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post #1 of 12 Old 01-19-2014, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Need to upgrade my 5th wheel hitch

I'm gonna upgrade my 5th wheel hitch. I want a 16-18k slider with jaws. Tired of the chucking. I also tend to warp my front universal bed rail. I think its from pulling hard on steep back roads. Anybody else have this?

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I went from a Reese Select 16k slider to a Reese Select Plus Slider 20k with the Elite head. The Reese Select Plus gives you the high end monster elite head but still less expensive then the super high end models. The thing is stout and has complete wrap around jaw. I pull some crazy off road grades and cambers without any issue on the hitch. I also have the frame connect kit with the frame rail supports, if your pulling up on the reese rail you might want to check out the kit. Only $140 for the extra frame supports and 10x stronger then the standard mounts that come with the rail kits.

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Thanks. I think that pulling on that front rail adds to the chucking I'm getting.

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casper, here is a link to what im talking about - the frame stiffing support rails. They bold into the frame in couple places and then the reese rail mounts bolt to it, very rigid system and worth ever penny of about $140.

Reese Quick-Install Custom Outboard Brackets for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches Reese Fifth Wheel Installation Kit RP56002

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You warpped the rail? Crap, never seen that.

How many bolts do you have in those rails? Just four for each or five?



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casper, here is a link to what im talking about - the frame stiffing support rails. They bold into the frame in couple places and then the reese rail mounts bolt to it, very rigid system and worth ever penny of about $140.

Reese Quick-Install Custom Outboard Brackets for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches Reese Fifth Wheel Installation Kit RP56002
Yeah I like those, especially if they match pre-drilled holes.

Do you ever have issues (relating to how high your truck sits) with over height or your tailgate getting too close to the underside of the camper? I'd like to lift mine some but have worried about these.

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You warpped the rail? Crap, never seen that.

How many bolts do you have in those rails? Just four for each or five?
Yeah. It's that universal bed rail on top of bed. I've straightened once. but it wasn't long before it started to arch again. Last summer, we went into this one campground a lot that had some steep hills going in and out.

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Yeah. It's that universal bed rail on top of bed. I've straightened once. but it wasn't long before it started to arch again. Last summer, we went into this one campground a lot that had some steep hills going in and out.
How many bolts do you have into the bed rails? Should be five, but you can always upgrade. The bracketry on the frame rails won't completely solve this, I feel.



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Yeah I like those, especially if they match pre-drilled holes.

Do you ever have issues (relating to how high your truck sits) with over height or your tailgate getting too close to the underside of the camper? I'd like to lift mine some but have worried about these.
My trailer is lifted to match so all lines up well. My reese 16k had a wider base then my new Elite 20k, the wider base sat in the outtermost holes, my new elite hitch sits in one notch on both sides, hope this doesnt lead to issues like your having. I tow as heavy trailer with as much tongue weight as any out there.

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Jetjock.. I Am looking for a setup like the one you have described the 20k with frame mounts. The site describes them as "will not fit cab and chassis". Is it possible to mout these hitches to a chassis and still have the towabilty and functionality as if it Wer in the bed of a pickup? Perhaps some custom drilling is required?
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