How to Install a Fifth Wheel Hitch
June 19th, 2014
  By Bert Camp
  Customer Service Representative at

Today we’re going to talk about 5th Wheel Hitches, one of the big boys in trailer hitches. This is a special class of hitch that mounts over or forward of the rear axle of a pickup. The rig being towed has a king pin on the end of the trailer which fits into the specially designed notch on the 5th Wheel Hitch.

The only reason you need a hitch like this is to haul something big.  Fifth Wheel Hitches come in a variety of weight capacities.  They range from 12,000 lbs. to 30,000 lbs.  You can see all of the various weight capacity options here. 5th Wheel Hitches have a number of advantages over other hitch styles - better maneuverability, stability, safety and towing capacity to name a few. This hitch system is most commonly used to haul big RV’s and livestock trailers. The 5th wheel hitch fits into the bed of the pickup truck.

Here are a couple things to think about if you’re considering a 5th Wheel Hitch system. The hitch takes up a lot of room in the bed of the pickup so don’t plan on using the bed space for cargo.
Also, if you are planning on hauling your rig in some tight turn situations or if you have a short bed pickup you should look at a slider unit.   These units will allow 10”-12” of front to back travel.

Slider units come in a round tube or square tube style but we’ll get into that and more about these big hitches in a future article. In the meantime you can check out the best names in the 5th Wheel Hitches at They have everything you’ll need to haul your big rig and experts on hand to answer any questions you may have.
In my next article about 5th Wheel Hitches we’ll cover the various parts of this hitch, what they are called and what they do.

Until then, Happy Trailering!