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What 5th wheel hitch should I consider installing on my MDT?

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Hey everyone,

After alot of thinking/talking about MDT vs. HDT.....my wife and I decided to purchased a 2000 Freightliner FL60 to tow our 2008 Teton Reliance. We figured it would suit our current needs best and if after a few years we determine it is not enough truck we we upgrade. The truck will basically be a cab and chassis when we pick it up but will then need to consider a hitch....then probably fabricate a simple flat bed on the truck.

Can point me to a couple hitches I should consider?

Thanks,

Phil 

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Several to choose from. I went with hitchcrafter:  http://hitchcrafter.com/32ksinglepivotair.htm

Double pivot hitch, in service for over 10 years without a single problem.  Comes straight from the factory at 8K max pin weight and 32K max load.  Company is great to work with and hitch uses standard air bags available from any truck shop or online for 85.00 per if needed.   Unit is built like a tank and can withstand accidental overloading without issues.

Here are a couple pics of unit in our latest truck (its moved from a couple different trucks):

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I'm extatic with my new ET Senior.  Henry's build quality is head and shoulders above any mass produced hitch and his customer support is beyond excellent. 

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If he has 32ish inches between chassis inside of rails ET fits. Slides in from rear. 

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The Trailersaver is a good hitch. I used one on an HDT for 10 years before moving to the ET. Why did I move to the ET? Because I sold that truck and needed a heavy duty hitch on the next truck. The TS did not support the pin weights I wanted....or should I say it did not "optimally" support the pin weights. Plus the ET was better built for heavier weights. 

That said, if the pin weights were not real heavy I'd be looking at a TS, and a Comfort Ride for the lighter trailers/pins.  In addition to the ET. Those are the three that catch my attention. But there are others around, as people have noted.

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Thanks guys. Once I get the old service body removed from the truck I will be able to get an accurate measurement of the space to work with.

The other question I have been wondering about is will I be required to install the hitch directly above the rear axle?....or will I have the ability with the 12k pound rear axle to locate the hitch behind the axle center?? The answer to this issue is going to help me decide what I want to accomplish on the flat bed.

Phil

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I have a '01 fl 60 sport chassis.  I installed a McCall hitch with a binkley head. ( it came with a ball hitch)

4 bags, 4 shocks. Love it.

PM me if you want pics.

Ian.

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15 minutes ago, Grassy said:

I have a '01 fl 60 sport chassis.  I installed a McCall hitch with a binkley head. ( it came with a ball hitch)

4 bags, 4 shocks. Love it.

PM me if you want pics.

Ian.

So can you still buy these? Is Gene's son making them???

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On 2017-07-05 at 7:42 PM, Jack Mayer said:

So can you still buy these? Is Gene's son making them???

Jack, 

I had heard a rumor yes..I cannot remember where...but very limited.. 

I was lucky enough to find a gently used one... and really like it.

I apologize for my really useless answer :(.

Ian.

 

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Another Trailersaver user on my IH 4700LP Stalick.  Very sufficient for the Newmar Kountry Aire.  

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Thanks guys!....I did find a nice used Trailersaver on CL....hoping to get it installed in next couple of weeks.

Phil

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