April '14

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26 • RV PRo • April 2014 rv-pro.com rv-pro.com April 2014 • RV PRo • 27 T oday's RV dealers have far more options when selling fifth wheel hitches than they did even a few years ago when it comes to varying weight ratings and con- figurations. ese hitches also are stronger, more durable, have better kingpin (jaw) latching systems, and provide better features than hitches made just five years ago, according to multiple hitch suppliers who spoke with RV PRO for this article. Best yet—all of the manufacturers make at least one rail kit and mounting system that is common throughout the industry, so there is finally some standardization. Hitch manufacturers say they have devoted time and resources to designing and engineering fifth wheel hitches to meet the heavier loads today's pickups can carry and heftier towed trailers. For example, Cequent Performance Products runs its fifth wheel hitches and mounting rails through 900,000-cycle tests to mimic the life of the product; that testing exceeds Society of Automotive Engineer (SAE) J2638 standards, according to Tom Romero, national sales and technical training director at Cequent. "e reason for these higher testing standards is because trucks can pull more and trailers are weighing more," Romero says. "It wasn't that long ago that some of the equip- Curt offers the high-end Q20 (pictured here) and the Q24 fifth wheel hitches, rated at 20K and 24K, respectively. These units mount to industry-standard rails and are available with roller-slide units for short-bed trucks. Today's fifth wheel hitches are engineered and built to provide a smoother towing experience for consumers and a safe bet for retailers. By John Tiger Tows Steady As She RVPApr.indd 26 3/19/14 3:16 PM

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