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Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Hitch Review

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Review of the Reese Elite Series 5th Wheel Hitch

Speaker 1: Today we'll be having a look at the Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled Fifth Wheel Hitch with slider, part number RP30144.Here's what our fifth wheel and slider looks like installed. Now, the reason you're gonna 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 an eight-foot bed. This particular truck has a six and three-quarter-foot bed.As we make sharp turns or do tight corners or pull in to 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 our 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 an 18,000 pound max gross trailer weight rating, and a 4,500 pound max pin weight rating.

You wanna make sure you consult with 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's 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 you'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.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 for your coupler, it means you're not fully coupled.

Once you are fully coupled, the flag comes out, indicating that it is, and you can install your pin again.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 that 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 unlock 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'll now reinstall our pin to make sure our handle stays in the lock 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 inches above the bed to a total of 18 inches 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 funnel area, here, which guides our king pin into our jaw clamping area is nine inches wide, versus the traditional six inches, giving us more room for error 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 wrap around force jaw provides full contact with the king pin to secure our trailer without having any loose movement.Now, our fifth wheel also comes with a wiring harness in case we need to add a inaudible 00:04:59 to the bed of our truck to make it easier to hook up to our fifth wheel.That completes our look at the Reese Elite Series Pre-Assembled Fifth Wheel Hitch with slider, part number RP30144.

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