5th Wheel Hitches
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF 5TH WHEEL HITCHES?
Heavy Duty with rails under the pickup bed
Heavy Duty with the rails in the pickup bed
Standard with the rails in the pickup bed
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT 5TH WHEEL HITCH
1. To choose the right fifth wheel hitch, you first need to confirm what size of box you have as short box trucks will require a hitch with a slider. A quick rule-of-thumb is anything shorter than an 8 foot bed is considered a "short box", while anything longer is a "long box".2. To properly mount your 5th wheel hitch to your truck, you must select the appropriate 5th wheel install kit.
MAIN FEATURES OF 5TH WHEEL HITCHES
With so many different options it can be hard to choose the right 5th wheel hitch. Below is a quick look at the main features to help you choose the right hitch for you:
CAPACITY: Towing capacity is the most important feature as you need to know how much your loaded 5th wheel trailer weighs in order to get you looking at the right selection of hitches.
MOUNTING STYLE: All 5th wheel hitches use a rail system but some of mount under the bed of the box while others are visible.
SINGLE & DOUBLE PIVOT: To absorb the imact of the movement from your trip, all 5th wheel hitches have a degree of front to back pivot movement, while some also have side to side movement.
BRAND: The top 5th wheel makers are Cequent Towing (Reese), B&W Turnover Ball, Pullrite Towing Systems, and Curt Manufacturing.
SLIDER & CROSSBED: When buying 5th wheel hitches for long box trucks you don't have to worry about this as there are many rail configuriations to work with that size of box. However, for those individuals who have a short box pick-up (one with an 8ft or shorter bed), then a 5th wheel hitch with a slider is needed. The slider allows the hitch to slide back from its mounting position and provides enough turning clearance.
WHAT COMPONENTS MAKE UP A 5TH WHEEL HITCH?
The hitch head is the section that has a jaw that funnels the trailers' king pin so a secure connection can be established with the pickup, the hitch and the trailer.
The base is what the head rests on. Some 5th wheel hitches can pivot fore and aft, some can also pivot side to side on the base.
The legs are what attach the base/hitch head combination to the rails and the rails attach the hitch to the pickup bed. Some 5th wheel hitches have in bed rails and some have under bed rails.