You’ve purchased a fifth wheel RV and can’t wait to hit the road on an awesome outdoor adventure! But before you hitch it up and pull out of your driveway, check out these fifth wheel hitch accessories that make hitch install easy while also protecting you and your investment from possible damage or a bumpy ride that leaves you sore and tired. While these accessories aren’t necessary (other than the rail kit), our customers think they’re nice to have. Contact us at Lakeshore RV Center with any fifth wheel accessory questions or to purchase something from our RV Parts Superstore.
A rail and installation kit is a must-have for a fifth wheel, as this is how you install your trailer hitch into the bed of your truck. This Reese Quick-Install Custom Base Rails and Installation Kit for 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches includes the brackets, base rails, and all hardware needed for installation. The vehicle-specific brackets mount to existing holes in your truck’s frame which minimizes drilling, measuring, and install time compared to a universal bracket system. This system is compatible with the following hitches: Curt, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, Reese, Valley, and Husky. Not compatible with: Reese Elite Series (Signature Series) or Valley USB hitches.
A Lift Kit
If you’re concerned about the amount of clearance between the bed of your truck and your fifth wheel, then consider investing in a PullRite 3” SuperGlide Lift Kit to create some wiggle room. This lift kit acts by raising the height of the hitch in the bed of the truck. This accessory is especially helpful if towing with a newer truck that has a shorter, but deeper, bed. Use with 14K, 16K, 18K, and 20K SuperGlides.
Air Ride Pin Box
Invest in a Reese 5th Airborne Premium Fifth Wheel Air-Ride Coupler for the smoothest ride possible. It works as a buffer between your fifth wheel and tow vehicle and reduces shock that is caused by road turbulence. This accessory comes pre-assembled and bolts onto your trailer using already existing holes and hardware for easy and quick installation. You’ll enjoy:
- 60% less longitudinal shock (chucking)
- 44% less vertical shock
- less stress on coach frame
- less vibration and disruption inside the coach
- less fatigue as a passenger or driver
It is rated with a 21,000 lb. capacity and has a 3-year limited warranty. This product can be used with Leland 7920 and 7921 pin boxes.
Replace your factory gooseneck tube and coupler with an AIRSAFE gooseneck that practically eliminates all shock that is transferred from your tow vehicle to the trailer. The benefits of installing an AIRSAFE air hitch gooseneck are as follows:
- The heavy duty air shocks reduce oscillation
- The 8” diameter industrial air springs provide maximum shock absorption
- Provides easy access to air valve
- Protects cargo from shock
- Prevents vehicle damage
- Prevents driver fatigue
- Increases gas mileage
- Use any air pump or air compressor to fill air bags to proper psi
Glide Ride Pin Box
The bumps and shocks from rough roads can result in shorter vehicle life, costly repairs, and an uncomfortable ride. But if you replace your existing pin box with a Glide Ride Pin Box by Demco, you’ll experience:
- a much smoother ride
- your vehicle’s drive train, suspension, tires, and body will thank you for it
How it works:
- the unique linkage coupler allows for parallel movement
- gravity brings the king pin back to its original centered position
- does not affect braking or steering
Use the Glide Ride Fit List to find the right model for your fifth wheel. Do you use a fifth wheel hitch accessory I didn't mention? Let us know in the comments below!