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Posted: 10/22/02 02:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I need to have a new double pivot hitch installed for a 13,500 lb GVWR toy hauler. I'll probably never exceed 11,000 lbs however. I've seen the Reese and Lil' Rocker hitches, but the most convenient installation for me is with an installer who installs Valley Industries hitches. His is rated at 22K and is more expensive than the Lil' Rocker, but less than the Reese. Can I get any comments on the brands I've mentioned and more specifically the Valley Industries product. Also, Valley Industries has a patented under-bed system where the mounting rails are installed between the bed and the frame, leaving next to nothing visible in the bed when the hitch is removed. Any comments? Thanks in advance.


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Posted: 10/23/02 11:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can't say anything about the Valley - I have the RBW Lil Rocker and am extremely pleased with it.

It was quite a bit less expensive than the Reese but I didn't want to make my decision based solely on price because "you get what you pay for" and I didn't want to compromise on such a vital component. So, I did a lot of research and on this and other forums to get feedback and opinions from owners of both brands.

I found that both brands were spoken of very highly by those who owned them, but I think the thing that finally persuaded me was the simplicity of the RBW mechanism. When it latches there is a solid bar that slides across behind the king pin and when that bar is closed there is absolutely, positively NO WAY that the pin is going to come out. I put a white paint mark on the middle of the slide bar and on the lower flange of the king pin so I can visually see that everything is in its proper place.


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Posted: 10/23/02 12:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Reese 16k here. Came installed as part of 5ver purchase. Only time will tell, but for now no problems. Even my wife can hook/unhook w/ease.

Fred and Irene Weiss
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Cummins Turbo Diesel w/4.10 Rear
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Posted: 10/23/02 03:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There was a discussion recently that, pretty much, talked about the similarities and differences, the good, the bad, and the ugly, of the various FW hitches. The discussion may be found at: http://www.rv.net/forums/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/CFB/1/TID/347059.cfm.

Hope this helps.

Lou Leopold
Between RVs at this point
but I continue to tent camp!



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Posted: 10/23/02 09:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I too have the Reese 16K. Here are lots to pick from:

5th wheel hitches:

Reese Hitch w/slider

B&W/Companion hitch no slider

Valley Industries
http://www.valleyorders.com/public/applookup.html << with power roller base

Husky Hitch w/slider


RBW/Li'l Rocker
No website - just Google for dealers

Hidden Hitch

Pull-Rite SuperGlide Auto-slider hitches:

Air Hitch:
Craig Kaplenski - President
Uses Reese 22K head
Has slide eliminator - 2 plates with multiple holes - moves king pin behind axle

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