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Old 02-02-2013, 09:15 PM   #1
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Hello Redwood owners, my wife and I are new to the Redwood forum and have questions in regards to how to select a 5th wheel hitch beyond weight and sliding versions. I have lots of experience with bumper pull systems, but have to admit knowing very little about what to look for when considering a 5th wheel hitch. We are considering the purchase of a 36FL this summer and will be towing it with a 2011 Silverado 2500HD 6.6 liter Duramax turbo-diesel and Allison 1000 transmission. Our plan is to play in our own back yard (Colorado) to get used to the unit and then full time next year. We are hoping you can provide us with your experiences with different manufactures. Any insights you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:22 PM   #2
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Darrell & Young

I look forward to you joining our group of Redwood owners. But I think you're going to have a problem pulling a FL with 3/4 ton truck. I think the FL is heavier than my RL.

As for the 5th wheel hitches, there are several out there. I use a companion made by B/W which allows me to pull it out of the truck easily. There are several on this forum that use the Reese hitch. If you have a short bed you won't need a slider with a Redwood

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:45 PM   #3
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Hello Redwood owners, my wife and I are new to the forum and have questions in regards to how to select a 5th wheel hitch beyond weight and sliding versions. I have lots of experience with bumper pull systems, but have to admit knowing very little about what to look for when considering a 5th wheel hitch. We are considering the purchase of a 36FL this summer and will be towing it with a 2011 Silverado 2500HD. Our plan is to play in our own back yard (Colorado) to get used to the unit and then full time next year. We are hoping you can provide us with your experiences with different manufactures. Any insights you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Darrell & Yong

Darrell - We have a 36FL with almost all options and an F350 SRW. When fully loaded we are almost at the max trailerGVWR and load on the rear axle. You need to check the specs on your truck as the maxcoach GVWRis 16,000 lbs and pin weight light is about 2,500 lbs, so figure on at least 3,000 to 3,500 lbs loaded.

We have the Ford prep package and use the Reese Elite 25K. It is really easy to install and remove and has the added benefit of not requiring rails in the bed.
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[QUOTE=Dave&Ginny]Darrell & Young

But I think you're going to have a problem pulling a FL with 3/4 ton truck. I think the FL is heavier than my RL.

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Old 02-03-2013, 06:37 AM   #5
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Darrell, welcome to our Redwood Family. We have a 36FL with no genertor and no washer and dryer. Our weight, when carrying some water for travel is between 15320 - 15350 based on a certified CAT scale weight. We pull our coach with a 2008 Dodge 3500 DRW mega cab, short bed. We have a 18K sliding hitch. I would recommend a larger truck than the 3/4 ton. My normal email is coljdm60@gmail.com and if you want more insight on the 36FL please send me a msg. Enjoy your coach as we surely enjoy ours.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:53 AM   #6
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Hi, and welcome to you new life of constant research. Be sure your hitch rating exceeds the gvwr of your trailer, and be sure you get a pivoting head, rather than fixed, it helps when the ground is not level. We use the reese elite 18k hitch and have for the last seven years, and it has given us complete trouble free service, while allowing us to remove the hitch from the bed while we were down for a while.

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Old 02-03-2013, 11:38 AM   #7
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We just purchased the Reese elite 18k for $999 delivered from an online source. It took tow of us 10 minutes to install. Looks like a really well made and designed unit.

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If you installed in 10 mins, you must have the Ford pre-installed hitch option.

For the rest of us, you need to install the under-bed rail kit (which I have to say was a bear) and mount the 7-way pigtail through your bed wall - before you can install yours in 10mins. Prepare to spend at least 5 to 6 hours on the rail kit. Instructions are on-line.Edited by: 5th_Time
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We ordered the factory prep when ordering the TV. If you are happy with the Reese Elite hitch and are buying a Ford it is highly recommended.
Probably one of our better decisions, as the factory charges less than the labour a dealer would charge to install.
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Agree, plus it's a such a heavy duty design!
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