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Reese M5 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Review

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Review of the Reese M5 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch


Hey, everybody, how's it going Today, we're gonna be going over and showing you how to install the line of Reese M5 fifth wheel trailer hitches for the GM factory prep package. So, our fifth wheel trailer hitch is gonna provide us with the physical connection between our truck and our fifth wheel trailer. So this is obviously an important job, therefore, it's critical we choose the right one for us that's gonna perform well. Let's go ahead and take a dive into this one to show you why it's a great option. This particular hitch here is gonna be designed for models that have the factory prep package, otherwise known as the pucks, and that's gonna be your four circular pucks in the truck bed with that center gooseneck hitch opening. So this is only compatible with the factory configurations for this so, if you have a clean truck bed without those pucks, this hitch unfortunately will not work, but there's plenty of other options for you.

So, the Talon Jaw design is one of my favorite things about the Reese M5, and basically what this is going to boil down to is this is gonna provide exceptional contact between the jaws of the fifth wheel hitch and the king pin of our trailer and what that does is that's gonna make for a nice, smooth towing experience. It's really gonna keep our trailer nice and planted. It's not gonna be chucking and jarring around because we have all that contact with the jaw here. All that contact is also gonna provide us a fair amount of security so we don't ever have to worry about the jaws breaking and our trailer becoming detached from the vehicle. And furthermore, we challenge all design is also gonna make for an extremely easy hookup because once we have the handle unlocked there, we can just back our trailer right up into the hitch.

We don't have to worry about opening the jaws. They're always gonna be open so, it's ready to couple. Now, on the back side of our hitch head, we're gonna get a nice little two-color indicator system which we can easily see from inside the driver's seat, inside the cab of the vehicle. This is pretty simple. We have red which is gonna let us know that our jaws are not locked and we have green which let us know that we are locked, and we're ready to take off down the road.

So, this is a pretty fairly simple and straightforward system. I could definitely see some of the people who are newer to towing a fifth wheel are surely gonna appreciate that but even if you've been towing for a long time, mistakes can happen, so it's nice to have this extra measure of security here. Now, after messing around with the hitch from a little bit, you're also gonna know this. It has a fully articulating head, and what I mean by that is the hitch can tilt back and forth and side to side. Now, this is gonna not only help us have a smoother towing experience 'cause it's gonna absorb a lot of the road shock from the trailer, but it's also gonna make hookup much easier 'cause if you're not on a completely level surface here, our head can pivot here to accommodate that trailer and that's also gonna be benefited here by the wide funnel.

You could easily back that king pin up in there. This hitch is very easy to hook the trailer up to which is one of the things that I really like about it. So another great feature about this hitch, it's kinda hard to see just at first glance, is that it actually has an offset design. Now, what this offset design is going to do is this is gonna push the nose of your trailer away from the cab on your vehicle, giving you more turning clearance. So, if you have a long bed truck that feature's probably not a real big deal to you guys, but for those shorted trucks out there which there's a lot of 'em, you guys are really gonna love that because it's gonna give you a lot more clearance there, making sure you don't have any accidental run-ins between your trailer and the truck. Now we're also gonna have three different hitch height settings here, depending on how we configure the legs to the center section. Having that adjustable hitch head height is really gonna ensure that you have the best possible towing experience because if the nose on the trailer is high or low, that could create issues with our towing so, allowing us to level that by adjusting the hitch head height is really just gonna make things much simpler for you guys there. A lot of the other hitches, I will say though, have this feature built in so, it's not necessarily a standout feature but it's one that you probably use with your other fifth wheel hitches that you're gonna look for in a new one and I'm glad to tell you this one does have it. So, if you think this hitch is a good fit for you, go ahead and stick around and we'll show you how to get it installed. So the first step your installation, we wanna get our center section out here in front of us. We also wanna get something to prop it up on so we have rooms to install our legs which is the next thing we need so there's gonna be one on either side and then we obviously need our hardware to attach the legs to the center section. Now let's come take a closer look at the side of this intersection so we can show you some of the adjustment holes. So here is our adjustment holes. We're gonna have three of these, so sets all the way across and we're gonna have these same three sets on the other side. So this is gonna allow us to adjust the hitch head height of our fifth wheel. So, if you're not sure how to pick out a set of holes, you need to do some measuring on your truck and trailer because it's really gonna be specific to that particular application. The end goal is going to be to make the trailer as level as possible while we're towing it so you will need to take some measurements on your truck and your trailer so you can ensure you're choosing the correct setting so your trailer can ride nice and level. So, if you're not sure how to measure, it's actually pretty easy. Go ahead and park your trailer on a nice flat level surface and then use the leveling jacks to level it out, then you're gonna measure from the ground to the bottom of the skid plate on the trailer and then you'll come over here to your truck, again, same thing, nice flat level ground, measure from the ground to the top of the bed and then the difference between those is the hitch head height setting we need to adjust here on our fifth wheel hitch. Now, once we have our correct setting, we're gonna go ahead and take our hex bolts here along with our conical tooth washer, make sure the teeth are facing the metal here on the hitch. We're gonna be coming from the inside like so then I'm gonna be lifting one of the legs up and on the inside, you're gonna see these little threaded bosses here, so these are actually gonna be what installs into the threaded part of the bolt. So they can be kind of hard to get started but just go ahead and begin threading them in. So I've got one in there, now we're gonna do that same thing on the other side, make sure you're obviously using these same set of holes there. Next, we'll take a 24-millimeter socket and go ahead and snug up those bolts. Now we have to tighten them from the inside and it can be kinda hard to get a tool in there so, I recommend a six-inch extension with a short-well socket or a deep well with a three inch, really doesn't matter it. You just go ahead and begin snugging up both of these bolts now. Now, depending on the capacity of your fifth wheel hitch, you may or may not get some extra hardware or kit. There's gonna be a separate baggy with two of these bolts. If you do have them, we'll go ahead and install them here into this third hole. These are a little bit different because this side has a nut. There isn't any sort of welded bosses on the actual hitch. We'll just go ahead and snug this one up now. So now that we've got both legs on, we can go ahead and torque down our hardware to the amount specified in your instructions. Now we're just about ready to set our hitch into position but before we do that, we need to go ahead and unlock the handles so on either side here, you're gonna have these little clips, simply pull those out and then your handles are gonna spread out to the inside like so. Next, we'll go ahead and take our assembly here and go ahead and set it into the prep package here in our truck bed. Now that we have our base into position here, what we're gonna do is we're gonna come to each of our four handles here. We're gonna try to close them. So you can see there, I'm able to close this one pretty easy without much resistance here and what we're really looking for is sort of a tension fit so, we want it to be tight in regards to closing the handle but we don't want it to be so tight that we can't close it so, we can actually adjust the tension of each of our four handles so go ahead, take some time, try to close each of them, sort of gauge the tightness just by feel and actually all of these feel pretty good. It's just this one that's a little bit loose so I think I'm actually gonna go ahead and tighten this one up. In order to do that, it's very easy. We're gonna have a little pin and clip on side here on our castle nut, like that. You'll go simply take that off and then we can tighten or loosen our castle nut as needed to increase or decrease the tension in our handle. So we're gonna go ahead and knock that out for each of our four sides here and make sure we get a nice tight friction fit for each of our handles. So now that we have the tension where we want it on each of our four sides, we'll go ahead and close all the handles here and then we'll lock them into position using our pin and clip. Next, we're gonna take our head here and go ahead and set it onto our center section. So once we get the head on the center section here, we need to go ahead and secure it with these pins so in order to do this, they're actually kinda tucked back up underneath there. You actually have to push down on the head to align that circular hole there. Once you do that, you should be able to slip the pin through this, can be kind of challenging. Sometimes it even helps to sit on the head. And then on the other side, you're gonna take your clip to lock it in place. Once we get this side done, we'll just do that same thing over on the other side. Now, lastly, we're gonna be installing our handle so this is just gonna slide on like so, line everything up, drop one of your carriage bolts in and then on the bottom side, we'll be securing that with a split lock washer and a hex nut. Once I get it threaded on there, we'll go ahead and tighten it down. Now, I am using a 13-millimeter socket for this. So now we got one in, we're just gonna do that same thing for our other hole here. And we'll just finish this up with our locking pin here, go ahead and install like that and then this little ring is actually going to thread on to that opening. And that's gonna do it today for our looking installation at the line of Reese M5 fifth wheel trailer hitches for the GM factory prep package..


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