Fifth wheel

Discussion in 'Tow Rigs and Trailers' started by Alexbranch, Jun 10, 2017.

  1. Alexbranch

    Alexbranch Active Member

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    Does anyone have an idea on the average cost of a hide away gooseneck? If it matters I have a Dodge 2500 I want to put it in.
     
  2. YotaOnRocks

    YotaOnRocks Well-Known Member

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    A little over $500 by the time you buy the trailer plug and harness for inside the bed.
     
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  3. Stuntman Autoworks

    Stuntman Autoworks Instigator of things

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    Go with a B&W hitch. Best you can buy IMHO.
     
  4. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    B&Ws are great, but their powder coat is shit. Just FYI...
     
  5. Jody Treadway

    Jody Treadway Croc wearing fool Moderator

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    I'm just installed a Draw Tite GN hitch in my 2015 2500. The ball has a quick release so you can store it wherever you wish.
    The hitch and wiring was like $375 from etrailer.com
    Took me an honest 1.5-2 hours to install myself.
    Just returned from a 625 mile round trip using it with zero complaints.
     
  6. Stuntman Autoworks

    Stuntman Autoworks Instigator of things

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    I've had 4 of them and never a problem with their powder coat. Or anything else they made for that matter. Part of my job for 2 years was installing gooseneck and fifth wheel hitches I've seen all brands and the fit and finish, warranty, and customer service from B&W was by far the best.
     
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  7. Junkyard Dog

    Junkyard Dog Well-Known Member

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    I am not impressed with it either. The 4 ive owned haven't held up well as far as powder coat either. But I do think they are still one of the best
     
  8. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    I've never seen a B&W that was more than a year or two old that still had the powder coat on it.
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    Best practice should probably just burn the powder coat off a new one and rattle can it.
     
  9. Stuntman Autoworks

    Stuntman Autoworks Instigator of things

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    I had my first one for 9 years and it never did that. Maybe you should wash your truck a little more often and keep the mud and salt off it lol.
     
  10. YotaOnRocks

    YotaOnRocks Well-Known Member

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    My hitch was flaking out of the box.
     
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  11. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    The B&W hitch on my old truck had the same issue of paint flaking off (in massive sheets). It's like it was only adhered at the corners, and once it started, it all came off.
     
  12. anvilrubi

    anvilrubi Well-Known Member

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    Ive used both draw tire and b&w over the years aside from the potential powder coat issue either one will do fine.
     
  13. Fabrik8

    Fabrik8 Overcomplicator

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    I'm going to go with lack of proper e-coat/passivation/conversion coating/other type of pretreatment, and a powdercoat chemistry that isn't well suited to coating sharp edges. Both of those problems are easily solved, for very little additional cost. Plus, it's not really additional cost if it was completely missing a required thing in the first place....

    I don't know anything about hitches, but I have a hard time accepting the overall quality of a product where proper coating isn't even a concern.
     
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