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Old 04-16-2006, 04:57 AM   #15
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What kind of hitch to use is like asking what kind of oil to use; a conversation that could go on for hours and never come to a common agreement.

You need to ask yourself how often you are going to take the hitch out. Will it be too heavy for you to handle. Are you contemplating a long bed truck or short bed.

I have a Reese 20K. It breaks down into two pieces so it is much easier to remove. But then I don't take the hitch out unless I need to. I wanted the Reese signature series but it would not fit my truck (I have a package that comes with Rancho shocks and they relocated one of the shocks. Reese did not have a compatible mounting system - at least not at that time). However, the mounting rails on the bed does not concern me. With the hitch out, they do not get in my way at all.

Now, are you thinking about a SB or LB truck. Now you need to be thinking Slider hitch or not. This would be a separate conversation that too could go on for hours without agreement. I personally think you need a slider hitch with a short bed. Now you are going to hear from the faction that can make the tightest turns in the world without a slider hitch. Here is why I don't agree with that. I had a short bed Ford with a slider, but in one case I got complacent and did not slide the hitch when backing up once. It got real tight and I ended up with a dent in the back of the cab and blew out the rear window. I'm sure my Ford SB was the same length as other SB Fords, so I refuse to buy the argument that it will work. I had a Reese slider and it worked great. If I had been educated then (didn't learn about until long after this incident). I learned alot from this site and when I got to the point of replacing that Ford truck I looked into the PullRite hitch. However, the cost difference between a longbed or shortbed truck was a lot less. I've had longbed trucks ever since.

Fianlly, I do not find any inconvenience of driving a longbed dually as a dialy driver.

DRW vs. SRW - whole `nother post for that one.
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Old 04-16-2006, 09:38 AM   #16
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There is no need to worry about the weight or size of a hitch (actual weight, not towing capacity) and I will tell you why.

I have a short bed adjustable Husky Hitch. That thing is heavy and unbalanced to carry by yourself. I had welded some wheels to metal square tubing tracks. I would drop the hitch in the tracks, re-pin, and wheel the hitch down a ramp off of my truck. This is not the final answer though.

One day while camping I saw something that amazed me, and I can't believe I didn't think of this. Someone drove up with his 5er, pulled the hitch pin, raised his trailer, and drove off, with the hitch still on the trailer!!! No more breaking my back!! So now I leave mine on the trailer with the coupler pad locked. This keeps someone from removing the hitch. I leave the pins in my truck and will be fabricating a steel dowel rod to go into two of the mounting holes so one can't drive off with the whole trailer. Unless you can find a way to pad lock the pins in the hole, or just pad lock one mounting hole. I have it covered in the winter to keep it dry and from rusting. Just tuck the tarp under the trailer body between the king pin box and body so the rain runs over the tarp and not under. Hope this helps.

So just make sure you get the right hitch for you towing applications.


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