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5th Wheel Hitches

A fifth wheel is a specially designed hitch with a king pin receiver that mounts over or forward of the rear axle of the vehicle. The hitch connects with the king pin on the fifth wheel trailer. Fifth wheel hitches are easy to operate and require little maintenance.

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How heavy is the trailer your towing?
Fifth-wheel hitches are rated according to the max trailer weight the hitch can handle. Popular hitch ratings are 15K (15,000 lbs), 16K, 18K, 20K & 22K.

How much do you want to spend?
Drawtite manufactures a variety of fifth-wheel hitches to meet every budget:

  • Signature Series (best)
       Signature Series Rail Kits
       Signature Series Lube Plate
  • Select Series (better)
  • Professional Series (good)
  • 20K & 30K™ Fifth Wheel Low Profile Hitch
  • Sliders
  • Fifth Wheel Rails & Installation Kit
  • Fifth Wheel Custom Quick Install Brackets & Kits
  • Fifth Wheel Adapter Brackets and Hardware
  • Fifth Wheel Accessories
       Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Coupler Adapter
       Louvered Plastic Fifth Wheel Tailgate
       5th Wheel & Gooseneck Trailer Wiring

Gooseneck Hitches

A gooseneck hitch is designed for use in a pickup truck similar to a Fifth Wheel. The difference is that the gooseneck uses a ball and coupler instead of a kingpin and pin receiver. Typically, the trailers that are most commonly used for this type of gooseneck hitch is a horse trailer.

Gooseneck hitches are offered in a few types of configurations. They are designed to be mounted above or below the truck's pickup bed. Either design (above or below) allows for minimal obstruction when the ball is not in the towing position.

Gooseneck trailer hitches have specific mounting rails for each vehicle.

How large a trailer can I tow with a Gooseneck hitch?
Take your vehicles Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) and subtract your vehicles Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) and you have the amount of trailer weight your vehicle can tow.

Example (2001 GMC Heavy Duty 2500, 4-wheel Drive Extended Cab):

  • GVW of 9,200 lbs.
  • GCWR of 22,000 lbs.
  • 22,000 lbs. GCW - 9,2000 lbs. GVW = 12,800 lbs Gross Towing Weight.

Available systems and accessories:

  • Gooseneck Towing Systems (Signature Series)
  • 30K Hide-A-Goose Underbed Gooseneck
       30K Hide-A-Goose Accessories
       Composite Bed Kit
  • 25K Fold Down Gooseneck
  • Remov-A Ball 30K Gooseneck
  • 30K Economy Gooseneck
  • Gooseneck Installation Rail Kits
  • Gooseneck Hitch Accessories & Replacement Parts
  • Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Coupler Adapter
  • Gooseneck Installation Templates

Pintle Style Hitches

A Pintle Hook is designed for use in situations where there is a fixed application on the vehicle like a Lunette Ring that is a stationary application needing special handling.

The difference is that in this situation there needs to be either a clamping hook or a clamping hook with a ball if a coupler is used on the hitch.

Pintle Hooks are offered in a few types of configurations, either a Drop Forged Rigid Type Pintle Hook or a Drop Forged Pintle Hitch & Ball Combination.

All Pintle Hooks come complete with:

  • Grade 8 mounting hardware kits
  • Tethered locking pin

Some of the components available in this category:

  • Drop Forged Rigid Type Pintle Hooks
  • Drop Forged Pintle Hitch & Ball Combination
  • Pintle Hook Mounting Plates
  • Combo Pintle Hook Replacement Parts
  • Lunette Rings and Couplers

Weight Distribution Hitches

A weight-distributing system applies leverage for heavier loads, 350 lbs. tongue weight or higher, to distribute trailer tongue weight to all tow vehicle and trailer wheels. It offers a more level ride, greater steering and brake control and enhances towing safety. Trailer weight distribution is accomplished by distributing the weight of the actual tongue connection to all tow vehicle and trailer wheels.

In addition to weight distribution, you might also want sway control. The addition of a friction sway control also dampens sway caused by traffic and crosswinds and contributes positively to tow vehicle and trailer stability.

A Draw-Tite Weight-Distributing system is composed of four major elements:

  1. the hitch receiver.
  2. the ball mount
  3. the spring bar assembly
  4. the sway control

These components work in unison to provide complete towing system compatibility.

Operation of a Weight-Distributing Hitch
The Draw-Tite differences are in construction materials, welding, manufacturing processes and hook-up. Adjustment is simple because of the easy-to-operate snap-up brackets that allow spring bar tension to be adjusted by changing links in the support chains. This lets you adjust for various trailer tongue weights within the spring bar weight range by applying tension on the spring bars until the car or tow vehicle is level. Rather than merely supporting the trailer tongue weight (TW), weight distributing hitches apply leverage between the towing vehicle and trailer causing the TW to be carried by all axles of the tow vehicle and trailer. When TW is distributed in this way, trailers with greater TWs can be towed resulting in a more level ride which reduces stress on the rear of the tow vehicle and provides greater steering and brake control.

Pricing Info
Prices vary according to your truck's year, make, and model.

Ordering Info
Our trailer hitches and accessories are available for purchase online for many makes and models. Choose the trailer hitch that's right for you, then

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