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rv-pro.com April 2014 • RV PRo • 31 and kits. e ISR Series SuperGlide is now available, providing an automatically-sliding fifth wheel hitch in 15K, 18K and 24K ratings that mounts to industry-standard rails. "Before about 2009, our PullRite line was known as an expensive, high-end only hitch that sold for upwards of $3,000 in the retail market (including installation labor). Additionally, our units were only able to fit our rails and mounting kits," says Scott Later, national sales manager for Pulliam Enterprises, producer of the PullRite brand. "Now, with our ISR units, we've streamlined and simplified our offering and cut our retail cost to between $2,000 and $2,500 with labor. Plus, we've given consumers the versatility of mounting to existing rails should they want to upgrade from someone else's unit to a PullRite." Factory Mounts A recent trend from the vehicle manufacturers is to include an under-bed fifth wheel hitch mounting system as an option when ordering a new truck. While consumers can purchase the fifth wheel hitch that works with these under-bed systems as an accessory from the local Ford or Ram dealer, that fact doesn't lock out the aftermarket; it is important to note that they can also purchase fifth wheel hitches to fit this system through local truck accessory retailers. Cequent, B&W and PullRite all offer OE-compatible versions of their topline fifth wheel hitches that simply drop into the factory mounting pucks on Ford and Ram trucks. In addition, Cequent offers an above-bed adapter assembly that drops into the factory pucks and allows for mounting of the company's traditional fifth wheel hitches. "Typically, what we see is an advantage since the RV technicians are experienced in installation, transaction and installation of these OE units," Romero says. "is goes more smoothly for the dealer and customer, and the customer is usually receptive to add-on pur- chases that enhance the towing experience as well as the dealer's profit margin on the sale." 20K and 24K GTW, respectively. ese units mount to industry-standard rails and are available with roller- slide units for short-bed trucks. e jaws on both the Q20 and Q24 are highly detailed and feature a positive lock that won't allow chucking movement. ese Curt units feature an attractive powder-coat finish. "We call it our Q series because Q stands for quiet and quality," says Hooks. "We have a patented spherical bearing that the head of the fifth wheel sits on. is gets 360-degree rotation, which means that the snap-crackle-pop of other products in the industry does not happen with these products." e top of the line from Husky Towing Products, a brand pro- duced by Coast Distribution, is the 26KW, rated at 26K GTW. e legs of this unit are forged, and the head is an oversized four-way pivoting unit with full wrap jaw. e mounting system is the same as Husky's 16KS unit, using industry-standard rails. A 10-26 glider also is available for short-bed mounting. "Our line offers the experienced trailering enthusiast the best features and performance from a fifth wheel while remaining com- petitive with others' offerings," says Steve Holt, director of brand and corporate marketing for Coast Distribution. "e higher quality we are engineering into today's products means less wear and tear on the tow vehicle and trailer." PullRite's top product is the SuperGlide, which offers an automatic slider unit. is hitch has been available for some time, but was pre- viously only mountable using PullRite's own design mounting rails Cequent's Titan series is an upgraded version of the older Reese units; the head, legs, pivot beam, jaw system and even the slider have been improved for easier operation. Three of The rV IndusTry's LargesT Insurance agencIes are now one 12 National Marketing Representatives serving North America are ready to visit your Dealership: • Commercial Insurance • Physical & Casualty Insurance • Health Insurance • Employee Benefits • Extended Service Contracts • Sealants • Tire & Wheel • Gap Insurance • Consumer Insurance for RVs, autos, powersports, marine Cut Your Insurance Costs! Increase Your F&I Revenue! Call Michael Neal, Steve Freedman, or Alan Gilbert right now: 888-866-9601 a dIVIsIon of Brown and Brown Insurance of KenTucKy, Inc sInce 1912 A Full-Service American Broker For the Dealer! www.reedbrothersinsurance.com RVP_RBIG_1302A.indd 1 3/11/13 4:54 PM RVPApr.indd 31 3/19/14 1:45 PM

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