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Old 08-24-2014, 04:27 PM   #1
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Ford OEM Hitch

Has anyone had any issues getting the Ford OEM hitch (Reese or Companion) from lowering enough to accept the tri-glide pin box on the Redwood?

My existing hitch is all the way down, and that companion looks tall!
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Old 08-24-2014, 04:36 PM   #2
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Brad - if you go with a new truck, have them put the 25k Reese in it at the dealer. Tell them to put it in the lowest setting on the hitch. You have an RL like mine, with that setup, my coach is perfectly level and tows like a champ with about 6-7" of bed clearance.

The hitch comes out of the box set up for the middle height.
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Old 08-24-2014, 04:37 PM   #3
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Brad, I have the Ford 5th Wheel prep kit option on my 2012 F-350 DRW and I use the B&W Companion hitch. I don't however have the optional Tri-glide pin box just the standard. With that being said, I have my hitch set at the lowest position and it's perfect. I don't know if the tri-glide box is set any higher or lower but wouldn't think so..??... I absolutely LOVE the B&W....without a doubt!!!
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:30 PM   #4
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Brad,
I too went with the B&W companion, same config as Tim & Paula however, I have mine set in the middle position.

I opted for the B&W for a few reasons. One, I was camped next to a farmer/truck driver that swore by B&W hitches. He's owned several in all kinds of configurations. The second reason is that I'm cheap and the Resse option was far more expensive. BTW, the B&W was a piece of cake to self install. I had it shipped to my campsite while in Arizona and did it myself.

Removal of the hitch is very easy. I had a short bed before and a pullrite auto slider out of necessity. I very much prefer the B&W.

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Old 08-24-2014, 06:38 PM   #5
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Ken,
Do you have the tri-glide? This thing is enormous and I can't swear to it but I think it sits taller than the non-tri-glide.

I was just worried I would be out of adjustment and still nose high.
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:45 PM   #6
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No, but I have looked to replace it with one. I really don't think it's an issue. I just measured mine.... It's 13 1/2 inches from the bottom of the front cap to the bottom of the king pin.
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:55 PM   #7
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Brad, I bought the Reese and kit & put the whole thing in myself. Factory Ford will save you a lot of work. I also have TriGlide and felt the middle position made the Redwood ride slightly high. I dropped the Reese to lowest and has worked fine and rides level. So cast my vote for Reese and lowest position with the TriGlide
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Brad ~ forgot to mention, I have the Tri-Glide hitch also. If you are looking at new trucks, if the one you like has the Camper Pkg, all the better.

That gives you bigger alternator, but more importantly the overload springs are larger. When I hook up the RL, the truck and coach sit level without the airbags inflated. I wind up using the bags for ride control, not suspension height control.
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:22 PM   #9
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It has the Camper Package ($160) and it looks like the Extra Heavy Duty Alternator (NO CHARGE) on the sticker. also the 3.73 Limited Slip ($350) and FX4 Off-Road Package ($295) 14000# GVWR Package, and 5th Wheel Prep Package ($370)

Other than the other gadgets and package options - those seem to be important to towing that I could read off the window sticker. The 2014s are gone off the "build" website so I'm kind of shooting in the dark as to what all the options were when originally ordered.

Forgot about airbags - dang - what was the cost to install the airbags?
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I've got a 2014 f350 srw with the ford fifth wheel prep. The truck has every tow, camper and snow plow package. I have Reese 18,000 hitch and the truck and trailer are all in the lowest setting. It looks ok but I think it may still be a little bit high.
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