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5th Wheel Hitches

The term “5th wheel hitch” may not be something that is well-known to most people. But for travelers, truckers and camping enthusiasts, it’s a familiar term—even dating back to the 1800s. The term originated from old carriages that had an actual horizontal wheel that acted as a pivot point for a front axle and the name has carried on to this day.

Nowadays, a 5th wheel hitch refers to a U-shaped hitch coupling that fits in the back of a pickup truck. With a 5th wheel hitch, the attachment point is in the bed of the vehicle and not the rear bumper. This focuses the weight of the trailer between the cab and rear axle making it possible to carry a greater amount of weight. They are also commonly found on large semi-trailer trucks because they are designed to handle much heavier loads than the traditional ball mount hitch.

A 5th wheel hitch is capable of handling heavier loads because it is anchored to the frame of the vehicle. A system of rails attached by brackets to the vehicle’s frame act as a foundation for the hitch.

Southside Hitch offers 5th wheel hitches made by B&W. They are the most reliable 5th wheel hitches on the market for long bed and short bed trucks. Our team of technicians can professionally install a custom-fit kit for your vehicle so you can be sure every haul is a safe one. Afterall, trailer safety has always been our top priority for our customers.

If you are in need of a 5th wheel hitch installation, call Southside Hitch at 804-378-1992 to schedule an appointment today. Our professional team will be glad to serve you. We can also handle all of your hitch repair and replacement needs too.

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