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What Is A Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch?

Fifth wheel trailer hitches are the strongest hitches that you can buy for your truck. They are commonly used to haul livestock trailers and RV's. When looking at one, you will probably notice that they resemble the hook-ups that big eighteen wheelers use to haul their trailers. This alone should tell you that these bad boys are definitely heavy duty trailer hitches.

These trailer hitches are mounted in the bed of a pickup truck. They can also be hooked up on the bed of a flat bed truck, right above the rear axle. The fifth wheel hitch offers a number of advantages, that other trailer hitches don't.

Below: A fifth wheel hitch.

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However, they also take up a large amount of space. Since they are mounted in the bed of your truck, you might find that you have very little room for anything else besides what you happen to be towing.

Another big problem with a fifth wheel hitch is that you have to take the tailgate off to haul anything. This can be annoying, but thankfully the truck companies have realized this and made a number of accessories that can help with the above problems.

No matter how you look at it, the fifth wheel trailer hitch is the best hitch for hauling heavy loads. It's unequaled in stability and towing capacity, and while they have a few drawbacks, there are accessories that can bypass these minor irritants.

There is one more thing you should keep in mind when looking at a hitch, especially a fifth wheel hitch; make sure your vehicle can haul the load. Check the owner's manual of your vehicle and see what the maximum towing capacity of your truck is. Never try to haul a load that exceeds this capacity. Your truck may not need a fifth wheel hitch, if it is unable to haul very heavy loads. You might be able to use some of the other truck hitches more effectively.

This article was contributed by guest author Scott Gray and is being used with permission.

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Scott Gray is a trailer hitch specialist who provides useful information and
money saving tips about trailer hitches and all other related accessories.
Please be sure to visit his website at

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