trail Air Ride pin box and a B&W hitch. Per Lippert the pin box must be a Lippert product in order not to void the warranty. Wondering what others think? Any positive feedback for the air bag system on the pin box?
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Old 06-03-2023, 04:02 PM   #2
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My Ford F350 truck with a puck system in the bed has a drop in Curt Q24 fifth wheel hitch and trailer (16,750 lb GVWR) has a Lippert MORryde Part # RPB782-FD rubber pin box rated for 24,000 lb with no issues hitching and unhitching and smooth ride without any chucking over 4 years on three different trailer/king pins.
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Old 06-03-2023, 07:21 PM   #3
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Can’t do anything less as this RV is 18,000 lbs. The Curt hitch we have requires a very precise height to get it to latch. Maybe it’s our inexperience with 5th wheel hitching but our prior Coachmen camper was so much easier. So the issue is 2 fold. One is a better ride and 2 is to make hitching and unhitching an easier less stressful process.
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Old 06-03-2023, 08:45 PM   #4
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So we need more info on your hitch unhitch process.
Things to consider...
When hitching trailer to truck...
Wheel chocks are required hitching or unhitching. We use 4 rubber wheel chocks
the kingpin on trailer needs to ride up slightly on the hitch saddle.
This is to prevent a hitch high where kingpin lower edge catches on the underside of the truck hitch latching Jaws or jaw
Saddle should tip lower at rear of truck. If it is stiff check the lube requirements for the saddle hinge pins

When unhitching
Chock your trailer wheels
Now put truck in reverse to remove pressure on kingpin and Jaws. You should have trailer wheels against the wheel chocks
Now raise the trailer to the point where you see a slight gap between hitch and kingpin. Like 1/16 of an inch.
You should be able to pull the hitch release easily

Do Not raise trailer too high. It will bind.

Hope this helps
Our kingpin is a rubber pin box Morryde unit
Our hitch is a pulrite auto slider
We find it rides pretty smooth.
Truck has air bags on rear purely to bring truck back to dead level
Trailer rides dead Level when hitched

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Old 06-03-2023, 08:49 PM   #5
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Question: You mention that the 5er has a Curt Pin box. Is Curt owned by Lippert?
Reese makes a 20k Goosebox which is Lippert approved:

If you went this route, you would have to use a gooseneck ball though.

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I have a B&W slider that fits the oem pucks on my ram. you might consider the B&W because the hook-up is very easy. just get close and be a half inch or so low and it locks right in. son has the pullrite 2400 that comes with a ball to attach to your pin and it is built like a funnel . easiest setup I know of and light weight. I bought the slider because posters all said I need it for my short bed. turns out I dont because I have plenty of room for turning but I do like the way it hooks up.
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I just installed a Curt FlexAir 21K on my 2022 Beacon and it for sure smoothed out the bumps and rough roads. I tow with a 2017 Ram Dually with air bags and Demco Autoslider. The factory Puck system fit perfect for the Demco.
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