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bobbyg123

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Hi everyone. I own a 2017 F350 6.2L long bed crew cab, and I’m in the market for my first 5th wheel hitch after 10+ years of bumper pulling.

I’ve heard good things about B&W, but they of course make several different hitch options. What should I be looking for? My new 5th wheel won’t weigh more than 11,000 lbs loaded, and I won’t ever bigger than the set up I just purchased; certainly not with my gas truck.

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While I had the Patriot, everyone needs to know what you intend to do with it. If you want a hitch that will sit in your truck until you need it, it works great. If you want to have a clean box, you need to look further. If you want to remove it easily by yourself look farther too. I loved my B&W Patriot, but it got pretty heavy, even taking apart the two sections. Sometimes I had to rig up a hoist to get it in or out. Now I go for comfort driving, and parking and we have a Class C.


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Thanks for the reply. It’s going to be pretty permanent, as my truck is a dedicated tow vehicle. With that said, I hate the thought of not being able to remove it should I need the whole bed for hauling.

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The 3300 B&W for oem puck system would be the best choice, if you have the puck system. You have the option of installing the under bed puck system if you don't have it now.

If you are going to use rails in the bed, then the Patriot is a great choice.

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For me I went with an air ride hitch by Trailersaver the BD3 model. I don't think I would ever go back to a solid hitch after owning this one for a while. Previously I had a Reese which worked fine but then upgraded later on and dont regret it.



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Good article: Click here. Read, enjoy, and be overwhelmed! But this covers a lot of information. Good luck in your choice.

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I can't recommend the B&W hitches any higher. They're the best fixed hitch on the market.
https://learntorv.com/bw-fifth-wheel-hitches/

The fact that it comes out in 2 pieces makes it manageable by 1 person. I used a furniture dolly to move it around the driveway and garage.

I had an Andersen Ultimate Fifth Wheel Connection and the ride, with our truck and trailer combination, beat my wife's back up. I did a head-to-head comparison between it and the B&W. I was gentle in the article, but for me- it's B&W or bust between the two:
https://learntorv.com/the-hitch-showdown/

And lastly, due to the pain caused by the Andersen and that the B&W I had wasn't rated for the trailer that I bought, I ended up switching to the TrailerSaver TS3. It's a full air ride hitch and is as nice as can be. We've had to learn that if our last movement direction is forward that we have to back the pin off of the hitch a bit, otherwise it binds up and makes the handle hard to release. But, it's a heavy bugger at 300 lbs. I've never lifted it and just hang it from the kingpin of the camper. When it's time to re-install it, I just back the truck under it and lower it onto the rails (with my wife's help).


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austinjenna wrote:

For me I went with an air ride hitch by Trailersaver the BD3 model. I don't think I would ever go back to a solid hitch after owning this one for a while. Previously I had a Reese which worked fine but then upgraded later on and dont regret it.


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I have a BD3 and would NEVER pull a fifth wheel without an air hitch. There are so many reports from owners having broken pin boxes anything you can do to help cushion the rigid connection between truck and trailer can't hurt.
If you rig is lighter you could also consider the less expensive BD1.

http://www.trailersaver.com/air-ride-suspension-hitches/


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You can thank me later.

I tow this beast at 33k combined and 35k when double towing. I don't have an air hitch. I have an air bag pin box. Really don't see the ride getting any better. FACT is your trucks suspension has more to do with ride than anything else!


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

You can thank me later.

I tow this beast at 33k combined and 35k when double towing. I don't have an air hitch. I have an air bag pin box. Really don't see the ride getting any better. FACT is your trucks suspension has more to do with ride than anything else!
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Thanks. I suspect the Companion 3500 will be more than enough for my 10,500lb 5th wheel, no?

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