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Founded in 1952, Reese has been committed to becoming the leading manufacturer of hitching systems by focusing on quality, innovation and safety. Reese prides themselves on building the most valued, reliable, durable and easy-to-install products.

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  • What is the Best Truck for Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • You are doing the right thing by doing the research first. There is a lot of conflicting information out there so let me break it down for you and I will provide some part recommendations at the end. Basically, if you want to tow a 5th wheel trailer, the best trucks are going to be long bed 3/4 or 1 tons like a Ford F-250/F-350, Chevy/GMC 2500/3500, or Ram 2500/3500. Half ton trucks could work but are not nearly as capable as the larger trucks. A long bed for sure is something you will...
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  • Minimum Truck Bed Length for Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer Without Cab and Loft Clearance Issues
  • The minimum bed length for towing a fifth-wheel trailer with a standard fifth-wheel hitch, see link, is 8 feet. A 6-1/2 inch bed like the Silverado Extended Cab you mentioned can be used along with a slider style fifth-wheel hitch, see link, that requires you to remember to get out of the truck and move a handle to slide the hitch rearward when tight parking and campground situations are encountered. Once ready to go back out on the road the hitch will need to be moved forward, requiring...
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  • How to Determine Maximum Towing Capacity of Ford F150
  • I'd be more likely to believe the owner's manual over the RV dealer, but I have a way you can definitively determine how heavy of a trailer you can tow. Look in the door jamb of the driver's side front door for the manufacturer ID tag. You should see the acronym 'GCWR' or Gross Combined Weight Rating. This weight represents the maximum combined weight of the trailer and the truck. Load your truck up as you would if you were traveling with all the gear and passengers. Drive onto a truck...
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  • Tips for Choosing the Best Truck to Tow a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • Starting with the truck series itself, I would go with a 3/4 ton or 1 ton. Ultimately a 1-ton would be better. Between gas and diesel I would choose a diesel if it were me. They are capable of more power and torque than gas motors. The cab style does not matter all that much but the bed size does. You will want to avoid a step side bed and a Dodge model that has a Rambox feature because they cannot have a 5th wheel hitch installed. Long beds are the way to go. A short bed can cause issues...
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  • What is the Best Weight Distribution and Sway Control System for a 8,200 Pound Travel Trailer
  • We will plan for the maximum gross trailer weight of 8,200 pounds. The dry tongue weight, 910, is right around 15 percent of the 6,300 dry weight. We can then estimate at 8,200 pounds trailer weight our tongue weight is 1,230 pounds. Since your tongue weight will be somewhere between 910 and 1,230 pounds, Reese Strait-Line Weight Distribution system, part # RP66074, would work perfect for you. It has the Dual-Cam Sway Control System which is the best system for a larger trailer, especially...
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  • Maximum Weight of Trailer That a 1998 Ford F150 Can Tow
  • The best way to determine the maximum weight of the trailer you can safely tow is to subtract the weight of the fully loaded vehicle (curb weight plus weight of all cargo, driver and passengers) from the 12,500 GCVW. The figure you end up with will represent the maximum trailer weight you can safely tow. You would also need to check the capacity of your hitch, which might be different from the capacity of the truck itself. The trailer you tow cannot weigh any more that the capacity of the...
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  • How to eliminate Trailer Sway that Occurs at 55 to 65 MPH Even With Sway Control
  • Sway controls are designed to be used in situations where sway is a direct result of some type of road condition, like high winds or large vehicles passing. If you have sway with a trailer under normal towing conditions, sway control will most likely not correct the problem. The best defense against trailer sway in all conditions is proper trailer loading. You will need to check your trailer tongue weight and gross trailer weight and get the weight distributed properly. Most times sway...
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  • Can A Fifth Wheel Trailer Be Used with a Ford F-150 Supercrew 5-1/2 Foot Bed
  • You may be able to use a fifth wheel, depending on the width of the trailer. Since the 5-1/2 foot bed is so short, in turning the fifth wheel trailer can end up making contact with the cab of the truck resulting in damage. The Sidewinder is essentially a hitch extender that will provide enough clearance for some fifth wheel trailers to be towed behind 5-1/2 bed trucks. You will need to take some measurements on the truck and the width of the fifth wheel trailer and calculate if you would...
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  • Will Using a Weight Distribution System Increase Towing Capacity of Vehicle
  • An equalizing hitch or weight distribution can sometimes increase the capacity of the receiver hitch, but the vehicle manufacturers stated towing capacity or rating will always be the final determination of how much the vehicle can tow. Any towing system will only be as strong as its lowest rated component. I would urge you to abide by the stated towing capacity of your truck. Failure to do so can cause the hitch to fail or damage drive train components on the vehicle.
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  • Can a 2015 Toyota Tundra Tow Fifth Wheel that Weighs 8,690 lbs
  • Based on the capacities of your 2015 Toyota Tundra and the weight of your trailer you should be fine. As long as you stay under the 10,300 lb capacity that Toyota stated is the capacity for your truck there would be no reason to fear that you are overloading your truck. At 8,690 lbs you aren't really that close to the towing capacity so you shouldn't have anything to worry about.
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  • Can a 2014 Ram 1500 Short Bed 5.7 Tow a 5th Wheel Trailer
  • The trailer, once loaded, will be closer to the towing capacity of your 2014 Ram 1500. Provided it does not exceed the truck's capacity it can tow the trailer. How well it tows the trailer depends on several factors including but not limited to the condition of the truck (since it is a 2014 it is probably still in like new condition). Another factor is the terrain. It will be harder on the truck if pulling the trailer in hilly or mountainous areas and/or in high temperature areas or...
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  • Using a Weight Distribution System on a Boat Trailer With Surge Brakes
  • I contacted Venture Trailers Inc. and found that the reason they do not recommend the use of a weight distribution system is because most weight distribution systems are not recommended for trailers with surge brakes because they do not allow the coupler to push into the coupler housing and engaging the brakes. Also due to the fact that they do apply additional stress on the tongue of the trailer like you said and this can be particularly harmful to aluminum frame trailers. There are...
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  • What is a Safe Distance Between Truck Bed Rails and the Underside of a 5th Wheel Camper Trailer Loft
  • Our recommendation for safe towing, no damage to truck bed rails or underside of trailer loft is 6 inches. If you have at least 6 inches of clearance with the trailer level you should be alright in all but the most severe pitch and roll situations, like entering a steep drive or going through a deep dip. If your fifth-wheel hitch does not have enough rise to accommodate 6 inches of clearance, then you might be interested in a hitch that can be adjusted to 18 inches above the truck bed,...
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  • Sway Control Recommendation for an Eaz-Lift Weight Distribution System
  • The Eaz-Lift weight distribution systems use independent friction-style sway control, also known as bar-style sway control like the Pro Series Friction Sway Control Bar, # 83660. Since your trailers GTW is over 6,000 lbs, we recommend using two sway control units. One on the driver side and one on the passenger side. Two sway control units are also recommended for trailers that are 26 ft or longer. To install these units, you will bolt the ball plate to the side of the trailer frame....
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  • What Size Truck is Recommended for Towing a 16,000 Pound 5th Wheel Trailer
  • While there is not a specific truck size required, to maximize towing capacity and minimize wear and tear on the drive train of the truck, I would recommend a full size, 3/4 or 1 ton truck like the Ford F-250 or F350, Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra 2500 or 3500, or Dodge Ram 2500 or 3500 Series. I would recommend a truck with the 8 foot bed if possible, which would eliminate the need for a sliding hitch or a replacement pin box for the fifth wheel. That is not to say that other trucks...
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  • How to Determine the Correct Height for a Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch to Tow Level
  • The correct height for your Reese Select Plus 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch # RP30081 really depends on your fifth wheel trailer and truck setup. Basically you want your trailer to sit as level as possible so you will need to pick the correct height adjustment of the # RP30081 based on what will give you a level setup for your trailer. What you will do is park the truck and trailer on level ground. Using the landing gear/jacks on the 5th wheel to make it level, then measure from the ground...
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  • How to Determine if a Ford F250 Has Rails or Hitch Prep Package for Fifth Wheel Towing
  • If the truck bed of your Ford F250 has 4 pucks like what is in the picture I attached then your truck has the underbed hitch prep package and the Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider # RP30144 would be the correct hitch for your truck. If you have what looks like two metal rails that go from left to right in the bed of your truck then you have industry standard fifth wheel hitch rails and would need a hitch designed to fit those rails like the Reese Titan 20k part...
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  • Differences Between a Reese Sidewinder and Revolution on a 5th Wheel Trailer and 2012 Ford F-150
  • A Sidewinder and a Revolution are the same thing. It is called a Revolution when it comes as OEM equipment on a trailer. There are some design differences as well in terms of how each attaches to the trailer. Those are the only differences. To determine if the Revolution offers enough extra clearance for your truck and trailer, there are some measurements to look at. First, measure from the center of the hitch jaws to the back of the truck cab and add 22 inches (length of Revolution...
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  • Ram Truck Factory Puck System for 5th Wheel Hitches
  • The Ram OEM 5th wheel puck system, shown in the linked photo and article, was launched in 2013 so what you have in your truck is likely to be an aftermarket installation of some kind. These newer Ram trucks with the factory prep can directly accept a specialized 5th wheel hitch such as the B&W # BWRVK3600 or the Curt # C16545-16021. Such hitches drop right into those factory pucks, allowing you to completely remove the hitch for a clear bed when necessary for cargo. Without seeing the...
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  • Adjusting a Weight Distribution System for Best Performance
  • The Reese Weight Distribution System, # RP66022, has several points of adjustability depending on your application. The head unit can be tilted toward or away from the trailer which will raise or lower the spring bars. The head can also be adjust vertically and the spring bar chains can be adjusted. What you are looking for is a level trailer with the spring bars parallel with the trailer frame or pointed down slightly. Ideally, you will want 5 chain links between the spring bars and hanger...
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  • How to Determine Maximum Towing Capacity for 3/4 Ton Truck
  • I've got a quick and dirty way you can determine the capacity of your truck. It's not always evident what a truck's max capacity is, even by reading the owner's manual, but if you look at the ratings sticker on the driver's side door jamb, you can get an accurate statement of the truck's towing abilities. On the sticker, look for the Gross Combined Weight Rating, GWCR which is the maximum amount the truck plus the fully loaded trailer can weigh. From that, subtract the GVW, which represents...
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  • Which Trailer Ball Size for 27 Foot Long Travel Trailer
  • A trailer of the size you mention would either use a 2 inch or a 2-5/16 inch ball. A 2 inch ball can have a capacity up to 8000 lbs, while the capacity of a 2-5/16 inch ball can range between 6,000 and 30,000 lbs. The 2-5/16 inch ball would be more likely, but I couldn't say for sure without knowing the weight of the trailer. Using a tri-ball mount like the # 45325 you referenced might be your best bet. The required ball size should be stamped into the metal on the trailer coupler.
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  • How to Determine the Maximum Towing Weight for a 2008 Toyota Highlander
  • You will need to check your vehicle owners manual, the drivers side door jamb, and the trailer hitch itself, to determine the maximum towing capacity for your specific vehicle. I did some research on the internet and found that the 2008 Toyota Highlander, is rated for from 2,000 lbs towing up to 5,000 lbs towing if properly equipped for max towing. Actually checking your specific vehicle is the only safe way to determine the maximum capacity. You should be able to select a nicely...
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  • Trailer Ball Height to Increase Tongue Weight to Help with Sway Control on a Single Axle Fish House
  • You should have the hitch ball height set so that the trailer tows as level as possible behind your pickup. If there is a setting that goes between slightly higher than level and slightly lower than level, opt for the slightly lower setting, when the trailer is sitting on the trailer ball. An increase in tongue weight will most likely help with your sway situation. Adding weight in front of the trailer axles would be the best way to increase the tongue weight, just make sure you stay...
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  • Hitch Extension for Towing a Boat on a Truck with an In-Bed Truck Camper
  • There is a Titan hitch extender that should work for you, but would require a Titan hitch be installed on your truck to handle a tongue weight loaded that far from the hitch. It is Reese part # RP45292. You can use it as a 34 inch extension or cut it down to be a 24 inch extension. At the 24 inch length, you will have a towing capacity of 6,000 pounds with a tongue weight capacity of 600 pounds. If you need more capacity than that, you can use a weight distribution system and your capacities...
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  • A 5th Wheel Trailer Needs to be Towed Level by Adjusting the Kingpin and/or the 5th Wheel Hitch
  • What you will do is park the truck and trailer on level ground. Using the landing gear/jacks on the 5th wheel to make it level, then measure from the ground to the bottom of the pin box skid plate, not the king pin, and record the measurement. Next measure from the ground to the top of the skid plate on the 5th wheel hitch and record it. Adjust either the height of the 5th wheel head or the king pin on the trailer or both to get the measurements as close to the same as you can. If...
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  • Replacement Keys for Reese Hitch Lock
  • To order replacement keys # CKEY-FS for your Reese/Draw-Tite/Hidden Hitch lock just click on the linked page for this item and enter your lock/key number LB07 in the field provided on that page. Note that the key is sold as a single piece so if you want two order a quantity of 2. This is a flat type silver key.
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  • How Do I Install Fifth Wheel Rails in The Bed of My Pickup
  • The rails in the bed of your pickup are installed so that the king pin will be just forward of the rear axle when hitched. The mounting location is vehicle specific and if you would like to provide your trucks year, make, model bed length and cab style I would be glad to get instructions to you and make a recommendation for an installation kit for your truck. When mounting a fifth wheel hitch the first measurement you use is the distance from the farthest back part of the bed, tailgate...
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  • Comparing Reese, Pro Series, and CURT 16K Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitches
  • Reese is a leader in the towing industry and we sell more Reese hitches than any other brand. It is height adjustable from 14-1/2 to 18 inches. The jaw on the Reese hitch is a double jaw style. This is a safe and secure style. Only the single hook is considered to be better. It has a double pivot head. The next step down is the Pro Series hitch, # PS30855. This is a very economical hitch aimed at the first-time 5th wheel trailer owner. It is height adjustable from 13 inches to 17 inches...
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  • How Much Weight Can a 2003 Ford Explorer V6 Tow With a Reese Weight Distribution Hitch
  • You will need to check with the vehicle manufacturer or your specific vehicles owners manual to get the GCVWR (Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating) for your 2003 Ford Explorer V6. Once this is located you will need to subtract the gross weight of your vehicle fully loaded from the GCVWR and that will give you the total amount of weight the manufacturer allows for towing. You will also need to determine the weight ratings of the hitch on your Explorer, and whether it is designed for...
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