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Mickey G

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5th wheel hitch size
« on: September 02, 2017, 05:15:46 AM »
Correct me if Im wrong on 5th wheel hitchs.
A 15k is for campers with a 15000 lbs GVWR or less.
A 16k is for campers with a 16000 lbs GVWR or less.
An 18k is for campers with a 18000 lbs GVWR.
I see some good deals on line and wonder if I should go with the 18k to be sure.
Would this be an overkill?

glen54737

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Re: 5th wheel hitch size
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2017, 06:04:04 AM »
Would this be an overkill?
No such thing as overkill. 8) There is only enough or not enough.
Go with the largest to allow for upgrades later.You are correct on the sizing ratings.
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steveblonde

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Re: 5th wheel hitch size
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2017, 09:11:54 AM »
Smaller units often dont offer all the pivoting or flexability of larger units either my trailer is 16500 and i use a Curt Q20 which is more than adequate for my needs - my truck came with the optional 28000 lb factory option because of the trucks capabilities not my needs. Keep that in mind for the future . Cheap now means replace later.

Edit to newer post re Anderson ( not knocking the Anderson but i have yet to see any professional trailer mover use one yet they mostly if not exclusively use Curt i have seen the occasional one with a Reese and 1 with a Patriot ) Also Ford Ram and GM DONOT offer the Anderson as a factory option.
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Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: 5th wheel hitch size
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2017, 09:55:41 AM »
There is little or no downside to choosing one larger than the minimum required for the trailer weight. Make sure what you get is plenty large for future needs.
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skeeter_ca

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Re: 5th wheel hitch size
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2017, 10:02:15 AM »
Some people say you should buy a hitch that matches your trucks capability. If you truck can handle a 20,000 lb trailer then get a 20k. If your truck can only handle 16,000 lbs then get a 16k. That way you or the next owner is not tempted to overload the truck. The only problem with this is the smallest 5th wheel hitch you can buy is 15k. My truck has a 10,000 lb limit so that theory is a little off but still a good idea.

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Lynx0849

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Re: 5th wheel hitch size
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2017, 04:15:58 PM »
Some people say you should buy a hitch that matches your trucks capability. If you truck can handle a 20,000 lb trailer then get a 20k. If your truck can only handle 16,000 lbs then get a 16k. That way you or the next owner is not tempted to overload the truck. The only problem with this is the smallest 5th wheel hitch you can buy is 15k. My truck has a 10,000 lb limit so that theory is a little off but still a good idea.

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No one says you can't keep the hitch if you upgrade the truck. My long term plan is a big toy hauler but my first one will be smaller to fit with a smaller truck.

steveblonde

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Re: 5th wheel hitch size
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2017, 05:21:26 PM »
No one says you can't keep the hitch if you upgrade the truck. My long term plan is a big toy hauler but my first one will be smaller to fit with a smaller truck.
i just kept my hitch when i sold my old 2013 truck and put it in my new 2017 told the dealer to keep his overpriced one that came with the new truck
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VallAndMo

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Re: 5th wheel hitch size
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2017, 08:30:45 PM »
Hi MickeyG,

Correct me if Im wrong on 5th wheel hitchs.

As Glen54737 stated, better safe than sorry (ie better to have more than enough and therefore margin of safety/growth than having just enough and risk falling short). Also as he said, your GVWR understanding is correct.

As you are about to make a serious investment in a hitch,  I would suggest you take a look at the Anderson Ultimate; it's an alternate hitch system with a lot of advantages over the conventional ones, which has earned a lot of praise from its users here and elsewhere; our plan is to install it in our own upcoming rig.

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BIG JOE

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Re: 5th wheel hitch size
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2017, 11:29:10 AM »
No such thing as overkill. 8) There is only enough or not enough.
Go with the largest to allow for upgrades later.You are correct on the sizing ratings.

 X2. I have a 25K capable hitch, to pull my 12K FW. Dun Deal for any Needs.. now or in the future.
Joe

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