Originally Posted by priv8pilot
I was a happy camper until I saw someone mention that any hitch is great EXCEPT the Reese system. So I bit the bullet and asked him why? He said something to the effect that the clamp(?) bends and his trailer dropped to the bed of his truck while he was leaving his camp site.
So was this operator error or is there a problem with these hitches?
I strongly suspect that what we have here is a failure to communicate.
Reese makes several 5er hitches. The Elite is the top of the line. I doubt he had an Elite hitch disconnect after it was properly connected and locked.
But the Reese "economy" 5er hitch called the Pro Series, and even some of the Reese 5er hitches that cost a bit more than the Pro Series but not nearly as much as the Elite, can be connected wrong and thus drop the kingpin on the pickup bed. Yes, that requires gross operator error, but it can be done.
But the Elite has a different locking system around the kingpin that you would have to be really stupid to connect it so it would disconnect without you purposely unlocking and disconnecting the jaws from around the kingpin.
But even with the cheap Pro Series, don't blame Reese if you drop the kinpin onto the bed. Blame operator error in not properly connecting and locking the jaws of the hitch around the kingpin.
Nobody makes better 5er hitches than the Reese Elite - Unless you want an automatic slider for a short-bed truck. I don't think Reese makes an automatic slider, so if you're a forgetful old man like me but you want to tow a 5er with a short-bed truck, then you want a PullRite SuperGlide.
Grumpy ole man with over 60 years towing experience. Now my heaviest trailer is a 7'x16' 5,000-pound flatbed utility trailer, my tow vehicle is a 2019 F-150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost SuperCab with Max Tow (1,904 pounds payload capacity).