Discussion in 'Towing' started by TheChad, Feb 5, 2020.
Which hitch do you prefer when towing? I just got my Rhino Hitch.
WOW very nice!
I'm too cheap for that, I just get whatever drop each particular truck needs and a ball or two (whatever its going to be primarily towing) and keep it with that truck. Repeat for the next truck.
I've got a B&W tow & stow. I'm pretty happy with it. I buy their products when I can because the factory is close to where I live and I know several people who work there.
That Rhino looks pretty sweet. The single pin adjust looks like it would be easier to use. Although I like having the option to swing the b&w under and get it out of the way without removing the hitch.
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I use the one linked below. Its rated at 14,000 pounds and has both 2" and 2 5/16" balls. I have 2 tow vehicles that I use to haul 3 different trailers with both size balls, so this 1 hitch is nice since it can fit either truck and haul any of the trailers
Maybe you guys could help me. I'm a standard drop hitch Curt/Reese kind of guy. Use regular ball hitch for the light duty stuff, pintle hitch for heavy equipment. Big thing is I don't tow very frequently at all to know better. Do these kinds of hitches actually work or live up to the hype?
I saw ads for the Gen-Y hitches for months before I actually saw a price for one...Eek. I've seen all kinds of gimmicks for 5th wheels, too - torsion bars, airbags, little shocks, weight distribution add-ons, etc. The quick adjustability seems like a neat feature, but I couldn't help but picture moving parts becoming wallowed out or galling over time.
Which models made a difference for you guys? Do you feel safer with one of these? Or just features that make the traveling easier?
For me the B&W lives up to the hype. I'd say I hook onto at least 20 different bumper pull trailers on a regular basis. Sometimes 3 or 4 different trailers a day. Being able to change the ball size and hitch height in seconds is a big time saver.
I do carry a pintle just in case I need it, but all my heavy towing is on goosenecks. The b&w never has to come out of the reciever since it folds under.
Just my opinion, but I think the gen y and other expensive gadgets are really for professional drivers doing long hauls or people traveling the country with campers etc. Most of my towing is around the farm, or less than 50 miles so I've never felt the need for it, but I can see why someone driving for long streches would want to maximize ride quality.
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I’m like you with the standard hitch stuff as I don’t tow all that often. Airbags or air shocks however I would certainly recommend. I decided to put Gabriel HiJackers on the rear of my 90 c1500 since they were pretty much the same price as good standard shocks that day. Little more work on the install with routing the airlines and mounting the fill valve but well worth it. Is nice that now when the truck is loaded with firewood, or hooked to the 20 foot flatbed with two quads on it, I can add some air and level it out which transfers weight back to the steer tires. And when it’s empty I can bleed it down to 20 lbs and it rides just a tad stiffer than most empty trucks but not so harsh as it hurts. If I was towing on a regular basis I would go helper airbags with good shocks but for occasional towing the air shocks were a good compromise.
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Note taken. I put add-a-leafs on my ½ ton truck but the rear is still squishy for a stack of 5 leafs, especially compared to the front. I'm torn because it works great for articulation off-road at slow speeds. It's actually helped in a few situations aside of my passenger rear shock needing a little more extension. I can't seem to choose if I want good towing or good unloaded. I should probably just upgrade my whole leaf pack up, really.
I have another truck with add-on bags that I keep below the "recommended minimum," otherwise it rides like a covered wagon. Rides nice unloaded with just a pound or two in them.
We use a Harbor Freight weight distributing hitch on our race car tow pig, and it's worth it. I can't tell you how many times Houston drivers have dove in front of me and I had to hammer the brakes to keep from arranging a meeting with their maker. This style hitch makes the trailer track true. https://www.harborfreight.com/10000-lb-capacity-weight-distributing-hitch-system-67649.html
I have a Harbor Freight, Reese, and Curt WD hitch. One for the 1500, one for the dually with camper, and one for dually without camper. For everything else, which is usually light, I either use a WD head without bars or an El cheapo drop hitch.
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