Choosing the right hitch can be a daunting task for any fifth wheel owner.
It’s an essential part of towing; after all, safety on the road may depend entirely on the type of hitch being used.
There are several other factors that must be taken into consideration when selecting a hitch—the type of truck or vehicle being used for towing, the weight of the trailer, as well as the terrain.
Here are different types of hitches that are often used by RVers:
Standard hitches are full hitches that are used for pulling heavy weight trailers. They are installed on trucks that have long beds and take up almost all of the space of the trunk. They provide stability while driving because of their strength and angle, which makes it easier to steer.
Standard hitches are intrusive, and cannot be removed in order to make more space in the truck.
Shock Absorbing Hitch
Shock Absorbing Hitches provide more suspension, which makes them perfect for hilly areas and bumpy roads.
When camping, RVers often face instability when towing their fifth wheelers. By absorbing shocks of a rough terrain, shock absorbing hitches make the overall ride smooth as well as safe.
They are installed on long bed trucks, but due to their superior suspension system, shock absorbing hitches are more expensive than standards hitches.
RVers who have short bed trucks can install a sliding hitch for their towing needs.
It’s called a sliding hitch because it is installed on the rear axle, and should be slid back when the vehicle and trailer are being reversed.
The sliding function provides a little more stability when reversing. That being said, sliding the hitch back is imperative, otherwise, it could result in a collision.
Gooseneck Adapter Hitches are designed for pickup trucks and are removable as well as so that the bed of the pickup can be used for reasons other than towing.
They require bars to be mounted on the pickup truck to provide extra stability to the towed trailer, however, the bars do not intrude when the gooseneck is removed.
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