Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider, Wiring Harness - Single Jaw - 18,000 lbs

Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider, Wiring Harness - Single Jaw - 18,000 lbs

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  • Reese
  • 18000 lbs GTW
  • Sliding Fifth Wheel
  • Hitch Only
  • Premium - Single-Hook Jaw
  • Double Pivot
  • 16 - 18 Inch Tall
  • 4500 lbs TW
  • 10 Inch Fore/Aft Travel
The Elite Series fifth-wheel trailer hitch offers the best in quick, easy hookup with a wide funnel area, 4-way pivoting head and a self-latching jaw that wraps around the king pin for maximum security. Custom, under-bed rail system sold separately. Call 800-298-8924 to order Reese fifth wheel part number RP30144 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Reese products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider, Wiring Harness - Single Jaw - 18,000 lbs. Fifth Wheel reviews from real customers.


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Reese Fifth Wheel - RP30144

The Elite Series fifth-wheel trailer hitch offers the best in quick, easy hookup with a wide funnel area, 4-way pivoting head and a self-latching jaw that wraps around the king pin for maximum security. Custom, under-bed rail system sold separately.


Features:

  • Forged, single-piece, self-latching jaw wraps around king pin to ensure proper connection
    • Design offers superior jaw-to-king-pin contact for maximum security and minimum rattle
  • Included slider ensures clearance required for your short-bed pickup to turn safely at slow speeds
    • Prevents trailer from hitting the cab of your pickup during sharp, slow-speed turns
    • Slides smoothly on rounded rails - a design improvement over older models
      • Inhibits binding with angled steel rollers
    • Operates even when tow vehicle and trailer are not in straight line
      • Functions up to 45-degree angle
    • Designed for use on trucks with beds shorter than 8'
    • Comes with rubber grip handle that can mount to either side of system
  • 9" Wide funnel (rather than traditional, 6" wide funnel) provides larger area for guiding king pin into hitch
  • Extended-length, lockable handle lets you easily secure trailer to hitch with padlock (sold separately)
    • King pin indicator keeps hitch from locking until connection is secure
  • Elite Series custom, under-bed rail kit (sold separately) allows uninhibited use of truck bed when hitch is removed
    • 1/4-Turn, quick-lock puck system allows easy mounting and removal of hitch
  • Wide footprint offers increased stability
  • 4-Way head pivot improves efficiency - faster, easier hookup, even on unlevel ground
    • 4-Degree side-to-side pivot
  • 2" Height adjustment
  • Fully assembled unit saves 1 hour of assembly time
  • Sturdy, black powder coated steel is corrosion resistant
  • Wiring harness with 7-way trailer connector has 9' lead for maximum reach
  • Ships via truck freight


Specs:

  • Gross towing weight: 18,000 lbs
    • Capacity is limited to that of your rail kit
  • Vertical load limit: 4,500 lbs
  • Hitch height: 16" - 18"
  • Slider travel: 10" front to back
  • 7-Year limited warranty


Notes:

  • Due to the size of this item, it ships via truck freight.
  • This fifth-wheel trailer hitch will not fit pickups with beds shorter than 6'. It also will not fit trucks with flareside/stepside bed. If using a slider, hitch will not adjust to lowest height setting.
  • Will not work for trucks with Dodge factory prep packages.

Elite Series Jaw

Forged, Self-Latching Jaw

The one-piece, self-latching jaw on this fifth-wheel hitch provides absolute security with its wraparound design. Increased jaw-to-king-pin contact results in not only a stronger connection, but less rattle and movement as well. And the convenient lock indicator on the hitch handle ensures that hookup is complete and secure before you can lock your trailer to your hitch.



Elite Series Slider

Elite Series Slider

Most often used on trucks with 6' beds, this roller helps to eliminate clearance problems during slow-speed turns. When you are towing a fifth-wheel trailer, your hitch must be situated on the cab side of your truck's rear axle. However, at slow speeds you can use a roller to slide the fifth-wheel hitch (and the trailer) toward your truck's tailgate and past the rear axle, creating enough space between the cab of your truck and the trailer to permit less-restricted turning.



Unrestricted Truck Bed Access

Complete Truck-Bed Access

Once your Elite Series fifth-wheel hitch is installed, you can easily remove it for complete access to your truck bed. The fifth-wheel head removes with just two pins and is easy to lift. Then you can unlock and disengage the roller base from the Power Puck rail mounting system and remove it as well. All that you will be left with is four small cavities that sit flush in your truck-bed floor - no rails, no bolts.



90 Degree Wiring Harness

Simple Wiring

The included 90-degree wiring harness makes attaching your trailer to your tow vehicle a snap. With a 9' lead that can easily reach your truck bed and a 90-degree angled head that fits into tight spaces, this uniquely designed wiring harness is perfect not only for your new fifth-wheel hitch, but for gooseneck hitches as well. Simply tee the harness into your vehicle's factory-installed 7-way trailer connector, which is mounted under the bumper of your truck. The 7-way connector on this harness then mounts in the wheel well, right next to your hitch, for quick, easy hookup.





30144 Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider, Wiring Harness - Single Jaw - 18,000 lbs

Replaces 30085



RP30144 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details RP30144 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2011 - 2014 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty 6-3/4 Foot Bed with OEM Prep Pkg

2015 - 2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty 6-3/4 Foot Bed with OEM Prep Pkg

2015 - 2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty 6-3/4 Foot Bed with OEM Prep Pkg



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Video of Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider, Wiring Harness - Single Jaw - 18,000 lbs


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty

Speaker 1: Today on this 2017 Ford F-250, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Reese Elite Series Preassembled Fifth-Wheel Hitch with Slider, part number RP30144.Here's what our fifth-wheel and slider looks like installed. Now, the reason you're going to want this particular fifth-wheel and slider compared to other options on the market is that if your Ford truck, such as this one, has the factory rail system, this drops right in with no modification to the vehicle required at all. Also, you're going to need a slider if your truck does not have 8' bed. This particular truck has a 6-3/4' bed.As we make sure quick turns or do tight corners or pull into gas stations, we run the risk of having the overhang of our fifth-wheel contacting the cab of our truck. By having a slider in place, we move the overhang further back giving us the necessary clearance to make those maneuvers safely without damaging our truck or trailer.Compared to other options on the market, this one seems easier to me to be able to install and remove from the truck, if need be if we want full access to our bed, because it is lighter weight. Now, even though this is a lighter weight unit than some other options on the market, it doesn't sacrifice quality or durability while saving weight.

We still have the same capacities as other options as well.This fifth-wheel hitch and slider have a capacity of 18,000 pound max gross trailer weight rating and a 4,500 pound max pin weight rating. You want to make sure that you consult the owner's manual of your truck and not exceed what the truck is rated for or what the hitch is rated for. Go by whichever number is less.Coupling to our fifth-wheel is a very easy operation. Once we've removed our pin and clip, which secures our latch handle into place, we can grab our handle, push out or pull out depending on where we're at, push back towards the truck, and then it's locked in the open position. This is one of the smoothest operating handles I have used on any fifth-wheel.

Now, once we couple to our trailer by backing into our king pin, our jaws will wrap around it and it'll automatically close.Now, one nice feature that this has that other fifth-wheels don't is that we have a flag indicator right here that will let us know if we're fully coupled. If you can't install your pin and clip to secure your latch or your coupler, it means you're not fully coupled. Once you are fully coupled, the flag comes out indicating that it is.Now, when we need to operate our slider for those close-quarter maneuvers, to get it into the maneuvering position, you'll grab the pin, which secures your latch for the slider. Pull it out, take your handle, move it up into the unlock position, and then your slider can move freely. Once you're locked in the maneuvering position, reinstall your pin to make sure it stays there.

Once we're in the maneuvering position, you can see we have much more cab clearance now, so now we can safely execute those tight maneuvers.Getting back into our towing position is just as easy. We'll pull our pin, take our slider handle, rotate it into the unlocked position. At this point, we will activate the brake controller inside our truck to hold our trailer brakes on. We will reverse our truck up back towards our trailer, and our slider will move forward into the towing position where we can then lock it back into place. With our handle in the latch position, we will now reinstall our pin to make sure our handles stays in the locked position.For those rough terrain situations, the head of our fifth-wheel is fully articulating in any direction to give us the smooth ride that we're looking for.

We'll be able to adjust it from a minimum of 16" above the bed to a total of 18" above the bed. When we're hooking up to our fifth-wheel, our fifth-wheel head here has some unique features that makes it easier for us to hook up.Our frontal area here, which guides our king pin into our jaw clamping area is 9" wide versus the traditional 6", giving us more room for air so we can have a proper hookup in case we're off a little bit. This design also makes it so we can hook up up to a 45-degree angle in case we aren't perfectly centered. Once we have guided our king pin into position, our one-piece wraparound forged jaw provides full contact with the king pin to secure our trailer without having any loose movement. Now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get it installed.First thing we want to do is make sure that all four of our pucks and our factory rail system are free of any debris. Ours are all clean, so we're good to go. Now, we will lift up our slider and drop it into position making sure all four of the attachments points go into our factory pucks. Now, when we drop our slider into position on our pucks, we want to ensure that our handle is in the fully unlocked position. Otherwise, it won't go into the puck until you slide the handle to the unlocked position. It'll drop in.Now, we will close our handles into the locked position by swinging them towards the center. We will lock them together with our Clevis pin so they can't be opened. Okay. They're both secured now. We'll do the same for the other side of the slider. Okay with both of our sides now locked down into our puck system, we're going to pull up on our slider to make sure it's secured properly. Okay. It's locked into position and not going anywhere.Now, our fifth-wheel also comes with a wiring harness in case we need to add a seven-way to the bed of our truck to make it easier to hook up to our fifth-wheel. In our particular application, our truck is already factory equipped with a seven-way in the bed of the truck, but if you need to install this, you can just tee in to your factory seven-way connector at the back of the truck.So, you'll plug this end into your seven-way and this end into the factory wiring harness, and then you'll have 9' of cable where you can mount your seven-way in any position that you would like within reach of the cable and the bed of your truck to make it easier for you to hook up to your fifth-wheel.Now, I typically mount my seven-way towards the back on the driver side of the bed of our truck just like where our factory one is. Alternatively, you can also mount it closer to the front of the cab. A lot of people like doing that because when they're hooking up to their trailer, they're already in that position, so they could simply reach down, grab the plug, and hook it into the seven-way.That completes our look at and showing you how to install the Reese Elite Series Preassembled Fifth-Wheel Hitch with Slider, part number RP30144, on this 2017 Ford F-250.


Customer Reviews

Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider, Wiring Harness - Single Jaw - 18,000 lbs - RP30144

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (338 Customer Reviews)

The Elite Series fifth-wheel trailer hitch offers the best in quick, easy hookup with a wide funnel area, 4-way pivoting head and a self-latching jaw that wraps around the king pin for maximum security. Custom, under-bed rail system sold separately.

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2014 Ford F-250 Super Duty

My entire experience with etrailer.com was excellent. I spent numerous hours researching the hitch and tonneau cover set up I wanted for my 2014 Ford F250. The majority of my time was on the etrailer.com website reviewing Q&A, installation guidance and videos, and expert advise. I chose the Reese Elite Series 5th wheel hitch and the BakFlip F1 tonneau cover. Both products arrived within 10 business days. Installation was as easy and straightforward as expected. The BakFlip F1 really dresses up my F250 and the BakFlip technology makes it very easy to use and gives me full access to my truck bed as needed. The Reese hitch has performed flawlessly. 132420



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Must drop landing gear to reduce trailer weight on hitch when using slider feature. Did not read this anywhere prior to using. Have no problems now. 446606



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Ford

Awesome!! Quick shipping!! Fit right in my Ford with the factory system in the bed. Easy to install. Preassembled. Works great!! Takes a little time to adjust properly the first time but once it's adjusted it takes 2 min's to put it in truck or take it out. It' worth the cost!!! 359926



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2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

5th Wheel hitch makes towing easy. The trailer I bought would turn without the slider but I can slide the hitch back and maneuver the trailer in very tight quarters. Hitch was too heavy for me to lift but I use my engine hoist to lift hitch in or out all by myself with ease. I made a cart that rolls into the garage when not in use. 337372



- RP30137
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


The product arrived quickly and fit perfectly! 617634



- RP30140
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Great quality and bag is a nice plus. 449785



- RP30138
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


I have a 2016 Ford F250. My truck didn't come installed with any hitch equipment other than the stock bumper hitch. I insulted Reese Elite Series rails under the bed and have pulled my 5th wheel just fine since. Recently, I purchased a new 5th wheel trailer and the dealer tossed in an Andersen Ultimate Hitch 2. The only problem is that my truck hasn't been equipped with a gooseneck hitch. This product solves that problem, integrates with my current setup, and is incredibly easy to install. Can't wait to test it out on the road this weekend. Here's my current setup: 2016 Ford F250 Air Lift Air Ride System with compressor Reese Elite Rails with Gooseneck Hitch Kit 448210



- RP30140
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


The product was perfect and works great 138578



- RP30140
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Looks good, however, it was made in China, something I didn't see on the website. Hope it lasts. 195353


Comments

So far so good. The only problem was finding safety chain hooks that fit the safety hookups. I gave up and used heavy duty d-rings instead.

Fgslr - 05/28/2016

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- RP30871
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Excellent hitch works perfectly pulls great the only thing I can tell you is don't let the locking pin dangle when not in use because it will beat the pint off the side of the hitch. this isn't the hitches fault its my fault 571155



- RP30137
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


The safety chain loops are not big enough to accept the safety hooks for my 24' stock trailer. Easy to install but they need to reengineer the loops. 22987


Comments

Why cant you just place a second larger link through that hoop that your chain hook will fit in?

-- comment by: LC32 - 12/04/2012

567

It would be possible to use a Quick Link like part # 49135
Safety Chain Quick Link, 1/2"10K
$6.95
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-- Patrick B - 12/4/2012


- RP30871
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Great hitch. Very heavy and sturdy. Fits my 2016 F350 with factory puck system like a glove. Very easy drop into pucks and lock into place. The hitch separates into two pieces to make it able to be installed or removed by one person, but two are better. We tow a 16,00 pound 5th wheel with this hitch. 539826



- RP30871
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Good product. Needed a larger fifth wheel as we upgraded the camper. This one was rated for our needs. 337892



- RP30142
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Picked up hitch today at shipping depot. Everything was exactly as described. Have purchased this model of Reese hitch prior so am a satisfied returning customer. Have never purchased from etrailer before and they are excellent with great support and notifying of shipping status etc. Great purchase experience!! 503615



- RP30140
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


I bought this product for my 3500 Ram (with puck System) and my Andersen Ultimate fifth wheel hitch. The components install in seconds and removal is just as easy. I would highly recommend this system. 575968



- RP30142
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Item was received well packaged. All parts were received as expected. I wish I would have taken pictures of box when it was received or as I installed it on my 2015 F250 but rest assured it fit into my Ford with the 5th wheel prep package quite easily. Directions were adequate. My only issue was I did not know if the pre-asembly of the base was torqued correctly. There was no mention of it in the packaging and I do not own a torque wrench so it would have been comforting to know that it was done properly before shipment. However it appeared to be okay and I had no issues towing my 5th wheel the 15 miles from the dealership to my home. Also there is no mention prior to ordering that you need lithium grease to properly lube the moving parts. Make sure you have on hand prior to assembly. Overall, excellent product and I am definitely please with it and highly recommend it. 203214


Comments

I am thoroughly pleased with my purchase one year ago of this hitch. We have towed our 32 crusader across the country and back via different routes with no issues. I have read where others find it heavy to lift in and out of the truck bed. I would too except I remove the hitch plate to lighten the load so that I am lifting two relatively lite pieces instead of one heavy piece. We take the 5th wheel out on the road about every two months so I am happy with how I can separate the two in order to lift them in or out of the truck bed.Extremely easy to install, less than 5 minutes. I am totally satisfied with this product.

Joe S - 06/12/2016

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- RP30140
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Great products, excellent website providing information to make your selection easier. Shipping was prompt and merchandise arrived before expected in great shape. Thanks Juanita! I'll be back. 194659



- RP30140
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


This product is a perfect fit for my truck. Im happy with this product. Thank u 541166



- RP30137
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


After I ordered the ball hitch I thought it would be at least a week before I received the order but to my surprise 3 days later the item was here. Excellent service and no damage and the correct item. Thank you 212332


Comments

This is a very handy piece of equipment that i.use but normally use the 5th wheel hitch. When I pull a gooseneck I remove the 5th wheel hitch and install the gooseneck hitch within minutes..

Earl - 07/15/2016

19430

- RP30140
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Received my order promptly. Order was delivered in excellent condition and is everything I expected. This was a great company to do business with. 489542



- RP30871
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Works great. Handle could use slight tweaking to not push against bed cover. Locks in well and feels secure. Tight coming out but that is a good thing as it is not sloppy. 360644



- RP30137
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Good price and delivered quickly. Was everything the discription said it was! I will be telling folks to use etrailer to buy there needed products!! 546389



- RP30871
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


I have owned B&W, Curt and Reese Hitches for 5th wheel trailers. When I recently purchased a toy hauler I needed a heavy duty hitch for the 20,000# load. I decided to spend the extra money and get the Reese because of previous good experience and fitting the installed pucks in my F350. The Reese felt very light when I unpacked it. The parts are all made in China or Mexico. Assembly and installation took 25 min. The release mechanism feels cheap. It is difficult to make sure the pin is fully seated in the hitch. 2x it looked seated and I was able to install the locking pin and the trailer came out of the hitch! I always do a test pull in forward and reverse before pulling out onto the road. First time it came out I caught it on the test pull, second time it looked good w the test pull but 30' down the driveway it came out and crushed my bedside and tailgate. I would recommend the B &W or Curt before buying the more expensive but inferior Reese. 397426



- RP30140
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Excellent. VERY heavy duty And easy to put in/remove. Wish safety chain attachments were not as thick. Hard to find large enough safety chain hooks to fit over... 464653



- RP30140
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


The Reese Elite Series Pop-In Ball Kit was perfect fit for my 2014 RAM 3500 with the factory installed gooseneck prep kit. Once it arrived, my wife and I had no problem installing and removing any of the components from the kit. Being able to put all parts in the handy carrying bag is a bonus to. As for etrailer.com, delivery was faster than expected and much appreciated. The video and reviews on the website for this product (not to mention the price) were the main reasons why I purchased this product and purchased it from etrailer.com. If I had one con, it would be that ball hitch needs a sleeve to protect it from being dinged or scratched in the carrying bag, but no big deal. Thanks etrailer.com! 178262



- RP30142
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Item shipped fast (2 days transit to Texas). Well packed & installed in the bed of the truck within 5 minutes (2013 F-350 with pre-installed 5th wheel pkg). Haven't towed yet, but from what I have read, should be no issues. 93889



- RP30137
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


The product worked as advertised. what was the most impressive part of the purchase was Michelle's service. Thanks to her delivery of trailer was made on time. 180035



- RP30137
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Very good product. 494328



- RP30137
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Yes I ordered my product on a Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock and I got it on Saturday afternoon before 1 o'clock I have never dealt with anybody as fast as these guys I will definitely be back 589538



- RP30140
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Excellent customer service. They were out of the item I originally ordered. Sales contacted me immediately and showed me other similar products. I was able to purchase an even better product than I originally ordered. I’ll use etrailer.com for my future trailer needs. 549300



- RP30137
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I literally got hooked up at etrailer.com The price was great and rapid delivery at no cost. 128005



- RP30845
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


So far so good..it was difficult to figure which hitch fit my truck, but when I did..price was great, shipping was free, and now I have what I need.. 191428



- RP30137
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Arrived quickly, exactly as described, excellent service 562420



- RP30142
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


I have installed this hitch 4 times. It is a solid piece. With a little care in the mounting adjustments, there are no rattles or noises, even when the camper is not connected. The only problem I have is the instructions indicated drilling 4 3" inch holes in the bed. A 2 1/4" set of holes is more appropriate. They leave too much room for installation error. I mount the rails below and use a pointed bolt from the bottom to mark the hole location to drill the bed. Other than that - I think this is a great hitch. 125537


Comments

Fantastic! I would recommend this hitch to anyone who wants a quality product.

Dmaxcc6spd - 04/16/2015

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- RP30142
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


I have a 2013 F350 and it came with a 5th wheel hitch Prep Package. Your Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th wheel Trailer Hitch, 18000 lbs fits perfectly. The installation was quick and easy. We took a trip to Glacier National Park and it works great. Thank You, The Halls 102041



- RP30140
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


I bought the Reese Elite pop-in ball for my 2013 Ram3500 and put it to use with a heavy load. It fits perfect and is easy and fast to install or remove. I am very happy with it and can't understand why anyone would want a different system. The safety chain hook-ups are good also, but require a large hook as a smaller hook won't work. I will recommend this product to anyone. 194495



- RP30137
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Love it! 594529



- RP30138-26
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Will try to keep this as real as it gets out there. 2015 F250 XLT Crew Cab 8' Bed Ordered the Reese Elite Gooseneck and Barger 90 degree wiring harness. Received the gooseneck hitch and harness quickly. Free shipping got here in two days. Item came in two boxes. The rails were poorly packaged. Box was basically open and beat to hell, leaving markings on the rails' paint. Didn't bother me, but might others. The pucks were loose in the box and were lucky they did not fall out. The second box with the ball, ball mount, harness and misc. hardware was packed so well it took about 5 minutes to take off all the staples and then each product was individually boxed inside. Wish they would treat the rail box with the same care. Instructions are ok. Used the online install video instead. The video is slightly simplified as getting the nuts on the bolts is a slight challenge for a one man install. I was able to do the entire installation by myself with the exception of the four rail-to-frame bolts. Getting these snugged up to the point of being able to torque took two people simply because the nuts are hidden on the backside of the rail...particularly the driver-side front...which is slightly behind the gas tank, but still accessible. My F250 is factory lifted 4-5" so I did not have to remove the rear wheels, nor did I have to remove the spare tire or heat shield. Lower trucks will need the rear wheels pulled. Installing the ball mounting plate took some doing. Got one bolt on then decided to actually install the ball into the plate from above pulling the plate tight below. I used vice grips to basically keep the plate mounted tight rather than trying to lift it from underneath with one had and bolt it with the other. For me the most time consuming part of the project was getting the darned bed bolts off to lift the right side. Broke the T50 bit they supplied and then two others. Finally gave up and ground off two of the remaining bolts...and ordered replacements. Tip for those doing this on their own, you may want to spray the bolts from under with PB Blaster the day before you intend to install. I forgot and the issue was likely that the bolts were rusted. The wiring harness was a breeze, although I wish a shorter version was available. (Perhaps I missed it). Had to loop/zip tie about 2-3' under the bed. Connecting between the factory connectors did require me to pull the mounting plate. Was a bit tight to just slip the new connector in. Also, working the harness thru the hole in the bed side was a bit tight. Install probably took 10 minutes after getting the holes drilled. Total install time for this slightly skilled guy was about 3-1/2 hours...after the bed bolts fiasco. Oh...and did it all with a cast on the left arm. Ha! Now to see how she tows! 430852



- RP30140
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


I recently purchased a 2016 Ram 3500 with 5th wheel tow package already present on truck. I wanted an additional goose neck product and looked at various suppliers online and found etrailer products offered for sale. After to speaking with Heather who answered all my questions as well as reviewed feedback from customers I chose to go with the Reese gooseneck kit. I received the product within the shipping date provided to me and I went out to install it. It took me all of 3 mins to install with no issues. I did my best to remove, shake and couldn't get them to budge. It took me a total of 5 mins to remove the parts and storing them back under the rear seat. The parts fit perfect, look great as well as we're the cheapest price I could find. Their online video is all the install instructions you need! I will definitely use etrailer in the future. Thanks Heather! 296158



- RP30137
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Review from a similar Reese Elite Series in Fifth Wheel


Wanted to leave a message about all my experiences with etrailer. I purchased a new Ford F-350 Super Duty in August and wanted a lot of aftermarket items for it. I accidentally found etrailer on the internet while searching. They have everything I was looking for. Their pricing was very competitive with free shipping on a lot of items. The last item purchased was a Reese gooseneck ball and safety chain hookup. It’s a great item, very easy to install and shipped the next day. I’m very pleased with etrailer. 571867



- RP30137
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etrailer.com customer service was excellent. No complaints. However, I couldn't give a 5 due to the fouled up UPS delivery. I paid for 3 day shipping on the 31st. I received my tracking number and it indicated I'd receive my Gooseneck hitch-ball kit on the 4th. I didn't receive it on the 4th. I called you and you told me it wouldn't get here until the 5th due to the holiday. However, UPS didn't manage to deliver my package until 2:00PM on the 6th. Your customer service refunded the extra charge for the 3 day service, so no foul there. But UPS really dropped the ball. Anyway, etrailer did hold up their end, so thank you. Yes, I'll be back..... Anyhow, etrailer is great, UPS, not so much. 465355



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Since this unit comes fully assembled it was a snap to install in the under bed mounting unit. The only issue I had was how the product was received. The box fell completely apart when the UPS driver was taking it out of his truck. He said it was damaged before he got it. Luckly everything was still in the box. 175843



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called and got information on a product i was wanting to purchase. Staff very knowledgeable. Placed my order for a rush and it was shipped out at noon the very same day. Received it in 2 days and was just what i had wanted. Was missing the storage bag but i contacted etrailer and they shipped out the item the same day i called to report it missing from shipment 409105



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Nice Product, Geat delivery. The Safety chain pucks are to large for all of the hooks I could find, so I added 1/2" closed loop links and solved the issue. 381826



- RP30137
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Outstanding product. Would recommend to anyone pulling gooseneck trailer. 443657


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Excellent product for pulling my horse trailer. Would recommend to all cowboys pulling with a Ford F350.

R. K - 10/18/2018

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My Reese Elite 5th wheel hitch arrived UPS. 143lbs and used a hand dolly to take off the truck and wheel to my garage. Came packaged ok. Pre-assembled and everything was included. Read the Manual, which for older people helps, showing lube and parts, install info etc...referring back to the manual/instructions. Used a wooden table(same height as my tailgate) to wheel it right up to the gate and slid the hitch on a piece of cardboard(from the box) into the position of the puck system. Moving the base first then the hitch plate next. The hitch install was simple and easy. Did not need any help. I did call customer service and made a slight 1/4 turn adjustment to two legs for a tighter fit. There again referring to the manual/instructions provided with the hitch. Very pleased with the hitch over all. It served its purpose and I believe will give us many years of service. We pull a 5th wheel gvwr of 11769lbs and completed over 1200 miles of safe towing. Pleased with my purchase. Thank you. 159385



- RP30142
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I have a 2013 F-350 which came with the fifth wheel preparation package. As advertised, this Reese Elite series Pre-Assembled 5th wheel hitch dropped right in. Had it installed in about 30 minutes. very well constructed. Can't wait to try it out. 101648


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The 5th wheel hitch works as advertised. I have been using it to pull my 36ft. Montana. Absolutely no problems. Highly recommend this product.

Robert K - 09/26/2014

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- RP30137
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It came ahead of schedule and in perfect condition. I'm very happy with the product. 661152



- RP30845
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Great hitch to convert your Reece elite puck system to a gooseneck. Plastic cover is pointless and doesn’t stay down, but it’s not needed anyway. 660919



- RP30142
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Ordered before business hours on Monday got it Wednesday, couldn’t be happier 660241


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  • Best 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for 2017 Ford F-350
  • The best fifth wheel trailer hitch for you depends on the details of your 2017 Ford F-350. The Reese Elite Series is a great choice, especially if you have the factory prep package. The Elite fits right into Ford's factory pucks so there's no need for an adapter. If your truck is an 8 foot bed use the stationary hitch # RP30142 but you'll need the slider # RP30144 if your truck is a short bed. They're both 18,000 pound hitches. Another great option is the B&W Companion. The Companion...
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  • Reese 5th Wheel Hitch Recommendation for 2017 F-250 with Factory Prep and Tonneau Cover
  • The 5th wheel hitches made to fit the factory tow prep package in your 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty are shown on the linked page. For the lowest height you will want to use a below-bed type install kit since this will avoid need for adapters like # RP30156 that add height. Reese does offer an option, part # RP30144, their Elite Series 18K. This hitch has a height range of 16- to 18-inches and it includes features such as an extra-wide funnel and 4-way pivoting head for easier hitching....
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  • 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches for a 2018 Ford F-250 4x4 Both with and without Factory Prep Package
  • On your 2018 Ford F-250 4x4 look in the bed. If you see the 4 pucks in the bed like in the picture I have included then you do have the factory 5th wheel prep package. If you just see the indentations where the pucks would be then you do not have the prep package. If you do have those pucks then you can use a hitch that mounts directly in them. For a long bed truck you can use the following: # BWRVK3305 # C16036 # RP30871 # DM8550033 If you have the prep package and a short...
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  • Compatibility of 5th Wheel Hitches with Reese Elite Underbed System In 2016 GMC Sierra 3500, 8ft Bed
  • The Curt Q20 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch for Chevy/GMC Towing Prep Package # C16530-16025 will not fit in the Reese Elite Under Bed Rails # RP30868. Only certain hitches are designed to fit in the pucks of the Reese Elite Under Bed rails, such as th Reese Elite Series Hitch, 26.5K # RP30871, the Elite Series Silder, 18K # RP30144, and the Elite Series Hitch, 18K # RP30142. The Elite Series Underbed Rail Adapter # RP30156 will allow standard 5th wheel hitches to be used with the Reese under...
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  • Fifth Wheel Hitch with Below bed Rails for 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500 with 6-1/2 Foot bed
  • There are high-quality options for you to install a fifth-wheel hitch with under bed rails on your 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500 with a 6-1/2 foot bed without the factory rail kit. The first hitch is the one I recommend, the B&W Companion # BWRVK3400-5W, which installs with the Custom Underbed Installation Kit # BWGNRK1016-5W. The rails double as a Turnoverball gooseneck hitch, and the Companion, which has a capacity of 20,000 lbs, features jaws which are 1" thick and provide full 360 degree...
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  • Recommended Curt A-16 Slider 5th Wheel Hitch for 2017 Ford F-150 6-1/2 Foot Bed
  • The Curt A16 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch w/ R16 Slider - Dual Jaw - 16,000 lbs # C16521 has an upgraded jaw system that interlocks to provide more security but it also seems to have less jaw damage as you mentioned. We have not had reports of jaw issues with this model, so it seems to have been corrected. If you don't already have the 5th wheel rails, I recommend the Curt Custom Fifth Wheel Installation Kit for Ford F150 - Carbide Finish # C16442-204 which has custom brackets confirmed...
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  • How To Prevent Towing Nose High with a 2016 Ford F-250
  • The negative side effect of using the Reese Elite Series Underbed Rail Adapter part # RP30156 is that it will add an additional 3" of height to your 5th wheel hitch. In this case, the added 3" is causing your trailer to sit nose high which is not a good thing at all as it will put more pressure on your axles/tires and can lead to issues such as trailer sway. I first recommend you check to see if the pin box can be moved higher up on the wing set to then bring the nose down more. The...
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  • Best 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches for a 2011 Ford F-250 Long Bed
  • There are several 5th wheel trailer hitches that will fit the factory pucks in a 2011 Ford F-250 long bed. One of the most popular is B&W Companion # BWRVK3300. This hitch is rated for 20,000 pounds gross trailer weight and is made in the USA. There is also a 25K version, # BWRVK3305. We also have some options from Curt including the 24K hitches # C16039, # C16545-16017 or # C16036, 20K hitches # C16034 and # C16530-16017, and 16K hitch # C16520-16017. All of these hitches feature cushioned...
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