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Old 04-28-2016, 06:29 PM   #1
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Which 18k Hitch?

I'm in the process of researching a new fifth wheel.

This will be a move for us from a bumper pull so it will require a new hitch to be installed in our truck. (2009 F350 CC LB 4WD)

I don't know a lot about the hitch themselves and have been doing as much reading and research as I can. It seems like everyone has their favorites.

So far I'm looking at the Reese Titan, the B&W Patriot, or the Companion. I'm leaning towards the Companion and having a gooseneck installed should I ever need to tow a different type of trailer.

I'd like to hear from those of you who tow fifth wheels, what hitch are you using and any positives or negatives I should think about prior to making a decision.
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Old 04-28-2016, 06:40 PM   #2
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With the truck you have, you should be able to use just about anything out there. Your only limitation may be the length of your truck bed, which you didn't specify. If you have an 8-ft bed, then you won't need a slider hitch. But, if you have the standard 6-foot, you may want to consider an auto slider hitch like a Reese, or a manual slider, like a B&W Companion. I have the 18k Companion, which we truly love! The downside is weight--it's fairly heavy if you ever want to take it out. We love ours because how it dampens the crosswinds, railroad tracks and pot holes.

I'm sure you'll get plenty of feedback from folks on this site. Good luck!
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With the truck you have, you should be able to use just about anything out there. Your only limitation may be the length of your truck bed, which you didn't specify. If you have an 8-ft bed, then you won't need a slider hitch. But, if you have the standard 6-foot, you may want to consider an auto slider hitch like a Reese, or a manual slider, like a B&W Companion. I have the 18k Companion, which we truly love! The downside is weight--it's fairly heavy if you ever want to take it out. We love ours because how it dampens the crosswinds, railroad tracks and pot holes.

I'm sure you'll get plenty of feedback from folks on this site. Good luck!
Yes, I have a long bed truck and don't need a slider.

I realize that for the most part these hitches all do the same thing. I'm looking for ease of use and comfort in ride. Or those little subtle details that one tends to overlook because they don't know any better.

I'm not really concerned with weight in respect to removing the hitch, at the end of the day they are all heavy and for me will require a second set of hands anyway.
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We got a Demco Highjacker 18K autoslide to go with our F250 and Eagle FT 295BHDS.

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I'm in the process of researching a new fifth wheel.

This will be a move for us from a bumper pull so it will require a new hitch to be installed in our truck. (2009 F350 CC LB 4WD)

I don't know a lot about the hitch themselves and have been doing as much reading and research as I can. It seems like everyone has their favorites.

So far I'm looking at the Reese Titan, the B&W Patriot, or the Companion. I'm leaning towards the Companion and having a gooseneck installed should I ever need to tow a different type of trailer.

I'd like to hear from those of you who tow fifth wheels, what hitch are you using and any positives or negatives I should think about prior to making a decision.
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I see your point. I'm thinking, for us, having a hitch that provides ride comfort (less chucking) and be able to keep the trailer steady in crosswinds and twisties, would be the one we would get. Luckily, our B&W has satisfied those needs so far for us. We also have the Mor/Ryde rubber pin box, which also help in reducing the 'chuckin'!

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Yes, I have a long bed truck and don't need a slider.

I realize that for the most part these hitches all do the same thing. I'm looking for ease of use and comfort in ride. Or those little subtle details that one tends to overlook because they don't know any better.

I'm not really concerned with weight in respect to removing the hitch, at the end of the day they are all heavy and for me will require a second set of hands anyway.
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I have heard the term Chucking many times now... what does that refer too?


The B&W products seem highly rated or rather I have not read any complaints.


I just called a local hitch shop and asked if they were buying any hitch they could which one and the guy I spoke too instantly said Companion.


Crosswind stability is going to be a huge priority for me. I live in SW Washington and regularly travel through the Columbia River Gorge and across the Astoria Bridge where the winds are strong.
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Another option you could consider is the Andersen Ultimate hitch.
I really like mine, and it is light and easy to remove.
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X2 on Andersen's Ultimate Fifth Wheel hitch
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Tim,

I thought about going this route too, but decided against it. As, we couldn't find any test of how this hitch does in a heavy crosswind. If you have experienced it, can you share how your rig handled? This is where I know that the B&W will hold the rig steady.

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Tim,

I thought about going this route too, but decided against it. As, we couldn't find any test of how this hitch does in a heavy crosswind. If you have experienced it, can you share how your rig handled? This is where I know that the B&W will hold the rig steady.
Unfortunately, I have no experience with a traditional 5th wheel hitch.
I have not had any issues with stability towing in high winds with the Ultimate hitch. I have towed in some pretty harsh side winds in our travels, and never was uncomfortable with how it handled.
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