Topic three in our move from TT to 5er
: the hitch.
I did a lot of research on this before pulling the trigger. I would be interested to hear from anyone running the same or similar set up.
The tow vehicle is a 2021 Superduty with 6.75’ box and Factory 5th wheel prep. The hitch is a B and W Companion RVK3300 for Ford Puck. So, the vertical adjustments from 16.75" to 18.75", and horizontal adjustment of 2" of front to back by reversing the arms.
Again, the fifth wheel is the little Eagle HT 25.5 REOK, which comes with the Lippert Turning Point Pin Box. It also is coming (unfortunately) with 15” wheels. We will be traveling a distance to pick it up. Right now, the axels are in the top (ie, travels lower) shackle mount hole, confirmed with dealer.
My plan when picking it up is to run the hitch in the middle position vertically, and the REAR position arms (set back from the axel an inch or two). I have read many recent posts from SB SuperDuty pullers saying running in this way with a modern profiled (quite rounded) fifth wheel with extended pin presents no cab clearance issues whatsoever. Full 90 degree turns (flat). The fact that this is a relatively long bed, profile is contoured, pin is set forward, and the hitch point is just behind the axel all contributes to a safe clearance. That said, my plan is to LOCK OUT the turning point hitch and use it as a standard fixed pin box
to start with. If I find I need to use the turning point feature, I can make that change down the road.
1. Without having the benefit of being there, any educated guesses on what kind of level and bed clearance my default plan above will produce?
2. Should I have the dealer change the shackle mount and give me another inch or so before I even arrive?
3. Should I start with the hitch at the highest height?
My concern is arriving to pick it up and having to fix “nose high and 4” bed rail clearance” issues. I want to avoid any hassles that I can.
Thanks for all your help and input.
P.S. I am not saying clearance issues are not possible, One MUST always be vigilant when maneuvering, especially in tight and uneven quarters.
P.S.S. Yes, yes, yes, I know you use an Andersen Ultimate hitch and love it. It was not the choice for me.