I am about to pull the trigger on an upgrade from my 35 foot travel trailer to my first fifth wheel. Just wanted some opinions on brand/type of hitch to get installed in my 2008 F-350 single axle super duty
TV 2008 Ford F350 SD
2012 Columbus by Palomino F320RS
Reese Revolution kingpin
Do you own a long bed or short bed TV? If short bed, I bought a Curt Q20 slider.I like the way the jaws wrap around the hitch pin virtually eliminating any 'chucking'. The head can pivot freely side to side a bit making hitching up on uneven terrain a breeze. They are not cheap, but ordered online and saved $$.
2010 Cedar Creek 34SATS (The Beast) & 20k Curt Q20 roller slider hitch
2006 Ford F350 SRW,SC Powerstroke diesel Lariat 2003 Harley Heritage Softail (Hogzilla) and a wifey with tons of patience....
Since it is your first fifth wheel, I would say a sliding bar type hitch.
The reason being is that the "learning curve" for proper hitching is the shortest with this style.
Mind you, other hitches are really good products also, but there is much more to learn with them in comparison, to have a safely hitched fifth wheel ready to hit the road.
Those that will, I know, tend to argue here should follow this one example: The Reese hitch. A great product and a good solid hitch. BUT, one needs to learn not to high hitch this one, one needs to do a "pull test" to check proper hitching before moving the fifth wheel.
A larger learning curve than a sliding bar. And with a first time fifth wheel, man there are enough things to remember that boggle the mind to mention adding more complexity to the hitching issue.
So I'd go with a Hijacker hitch. Sliding bar, simple, strong, easy to operate and easy to learn. Plus it has an adjustment bolt in the hitch head so the king pin fits nice and snug, without having a sloppy hitch.
If you have a short bed then my input may help. I have a Pullrite Superglide 12k for my shortbed F150. Very good automatic slider that works well, but is on the expensive side. They make two heavier duty hitches for bigger FWs. Mad Norkey's comment "...one needs to learn not to high hitch this one, one needs to do a 'pull test' to check proper hitching before moving the fifth wheel..." applies to all FW hitches.
2002 Keystone Cougar 286, 8,400lbs loaded, pulled with a 2004 F150 Supercrew, 5.4, 3.73 gears. Retired and enjoying life
little more info fpr everyone. trailer empty weight is 10.5k. I have a single axle 4x4 crewcab short bed. rear GAWR per door is 6900. I have 6.4 l turbo diesel and 3.73 ratio trans. acoording to ford website with 5th wheel towing max loaded trailer weight should be 15,700. I have a tool box but can get rid of if needed. hope this helps.
I have a Pullrite Superglide 18K with the SuperRail kit for my Ram 2500 shortbed. Very well made hitch and the automated slide makes for easy backing of the trailer. I can do 90 degree turns and still have plenty of room between the cab and the trailer front cap.
Not cheap but if you have a short bed it's worth the money.