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Old 02-03-2015, 04:49 PM   #1
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We ordered our new trailer last week. I was told by the dealer our 15k pro series hitch was sufficient. After contacting a hitch vendor I was informed I should get a heavier hitch. The trailer gross weight is listed at 15950 lbs. There are two that I am looking at. My reason for these two is the vendor said they will fit on my existing rails in the bed of my truck. The two hitches are the pro series 20k slider part #30121 and the reese 20k slider part #30084. The reese is abojt $200 more. The vendor did tell me the reese will make more "racket" because of the way it wraps around the kingpin. Has anybody had any experience with either one of these. Any feedback will be appreciated.
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Old 02-03-2015, 07:01 PM   #2
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I have a 20K Elite series head 30081 with the "jaw" type locking clamp. This is a single cast iron jaw and is not the stamped steel two piece that will give you slap or potential unlatching. I have zero slap stopping or starting with my head. I do have the normal creaking you get when the unit is on very uneven ground while moving.
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Old 02-04-2015, 08:09 AM   #3
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I went from the standard Reese 16k to a Reese 25k Elite hitch. The Elite hitch with the single jaw is far superior to the stand hitch. I highly recommend buying the Elite Series hitch. No pin slap or bump when taking off or stopping.
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:03 PM   #4
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I use Andersen's Ultimate Fifth Wheel hitch. Lightweight and capable to handle my 16k+ Pinnacle. Check it out. https://www.andersenhitches.com/Cata...onnection.aspx
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Old 02-04-2015, 11:04 PM   #5
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We use an 18k Pull-Rite automatic slider. Works great. Quiet with no slapping or "clanking". Only drawback is they are not cheap.
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:58 AM   #6
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I think I have narrowed my choices down. I think either the Reese elite 30084 20k square tube slider or the Reese elite 30083 round tube slider. There is about $100 difference in price. Either of these should fit my existing rails. My problem is I have never heard of the round tube slider. Does anybody have a preference one way or the other?
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Old 02-05-2015, 11:30 AM   #7
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B&W and never look back. Literally no pull checks needed. Once the lock bar moves back and you pin it, it's a done deal. No high pinning either. Fit and finish is top notch.
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Old 02-06-2015, 07:49 PM   #8
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I like the b&w as well, not to add more to the plate but agree it is a well built unit.

Go ducks. Can you elaborate on the how this hitch helps with high pining. I know what it is but not sure how it helps.
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Old 02-06-2015, 08:12 PM   #9
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The jaws won't close enough when the fat part at the bottom of the pin is in the jaws. You wouldn't be able to set the lock pin because the handle wouldn't be far enough rearward.
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:04 AM   #10
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Another +1 for B&W - a Local company to me -

I went with the B&W Turnover ball goosneck, and the B&W Companion 20K slider hitch.

This way, I have a usable Truck bed when not towing, I have an option to run hay wagons on the farm with a goose neck, and I can (within 10 mins) slot up the 5'er base and head and hook up to our 38FLSA easily.

No high pinning is possible with the B&W, the way the jaws work it wont let you lock it down.

All in, I'm at 1700 installed for the complete set-up.
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