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 Post subject: Which Hitch
PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:46 pm 
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Bought new truck last weekend and trying to decide which fifth wheel hitch to buy. truck is 2016 Ford F350 dually and coach is 2015 3x 349RLS. Looking a Curt Q25 and B&W Companion. The B&W at its lowest setting (16.75") might put the coach at a nose high not level position from all of the specs I have been reading, the Curt will adjust to a lower height (13").The B&W got better ratings in most of the research I have done so I am leaning more to it but am concerned about the height.

Opinions and what has worked for you?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:14 pm 
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I didn't see if YOU have a long bed or short bed truck but if you have a short bed get a slider hitch. I am well pleased with my B & W hitch but sometimes use a goose neck for other towing and it works out great for my purposes.

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Rigdon wrote:
I didn't see if YOU have a long bed or short bed truck but if you have a short bed get a slider hitch. I am well pleased with my B & W hitch but sometimes use a goose neck for other towing and it works out great for my purposes.


Thanks for the reply, I have the long bed. pretty sure i'm going to pull the trigger on the B&W as I keep hearing good reviews on it just looking for opinions.

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Have you considered the Anderson Ultimate hitch? I have the Anderson mounted to a B&W turnover ball. The hitch comes out in two minutes and I hang it on the wall for storage. With your long bed you don't have to worry about cab clearance.

No one wants to be nose high, but if the choice is nose high or too little clearance over the bed rails, I'd choose nose high. Most newer trucks are so high that we're all riding a bit nose high.

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One thing I see everyone missing when talking about new truck new hitch and of trailer will set level is pin weight and how much the truck will lower when hooked up.
Everyone seems to take measurements of the truck, with no load, from ground and then the various height adjustments of the hitch.

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We've been nose high for 14,000 miles with no apparent wear issues on the suspension. Our Pull-Rite OE series 18K works well with the Ford "Pucs" and leaves us with 6"-8" bed clearance depending on the amount of air in the Trail-Aire pin box. I have seen our bed clearance reduced to less than 2" when stopped at the end of our driveway. I would never try to go with any less bed clearance just to ride level. I may try some lift on the trailer in the future though. Probably just get a new trailer before all that though.

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I would also recommend looking at the Anderson, since you have a long bed. I hesitate to recommend it at all for short bed trucks. The aluminum Anderson is under 40lbs for the rail model and a little more (I think) for the goose neck model. If looking specifically for a puck model, I'd go B&W. I REALLY like our Patriot. Rock solid hitch and backed by a wonderful company.

Look up B&W and it seems there were some great things they recently did for their community. Good to buy American.

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We recently purchased our first 5'er. We decided to go with the Andersen Hitch and I'm glad we did. I can't speak for the other hitches because I've never used one, but having rode in trucks pulling various 5'ers, I can tell you the Andersen hitch is a lot quieter and has no bucking or chucking. I can also guarantee you it's lighter and a lot easier to remove from your truck. We have approximately 4,000 miles on the hitch and love it. The only drawback I see so far is the fact that it sometimes (okay most of the times) takes me a couple of shots to get it properly lined up.

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SubSailorMS2 wrote:
The only drawback I see so far is the fact that it sometimes (okay most of the times) takes me a couple of shots to get it properly lined up.


For what its worth, (even with a cargo camera) I use a telescoping magnet to line up for my hitch. On the fifthwheel hitch I put it on the plate and allow the pinbox to push it off. If your using a goose neck adapter just stick it in the bed near the ball so that you can tell where you are.
https://www.harborfreight.com/15-lb-cap ... 95933.html

As for a hitch I am happy with the Demco in my sig line, but I am not towing a big rig.

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Go with the B&W, you won't be disappointed. Very easy to hookup and unhook. Never had problems with mine one time and there is no chucking with the B&W

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No chucking at all, and zero noise from it.

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I too have the B&M Patriot hitch and love it.

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Thanks for all of the replies, went with the B&W Companion for the Ford puck system. It arrived today have unboxed and read the instructions and watched their videos so the plan is to install tomorrow, going to be 40 degrees so not so bad. :Ban

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Heat wave. Glad you don't live in Chicago. Brrrrrr. Glad I don't either.

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You will like the B&W

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