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Old 06-05-2012, 04:13 AM   #1
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Hello,

I am new to this forum and to looking at toy haulers. Just a quick question about 5th wheel hitches, are there different quality of 5th wheel hitches? I am looking at the 3612 model but also have to buy a hitch, looking for options for hitches.
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:07 AM   #2
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There are quite a few different brands of hitches. I would suggest you do a Google search for the different brands and do some reading. If you have any RV dealers near you they usually have a hitch or two on display that you could look at. Just don't believe "everything" they tell you.



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Old 06-05-2012, 08:29 AM   #3
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The two categories of hitches are sliders and non-sliders. If you have a short bed truck you will almost universally hear that you need a slider. With the 3612 the front cap has been designed so that you can have a short bed without a slider. I've already had it at several very sharp angles and had no problems.
I have the B&W Companion hitch with the rails mounted under the bed. I really like it. This is my first fifth wheel so I have nothing to compare it to, but it hooks up easily and when I don't plan on towing I pull the hithc out and throw my bed liner back in.
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:54 PM   #4
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Try checking with these guys... You can call them and ask questions.<div id="isChromeWebToolbarDiv" style="display:n&#111;ne">
http://www.hitchanything.com/5th-Wheel-Slider-Hitch/
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:50 AM   #5
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If I had it to do over again, I would probably buy the B&amp;W Companion; although it is very pricey. I have a 20K Curt and it is a bear to remove when I want to use the bed for hauling stuff. (but it was only $795.)
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:04 AM   #6
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I have a PullRite SuperGlide that I'd recommend. It's much more expensive (~$2000 or more, it came with the Seville as part of the deal). I built a hoist in the barn to lift it out when I want to haul something. My mounts are under the bed so when I pull the posts, the bed is clear.

Sliding is automatic on turns so so you don't have to mess with releasing the hitch, pulling forward, then relatching. The only real hassle is that you have to have a catch plate that actuates the hitch to let it slide. I have no idea what would happen without the plate but I'd bet it would be interesting.

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I have a short bed and a slider. I believe a Reese 16k (it is what the Crossroads dealersold and installed). Some say you do not need it with these new caps but mine does. I have been in several situations where it has helped me out. Sometimes people forget roads and sites have sharp turns on changing inclines and the cap can get closer to the cab in these situations.

Anyhow, do your research...and good luck!
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:28 AM   #8
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Anyone looking for a great deal on a 3612? Contact Camping World, Denver. They have one in stock that they want to move as they are dropping the line. Eric, their sales manager, offered to sell it for $48,xxx.
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I have been looking at hitches for my long bed truck. The B&amp;W patriot was recommended to me. I have been told that the ones with the jaw closuresare less likely to have issues than the ones with the slider pins. Again, this is going off of forum research as I am just looking into getting a 5er hitch myself.

Here is the link to the B&amp;W patriot... http://tweetys.com/band-w-patriot-16...ing-rails.aspx Not sure if this is enough hitch for that trailer or if you would want one rated for more weight.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:13 AM   #10
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May I suggest that you at least consider the Companion. The Patriot will still have the rails exposed in your bed which can be a major in convenience.
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