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Old 01-13-2013, 08:41 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Demco Hijacker is another option. I have been looking at them because I need a slider but they have regular hitches also. Both UMS mounts have a model that fits the Ford prep package. Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitches 21K UMS (Under Bed Mount)
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There are two choices for direct drop in to the factory installed mount. The Reese and the B&W. the under bed mount is a Reese designed unit that's why the ford dealers sell the Reese hitch. Overpriced in my book from the dealer and still pricey from the RV store or online. B&W makes one model for the Reese hitch mount and is a 20k hitch for around $900. Well under the Reese prices. As far as gooseneck balls, your stuck with the Reese kit at about $200 for the ball and hook eyes.

Other hitches available if you use the adapter plate mentioned but that too will drive the price of the hitch up. If I were to do it again, I would have NOT had the factory fifth wheel prep done and had the B&W system installed aftermarket. In the long run, it's cheaper, cleaner install and only 1 hole in the bed instead of 5.
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I bought the Pullrite OE series 25k hitch.. Always preferred the Pullrite stuff, made in the US, the install was definately simpler than the Reese kit, and works with the Ford factory prep.. Paid $1012 shipped from streetsideauto.com a few months back.

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There are two choices for direct drop in to the factory installed mount. The Reese and the B&W. <snip>
There are at least 4 on the market, the 2 you mentioned and
Pullrite OE PullRite has a SAFER, STRONGER, BETTER designed hitch for you
Demco Hijacker Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitches 21K UMS (Under Bed Mount)

Also Demco makes an autoslide that works with the 5th wheel prep and Pullrite has an adapter for their superglide
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Of all the options that have been presented here, it still looks like the reese elite line has the most robust latching system. I know B&W has a good name for themselves, and am definitely not knocking their products, as I have used them in the past(always gooseneck). I am not familiar with hijacker or pullright. Both of these options appear to only have for and aft movement. The little bit of left and right movement makes for a much nicer ride on the highway IMO.
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The little bit of left and right movement makes for a much nicer ride on the highway IMO.
You got that right! I had a single axis RBW hitch in my old truck. Love my 2 axis hitch.


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There are at least 4 on the market, the 2 you mentioned and
Pullrite OE PullRite has a SAFER, STRONGER, BETTER designed hitch for you
Demco Hijacker Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitches 21K UMS (Under Bed Mount)

Also Demco makes an autoslide that works with the 5th wheel prep and Pullrite has an adapter for their superglide
I see some other mfg's have jumped on the band wagon since i'v checked last. Thanks for the info!!
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I defiantly want the 2 way axis for some of the unimproved roads I have to travel on. This is also why I was asking about the adjustability of the height!
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For the price, seems to me that the B&W is the way to go, plus I have used other products by them for horse trailers and equipment. The OEM BW hitch is a 20K where the Reese is a 25K but over 600 more dollars.

Any personal experience with the B&W hitch that fits into the factory mounts, I would love to hear your opinion.
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B&W RVK3300 OEM MOUNT $799 from Tweetys.com free shipping.
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When I bought my Reese (Ford) hitch from the dealer I included it in my original truck purchase and the dealer gave it to me at thier cost, big savings. I have just over 8000 miles towing with the hitch and love it. Very easy to get in and remove.
The one thing about the hitch I do not like is the very cheap off-set wrench they give you for adjusting the feet. The jaws of the wrench spread the first time I tried to use it. Its a real knuckle buster if you ever use it.
As others have stated, your truck will squat so airbags are a must.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:20 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Choices choices choices................

When I ordered my truck there was only one option for hitches if using the factory under bed mount, the Ford offered Reese. But there was promises of soon to be options.
By the time my truck came in Hensley had their adapter plate ready.

That plate is pricey and very well made.

The advantage with this plate if you have the factory under bed kit is that any Reese style rail mount hitch will work.

The B&W world is certainly full of devout followers with the turn over ball system - kit. Personally, after doing my own research, I never cared for the the B&W as it uses the trucks bed for support. For me, I want all my towing stresses on the frame. Granted, most of the towing is done by the single center point, but the hitch still relies on the bed.

B&W has listened to the consumer though, and they now offer a model that drops into the factory under bed mount.
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I had a PullRite SuperGlide in my previous truck, and for sliders I don't think there is anything on the market that can top the auto slide feature.

I am using a Hensley TS3 now, also a well made robust (heavy) hitch.

Since the original poster will be trailering a toy hauler, and a large one at that, I would suggest looking into air ride hitches.

An air ride hitch allows me to keep my trailer where I want it depending on the load. My toy hauler weight varies quite a bit from being almost empty with no water or toys for a 3 day trip to the county park to being well maxed out with 110 gallons of water, motorcycle, golf cart trailer's gas tank full and provisions for a couple of weeks.

And you should consider air bags. You didn't say if your 350 was DRW or single. With the DRW, you will be below level in the rear with that trailer hooked up.
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Is there any adjustment to the height of the plate, looking to adjust the clearance between the truck bed and trailer.

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Yes there is. I went thru the measurement calculations printed in the manual that comes for the hitch. That formula doesn't work real well as it appeared I needed to raise the hitch height. It was then way too high and had to put it back. My truck is is usually a$$ high and it does squat a bit when hitched up, but only to the point of being level.

Short answer; hook it up and see how she sits then adjust from there. There are three position and the stock position is the middle one. That worked well for me. I have 6.5" clearence.
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I agree with everybody on air bags, I am going to need the airbags. The current toy hauler squats me several inches and opposite direction drivers occasionally let me know on dark back country roads. 2T of hay produces a good squat also, so I can imagine what 3K is going to look like.

My F350 is 4WD and a single rear wheel.

Also, the trailer has an airbag system in the hitch, but I am not sure how adjustable it is...

Thanks to everybody for the info and opinions. Keep them coming. I guess the next thread to start will be what type of airbags to get?
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