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harrisg

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i have a friend who wants to give me a reese 14k hitch for my 5er. the gvwr of my unit is 12k. the reese 14k looks like it must have been an older product because the new reese products start with the 15k. does anyone see any problem in using the 14k.

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I have used a 14k with a 13.7k fifth wheel for quite a few miles with no problems. I recall reading somewhere that the the 14k was upgraded to a 15k weight rating. I think the 14k is the same hitch as the current 15k.

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If you decide to buy a new hitch I suggest you also look at a RBW hitch.


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I had a 14K Reese Classic and it was a great hitch for my Jayco 8800# 5er. But after hooking it up to my new 13000# K-Z New Vision, and having to bolt it all the way up to the top bolt holes, I decided to sell it and go with a new 16K Reese Hitch. The feeling of my trailer resting on four 1/2" or 9/16" bolts on the old Reese 14K Classic was a little more chance than I wanted to take. The new 16K Hitch has some good sized bolts supporting the hitch above the hitch frame.


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Same here. I have re installed my 14k on an 03 GMC

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Most rv tow companies recommend Reese hitches. I have a 14K Reese 8 yrs old and haven't had a problem.

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About 1.3 years ago Reese obtained a re-rating on their hitches. The 14K -> 15K and 15K -> 16K. Im not familiar with the older 14K hitches, but Im sure there was margin designed into them as there is today.

I believe one of the reasons most seem to go with the 16K is the side-side tilt which isnt offered on the 15K version. Why the higher rating with the tilt - I dont know - have to ask Reese.

Your rig is less than the rating even if you maxed out the loading which you probably will never reach. The 14K hitch is likely one rerated for 15K and it should work fine.

*This Message was edited on 02-Nov-02 06:07 AM by wittmeba*



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