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Old 03-17-2015, 07:24 PM   #1
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5.0 TA Hitch: Reese Pro Series 15K ETI Option

Hi all,

We are busy figuring out the options for our scheduled pickup of our 5.0 TA in Chilliwack on October 1st. Iíve shopped fifth wheels for years (never purchased though, we remained truck campers) and I knew which hitches were preferable to me for a 14,000 pound GVWR fifth wheel. However, the 5,500 pound GVWR of the 5.0 TA is a game changer. ETI will provide as an option the Reese Pro Series 15K entry level hitch at very reasonable price. Those of you who have purchased the 5.0 TA since it was introduced and have gone with Reese Pro Series 15K what has been your experience, especially towing? My gut feel is that this hitch should provide a good ride for the 5.0 TA.

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You're going to think I'm totally clueless (okay so I am). I had ETIs outsourced vendor put the 5th wheel hitch in my truck. It was a brand new Ford F-150 and Ten Forward was the tenth 5th wheel off the line. There wasn't a lot of history. But, Rease has a Ford F-150 and was towing the new 5.0TA, so I knew the hitch would be the right one for the trailer and mounted correctly in the bed (measurements!). I'm happy, it works as it should. What can I say?
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Because I had a Scamp 19, I had the rails in the bed of the truck already, because Scamp uses the Reese hitch with a different top piece modified to mount a 2-inch ball. Because the Reese 16k 5th Wheel hitch is a sliding bar hitch, I opted to go with a Curt 16K hitch which has jaws rather than a sliding bar. Personal preference, I guess. The Curt hitch was @$430 from eTrailer.
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:52 PM   #4
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For a round-up of previous fifth-wheel hitch discussions, see Nissan Frontier Hitch? (listing of links to other topics in post #6).
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For a round-up of previous fifth-wheel hitch discussions, see Nissan Frontier Hitch? (listing of links to other topics in post #6).
Brian, thanks for the references. They answered many of my questions and thoughts. Right now I'll probably plan to have ETI arrange to have the Reese Pro Series 15K installed. I liked Donna's comment that the outside vendor had completed the hitch install before she had finished her walk through. Cliff
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I talked to Reace about the hitch they sell and he said it works fine for the 5.0TA. He did mention that the hitch head has a little side to side movement relative to the base. He said in turns it can be a little noisy and he now uses a couple of washers to limit the movement.

We also talked to Wayne at Trademasters and they will install the hitch on the same day as orientation. They 2 companies know each other well and Tammy even set up my appointment to install the hitch. Everyone has been very professional and great to work with.
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The side to side tilt is supposed to be a good thing, helps on uneven sites.
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Old 03-18-2015, 12:57 PM   #8
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Because I had a Scamp 19, I had the rails in the bed of the truck already, because Scamp uses the Reese hitch with a different top piece modified to mount a 2-inch ball. Because the Reese 16k 5th Wheel hitch is a sliding bar hitch, I opted to go with a Curt 16K hitch which has jaws rather than a sliding bar. Personal preference, I guess. The Curt hitch was @$430 from eTrailer.
On the 2010 5.0 we originally went with the Reese 16k hitch provided by ETI. After a couple of year I grew to dislike it. The spring that holds the hitch open grew weaker and weaker with time. Also the handle and locking mechanism is flimsy. The third issue, alluded to above, is the sliding bar mechanism. This bar contacts the back of the king pin over a very small area. Eventually the kingpin and bar will wear at this location and the hitch will be loose with a noticeable and frequent clunking sound. In discussing this with a couple from Texas at Osoyoos we went with their suggestion and purchased a Curt Q series hitch which has the jaws as mentioned. We ended up with the 20K version (which is way more than necessary) but we are happy with it. The powder coating on the Curt hitch is quite a bit more durable than the Reese. Our Curt hitch was just over $450 through Amazon with free shipping to Blaine WA. We were able to continue using the Reese rails as they are "industry standard". If I had a short box pickup I would seriously consider the Pull-Rite hitch. It self adjusts when turning, but is very expensive, although I have seen some used on Ebay for a lot less.
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If I had a short box pickup I would seriously consider the Pull-Rite hitch. It self adjusts when turning, but is very expensive, although I have seen some used on Ebay for a lot less.
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IMHO, the best hitch for a short bed is the B & W Patriot. It can be adjusted 4" vertically and 4" horizontally by the varying bolt patterns for the hitch head. I ordered the Reese from ETI, but am second guessing myself if that is the correct decision. The B & W is more expensive, but may have been worth it for my short bed. Too late, build sheet is finalized.
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We went with the Reese 16K sliding hitch. We like the fact that it is the 2 jaw type and that it also has more side to side pivot the the 15K slide bar. After looking at both units I can see how the 2 jaws clamped around the king pin would be a little quieter. As for hooking up you just back into the closed jaws and they open and snap shut on the pin, flip the locking latch and its done.

Which ever hitch you go with will be overkill due to the light trailer weight.

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