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Old 06-23-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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Are 5th wheel hitches easily removable.

Hi, My wife and I are considering purchasing a 5.0. What I know about trailering you could put on the back of a postage stamp. Is it possible to easily remove and re-install a 5th wheel hitch? My previous camping vehicle was a VW Westfalia.
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Yes

I purchased my hitch from Rease and Tammy.

The "bulky" part of the hitch is held in place with pins. When removed all that is two flat bars that run across the bed of the truck, they are only 1" high at most.

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HGi Big Al, and welcome to the site.

Most any fifth wheel hitch removes fairly easily, leaving just the mounting brackets/bars.
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Yes

I purchased my hitch from Rease and Tammy.

The "bulky" part of the hitch is held in place with pins. When removed all that is two flat bars that run across the bed of the truck, they are only 1" high at most.

Hope this helps
Thanks for the info I'm going to need 2 stamps now. One question down and a thousand to go.
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Hi, My wife and I are considering purchasing a 5.0. What I know about trailering you could put on the back of a postage stamp. Is it possible to easily remove and re-install a 5th wheel hitch? My previous camping vehicle was a VW Westfalia.
Hi: Not so Big Al... Sorry I don't have a pic. with the hitch out but you can see the pins at the bottom of the 4 corners and the rails with the EZRollers on them. They all come out... leaving the side to side rails bolted thru the box bed. Alf
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I don't know what happened to my reply but here goes again...Thank You Folks!!! This information is invaluable to me. I'm flattered to be a junior member I haven't been a junior anything in a long time.
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There are some fifth-wheel hitches which are not removeable, but they are usually used on larger commercial trucks (directly on the truck's frame rails, or on a flatbed deck), not in the box of a pickup truck.

In addition to the visible rails, hidden brackets under the box floor are also left in place... which is as intended and presumably not a problem. The hitch is often in multiple pieces, so that it can be lifted out more easily - the whole thing is heavy!

The rail-mounting design has one nice feature: the same base rails are used by multiple manufacturers, so you would have some choice of hitches without changing the permanently installed parts.

There are also systems which are even less intrusive when removed than those using cross-rails:
Reese Elite series (only; other removeable Reese series use rails) has mounting pads or "pucks" - Ford offers this as a factory option
B&W Companion OEM system works with the same pucks
B&W Companion works with their Turnover Ball under-floor structure
Most of these non-rail systems are pretty big for an Escape 5.0; they would work fine, but might be heavier or bulkier than needed.


I have noticed that some people in RV parks with a fifth-wheel trailer for an extended period (such as over a winter) remove the hitch head from the truck leave it attached to the trailer, hanging in the air. I suppose it doesn't get misplaced that way, is out of the way, and stays clean and dry... and of course it's not in the way in the truck box.
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I don't know what happened to my reply but here goes again...Thank You Folks!!! This information is invaluable to me. I'm flattered to be a junior member I haven't been a junior anything in a long time.
Hi: Again... Our Hitch is a 16K Husky with the EZRoller system. It's overkill to the Maxx but they are designed for the big rigs too!!! Husky Towing Here's a link to Husky tow products. They have redesigned their slider style hitch... but I've never rolled ours back the 8 extra inches. The hitch only looks complicated. You'll get to love it as everything is at eye level and once you're lined up and hear that clank... it's plug in, loop the breakaway switch wire to the hitch handle ...do your light check and tug off to Buffalo. Easy that is if your going to Buffalo!!! Alf
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Thank you folks . My mind is trying to absorb this information. We are at present thinking about a nissan frontier as the tow vehicle. Any idea on what hitch would be suitable? We'll probably be buying staight from Escape.
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Thank you folks . My mind is trying to absorb this information. We are at present thinking about a nissan frontier as the tow vehicle. Any idea on what hitch would be suitable? We'll probably be buying staight from Escape.
Hi: Not so Big Al... We have the crew cab, long bed Nissan Frontier and I think all hitches are compatible with that combo. Reace and Tammy can have their local hitch shop set you up when picking up the trailer for a perfect fit.
Here's a pic. of us boondocking in W.Va. Alf
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