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Old 07-13-2019, 09:41 AM   #1
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What hitch for 5.0 TA?

We have put a deposit on a new 5.0 TA. Completion date is Oct 25.

As this will be our first fifth wheel, we have to decide what hitch to purchase.

What do you have?
Pluses & minuses?
Recommendations and advice would be appreciated.
Photos would be helpful.
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Old 07-13-2019, 09:57 AM   #2
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Lots of 5.0TA owners use the Andersen Ultimate hitch - a unique system for fifth wheels, and there are multiple threads you can search for info and photos of it. I use a traditional fifth wheel hitch - many different brands and types available - and here's a thread about it: New 5.0TA hitch - Demco Recon

Two ways to mount a fifth wheel hitch to the bed of your truck - rails or a gooseneck ball. If you have a standard half ton truck there will be plenty of options for installing either of those, for some of the smaller trucks like a Canyon/Colorado it involves more of a custom installation job but certainly can be done.

Trademasters in Chilliwack has a great reputation, knows the 5.0TA very well and has done many hitch installations for Escape owners. You can usually arrange to arrive a day early for your orientation and have the hitch installation done then, they are only a mile or so from ETI.
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:49 AM   #3
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Went with a B&W Patriot, the only con is it's pretty heavy to remove, if one does such, like me.

The Anderson had just come out and had lots of bad press due to it's very light weight, so I went with the well regarded Patriot. If I were to need a new hitch, it'd be the Anderson, rail or turnover ball mount. I have rails and they don't bother me at all when the hitch is out, and I haul stuff in the bed all the time.
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Old 07-13-2019, 11:34 AM   #4
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You have a lot of choice, because every model of every brand of hitch has enough capacity for the relatively lightweight Escape.

Your truck box length will limit viable options to some extent. Your truck model will determine what frame brackets are available.

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Two ways to mount a fifth wheel hitch to the bed of your truck - rails or a gooseneck ball...
There are also at least three different "puck" systems, each with four flush anchor pads. They've factory options on at least Ford and GM trucks, but only with the heavier models; some aftermarket hitch brands have bases for them. They probably are not practical if a non-standard hitch location is needed - such as with the shorter boxes - but for people who choose to tow with a heavy long-box truck they provide another option.
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Old 07-13-2019, 12:06 PM   #5
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I have and my vote is for Anderson Ultimate Hitch.
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The only problem I see with the Andersen hitch is in some states you are required to use safety chains. They are still considered a ball hitch. Then there is the problem of knowing which states require them. I use a BW Patriot and works very well but I have heard good things about the Andersen also.
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The only problem I see with the Andersen hitch is in some states you are required to use safety chains. They are still considered a ball hitch. Then there is the problem of knowing which states require them. I use a BW Patriot and works very well but I have heard good things about the Andersen also.
It really is not a problem, I just use the chains all the time. Seconds to connect and disconnect, and all is good.

BeWhat I love most about the Anderson fifth wheel hitch is I can disconnect easily and with one hand pass it to my wife over the side of the box.
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Just to add, our tow vehicle is a 2019 Tundra with a 6’ bed.
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I use the B&W Patriot. It's heavy, but it has a real solid feel. It's getting a little difficult to hump it up onto the tailgate myself so I make sure one of my boys is around when I'm equipping for a trip.
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If you read through everyone's experience with different types and brands of hitches, the one thing you will find common to them all is that they really like them and they tow the 5.0TA very smoothly. Most fifth wheel hitches are rated at 14,000 or 21,000 pounds, the 5.0TA's gross weight of 5,500 is so far below that that any hitch you choose will easily be up to the job.

If you're new to fifth wheel hitches, one handy feature common to most but not all fifth wheel hitches is that they articulate (tilt) in both directions. All traditional fifth wheel hitches tilt front to back - they have to in order to be able to negotiate bumps, dips, etc. - but there are still some basic ones that do not tilt from side to side. This is a valuable feature when you are on rough terrain or have a campsite that slopes side to side, it can be difficult hitching and unhitching when your truck and trailer tilt at different angles because of uneven terrain if the head on your hitch doesn't tilt to match up with the trailer angle. You should look for this feature in any standard fifth wheel hitch you consider. The Andersen Ultimate, because it is a ball mount, tilts in every direction so has a lot of flexibility in that regard.

If you plan to use your truck bed for other things when not traveling and want to be able to remove the hitch, how difficult or easy that is can vary widely between hitches. The Andersen hitch is extremely lightweight, I think less than 50 pounds. Most traditional fifth wheel hitches are in the 200 pound range. One thing I like about the Demco Recon is that it is very lightweight for a traditional hitch at 94 pounds, due to the lighter weight base design similar to the Andersen hitch.

Unless you have a heavy duty truck with built-in puck mounts for a fifth wheel hitch you'll need to have either rails or a gooseneck ball installed as a platform for securing your hitch. Rails stay bolted to the bed of your truck when the hitch comes out and can be a minor obstruction if you need a flat bed space to haul something large. There are gooseneck balls that are removable and leave the bed of your truck completely flat when the hitch is out if that's a factor for you. A gooseneck ball will limit your choice of hitch - the Andersen Ultimate comes in both a rail and gooseneck version. Most traditional fifth wheel hitches come only in a rail mounted version although several mentioned here, like the Demco Recon and a B&W model come in a gooseneck version also.

The gooseneck version of the Andersen base is quite large and takes up more space in the bed than a rail mounted hitch. The Demco gooseneck base is only a bit larger than the rail mounted version. If you have a 6-1/2 foot bed, either a rail mounted hitch or the Demco gooseneck base will leave enough room between the hitch and the cab for a standard size toolbox if you want to have secure storage in the bed. If you have a short bed truck, space in the bed will be more limited but the 5.0TA works fine with short bed trucks as far as having adequate clearance for tight turns. A number of 5.0TA owners also use a retractable tonneau cover in the bed to have covered, secure storage when they are unhitched.

Given where you live, it wouldn't be hard for you to have your hitch installed by Trademasters in Chilliwack if you don't already know a good local shop - they have an excellent reputation and are very knowledgeable about the 5.0TA and have probably installed hitches for them in just about every model and brand of truck. You might call them and let them know the details of your truck and see what they recommend.
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