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Old 11-25-2012, 02:15 PM   #1
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Hitch Advice??

I'll be pulling a 39' 5th wheel (Redwood) weighing about 16,000 lbs fully loaded. Considering safety, ease of ride, cost, etc, what hitches should I consider and why?

Considering what we paid for the 5th wheel and how much we anticipate spending on a truck, I don't want to scrimp on a good hitch.

We are full timing near Fort Worth (for now).

Thanks very much!
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:11 PM   #2
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I use the B&W hitch w/Companion. It is rated for 18,000 pounds and can be used with either a conventional pin box or a goose neck style.
If you plan to tow a lot you may want the TrailAir Tri-Glide Air Ride pin box option. It will provide a smoother ride for the front of the trailer and give you more clearance between the trailer and bed rails of your tow vehicle.

Jut my 2c
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:50 PM   #3
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I have the 20.5k Super 5th by Pullrite and love the hitch. I previously ran the Superglide for use with my Montana and shortbed truck. Since moving up to my Redwood, I opted to go bigger on the hitch. I will buy another Pullrite hitch when the time comes. The automatic locking feature is priceless to me as I am single and dont have the extra set of eyes watching out while hooking and unhooking. I can see the release handle slide closed from inside the truck.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:22 PM   #4
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No matter whose hitch you buy paint the jaws while closed white that way when you do your check you can tell if it is locked
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:50 PM   #5
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That's good advise Frank, I painted mine years ago. It's just a simple matter then to glance at the jaws when you go back there to finish the hookup.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:02 AM   #6
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I read it some where early on, and I did it first thing. It is a good safety factor when you leave and it is still dark out
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:03 PM   #7
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You don't mention what you're looking at for a TV, Long or Short Box, Can make a difference on hitch preference. Because of the weight I hope you're looking at Duallies, which would only get you a long box so there would be no need for a slider. But I would say go bigger than you need, at least a 20K as that 16K loaded can easily turn into 17K, don't ask how I know.
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:26 PM   #8
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mhs4771: All very good points.
Also a little voice of experience there I see.
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