Congratulations on your new fifth wheel trailer or new-to-you trailer! Now that you have purchased your trailer or are about to, do you have the hitch you need so you can tow it? The first step in determining what type of fifth wheel hitch you will need is what length of truck bed you have. Below are a couple questions you can ask yourself before your big purchase to know how to get a fifth wheel hitch that is perfect for you!
What is the difference between a short bed and long bed fifth wheel hitch?
Do you have a long bed or short bed truck? The short bed and long bed fifth wheel hitches are very similar, but have differences in how they work for each bed length. Some differences between them include how they function, for example if you have a short bed truck you absolutely need a 5th wheel hitch that slides to avoid damage to the cab of your truck and having to replace a shattered window. Below are two hitches that we have available at Torklift Central and their different functions for comparison:
PullRite SuperLite: Long Bed 5th Wheel Hitch
PullRite SuperGlide: Short Bed 5th Wheel Hitch
Can I put a long bed hitch on my short bed to increase my towing capacity?
The answer: no! You do not want to put a fifth wheel hitch that does not support your truck bed size. It compromises your safety while you’re towing down the road, as well as the safety of your fellow drivers.
Not only does it compromise safety, it also impacts the integrity of your truck. Placement is everything when you install a fifth wheel hitch. If the hitch you are installing is too big or too small, they are not installed in the proper place in the bed of your truck. If you were to install a long bed fifth wheel hitch on a short bed truck it doesn’t allow a wide enough turning radius, causing the RV to hit the back window of the truck, shattering it and potentially causing damage to the cab.
Will I need his hitch for multiple uses?
If you are an avid outdoors person who owns a fifth wheel, but also need the ability to tow a gooseneck trailer, we have a hitch to accommodate your needs. The B&W Companion and Turnover Ball hitch!
B&W Companion: Long Bed 5th Wheel Hitch
For any questions regarding our fifth wheel hitch products, contact us at 877.343.6933 or using the contact information below.
Written by Shyann Guerra:
Being in an environment in which I can problem solve is where I flourish. Every answer to a problem leads me to a new concept to understand or a lesson to learn. When I'm not solving problems I enjoy camping and going to festivals with my family - from the local city center festivals to the mountains of Wenatchee at the Winter Grass, blue grass music festival. Experiencing culture is where my heart is content.