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Old 04-18-2014, 01:27 PM   #1
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Cool Slide bar versus dual jaw hitch.

Would someone that has used one of these fifth wheel hitches, please let me know if when using a slide bar hitch, as opposed to a dual jaw, do you get much play or jerking with your 5.0 when starting of stopping ? If you had it to do again, would you spend the extra money on the double jaw type hitch?
My 5.0TA won't be done until October, but I will need to buy one in Aug or Sept.

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Old 04-18-2014, 03:53 PM   #2
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I don't know if this is allowed, but here's a link to another forum that discusses the reliability of the differing types of FW king pin latching mechanisms. Mod, please delete if this is not allowed.
RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Fifth-Wheels: Reliability of fiver latch mechanism
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Old 04-19-2014, 03:54 PM   #3
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In addition to a single jaw swinging in from one side (which I haven't seen), two jaws swinging to meet at the middle (seems to be described as the "Reese" type), and a straight bar sliding across, there are also rotary jaws that are run by a gear-toothed rack and rotate around the pin to move an opening in the jaw from the back (to hitch/unhitch) to the front (to tow). That rotary jaw looks secure to me, but I would wonder about lubrication and jamming issues; however, I don't have personal experience with any of them.

The rotary jaw is used by PullRite in their fifth-wheel hitches, and is illustrated in the Super 5th Owners Manual, page 7. PullRite is mentioned in the RV.net discussion, although either they have two jaw designs or at least one poster there doesn't understand (or is unable to describe) how their hitch works.
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Old 04-19-2014, 05:44 PM   #4
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Fifth wheel hitch

Brian and Bob,
Thanks for the information. Both of those sites proved very helpful.
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