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Crowe

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Posted: 04/02/21 06:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OK, so the first two responses on my question gooseneck vs. regular pin hitch don't give me warm fuzzies. Sooooo, it's been almost 20 years since we had our fifth wheel. One of our biggest issues was if we wanted to use the pick-up for hauling the hitch was a pain (and heavy!) to get in and out of the bed. Have they been made any more "portable" so-to-speak? Thanks!


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GOOD Hitches are by nature Heavy, there are light weight hitches on the market, but you need to do your research because on lot depends on the size and weight of your 5th wheel.


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So what new truck do you have? Many have the factory installed puck system in HD trucks beginning around 2012. If your truck does not have the puck system, even standard rails are easy to install now in most trucks. IMO, having rails, but removing a standard hitch, leaves the bed useable for most things. Lots of standard hitches are easily/quickly separated into two pieces making them quite manageable by one person.

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MFL wrote:

So what new truck do you have? Many have the factory installed puck system in HD trucks beginning around 2012. If your truck does not have the puck system, even standard rails are easy to install now in most trucks. IMO, having rails, but removing a standard hitch, leaves the bed useable for most things. Lots of standard hitches are easily/quickly separated into two pieces making them quite manageable by one person.

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2021 F350, no hitch or anything as of yet. I can't even remember what our old hitch looked like. One of the reasons why we moved away from the 5th wheel was because of the rail system.

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While not standard, I think most 21 F350s would have the fifth wheel prep system (puck system). For your Ford, I suggest best hitch, if FW prep kit, is the B&W 3300. Easy in/out, two pieces 75 lb head, 78 lb base. This a great hitch, very reliable, and user friendly.

Smooth bed, no rails!

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MFL wrote:

While not standard, I think most 21 F350s would have the fifth wheel prep system (puck system). For your Ford, I suggest best hitch, if FW prep kit, is the B&W 3300. Easy in/out, two pieces 75 lb head, 78 lb base. This a great hitch, very reliable, and user friendly.

Smooth bed, no rails!

Jerry


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Andersen hitch - 35 pounds. Easy peasy. Over 25000 miles on mine and take in and while camping. Thousands sold and very happy customers.

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MFL wrote:

While not standard, I think most 21 F350s would have the fifth wheel prep system (puck system). For your Ford, I suggest best hitch, if FW prep kit, is the B&W 3300. Easy in/out, two pieces 75 lb head, 78 lb base. This a great hitch, very reliable, and user friendly.

Smooth bed, no rails!

Jerry


Thanks! I'll look into that. I've done some research and one of the biggest cons to a gooseneck is it's less stable towing than a standard pin hitch. That by itself is enough for us to stay with the pin style.

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Flashman wrote:

Andersen hitch - 35 pounds. Easy peasy. Over 25000 miles on mine and take in and while camping. Thousands sold and very happy customers.


Problem is it could void the Lippert frame warranty. Still investigating on that one.

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Crowe wrote:

Flashman wrote:

Andersen hitch - 35 pounds. Easy peasy. Over 25000 miles on mine and take in and while camping. Thousands sold and very happy customers.


Problem is it could void the Lippert frame warranty. Still investigating on that one.


It does NOT void the warranty! Quit spreading lies.

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