5th Wheel Frequently Asked Questions

Written by hitchweb Team
Monday, January 30, 2012 — 7 Comments

Hitchweb has put together an article that answers the most frequently asked questions about 5th Wheel hitches:

Q. I have the 20K Reese Select Series 5th Wheel (part number 30081) but the jaw part won't open all the way through when it is in open lock position. How do I fix this?

A. Open the jaw part and locate the spring at the back - spray it with white lithium to lubricate.


Q. Will my Reese Elite Series hitch fit my Reese Signature Series hitch with no adapter?

A. The Reese Elite Series hitch should fit the Signature Series Rails with no adapter. The only time the adapter would be needed, is if the customer has a existing Signature Series hitch being used with a new Elite Series Rail System.


Q.  I recently purchased a 2011 F150 with the built-in underbed rail kit. Do I need an adapter when I use my Elite Series 5th Wheel Hitch?

A. The 2011 F-Series with the OEM underbed rail kit does not need the adapter unless you are using it with the Signature Series Hitch. Nothing elese is needed when using the Elite Series Hitches.


Q. Has the Pullrite capture plate design changed?

A. Yes, their capture plates have had a new design change. Instean of having the square that goes into a triangular shape, they are going to have square only.


Q. What is the difference between slider and crossbed?

A. Two different rail configurations work with the size of you pickup truck box to reduce the possibility of damaging your truck cab or box. A slider is a rail designed for short box trucks (beds 6.5ft or shorter) which allows the hitch to slide back from its mounting position. When the trailer is turning it has enough clearance between itself and the back window of the pickup truck cab. The image below show how this works:

when to use a 5th wheel slider

We hope this artical could be of great help to you. If you have any questions regarding 5th wheel please contact us via LIVE CHAT, EMAIL or call 800-300-4067.


Comments


Hitchweb Team
Monday, August 17, 2015
Hello les, Are you looking to replace the current king pin on your trailer? If so, we have a number of options to choose from. Please visit our KING PIN category to view the options: https://www.hitchweb.com/category/HD-A-3-5/King-Pins
Les
Monday, August 17, 2015
I just purchase a fifth wheel trailer and came with hitch. this hitch style slides forward onto a plate with 2 lock pins holding it onto a plate mounted to box of truck. my other hitches I've had in the past all had the rails mounted to box with 4 pins. I need this plate for my 2011 f150 to accommodate the style of hitch that was included with the trailer. do you provide this type of plate? Thanks!
Aaron revious
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I have a Reese 18k signature hitch and I bought a rp30126 installation kit. And installed it but now my hitch will not fit in the holes. It missed by about a half inch from to back. Any tips

Hitchweb Team
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

You will need to purchase the adapter kit to use your Signature Series fifth wheel with the Elite Series rails in your factory kit. This adapter kit is part#58419

Anonymous
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I have 18k signature with slide kit part #30085 will it fit in my new ford f250 with factory kit

Hitchweb Team
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Yes, the base rail installation kit included in the system will work on your vehicle. Mounting brackets are included in this kit and there is drilling required.

Anonymous
Thursday, March 27, 2014

on a 1995 dodge ram 3500 dually long box will the Reese towpower 15,000 lb pro series fifth wheel hitch which comes with base rails install or will additional mounting brackets need to be purchased ? thank-you g.k.

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