5th Wheel Hitch Basics

People who love camping may be looking to upgrade their outdoor experience with a new (or used) trailer.

At Trademasters, we sell pretty much everything you need for a great road travelling experience. We have the equipment, accessories, and expertise in Chilliwack to prepare your vehicle for the next great outdoor adventure.

Trailers at their most basic are portable dwellings on wheels. We specialize in making sure you have no problems while towing your travelling home from Chillwack to Arizona and back again. Caravans, campers, and camper trailers may go by different names, but they are essentially the same thing.

One thing to note is that trailers that attach to the bumper of the towing vehicle are called travel trailers.
Trailers that attach to the bed of the truck pulling it are called 5th wheel trailers. When choosing which style is best for you, there are several factors to consider. And it’s not just about the connection point or the installation process required.

The Benefits of Owning a 5th Wheel Trailer vs a Travel Trailer

The first thing you should know about purchasing a 5th wheel trailer is that you’ll require an adequate truck for towing it.

A 5th wheel hitch on your truck bed allows you to tow larger units, more than a travel trailer system will permit. This extra capacity makes 5th wheels ideal for families or people who want a roomier travelling home. It’s also popular with retirees and full-time RV enthusiasts who enjoy fancier living accommodations.

When it comes to floor plan options and extra storage, travel trailers can’t compare with 5th wheels.

Owning a 5th wheel has plenty of advantages.

Because a section of your 5th wheel trailer hangs over the bed of your pickup truck, you get extra living space (usually an elevated sleeping area above your 5th wheel hitch system).
5th wheels give you taller ceilings, plus additional options for built-in generators, extra bathrooms, and slide outs.

People who have owned both say 5th wheels are easier to hook up than travel trailers and offer greater maneuverability when parking.

A 5th wheel trailer will provide a smoother towing experience compared to a travel trailer. That added towing capacity contributes to a more comfortable, stable ride.

If you prefer a larger trailer with more room, you’ll want to go for a 5th wheel.

Selecting the Right Fifth Wheel Hitch for Your Truck

The length of your truck bed and the gross weight of your trailer will help determine the 5th wheel hitch that is right for you. Our job is to ensure you have the right tow vehicle system and accessories for your hauling needs.

As with all our other products, Trademasters prides itself on installing only the best fifth wheel hitches today, including products from CURT, Andersen Hitches, and B&W Trailer Hitches. We are familiar with all the major brands and are happy to help with honest service and advice.
Unless you have a high level of expertise in the area, we suggest leaving the wheel hitch installation to us. We deal with all makes and models of trucks, including short bed trucks where a sliding hitch is necessary.

Most customers who want 5th wheel hitches for recreational use will employ a kingpin hitch. This style includes a male pin connector on the trailer that attaches to the truck. The trailer is secured via a locking jaw.

Gooseneck hitches are used more for larger flatbeds or if you’re using your 5th wheel hitch to haul a horse trailer.

Our staff will talk you through the various mounting systems for transporting your heavy loads. Do you require a sliding or fixed mounting system? Dual locking jaws or single? Could you benefit from a self-aligning head? Trademasters will help.

With an emphasis on safety, our staff will ensure you don’t exceed your vertical load limit. We want your trailer hitch to be the perfect fit for you.

The whole point of getting out into the wilderness is to enjoy a stress-free getaway. Trademasters will ensure your new trailer and trailer hitch are correctly mounted and ready for ease of use. Stop by for service.

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5th Wheel Hitch, Towing and Hauling Boats, Trademasters

B&W Hitches

Another popular hitch Trademasters carries is the Companion® by B&W. Their innovative towing hitches are unique as they mount to B&W’s Turnoverball gooseneck system for those trucks that don’t come with a factory puck system. This allows the flexibility of towing both gooseneck and 5th wheel with ease. This design also makes the Companion® easy to install and remove.

Pre-drilled holes in the base of the hitch allow for the height adjustment you may require for the cab and bed sides of your truck.

If you have a small truck bed, the Companion® is also available as a slider in both styles, railmount and Turnoverball. Trademasters will ensure you make the right purchase before installing.

The Companion® also features a locking jaw system that wraps around the kingpin. The easy one-handle operation controlling the movement of the jaws ensures safe, secure towing. A single maneuver is all it takes to lock it in place.

People who own this hitch rave about its sturdiness and quiet efficiency. Thanks to its precision machining, cushiony polyurethane bushings, and built-in shock absorbers for lateral movement, you’ll always have a quiet “rattle-free” ride.

Curt Hitches

Curt hitches are another trusted brand we keep in stock. Like the other makes we sell, they are designed for safety, ease of use, and durability.

Their A-series™ of 5th wheel hitches includes an ergonomic handle and one-pin head for easy setup.

Their Q-series™ is specially designed for quiet operation with its pivoting mechanism, which provides greater maneuverability in any direction. Its three grease fittings deliver constant lubrication for the smoothest ride, even with heavier trailers.

And the E-series™ provides an affordable hitch option with a dual pivoting head that gives you 10 degrees of lateral movement.

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5th Wheel Hitch, Hydraulic Truck Hitch, Trademasters, Truck Accessories

Selecting the Right Fifth Wheel Hitch for Your Truck

The length of your truck bed and the gross weight of your trailer will help determine the 5th wheel hitch that is right for you. Our job is to ensure you have the right tow vehicle system and accessories for your hauling needs.

Gooseneck hitches are used more for larger flatbeds or if you’re using your 5th wheel hitch to haul a horse trailer, for example.

Unless you have a high level of expertise in the area, we suggest leaving the fifth wheel hitch installation to us. We deal with all makes and models of trucks, including short-bed trucks where a sliding hitch is necessary.

With an emphasis on safety, our staff will ensure you don’t exceed your vertical load limit. We want your trailer hitch to be the perfect fit for you.

The whole point of getting out into the wilderness is to enjoy a stress-free getaway. Trademasters will ensure your new trailer and trailer hitch are correctly mounted and ready for ease of use.

HIJACKER TOWING ACCESSORIES

Hijacker has been a trusted name in the RV industry for decades, and their towing products are well-known for sturdiness and dependability. Trademasters is proud to partner with Hijacker to bring their superior products to residents of Chilliwack!

Learn more about each 5th wheel hitch below, and contact us today for your free inventory or quote request.

READY TO GET YOUR TOWING SYSTEM SET UP?

We’re ready to help you hit the road! Contact Trademasters today to request a free quote or inventory check on any of any 5th wheel or Goosneck hitches. We can help you find the right product for your needs, and we’ll provide full-service installations to residents of Chilliwack.

In the meantime, make sure you’re caught up on Canadian towing laws, and be sure to check out our receiver hitches and supplemental braking systems to make sure you’re prepared for anything!