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Dave H M wrote:

so what is wrong with a Reese 15K?.. I been running one with the 10K fifth wheel for eons.



Was going to ask the same thing , bought new, a 18K Reese Signature same head as the Elite, 12 years ago. Been a great hitch . Granted not a 15K, but the non the less a Reese. I would venture to guess probably more Reese hitches out there then any other .

Previous to the 18K, I had the 16K Reese , equally a good hitch, but wanted a higher weight rated hitch.

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I've never even =seen= and Andersen, but for a small FW, I don't see why one wouldn't work well. Only real issues are 1) you have to lift the FW several inches higher to hitch/unhitch and that can be an issue with landing legs that might have a shorter stroke; 2) AUH users need to be aware that many states will consider it a ball hitch and require you to use safety chains. I =know= AZ will, assuming you're stopped and checked.

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laknox wrote:

I've never even =seen= and Andersen, but for a small FW, I don't see why one wouldn't work well. Only real issues are 1) you have to lift the FW several inches higher to hitch/unhitch and that can be an issue with landing legs that might have a shorter stroke; 2) AUH users need to be aware that many states will consider it a ball hitch and require you to use safety chains. I =know= AZ will, assuming you're stopped and checked.

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sljohnson1938 wrote:

ok - I currently do not have a 5th...

Any comments?


Look at the Demco Recon. American made, dual pivot, wrap-around jaw with lockbar, weighs only 75 lbs.

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Cummins12V98 wrote:

laknox wrote:

I've never even =seen= and Andersen, but for a small FW, I don't see why one wouldn't work well. Only real issues are 1) you have to lift the FW several inches higher to hitch/unhitch and that can be an issue with landing legs that might have a shorter stroke; 2) AUH users need to be aware that many states will consider it a ball hitch and require you to use safety chains. I =know= AZ will, assuming you're stopped and checked.

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No option to lock to the PinBox

SO, what's the big deal about the lock ? However there is an after market locking cover for the handle. Even tho I don't use an Andersen any longer , still don't use a lock on the handle. How many times have you seen a post where some joker pulled someone's handle ? With my 5er sitting on the plate, that guy would have to be one strong dude to pull it open.

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"However there is an after market locking cover for the handle."

Heard this before, never seen anything that would actually work. If there is such a thing it confirms there is a need for such an item.

BIG deal is there are A-HOLES out there and yes that type of behavior has happened.

But if it don't bother you no sweat off my back side.

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JIMMY034 wrote:

sljohnson1938 wrote:

ok - I currently do not have a 5th...

Any comments?


Look at the Demco Recon. American made, dual pivot, wrap-around jaw with lockbar, weighs only 75 lbs.

DEMCO RECON


Yes it looks like a quality US Made hitch.

My concern is the heads pivot point is several inches below the kingpin connection just like the CURT that is known for CHUCKING.

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I have run a Curt 20k hitch pulling a 29foot 5th for almost 10 years now. Works great. Solid connection, reliable, never had an issue.

You'll get lots of conflicting opinions on this topic, and lots of 'fan boy' posts promoting their hitch of choice while dismissing everything else as pure junk.

So, look at the ones with the features you're interested in and make your choice.
You can't really go wrong with ANY name brand hitch.

Enjoy!

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raston wrote:

I have run a Curt 20k hitch pulling a 29foot 5th for almost 10 years now. Works great. Solid connection, reliable, never had an issue.

You'll get lots of conflicting opinions on this topic, and lots of 'fan boy' posts promoting their hitch of choice while dismissing everything else as pure junk.

So, look at the ones with the features you're interested in and make your choice.
You can't really go wrong with ANY name brand hitch.

Enjoy!


Not to be a wise azz, but a 20k hitch for a 29' 5er? Kinda like a dually pulling a pop up. Can see why you wouldn't/shouldn't have any problems with this set up. I've only used 3 hitches since I started RVing back in '03. 1st was a Reese "X" weight rating (don't remember) that was a slider and just front/back pivot and was okay and never used the slider even tho it was in a short box truck. Then bought a used Reese 16k 4 way pivot non slider from dealer. Did have chucking and still thought it was a good hitch. I mean afeterall, Reese has been around forever right? When we got the new 5er, IMO, it was more than what I felt comfy with the Reese 16k, so went with B&W 18k Patriot. Yes it's heavy and so are it's frame & bed rails compared to Reese's. It has numerous adjustments you can choose from. NO chucking, solid latching. Wish I had gone this route years ago.

As for the debate on a solid bar or the pincers to lock behind the kingpin, little tidbit of info. I too always thought the solid bar is the best. In discussion with one of our mechanics in our shop (semis), I said this to him about the solid bar. His reply was just the opposite, so I asked him why. He said with a solid bar, you never really know if it actually is 100% "locked" even tho the handle maybe in all the way, whereas the pincer type, when you look at them you know it's locked as there is no gap between the 2 halves. I could see his point, but still felt the solid bar is best. Still see both on semi's and we currently have the solid bar and I not only get under trailer and shine flashlight into jaws t see if it's locked, there is about a 1'2"-3/4" area on the bar that looks different when it's locked, so I know it's all the way across the kingpin. Also, if the pull handle isn't 100% tight against the 5th wheel plate, I know it's not locked all the way. All I know is that I love the B&W.


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ACZL...
The 29footer is an older, heavier unit and the Curt was on for a good price. Otherwise, I'd have gone with a lighter hitch that met my needs.
And seriously, is there really that much difference between a 16K and a 20K hitch, as long as it meets or exceeds your requirements?

OP...
Look at the ones with the features you're interested in and make your choice.
You can't really go wrong with ANY name brand hitch regardless of the many opinions out there.

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