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Old 09-28-2015, 11:30 PM   #1
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Hitches for the towing the 5.0 TA

Is anyone towing the Escape 5.0 TA with a Ford F150 Supercrew 4X4 with the 5.5 foot bed and if so, which fifth wheel hitch are you using. I understand from Jolly Jerry there is a new hitch that is very light and easy to install and remove from the truck bed. Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 09-28-2015, 11:38 PM   #2
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I have a RAM, 6.4 bed. My hitch is the Anderson Ultimate, it only weighs 40 lbs. I like it and always recommend it. If you're looking for a easy to handle hitch, the Anderson would be a good choice. I previously used a Reese with a slider, it weighs 150 lbs, and hated removing and installing it. Good luck in your selection.
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Old 09-28-2015, 11:43 PM   #3
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Hi RicVic, and welcome to the site.

I was going to start a similar thread, but might just as well piggy back on this one, to keep info in the same place.

I too am on the same quest, though I have a 6.5' box on my truck. I think you might be referring to the Anderson Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection, available in a rail mount, or gooseneck mount. Either type is light and easy to handle. I am considering that hitch too, and adding a gooseneck mount, like the B&W Turnoverball.
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My reason for going with the gooseneck hitch is so I can have the bed clear for carrying work materials, as I may be using this truck for work for a few years yet. Even with work aside, it would be nice to have a clean bed.

I am also open to other hitch ideas that will give me the same results, easy to take in and out, as I will be doing that a lot, and a reasonably clean floor in the bed.
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Old 09-28-2015, 11:46 PM   #4
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I have a RAM, 6.4 bed. My hitch is the Anderson Ultimate, it only weighs 40 lbs. I like it and always recommend it. If you're looking for a easy to handle hitch, the Anderson would be a good choice. I previously used a Reese with a slider, it weighs 150 lbs, and hated removing and installing it. Good luck in your selection.
Do you have the rail or gooseneck mount? How high are the rails when the hitch is removed?

I have pulled a 5th wheel with a tractor-trailer combo, but have never before used one with a pickup truck, thus all my silly questions.
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I have the F-150 with the crew cab and short bed and have a B+W 16K Patriot hitch with rails. It is not a slider and I love it. Tows great but it is heavy to lift.
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I have the F-150 with the crew cab and short bed and have a B+W 16K Patriot hitch with rails. It is not a slider and I love it. Tows great but it is heavy to lift.
What is the length of the short bed on your F-150? Is it one of the new aluminum ones? We have a 2011 Nissan Frontier crew with 5 foot bed and also use the B&W Patriot hitch with our 5.0 Classic - we love that hitch. It is a little heavy but at least it easily breaks down into two parts which can be managed.
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Old 09-29-2015, 09:21 AM   #7
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My reason for going with the gooseneck hitch is so I can have the bed clear for carrying work materials, as I may be using this truck for work for a few years yet. Even with work aside, it would be nice to have a clean bed.
I really like this solution for keeping the bed clean when not towing (90% of the time) and for gaining the advantage of using the lighter weight Anderson hitch.

However, I'm planning to use the Anderson hitch in a F150 short-bed and I understand that the hitch point is offset so that you can rotate the "pyramid" to gain a few more inches of clearance between the cab and the pin.

Do you know if this is this possible with the goose-neck version?
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Fran & Dave,

The bed length is 5.5'. Mine is a 2014, the year before they came out with the aluminum one.
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Can you tow a 5.0TA with that B&W Gooseneck hitch? Do you need anything else, or do you just attach to the ball in the bed?

There's a lot I need to learn about hauling 5th wheels at my tender age!

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Old 09-29-2015, 02:59 PM   #10
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The gooseneck hitch is just one way to attach the Anderson hitch. As an alternative, and one that is cheaper, you can just use standard rails with the Anderson hitch.
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