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Old 04-05-2016, 03:51 AM   #1
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Hitch advice for factory prep Ford bed

I'm in the market for a 5th wheel hitch that will attach directly into the Ford prep system. For the next year or so, I will tow with a current 6.7L, but am waiting for the new 2017 Superduty to arrive before going to DRW long bed. I want a hitch that will transfer from a 2015 Ford to the new 2017 F-3/450. I'm assuming the Ford factory prep will remain the same for the upcoming 2017 trucks.


Trailer weighed 14,300 empty with 16,500 GVWR so 20k hitch should be fine?

My last hitch had rails in the bed and I want to avoid that this time.

So, any favored hitches out there?

Any hitch you had poor experience with and upgraded later?

You Ford guys have any favorites?
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Old 04-05-2016, 04:03 AM   #2
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With a Ford the expert on this site with truck and hitch in my opinion will be superduty glampers
He has the Ford and works for Ford and has the best hitch set up that WORKS!!!!!
Some might disagree so that's why its my opinion.

We had a 2011 Ford F350 and just moved into this 2015 GMC but kept the B&W Companion which has worked well for us. When I upgrade my hitch it will be what he has but the bigger fuel tank and slide toppers come first this year.


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Old 04-05-2016, 04:41 AM   #3
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As stated on the other thread, B&W with Companion!!!
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Old 04-05-2016, 06:15 AM   #4
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Just watch height. The B&W sets too tall to hitch to the tri-glide pin box. I went with the Reese OEM Ford style 26.5k as it adjusts much lower than the B&W and let's me tow level as well as close my roll-n-lock with the hitch.
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Old 04-05-2016, 12:26 PM   #5
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I have the Ford OEM Reese also. However in 2011 when I bought mine I believe it is a 25k hitch which makes no difference. I do like the hitch and Ford prep.
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Old 04-05-2016, 01:34 PM   #6
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I also went with the 25k Reese. No problems whatsoever with the hitch and as Brad said, it goes down low enough that the Coach pulls perfectly level with about 7" of bed rail clearance. The other reason I did it was like Brad, I wanted to be able to close my Roll n Lock with the hutch in place.
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Old 04-05-2016, 01:35 PM   #7
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Hate autospell. ...... Hitch not hutch. Grrrrrrr
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Old 04-05-2016, 02:06 PM   #8
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I Also have the "OEM" Reese in our 2011 F-450. It's worked well after I learned that it has to be tilted slightly (the pin has to climb up onto it a bit) in order to latch the first time. That, and now that it's broken in, it's worked well.

When I say OEM, the Reese wasn't available from Ford as my truck was an early build, the dealer supplied a Reese that was essentially the same as the one Ford supplied, I think it's called an Elite. I put it together and installed it, it helped me understand how the unit worked.
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Old 04-05-2016, 03:07 PM   #9
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I went with the B&W companion. If I remember correctly, it has 3 height adjustments. Mine is set in the middle. Been very pleased with it.

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I didn't notice/pay attention that he was getting a Ford & their bedsides are taller than most, the whole truck sets taller than most. Our friend has an F350 & you need a step to get up to the running boards.
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Old 04-05-2016, 11:45 PM   #11
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My 2 cents, scrap the tri-glide get a Roto-flex pin box and a Trailer Saver TS3 and be done with it. Two air bags ,two shocks 3x's the footprint of a air pin box, twice the price of a ridged hitch. Worth every penny!! And it's below the bed rails so you can use any bed cover you like.
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You might want to take a look at Comfort Ride Hitch - I have it installed in my F350 2012 dually. I remove the head plate to enable the closing of the bed w/ Roll & Lock to secure all my tools and access to the 50 gal Transfer Flow. I have a very smooth ride - no wash boarding. The Redwood has the Rota-Flex Pin Box.
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Old 04-07-2016, 05:46 PM   #13
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In my 2015 F350 dually, I have the Ford factory "puck openings" factory option and have the B & W Companion 20K. It takes me no more than 5 min to install or remove. With it installed, I can close my Extang solid fold bed cover with no interference. Coach is level and I have about 6 in clearance to the bed rails. Love it.
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