Originally Posted by gbaglo
I thought the idea of a fifth wheel hitch is that it is easy to hook up and unhook. Why bother with a ball?
The ball-and-socket systems (such as this Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection that Jim is planning to use and Jim Bennett has installed) are arguably no more difficult to hook up and unhook... except for the safety chains. This particular setup (the Andersen) is typically chosen for lighter weight of the hardware in the truck bed, which is helpful while towing and can be important while putting the hardware into the truck in preparation to tow, and when taking it back out.