Showing posts with label fifth wheel hitch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fifth wheel hitch. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Do You Need a Fifth Wheel Hitch?

Many of today’s truck owners love buying accessories for use with their precious vehicles. Unfortunately, many of them love it a little too much and resort to buying accessories that they don’t actually need or won’t use often. A fifth wheel hitch is one of those products that not all truck owners need. Generally, unless you plan to be hauling a trailer, an RV, or some other large piece, this device is not really necessary for you. If you do happen to need one, however, you’ll be glad to know that Auto Truck Depot offers many affordable options to meet your needs.

Whatever you do, however, don’t make the mistake of using a regular hitch with your large load and thinking it will work just as well as a fifth wheel hitch. These specialized hitches are the only ones designed specifically to tackle oversized loads. Furthermore, these hitches attach to the truck’s bed, not to the rear bumper, which wouldn’t be strong enough to handle loads of such large sizes. If you’re unsure about whether or not you need a special hitch or a standard model, don’t hesitate to ask the friendly experts at the Depot.

As a final word of wisdom, do be sure that you go through the installation process as carefully and safely as possible. Installation of the hitch is not difficult, but for your safety and the safety of your trailer or other cargo, it does need to be done correctly and securely. If you don’t want to tackle installation on your own, have a professional do the job. Sure, you’ll probably have to spend a little extra money, but the peace of mind is well worth it.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Finding a Versatile Fifth Wheel Hitch

When you have a fifth wheel to haul around for trips or business purposes, it's important to find a reliable fifth wheel hitch. After all, without a hitch, there's no way of getting that cool fifth wheel from Point A to Point B. And since safety is such a key issue, we always tell people to buy a better hitch than they think they'll need, in terms of playing it safe. There is another key feature that sets the good fifth wheel hitches apart from the not-so-good – versatility. You may not think in terms of buying a hitch that's versatile, but it's more important than some people think.

What Do You Mean – Versatility?

Before we start talking about a fifth wheel hitch being versatile, and finding out which company makes the most versatile, high quality hitches for 5th wheels, let's slow down a bit and explain why versatility is so important.

Some people will be installing a hitch either across the bed or along the bed of their trucks. A versatile hit, like the Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitch, can be attached to either type of set up. And that's why Hijacker is considered the most versatile type of 5th wheel hitch. They know that people will use varied means of installation, so they make hitches that can be easily installed either way, so people don't have to decide on which method is the best.

Plus, the Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitch products are also upgradeable in terms of weight – from 16,000 pounds to 21,000 pounds. That gives these hitches the edge when it comes to versatility.

Of course, if all this is sounding like too much to consider, you can contact us at Auto Truck Depot, or at our website AutoTruckDepot.ca, and one of our experienced staff members can help you to make sense out of which type of hitch to choose for your fifth wheel hauling needs.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Do I Need a Fifth Wheel Hitch?


Most of the time, people can get away with using a standard ball hitch for their trailer.  However, larger trailers (RVs, campers, livestock trailers, etc.) require a fifth wheel hitch because they allow for appropriate weight distribution.  The whole fifth “wheel” thing is a bit of a misnomer in modern configurations and dates back to the days of carriages when there really was a “fifth wheel”.  Today’s configuration consists of a coupling that has been installed in the bed of a pickup that consists of a “coupling pin” and a horseshoe shaped device (the “fifth wheel”).

When do you need a fifth wheel hitch?  Well, you absolutely need one when you are hauling larger livestock trailers, campers, or semi-trailers. You could use one when you have a medium sized trailer that requires the type of extra support and weight distribution that these hitches provide.

Once you’ve made the decision to purchase a fifth wheel hitch for your truck, stop by our showroom.  We work with several different manufacturers, each with their own set of strengths. It is easier to discuss which one is best for your vehicle in person because it allows the sales staff to physically point out things about the hitch or your vehicle that might help you make the right purchase. 

To answer the original question: when do I need a fifth wheel hitch?  The short answer is that if you’re hauling a second home with your truck, if you’ve got 20 head of steer you need to move, or your truck is actually a “semi” then you need a fifth wheel hitch.
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