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Old 03-04-2018, 11:38 AM   #21
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Where is the Basin?
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Old 03-04-2018, 12:16 PM   #22
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Its the Chisos Basin in the (BBNP) Big Bend National park. It is a special place.
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Old 03-04-2018, 01:01 PM   #23
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Ok Big Bend. Now i got ya
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Old 03-04-2018, 06:04 PM   #24
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One more important note, to which I learned the hard way, look for a hitch that has height adjustments! As our truck beds get taller, the FW,s do not align perfectly sometimes to get the good clearance between bed rails and FW. GOOD LUCK.
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Old 03-04-2018, 06:27 PM   #25
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B&W for me. Second one. Both Are easy and trouble free.
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Old 03-05-2018, 10:45 PM   #26
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If you already have a gooseneck ball hitch installed in your truck bed, like I do, you might consider the new Pullrite #2600 Superlite Single Point attachement. It attaches to your existing gooseneck ball, so it's removable if you need that ball hitch for something else. It comes with an attachment that converts the king pin on the RV to have a ball on it. It's sort of the reverse of having the ball in the bed. The ball on the
RV drops into a funnel-like receiver on the hitch in the bed that allows you to be off-center, and still easily hookup because the weight of the trailer causes it to just fall right into place. Besides the RV, I will be pulling my cattle trailer with my truck. I didn't want a permanent 5th wheel hitch in the back, nor the old rail system. I bought the neck attachment to convert my cattle trailer to use the same hitch as my RV, so now I don't have to switch out anything. AND BONUS... this style of hitch is way easier to hookup than a regular gooseneck or regular 5th wheel. The reverse ball system on the RV (and now my cattle trailer) drops into a funnel-like connector on the hitch that allows you to be off-center and still have the trailer hookup. If you have ever tried to hook-up a gooseneck trailer, it can be very unforgiving if you don't have that ball in the bed perfectly centered under the gooseneck hitch. This Pullrite #2600 solved all my problems of having 1 truck, 2 different styles of trailer hitches (gooseneck and 5th wheel) and hooking-up difficulties. It's so easy now.....the ball drops right in there and unhooks with the pull of one pin that I can reach from the tailgate with the long wire hook provided by Pullrite . Visit the Pullrite website so you can see what I'm talking about. It's a great hitch.
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Old 03-06-2018, 11:40 AM   #27
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We also have the Curt 24K with the Mopar emblem. It is so much better than the two Reese hitches we had previously. First Reese had bad welds that gave way while towing and caused lots of damage to the truck but none to fiver. Second didn't come apart but chucking was a problem with both Reeses that I never did solve. The Curt hooks and unhooks easily with no chucking at all. Other brands may be fine; my experience is limited but I would buy another Curt if ever necessary.
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Old 03-06-2018, 12:19 PM   #28
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I have a Demco Recon. It leaves me with a ton of space in the bed around the hitch.
Rated at 21K, Adjustable height three positions, wrap around jaw with solid bar lock.
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I also went with Demco Recon. There was an article in a recent Trailer Life where I first read about the hitch, and it seemed to be easy to "deconstruct" and take out of the bed - and that appealed to me. I used a Reese hitch years ago and my son would help me get the heavy thing out of the bed of the truck and put it back when we traveled. We sold our last fifth wheel about the same time he left home, and we had a series of bumper-pull travel trailers - so I did not have to deal with heavy fifth wheel hitches.

We have been on the road since buying the Montana, and we should be back to the home base in a couple of weeks. I will update you on whether or not the Recon is easy to remove or not. So far it has been really easy to use.
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Old 03-06-2018, 12:51 PM   #29
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We also have the Curt 24K with the Mopar emblem. It is so much better than the two Reese hitches we had previously. First Reese had bad welds that gave way while towing and caused lots of damage to the truck but none to fiver. Second didn't come apart but chucking was a problem with both Reeses that I never did solve. The Curt hooks and unhooks easily with no chucking at all. Other brands may be fine; my experience is limited but I would buy another Curt if ever necessary.
Exact same experience here
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One more satisfied B&W owner. Had it since 2009 and have about 50.000 trouble free miles with two 5ers, two trucks and both the Turnover and Ford puck bases using the same head unit. Customer service on a couple minor items/questions was great. Best price when I bought ours was Tweety's though others may be competitive
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Old 03-06-2018, 07:54 PM   #31
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We're also new to fifth wheeling, on our 2nd camp out. I can tell you one brand to think twice about before buying, Reece 20K Titan. It's been difficult for me to hook up and disconnect, seems that the trl has to be absolutely level side to side. Of course, it might just be that I'm new at this. Why did we buy this one? It was suggsted by the dealer as the "must have"!
I have an Andersen Ultimate 20K. Love it. Already had the BW turnover ball so this worked great. Easy in and out. Flat floor.
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Old 03-06-2018, 10:15 PM   #32
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B&W is a great hitch, and itís made here in the US by American tradesmen.

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Old 03-07-2018, 04:15 AM   #33
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You might take a look at the Anderson ultimate fifth whee hitch. Really like mine.
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Old 03-07-2018, 06:04 AM   #34
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You might take a look at the Anderson ultimate fifth whee hitch. Really like mine.
If the OP goes the Anderson way, do your homework on the aluminum version as there have been several reported failures.

As far as a clear bed - the B&W is as well when removed, a 10 minute job at most
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Old 03-07-2018, 07:40 AM   #35
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If the OP goes the Anderson way, do your homework on the aluminum version as there have been several reported failures.

As far as a clear bed - the B&W is as well when removed, a 10 minute job at most
As for flat bed and removal ditto for the Curt!
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Old 03-07-2018, 07:44 AM   #36
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You can get the Curt as an OEM accessory on Ram trucks so no out of pocket though it costs a little more that way.

Not sure if Ford or GMC offer the same.
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Old 03-07-2018, 07:57 AM   #37
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You can get the Curt as an OEM accessory on Ram trucks so no out of pocket though it costs a little more that way.

Not sure if Ford or GMC offer the same.

Ford OEM is a Reese
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We are also new to Fifth Wheeling but after hearing about all the different units B&W turned out to be the best and the new companion worked perfect in the bed of my F350. It was set up for a fifth wheel so no drilling and its location is perfect since it was done at the factory before I bought the truck. Reese make great stuff and that is what I used on my travel trawler, but B&W won and it doing great.
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Old 03-10-2018, 05:37 PM   #39
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What are the failures with the Anderson hitch?
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What are the failures with the Anderson hitch?
Lippert does not endorse Anderson Ultimate Hitches. So any frame issues will have to covered by Anderson if you use one.
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