How to maintain your 5th Wheel Hitch

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For many RVers, maintenance of the hitch may not even be a thing they have considered, but it is nonetheless important. The last thing you want is to have a stuck release on your hitch.

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How To Find The Right Hitch For Your Truck And Trailer

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Buying a hitch is not easy. There are so many hitches to choose from which make a lot of difference on the stability, safety, and control of the towed trailer. This is why you must put in a lot of consideration into buying the right hitch.

If you already own a truck and a trailer, your work is cut out for you. All you need is to do is learn about the different aspects of your truck and trailer, and you can easily make the right choice.

Here’s what you should be looking at:

Uses of the truck

The first thing you must do is list down all the possible uses of your truck. If you use your truck for the purpose of towing your trailer only, then it doesn’t matter which hitch you install. But if you need the bed of your truck for other reasons, be careful.

Some hitches, like the fifth wheel hitch, require the mounting of bolted rails on the bed of the truck. This means the backside of the truck can no longer be used for any other purpose. On the other hand, a gooseneck hitch can be folded, and the bed of the truck can be used for storing other things.

Weight of the trailer

The second most important thing is the total weight of your trailer. Use a hitch that is graded for pulling the weight of the total trailer.

The weight of your trailer shouldn’t exceed your truck’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and rating of the hitch.

Type of Trailer

The type of trailer you have also makes a difference on the hitch. For example, you cannot use a gooseneck hitch for an RV or any other vehicle that has people riding in it. It is illegal in many states. This is because they aren’t stable enough and there is a risk of injury to the people inside.

If you own a travel trailer, then your options will be limited; it has to be attached on top of the truck’s bed and requires a gooseneck adapter.

The Area

The area where you will be driving your truck and trailer also makes a difference on the hitch you will be using. For example, air ride hitches are designed for driving in hilly areas as they absorb the bumps and make the ride a lot smoother for the trailer.

If you think you’ll be driving in tough terrains more often, focus on stability. Fifth wheels are designed to give more stability, especially when turning and braking.

If you are looking for a place where you can find all kinds of hitches, explore our website. We provide 5th wheel air hitches, gooseneck hitches, standard hitches and couplers at competitive prices.

WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE BADGER HITCH, LLC FOR YOUR HITCHES AND TOWING EQUIPMENT NEEDS

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How to Select the Right Hitch for your 5th Wheel

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Fifth wheels have a distinct advantage over its counterparts. They connect to the bed of the truck, which makes them more stable while driving than any other RV or trailer.

However, when it comes to selecting the right hitch, many fifth wheel owners may find themselves in a fix. There are so many options available and it can become really overwhelming to decide which one to opt for.

To make their decision easier, we’ve decided to elucidate the different types of hitches that are available:

Sliding Hitch

A sliding hitch is for trucks that have short beds. It is mounted over the rear axle of the truck is positioned forward when the fifth wheel is being pulled.

When the fifth wheel is being reversed, the sliding hitch is slid back so that it is in its rearmost position. Sliding the hitch back is important; otherwise the fifth wheel’s nose would collide with the back of the truck.

Gooseneck Adapter

Gooseneck adapters or hitches are mounted on the bed of trucks and because of their size can only be used with pickup trucks. They are mounted on bars, which have to be permanently fit into the truck. However, when the gooseneck hitch is removed, the full bed of the pickup truck can still be used, and the bars do not intrude in anyway.

Most gooseneck adapters are rated at 30,000 lbs., which means that they are suitable for all kinds of fifth wheels.

Standard Hitch

If the truck is only used for pulling the fifth wheel, then a standard hitch can be installed. They are generally suitable for long bed trucks, which provide plenty of angle for the fifth wheel to turn effectively.

A standard hitch should only be installed if the bed of the truck is not required by the owner, as standard hitches tend to be intrusive.

Air Ride Hitch

Air ride hitches are designed for hilly areas, where the fifth wheel is likely to face a lot of stress. The air ride hitches absorb the shocks and makes the whole ride smooth for the fifth wheel.

They are generally more expensive than other types of hitches, but are important when driving in bumpy areas.

They can only be installed in long bed trucks, just like standard hitches.

You can find all sorts of gooseneck, air, standard hitches and towing equipment at our website. We are one of the leading suppliers of hitches across the country and provide high quality hitches at very affordable prices.

TRAILER TOWING SAFETY TIPS

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Driving a car or truck is a way different from towing a trailer. Here are a few tips that will enable a safe towing ride.

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Towing 101: Types of Truck and Trailer Hitches

Trailer Hitches

Vehicles have the tendency to break down when you least expect them to. When this happens, you need to seek the services of a towing company. Towing trucks use hitches in order to tow broken down vehicles.

There are various types of truck and trailer hitches available within the market and at first; it might seem a little hard to select the hitch that is ideal for your car.

However, the hitch that you end up using is selected based on the vehicle, which needs to be towed. A faulty hitch can lead to serious road accidents and therefore is a priority. The various kinds of hitches include:

The Receiver Hitch

The Receiver hitch is the most commonly used hitch. It mounts the tow vehicles frame. There is agapin for insertion of cable of the car that needs towing. This type of hitchcustomizable, which means that thereis a unique design, which fits different types of cars. There are five classes of receiver hitches.

Bumper Hitches

Technically, the bumper hitch is another type of receiver hitch; however, not all of fit in the five classes of receiver hitches.

Some of them are for applications that are more specialized and the Bumper Hitch is one of them.

A bumper hitch is a receiver type of hitch that gets attached to the vehicles bumper. A disadvantage of this type of hitch is that you need to take the weight of the bumper rather than the car. If you have a SUV or a pickup then we suggest you opt for a bumper hitch.

Front Mount Hitches

Do you live in a region where there is a lot of snowfall? Then we suggest that you go for a front mount hitch.

Pickup trucks and SUVs have this type of hitch attached to them. Front mount hitches allow owners to attach snowplows to the front of the vehicle. They help in maintaining control of your trailer making it easier for you to park in tight spots.

5th Wheel Hitches

A 5th wheel hitch mounts into beds of pickup trucks over. Sometimes, it mounts in front of axle. It has the capacity to handle 16000 to 25000 lbs. The 5th wheel hitch has a pivot which absorbs any kind of bumps in the road making it ideal for driving over long distances.

If you are a snowbird looking to move South during the winters or have a car that needs to be towed, get in touch with Badger Hitch LLC. We offer the best towing fifth wheel hitches at affordable prices.

Why you should Buy your Hitch from Us?

Why You Should Buy Hitch From US

There are a number of hitch suppliers out there but a few are as passionate as us.

Here is what gives our hitches an edge over others:

Our Hitches are of the best quality

Badger Hitch is not your standard assembly line type of hitch company.  Every hitch we make is hand made and tested prior to shipping.  We do use an outside company to laser cut some of the components because of the accuracy of laser cutting plus we do not have the laser cutting equipment.  All other parts we cut from raw stock we purchase from a steel supplier.  One of the benefits a small company is that if we find a better way to make our hitch, we can implement that change quickly.

Our hitches are custom-made

In our early days of manufacturing our customers would make suggestions to improve the hitch and we would make changes during a hitch run.  A larger company would need several months to digest the change and may or may not make a change.  We believe if one customer would like something different to make the hitch work better for them, we will make it happen – even down to the color of the hitch.

We do not have robots doing our welding; we have humans doing our welding.  I believe in giving people a job to earn money, and if possible those people will be veterans.  I know in the long run it is cheaper to hire robots than to hire humans, but life is not all about money.  I didn’t start Badger Hitch to make a living; I have been retired from my HVAC career for over 20 years.

We genuinely care

I just want to make a superior suspension hitch that my customers can afford. I’ll help them in any way I can and I hope they find a new friend in me.  It is always best if my customer can come to our place to have a hitch installed and spend the night (we have a site w/elect).  That way we can spend time together. My wife enjoys showing off our little town to the ladies and doing some shopping. We have a great bakery in town too!

We have been known to do other things on our customer’s rig too.  The last time we had a couple stay with us, we ended up installing a set of shocks on his RV and found a bad brake magnet on one of the axles so we fixed that too.

I thought if would be interesting to show just how much work goes into the making of a hitch, so I took the time to list everything we do from the beginning to the end in making a hitch.

When the time comes to purchase a new hitch be sure to check out Badger Hitch because we will doing everything in our power to make you satisfied with your purchase; we prove that with our 30 month buy back program.

Creative Uses Of Trailer

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