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Old 07-25-2014, 01:08 PM   #1
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5th Wheel Hitch Advice

Just did it! In the somewhat natural progression of RVing, we're moving up from the Sunset Trail to a special ordered Canyon Trail 31FBHS 5th wheel which is due in late August. Being new to the 5er world am perplexed as to what hitch will work best for me. Dealer and manufacturer's literature says with the 12" extended king pin and aerodynamic angles of the front end of the unit I don't even need a slider especially an autoslider. But, I want the assurance of having one if/when I really, really need one. I'm thinking manual for those hopefully rare occasions. Have ordered an extended Demco Glide Ride pin box(thanks Frank) and have zeroed in on three hitch candidates:

Demco Hijacker 16K Double Pivot Ultra Slide

Curt Q16 w/R16 slider

Reese R16 w/Round Tube Slider

Basic wants are a hitch which operates easily, fits under my tonneau when unhitched, is quiet and easy to remove when necessary. There are probably other considerations but I don't know what I don't know.

Any input pro/con about any of the above hitches from you 5er experts out there will be greatly appreciated. Really would like to get this decision pinned down so I can sleep better. Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:28 PM   #2
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Russ, for what it's worth, I have the

Reese R16 w/Round Tube Slider

If I had it to do over again, I wouldn't.
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:38 PM   #3
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We have been using the following Reese for 6 years without a problem. I know it wasn't on your short list but it's been good to us.
We use the Reese 16K Square Tube Slider 16K Part Number 30051 with the Universal Rail Kit for easy removal. Pull four pins and lift the hitch our of the truck box. We like the fact that this Reese hitch pivots in four directions. We’ve pulled into some nasty camps where we might have torn off the pin box using a stationary hitch.
The Sliding Hitch was mandatory for the short bed RAM but we transferred it to the new RAM 3500 with a long bed. Now we slide the hitch into the maneuver position when hitching up so the driver can easily see the hitching plate. When we need to get to the forward tool box then it is easy to slide the hitch back and out of the way. (The next RAM might have a short bed and we will be glad we have the slider).
After the camping season we back into the garage lower the chain from a chain hoist and lift the hitch up to the ceiling and out of the way until needed. Last winter we built a trolley for the chain hoist so the hoist with the hitch attached can be rolled out of the way with the rollers gliding on top of the ceiling joist. (A home-made engineering marvel… Ha:>)).
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Lloyd, you didn't say why...what's wrong with the Reese?
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:51 PM   #5
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I'm using the Curt Q20 with Roller base. Actually a roller not a slider so there can be no binding. Have no issues and would go with this setup again. Without using the slide function I can almost do a 90 degree turn (probably 80-85 degrees)so I haven't really needed it and don't much expect I ever will.
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:08 PM   #6
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Ok, I know it is not on your list but please indulge me. I HIGHLY recommend the B&W Patriot. It sits on standard rails but comes out easily in two pieces. No chain hoist needed. I can take it in and out alone in literally 5 minutes. It is very quiet. It has jaws that completely surround the king pin as opposed to some that have only a bar in front. It is American made as well.

You most likely will not need the slider since you have a 6.5 ft bed. The newer trailers have rounded fronts. But, if you want one B&W has that option too.

http://www.turnoverball.com/products...th-wheel-hitch

http://www.turnoverball.com/products...th-wheel-hitch


I would shop around and NOT let the RV dealer install any hitch you buy. I got my B&W from a local place that actually specializes in work and farm trailers. They charged me one third of what the RV dealer was going to charge me for an inferior product.
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:08 PM   #7
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I have same hitch as Kamper Dave and love it. The 4-way pivot is great. I also have the Demco Glide Ride and if I ever need to replace anything I will get the same combination. Both work great, very little maintenance and provide a smooth ride. The only down side is that the 16K slider is a bit on the heavy side but it comes apart into two pieces so that makes getting it in/out of the truck easier but not what I would call easy. I would recommend the rail kit made for your truck. The brackets fit better than the universal fit.
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:12 PM   #8
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Like Lloyd, I have a Reese 16K slider, but square tube design. Purchased in '03, in the truck for 10 years and never used. I found the old fixed legs in the ashes of our house, cleaned and repainted them and that is what I am using now. Since I didn't need the slider after 7 years with the old style Cruiser front cap, I really don't see any need for a sliding hitch with the new notched cap design.

If I were making a decision today, I would opt for the Reese Revolution (aka Sidewinder) pin box rather than a sliding hitch. It also solves the clearance issue with the truck cab. But it also keeps the back of the pin box from hitting the truck bed sides.
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I really like my Pullrite Superslide 16K. It's there when you need it and no getting out of truck to use it. The Super Rail kit lets you have a flat bottom bed since the rails are removable.
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Lloyd, you didn't say why...what's wrong with the Reese?
I guess I should have added a little more info.
I don't like the jaws on the hitch for one thing. They're not perfectly round and in my opinion, don't "hug" the king pin properly. Lots of rattling going on there. Also it's pretty noisy from the pins that secure the hitch to the bed rails.

If I had it to do over again, I would certainly do a lot more research and looking.
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