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Question Which 5th Wheel Hitch?

I just bought a 33' toy hauler and need to drop a hitch in the bed of my pickup. Its an '03 F-250 with the short bed. I won't have any problem pulling it of course, but i'd like to do the install on my own and save some money on the deal. The question is, is it worth getting some custom mounts for the frame, and if so, which ones? I hear installs on the fords are super easy and i'm competent with all the tools that i'd need (drill, punch, socket set, etc...) which makes me wonder if its worth the extra money to get custom mounts vs generic ones. Dad has the generics and they seem to be just fine, just had to drill the frame to mount them...

Im looking at the Curt 16K hitch for the truck. Seems to be one of the less expensive ones and still has a good name behind it. Will not be a slider since I'm not going to be pulling it every day of the week.

So, any input would be great. Custom or not? What's compatible with that hitch? Any other advice?

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The custom mounts will probably be no drill (we haven't done any.) The generic ones aren't bad. I can do a whole in about 3hrs.
Pretty much all hitches are going to fit in this rail kit. - http://www.reeseprod.com/content/pro...735&part=30035
What's the GVWR of the trailer?
As long it's less than 16k, than this would work - Fifth Wheels - Reese
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Found a pretty good deal on a set of Curt custom frame mounts so there's no drilling required (fairly small difference in price after all), the Curt bed rails, and a Curt 16K hitch to drop in all for right at $450. Of course everyone was trying to sell me the sliding hitch but i can't justify $800+ on the low end for something i won't use enough. Trailer goes right about 9K wet with no toys in it so that should hold just fine i think.

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That's a pretty good deal.



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Of course everyone was trying to sell me the sliding hitch but i can't justify $800+ on the low end for something i won't use enough.
I remember saying, "I don't need 4 wheel drive to pull my 5er." Sure as **** the first time I took it out we had a one of those "once every 100 year floods" and had to evac the campground. Got pretty hairy by the time the tractors got to our RV.

You may think you don't need a slider in a shortbed but that one time you do it'll more than pay for itself in one trip to the body shop.

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lol Fair enough. I do drive truck for a living however, so i should have a pretty decent idea about how to operate a 5th wheel hitch by now...

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lol Fair enough. I do drive truck for a living however, so i should have a pretty decent idea about how to operate a 5th wheel hitch by now...
Said the guy with the dinged in cab.

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B&w 5th wheel companion is what use and prefer,

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B&w 5th wheel companion is what use and prefer,
I prefer the gn, not the companion

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I got the B&W Patriot 5th wheel hitch. Great hitch!

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