Broker I run a Titan V on both my GMC's. The stock hitch came apart at the welds on my 2001. My goosenecks are the Reese 25k with a break point of 60k. My bumber mount trailers weigh around 14k and my gooseneck is sometimes over 20k.
I'm running a Putnam Lock and Load set up for my 9Ton dovetail gooseneck equipment trailer I occasional pull my backhoe with. It's a neat set up as it's under bed nothing in the bed to get out of the way, the spring loaded ball pops out of a well socket, covered by sealed cap until ready to tow. 30K rated also can be adapted for 5 wheel trailers, check out this site at the time they had best prices on the web. http://www.kwikhitch.com/hitches/5thwheels.htm
Don't have one but went to the site looks similar to the Lock/Load I have above, with the L/L setup you don't turn over the ball it locks & stores in the ball well which is then covered with a o-ring sealed cap that sits flush with the bed. Only negative I see with the turnover is is the ball well socket covered from the elements/ dirt and other gook all truck seem to attract; I do like the capability of changing different towing balls/rigs L/L is only 2 5/16" ball or with adapter 5th wheel capable.
Have just ordered a Reese Titan V to replace my 3500's OEM receiver. The OEM receiver has developed football shaped holes where the locking pin is inserted and, even thought it is reated it do so, it simply doesn't seem to be heavy enough to tow our 10,000 lb trailer. Does anybody know if we will have to remove the rear bumper to install the Titan?
For those of us towing a trailer you might want to take a look under your bumper and see how that OEM receaver is holding up. This is what I found. Cracks in the frame at both ends and the tube starting to pull away from the frame where it go through.
Even though my trailer was below the 10,000 lb. on the OEM receaver I replaced it with a 12,000lb. Pull Rite
Posted rating is 30ooolbs gross trailer weight with a pin load(vertical load) of 7500lbs. I read an article where they tested actually break strength for hitches and this one showed 'stress' at 60000lbs.
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