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Topic: Reese Elite

Posted By: mfdchief on 08/22/12 09:09pm

Hi,
I just ordered a new TV and will be having a spray in bed liner installed. I am considering the Reese Elite FW hitch because of the under box rails. My question is, do I install the hitch before or after the bed liner? I understand why you would do the bed liner first in a conventional in box rail system but was uncertain about the Elite system.

Thanks for any input.

Mark


2012 Cedar Creek 36 CKTS
2013 GMC 3500 Denali Duramax DRW
B&W Companion, Line-X, Truxedo


Posted By: glazier on 08/22/12 09:14pm

I would install the rails first, then mask off the top of the puck before spraying the bed.


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Posted By: BB_TX on 08/23/12 07:43am

I just bought a 2012 Ford F350 with the Reese Elite hitch prep already factory installed. Had the bed sprayed after I took delivery. Guy doing the spray in knew how to mask it off. No problems.


Posted By: dbbls on 08/23/12 07:16am

I ordered my truck with the underbed rails. The bed liner was sprayed in afterward. Don't think it makes a lot of difference.


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Posted By: shagan77 on 08/23/12 07:57am

Yup install first, then Spray. A consideration for you. When I had my bed sprayed I also had them spray the rear wheel wells. What an amazing difference on road noise. It looks fantastic and should prevent any rusting in that area. Guy did a great job!


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Posted By: mfdchief on 08/23/12 07:04am

Thanks for the reply, that's what I was leaning towards and even thought about cutting the holes for the pucks, then spraying and then finishing the installation. Thanks again.

Mark


Posted By: buc1980 on 08/23/12 06:14pm

I spray the bed before I install the hitch on my 2011 F350 DRW.


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Posted By: BB_TX on 08/23/12 01:05pm

Cummins12V98 wrote:

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B&W is the way to go. Look at the jaws, really compare the two. I have seen more damaged beds from the 5er falling on the truck that had Reese hitches. With the B&W if the handle is closed and the pin installed it is latched NO QUESTION.

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The Reese Elite is also solid. It has the wrap around style latch that encircles the pin, not the clam shell type jaws. It also has a "flag" that indicates the pin is properly latched. Like the B&W, when the handle is in and the pin inserted it is latched.


Posted By: klassic on 08/23/12 06:42pm

BB_TX wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

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B&W is the way to go. Look at the jaws, really compare the two. I have seen more damaged beds from the 5er falling on the truck that had Reese hitches. With the B&W if the handle is closed and the pin installed it is latched NO QUESTION.

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The Reese Elite is also solid. It has the wrap around style latch that encircles the pin, not the clam shell type jaws. It also has a "flag" that indicates the pin is properly latched. Like the B&W, when the handle is in and the pin inserted it is latched.


Ya.. I don't know where you are coming from dude..
When my Reese handle is closed and the pin is installed the Reese is latched also "NO QUESTION"


klassic
2009 CC Silverback GII 34WBH
5th Airborne
2012 F350 PSD Lariat Crew
Reese Signature Series 18K slider underbed rails
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Posted By: retispcsi on 08/23/12 08:04am

I just bought my TV and the bed was factory sprayed. I am having the Elite underbed mount installed. My question is have you decided on a hitch? I am leaning towards the B & W 3300 which is a 20K/5000 and American made vs the Reese. Just curious what other folks are doing.


Posted By: retispcsi on 08/23/12 12:22pm

The RVK 3300 by B&W was made to fit the Reese Elite. The only underbed B&W has as of this time is the turn over ball for the model 3000 which is an 18000 lb hitch. The other advantage to the 3300 is that is has a vertical height of 18 in. vs 16 for the 3000. It will help clear the higher sidewalls on some of the new trucks. I am looking forward to getting mine done. Then I will have to level the fiver probally. By the way mine is going in a 2012 Ram 3500.


Posted By: mfdchief on 08/23/12 11:00am

Ok I guess I have to ask, does the B&W have it's own under bed mount like the Elite or does it fit the Elite mount.


Posted By: mfdchief on 08/23/12 08:28pm

Thanks to all for responding. I think I'll order the under mount kit and then decide on which hitch to go with. Sure wish GMC had the option of a factory install.


Posted By: Cummins12V98 on 08/23/12 08:24am

retispcsi wrote:

I just bought my TV and the bed was factory sprayed. I am having the Elite underbed mount installed. My question is have you decided on a hitch? I am leaning towards the B & W 3300 which is a 20K/5000 and American made vs the Reese. Just curious what other folks are doing.


B&W is the way to go. Look at the jaws, really compare the two. I have seen more damaged beds from the 5er falling on the truck that had Reese hitches. With the B&W if the handle is closed and the pin installed it is latched NO QUESTION.

Very solid quality US Made hitch.


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Posted By: gman03842 on 08/23/12 09:18pm

Just purchased a 2012 GMC Sierra Denali 3500hd 4x4 cc sb and had the reese rails installed after the bed liner was done. Install came out perfect, and the hitch works great. The rail kit does not come with a spiked bolt which marks the locations of the holes for a more accurate hole placement. I had the bolt from my last kit, but you can also order the bolt from reese. I find the 18k reese signature series to be a great hitch. No problems at all.

Greg+


Gregory LaCourse
2012 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD CC Duramax 4x4
2011 Jayco Eagle 321RLTS


Posted By: gman03842 on 08/23/12 09:18pm

Just purchased a 2012 GMC Sierra Denali 3500hd 4x4 cc sb and had the reese rails installed after the bed liner was done. Install came out perfect, and the hitch works great. The rail kit does not come with a spiked bolt which marks the locations of the holes for a more accurate hole placement. I had the bolt from my last kit, but you can also order the bolt from reese. I find the 18k reese select series to be a great hitch. No problems at all.

Greg


Posted By: retispcsi on 08/24/12 08:54am

Looked at both the Reese and the B & W on line. Both seem to be good hitches. The lowest price I found on the Reese 18K was $1000.00, shipping incl. The lowest price on the B & W was $800.00, shipping incl. The $200.00 savings as well as the B & W being American and their reputation sold me on that hitch. The Reese was eliminated due to price and no other reason.


Posted By: Cummins12V98 on 08/24/12 09:17am

retispcsi wrote:

Looked at both the Reese and the B & W on line. Both seem to be good hitches. The lowest price I found on the Reese 18K was $1000.00, shipping incl. The lowest price on the B & W was $800.00, shipping incl. The $200.00 savings as well as the B & W being American and their reputation sold me on that hitch. The Reese was eliminated due to price and no other reason.


Good choice!

Once you have used it please report back. A person really should look at them side by side if possible.

I assume you found it at tweetys.com ? They have them for $799 free shipping.


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