Need advice on getting used hitch
I have just purchased a Big Horn with GVW of 14,000. In addition, I picked up a 2004 F350 dually 2wd with a 6.0 diesel. Came from a dealer, so no way to talk to previous owner about what brand of hitch he used.
The truck already has bed rails installed (I assume from the previous owner towing a 5th wheel). I don't want to go the expense of reinstalling bed rails if I don't have to. I want to buy a used hitch for $200-300 and not spend the money on a new hitch.
So my questions are this? Is a 15-16K hitch enough for this 5er? I'm estimating a generous pin weight of 2800# (20% of the GVW).
How can I tell what kind of 5th hitch sat on these rails, other then driving the vehicle over to the hitch and seeing if it will pin to the rails? Do Reese have a standard Rail distance (the rails are parallel to the tailgate). I've learned enough to know that I should look for a dual pivot to help with hookups.
This 5er will move very little in the next two years as I'm going to full time, so I'm not concerned about the jerking with towing. When I really get ready to hit the road, if I'm unhappy, I'll get a deluxe hitch.
Thanks for any help you can give. Rod