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Old 05-03-2010, 04:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Who makes the best fifth wheel hitch

A friend of mine has ordered a new truck and wants the best fifth wheel hitch he can get. GVWR of the rig is around 14880 #'s. Who do you think is the better one and price is not issue for him. combo set king pin box and hitches. Let me know your in put.
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I have the b&w turnball and companion 5th hitch, could of had the Reese 18,000 signature for same price but would have had to wait on delivery for it. Either one are good hitches if you want a clean bed when there out and both are dual usage fiver and gooseneck. My 5er is 14,900 gvw but who knows, if I go heavier I be ready.
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I have the DrawTite 20K which is identical to the Reese Select series. I am very happy with it, has a HUGE head so hooking up is easy. Reese makes about 5 different brand names, DrawTite and Hidden Hitch being 2 of them. They are all going to be safe and work well, I just like the fact Reese has been doing it for a long time and the hitch has performed great.
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Depends on whether he has a shorty or a long bed.

For a shorty, the best hitch is the PullRite SuperGlide.
http://www.pullrite.com/products/tra...ort-bed-trucks

For a long bed, I like my plain ole Reese 16k 4-way tilt Select Series. If your trailer grosses more than 16k, Reese/Drawtite makes fifth-wheel hitches with more weight capacity up to 30k.
http://www.etrailer.com/Fifth-Wheel/Reese/RP30047.html
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If you are serious about towing, especially a big 5th wheel, then you need to go to an Air Ride Hitch. Air Safe - Air Hitch Technology Once you get one you won't believe the difference. I have had one for 4 years and its the best thing since sliced bread. Granted they are more expensive but it eliminates the shock load to your truck and trailer and give you a smooth ride. Air Safe Hitches are not the only ones out there. Trailair Trailair make a good one as well.
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Thanks for all the input, i will pass this along to him. Thanks again.
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:47 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Best Hitch

There are several quality brands out there. I recently bought a new fifth wheel and used a product guide to check out all of my options:

Good luck!

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Old 12-26-2013, 10:01 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Pullrite & Reese Elite Series are the best & safest, hands down. Both have a rack & pinion operated single jaw that latches securely around the kingpin with precision & no excess slack so there is no "clunk" that is associated with most 5th wheel hitches.
The Reese Elite Series is now a factory available option on '11 & newer Superdutys so it is covered by warranty as well.
I have used both of these hitches, Pullrite on my last truck & Reese Elite series which I ordered on my new truck.
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pretty happy with my B&W companion
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Slider hitch

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I like the Demco autoslide for my short bed it is as good or better than the pull right IMO
18K Autoslide | Demco Products

They have a version that fits the factory prep option. Works well for me.
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I just bought the Demco Hijacker 18K Autoslide and I love it. It is designed to work with the factory 5th wheel prep pkg. In my previous truck, I had a Reese 20K manual slider hitch, which was very reliable, but required me to manually slide it when needed.
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Too late for the OP back in 2010 but for anyone looking now, I think this is one of the best on the market and better yet, the resale is excellent. I have owned and used about five different hitches over the years, including Reese, B&W companion, Valley, Draw Tight and Colibert goose neck. Here is the one I own now and will never go back to the others. Air Ride Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches for Reese Rails...
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Too late for the OP back in 2010 but for anyone looking now, I think this is one of the best on the market and better yet, the resale is excellent. I have owned and used about five different hitches over the years, including Reese, B&W companion, Valley, Draw Tight and Colibert goose neck. Here is the one I own now and will never go back to the others. Air Ride Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches for Reese Rails...
I have that hitch and man its the best. Ride is so much better and stuff does not move in the camper while running. Left a bottle of water on the table running across I-40 From Exit 126 to Cookville. And it was still sitting there when we stopped for lunch.

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