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Old 08-15-2010
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What a funny odd twisty chain of events yesterday. Took off to fly to Custer, SD yesterday in typical beautiful gorgeous Colorado weather, knowing Custer was overcast and rain. Decided half way up that this was a cancel, since I HAD to return on Sunday or be stuck in Custer until their weather cleared and the forecast thunder boomers for CO dissipated (or just as likely - didn't appear) today. So, stopped for a coffee in Kimball, NE, made sure all the necessary parts and pieces were still attached to the plane and headed home.

Got home, grabbed my lovely and talented better half and headed out Truck Camper shopping. Looked at a few, found one that we both liked but on closer inspection, discovered roof/wall leaks. Having already rebuilt the cabover bunk on my C, I admitted to myself that I'm currently "tired of projects" right now, so we moved on. Since we had previously checked out a used 30' 5er close to home, I suggested we look at some smaller 5ers "just to see how they compare in size and layout" to the bigger ones. So, long story short, I went truck camper shopping, and my wife fell in love with a 5er.

Two or three times during the day, when she would spot a 11' TC or a 35' trailer, she would say "I guess you could get a bigger truck" Don't shoot me, but my response continues to be "I love my old truck!"

So, today we're crunching the numbers, but I think we're pulling the trigger on a Keystone Laredo http://www.keystone-laredo.com/

Back to the thread title - what 5er hitches do you like? I know the Reese (nothing negative that I know about), the B&W Turnover Ball and Companion (heard wonderful reviews, but haven't needed a goose neck hitch in years and don't anticipate needing one in the future, so is this still a good option?) I've heard "stay away from RBW" but no supporting reason why.
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The one advantage of the B&W, is a "clean" bed when you don't need the hitch.
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I had a pop-up-hitch on my '97.

http://www.popuphitch.com/popup.htm

I liked it.
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That's a nice 5er. as far as the hitch if you decide on a goose neck check with the manufactuer because most won't warranty the rv if you use one.
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I have a Valley Towing (www.vtowing.com) UBS (Under Bed System) sliding fifth wheel and like it a lot. It's mounting rails are under the floor of the bed and when you take the hitch out (takes about 3minutes) you put some rubber plugs in the 4holes in the floor and that then leaves you with a flat floor.
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I like a goose neck hitch adaptor on the 5ver trailers. Looked at a lot of them at campgrounds..it is catching on.

Here is one of the best and cheapest places to by the Laredo from Keystone. My friend just bought one here and couldn't be happier. The price difference was still 6K after shipping. You can really save some money by just driving out East of Cincinnati and enjoy the pull home.

http://www.holmanrv.com/
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That's a nice 5er. as far as the hitch if you decide on a goose neck check with the manufactuer because most won't warranty the rv if you use one.
I've heard that as well from a number of different sources.
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My truck (shortbed) came with the B&W turnover ball gooseneck hitch when I bought it. It didn't have the Companion fifth wheel adapter and shortly after I bought it I found a brand new Companion on Craig's list so after reading about it decided to buy it in the case I needed to pull a 5er. While looking at 5er's at a dealer lot the salesman told me that I would need a sliding hitch because my Companion is fixed and I would damage my cab trying to manuver the 5er. I can see that I probably can't turn as sharp but is my companion useless? The previous owner pulled 35-40' gooseneck cattle trailers regularly so if need be I guess I could put a gooseneck on a 5er if I buy one.
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I needed a slider for our 5'er toyhauler, so I had a Superglide, however, if I had a long bed truck I would have bought the B&W turnover with the companion hands down. The companion mounts into the ball mount of the g/n hitch and uses a conventional 5er plate, so still a 5er platform as far as the RV is concerned, plus, you still have a g/n option should the situation arise that you want to use it. I figured if I was going to spend the money on a hitch, I might as well get one that covers both basis, just in case. Plus, as already mentioned you end up with a clean bed with the companion removed.

Most RV manufacturers will void the frame warranty if you pull with a g/n adapter, as they add more stress to the frame by increasing the leverage on the pin box.

If you really don't think you would ever use the g/n feature of the B&W there is nothing wrong with the Reese and they still seem to be well regarded on the RV forums.
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Going on 5 years with my Reese hitch and no problems (knock on wood). Just make sure if you go with a Fifth wheel hitch to get the 4 way tilt head, less strain on the pin box.

I would also stay away from the rear bar locking system have seen them notch the pin on the back side. Use a clam or J-hook type of latching system.
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