Fifth Wheel Hitch Accessories

A fifth wheel hitch is a horseshoe-shaped device that connects a semi-trailer truck to a towing carriage. It is usually used in recreational vehicles or RVs that are designed for camping and long-road vacations.

While it is a big equipment, you can buy it pre-assembled or just parts that you have to connect and construct on your own. It also has accessories to make the device more equipped or replacements when some parts are partially broken or totally damaged. To help you, here are some of the fifth wheel accessories that you may want to have.

  1. Pro Series Fifth Wheel Slider w/ Rollers

This accessory is usually used on short bed trucks that are at least eight feet long. It provides clearance that is Fifth Wheel Sliderneeded for the vehicle to do slow-speed turns safely and completely.

With Pro Series Fifth Wheel Slider w/ Rollers, the space between the towing truck and the loaded trailer increases, having a wider turning clearance. It also moves the fifth wheel hitch and the kingpin 10 inches closer to the truck’s tailgate.

It is adjustable and works well with 5th-wheel trailer hitches that can carry 15,000-lb, 16,000-lb and 20,000-lb loads.

  1. Reese 5th Wheel Starter Kit

Reese, a well-known company in the industry of heavy-duty towing, offers this 5th Wheel Starter Kit that contains useful 5th wheel accessories. These include the following items:

10-inch diameter lube plate to keep the trailer’s kingpin slide smoothly into the wheel hitch and to safeguard skid plate from scratches, one of the major Reese trailer hitch parts

grease for better movements of the fifth wheel parts

5th wheel hitch cover to protect the trailer hitch from different kinds of elements

kingpin lock with 2 keys to wrap around the collar of the pin, ensuring that the trailer won’t be anchored on other hitch

4 pull-pin lock plates to keep the hitch guarded in the truck bed

This kit is suitable for Reese’s 6,000-lb and 22,000-lb fifth-wheel hitches.

  1. Reese 5th Wheel Rail & Installation Kit 10-Bolt

An accessory that comes handy when you want to install a fifth wheel hitch on your semi-trailer truck. This item contains brackets and 10 bolt design hardware with a black powder coat finish, connecting Reese hitch parts effectively.


  1. Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Cover

When you are not using a device or an equipment, it is ideal to have it covered to prevent it from getting broken. 5th Wheel RailEven hitches need protection as well.

A 5th wheel hitch cover provided by Reese, this accessory basically protects the equipment from getting unexpected damages, dirty or rusty due to uncontrollable elements. This fits classic-style hitches, but isn’t suited for Reese Elite Series hitches.

This item has a reinforced hole where a hitch handle can be clipped. It can easily be used with an elastic hem and two buckles.

  1. 5th Wheel Pull Hook

One of the safest and useful fifth wheel accessories, a pull hook will help you reach the trailer in releasing the equipment without having to worry about getting body injuries, damaging your clothes with grease, oil or grime.

Having lengths of 33 and 43 inches and weighing 2 pounds, this accessory is made with a premium 7/16th cold-rolled steel and a powder coat finished to make it stronger and more durable. It comes in seven colors so you can pick whatever color you prefer.

  1. Bargman 90-degree Wiring Harness

If you want to securely attach your truck to a tow vehicle fast, you can have a Bargman 90-degree Wiring Harness. Its lead is 9 feet long, while the head is angled at 90 degrees, enabling it to get into tight spaces. This item is one of 5th wheel accessories that you can also use on gooseneck hitches.

To utilize the harness, you have to place it into your truck’s pre-assembled 7-way connector that is located under the vehicle’s bumper. Then, the connector teed on the harness will mount in the wheel that is just next to the hitch, hooking it up easily and quickly.

Its wire configuration is indicated by colors: yellow for center auxiliary, green tail and license lights, brown right turn and stop lights. Moreover, it has a blue electric brake, black battery charge, red for left turn and stop lights, and white for ground wire.

It also has wire gauges that include 10 black/white, 12 blue and 14 brown/green/red/yellow.

  1. Master Lock Fifth Wheel/Kingpin Coupler Lock

This is easily used and well-built for commercial trailers and recreational vehicles. The coupler lock is made of powder-coated solid steel bracket to prevent it from corroding or slowly breaking apart. Its swivel headlock body is stainless steel. Most of all, it embodies a simple yet reliable design, preventing the vehicle or the fifth wheel parts from being stolen.


  1. Fifth Wheel Hitch Replacement Pins and Clips

These accessories are used to secure a fifth wheel hitch to the rails that are installed on the bed of a pickup truck. By using Pull Pin Lock Plates and a padlock, the hitch can be fastened to the rails with more security.


  1. Reese Replacement Adjustment Bracket


Looking for a replacement of one of your Reese trailer hitch parts? You might be looking for this one.

An adjustment bracket is used to mount onto the assembly of a hitch base, providing a mounting point for a hitch head (which sold for a different price). If it gets broken or destroyed, you can easily get a new one to install on the device.

This replacement accessory has a maximum 4-inch height adjustment. Finished with a black powder coat, this adjustment bracket is compatible with a fifth wheel hitch that can carry a weight of 22,000 pounds.


  1. Universal Fifth Wheel Hitch Cover

If you want to have 5th wheel hitch cover that can be used on any fifth wheel hitch size, then this cover is the right one for you.

Bearing the Canada-based brand name Fia, this universal cover wheel hitches up to 24 inches in length. It is made with heavy duty vinyl that can stand all kinds of weather. As what most covers do, this item basically protects the equipment from debris, dirt and other elements that can damage the hitch while it isn’t being used. It also keeps the grease, which has been applied on the towing device, making other items oily.

The product weight 15.2 ounces, having dimensions of 19 in. height x 13 in. width x 2 in. thick. And unlike the cover previously mentioned, this one is cheaper.

  1. Accessory Adapter

This is one of the fifth wheel accessories that is not recommended to use for towing purposes. However, it has been engineered to suit most of 5th wheel and trailer truck frames. It can also be to carry bike, generators and platforms.

Weighing 54.4 pounds, the accessory adapter’s construction is of heavy duty steel finished with powder coat for durability.

  1. UltraLube 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Plate Grease

An alternative to conventional type of grease, UltraLube is bio-based, environment-friendly grease for fifth wheel hitches. This performs much better than petroleum-based lubricants, having higher viscosity that won’t lose its quality even under high temperatures. It provided less friction on fifth wheel parts that are always sliding against each other, less heat and less chances of making the equipment wear out.

  1. Reese Rail Kit Mounting Adapter

If you have a 15K/16K/20K Standard Fifth Wheel Hitch, then you can use this rail mounting kit adapter to attach it to your vehicle. This is a Reese product that is compatible with Ford OEM/Elite Series having under-bed rail kits.

This is a well-engineered product that is easily installed and removed from the bed rails.

  1. Head Assembly

This is usually used on fifth wheel trailer hitches. It has two, 1- inch thick jaws that provide 360-degree jaw-to-kingpin contact, giving you less rattle or shake and more security than what slide-bar jaws give.

Its head can be fully articulated, allowing you to hook it up without too much hassle and less chucking. It can turn from front to back and from side to side.

Coated with gray powder to avoid corrosion, this product also has cam-action latching handle that prevents binding. It has a simple release and you can even detached it on uneven terrain. To keep it from being stolen away, this equipment is lockable, but the padlock is sold for a different price.

  1. Reese Towpower Fifth Wheel Adapter Harness

Branded as Reese Towpower, this adapter harness connects Reese hitch parts and keeps them from falling apart. It is made from top quality materials and well-designed in providing premium and high-end towing performance.

You don’t have to worry about getting it broken since it is durable and weatherproof. Above all, you can install this accessory without much difficulty.

  1. Hitch Pin Lock Plates

If you want to make sure that your fifth wheel trailer hitch will keep thieves away, then keep it lock to its base rails with these hitch pin lock plates.

To make this work, you have to insert the pin, which is holding the hitch in its place, through one of the plates next to the equipment, then add a padlock that is sold for a different price. By doing this, pins will not be removed and cases of theft will be impossible. These plates are replacements of cotter pins that are keeping the pins intact.

This can also be used to keep Reese trailer hitch parts safe from getting stolen. For its usefulness, you can purchase this item for $9.95 that already comes with two plates.

  1. Rubber Bumper and Rubber Grip

These are 5th wheel accessories and are used on some fifth wheel parts.

Rubber Bumper

This is used to make the hitch’s parts bounce in cases when there are strong bumps, preventing from making damages. This fits the 16k fifth wheel hitch of Reese.

For on $4.09, you get one rubber bumper that is either 13 or 16 inches tall with 1-inch diameter base.

Rubber Grip

This is an accessory that is placed on the handle of fifth wheel hitch. With a rubber grip, you can comfortably operate the equipment easily.

Roller Adapter

This non-binding item is attached on a fifth wheel hitch. It features a 3/4 turn anchoring system that perfectly matches the under-bed rails of your truck.

Locked with retainer pins and steel handles, the anchors are dropped to their places. They are adjustable and are helpful in eliminating the chucking noises that are produced when the roller legs and under-bed rails are moving while being towed. After you have towed the vehicle, you can unlock the anchors and remove the assembly within a few seconds.

And according to Curt Manufacturing, a “roller adapter uses the pre-existing mounting points of your truck and makes installation and removal of your 5th wheel roller faster than ever.”

  1. Pivot Beam

One of the fifth wheel parts, a pivot beam is a support where the turning device is placed. This accessory is suitable for fifth wheel trailer hitches provided by companies, Draw-Tite and Reese.

There are also other pivot beams that provide a 4-way pivot, allowing you to hookup the device on unlevel or uneven ground. There are usually coated with black powder finish to avoid corrosion.

  1. Pivot Beam Vibration Isolators w/ Mounting Hardware

If you are in search for pivot beam vibration insolators that are needed for your Reese trailer hitch parts, you don’t actually have to look very far as there are a lot of manufacturers that provide such accessories.

With this, Reese offers you this pivot beam vibration insolators, which are suitable for 16K 5th wheel hitch (since there are other versions for other fifth wheel hitch models). You don’t have to worry about mounting pieces since this item already comes with a mounting hardware.

  1. Fifth Wheel Rail Sound Dampeners

This is one of fifth wheel accessories that is installed to eliminate rattle or noises while you are driving your truck. They usually fit between the mounting rails and 5th hitch wheels.


  1. Actuating Rod

For reference, an actuating rod is the piece of metal bar or rod that is used to transfer the mechanical output to a device, which has been designed to make an equipment move.

And according to WiseGeek, “the rod is largely dictated by the type of actuator, the output torque involved, and the type of device being actuated.” Most of actuating rods are made of metal. But there are those made of plastic.

This actuating rod has been especially created for Draw-Tite and Reese 15K, 16K, 20K, 22K and 30K Fifth Hitch Wheels. However, it can not work on ProSeries or Signature Series types of the towing-support device.

  1. Washer Kit

A washer is a small, flat and circular hardware accessory that is made of metal, plastic or rubber. It usually has a hole in the middle of the device that normally works to distribute the load of a threaded accessory like a nut or screw.

That being said, a washer is one of the most useful 5th wheel accessories as it can help in having the load equally shared to other parts of your truck and towing vehicle.

This is a perfect fit if your fifth wheel trailer hitches are a part of Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch, and Reese Signature Series. This can also be used on signature Series hitches that carry 16K, 18K and 24K loads.

Fifth Wheel Hitches Guide

A fifth wheel hitch is a horseshoe-shaped device mainly built to tow heavy-duty vehicles that are carrying numerous loads of cargo. It is used to connect a semi-trailer truck and a towing carriage. It has been usually installed on recreational vehicles or RVs that are best used for traveling along the road. The most common fifth wheel hitches for personal use embody a similar design with that of the hitches used in long trucks with 18 wheels.

How It Works?

Fifth wheel towing hitchEvidently, semi-trucks and other big vehicles are built with huge, diesel-powered engines to help them move despite the heavy weight. But how does a fifth wheel hitch work, enabling it to stay intact under fully loaded cargo without getting it to snap, unlike the ball hitch?

According to HowStuffWorks, there is no definite explanation as to how the device is effective without breaking, except that semi-trucks are not using ball hitches to connect the towing vehicle. The truck is welded with the 5th wheel hitch, which has a large-sized flat plate attached to another similar-looking plate that is both connected by a downward-faced kingpin – the system’s device that helps it turn around.

To make the two plates work smoothly, they are initially applied with lubricants so that they can slide against each other as the tow vehicle moves.

Installed in front of the pickup truck’s rear axle, the fifth wheel hitch is secured by the rails on the truck’s frame, allowing the heavyweight to be distributed all over the suspension system of the truck and making it move without having to worry about it swaying or using so much power along the way.

Five Of The Best 5TH Wheel Hitches 

Apparently, there are different types of 5th wheel hitches and they vary in prices, which range from $200 for the economic type (if you have limited budget) going up to $3,000 for premium models. The cost depends on how much the weight you want the hitch to carry – as the weight increases, the price also goes up.

Basically, the expensive types of fifth wheel hitches have their corresponding prices since they boast of distinct attributes, making them more effective and valuable for towing.

To help you narrow down the choices or what type of device you want to have, here are five of the best 5th wheel hitches with their corresponding prices.

If you are looking for a 5th wheel hitch that comes with a rail kit and permalube pivot bushings, then this is the one CURT 16116 16K 5Th Wheel Hitchfor you.

CURT 16116 16K Fifth Wheel comes with a slide bar, which automatically locks, and a rear steel tension bar that activates when you install it on the pickup truck. It is safely fastened on a kingpin to provide you with a tighter hold, maximizing security and stability of the fifth wheel trailer and minimizing its shakes when moving. It can tow a hauler weighing about 12,000 to 13,000 pounds.

This features a 4-position height adjustment that can be used on various towing applications and a simple 2-pin head removal, making it easier for you to remove the hitch from the vehicle.

Curt 16130 Q20 Fifth Wheel HitchIt is already given that most, if not all, fifth wheel hitches can handle hefty loads of weight. Now this model may be something that you want to own since it is capable of carrying a weight of 20,000 pounds.

Provided by Curt Manufacturing, Curt 16130 Q20 Fifth Wheel Hitch weighs 140 pounds and has dimensions of 30 in. x 17 in. x 15 in. This did not exceed the the vehicle weight rating.

This model looks a little different than the usual, black-colored units available. Despite its looks, it boasts of great power when it comes to its towing capacity, making it one of the best 5th wheel hitches there is.

Blue Ox DH1102 Diamond Hitch can carry up to 30,000 pounds of cargo and 7,500 pounds of tongue weight capacity. It has a self-locking ball that can be inverted to provide you with a clean truck bed when you are not towing anything.

Having a floor hitch-design, Blue Ox will be a good choice as it only needs to have one 4-feet hole for ball for the towing attachment. It also has uncomplicated under bed installation, making it less hassle for you to set up.

For a friendly price, you already have something that can pull whatever it is that you want it to tow. The best part of them all, this model is definitely ideal for pulling antique or racing cars, cows, horses or other livestock, RVs or cargo loaded with a lot of supplies.

B&W Trailer Hitches RVK3000 5th Wheel HitchWith a fully articulating head, B&W Trailer Hitches RVK3000 5th Wheel Hitch can pivot or turn from side to side and from front to back. This has three vertical adjustments, ranging from 14.75″ to 16.75″. It also boasts of a 4″ of front to back adjustment, capable of changing into three coupler positions.

When you park on uneven areas, this 5th wheel hitch model has cam action latching handle to release the vehicles easily. This also uses a mounting system called B&W TurnoverballTM under-bed.

Although this has more features than the previous units, B&W Trailer Hitches RVK3000 5th Wheel Hitch can only carry a weight 18,000 pounds. It has a wide stance and has been created with more strength and improved stability.

Furthermore, this can eliminate unimpressive starts and stops with its one-foot thick kingpin. This also has polyurethane bushings to provide you with a towing experience without letting it make too much noise.

This is more expensive than the other models mentioned. But with its features, you get something more than what you have paid for.

Among the five fifth wheel hitches, this one has the highest price.

This device is designed for short bed trucks. It is pre-assembled that comes with a wrench, folding tab washers for straightforward installation and Reese Elite Slider, which provides more pivoting clearance to prevent untoward clashes of the truck and fifth wheeler trailer in tight spaces at low speeds.

Reese Elite 30144 has an 18,000-pound towing capacity and 4,500-pound pin capacity, having 14″ to 18″ Vertical Adjustment and 4″ Side to Side Adjustment. This also includes a 90-Degree Adapter Harness.

Furthermore, this unit boasts of wider footprint to have more stability and a Quick Lock Mount System that lessens the sloppy operations of the towing system.

Although it exudes impressive features, this model can not be used for short bed trucks that are less 6 feet in length unless you will use a Sidewinder. This is also not suitable for trucks that are built with flare side or step side.

If you are interested in getting this unit, then make sure your wallet will not be empty.

How To Install The Equipment

Now that you are presented with limited choices already, deciding on what to buy may not take so much of your time. But more than just owning a towing support device, it will be an advantage if you also know how to install the equipment on your truck and connect it to your trailer. Learning the installation process will not make you hire someone to do the job for you, which means that you will not have to spend on another additional cost and you will be able to save more money.

To proceed with the installation, setting up the hitch will be much easier and faster if there is an available custom kit for the tow vehicle’s make and model. As a reference, the very existence of the custom kit will be the basis whether the installation can be done at home or there is a need to call for a mechanic expert. If without the kit, drilling holes in the truck bed or welding of components may be important to do, which is best done by someone professional.

Moreover, the kit will ensure that the rails will fasten or hold the hitch well and fit in bed holes of the truck. When the device is properly placed and the trailer is securely attached, the truck bed will not sway even when there is the heavy weight. This is because the weight is distributed all over the truck.

It is also ideal to check the trailer’s braking mechanism to make sure that is installed appropriately and functioning well before driving it on the road.

How to Make The Best Choices?

In choosing the best type of towing-support device, you should initially know how much weight your vehicle, presumably a pickup truck, can carry. The next is determining how much the loaded weight of the fifth wheel trailer that the vehicle will haul or pull. Take note, loaded weight should be less or equal to the capacity of the towing vehicle.

Apart from those guidelines, here are other factors that you should also consider in selecting the hitch as what eBay suggests.

Towing Capacity

These horseshoe-shaped hitches are rated according to the Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). This measurement will indicate the trailer weight that a certain fifth wheel hitch is capable of supporting or carrying.

There is also the tongue weight, which is the amount of weight placed on the hitch itself. In simple terms, if there is not enough tongue weight, then the trailer is not stable and will possibly sway as it moves on the road. However, tongue weight should only be less than 1/10 of the fifth wheel trailer‘s gross weight.

Generally, there is an increase in costs as you get the weight ratings. It will also be more expensive when the hitches have additional features such as heavy attachments, bearings or the sliding hitch.

Sliding Hitch for Short Bed Truck

Having a length of about 8 feet long, a short bed truck can be installed with a special kind of 5th wheel hitch. When the device is put in place, the front of the fifth wheel trailer is very near the truck’s cab. As it makes a turn, the trailer could hit the cab, causing possible damages to both wheeled vehicles.

To prevent such circumstances from happening, there is a sliding hitch created for the short bed truck. With this kind of device, the driver goes out from the vehicle and adjusts the hitch’s lever to let it slide when the vehicles have to make a turn.

As the driver slowly maneuvers the truck forward while the brakes hold the trailer, the trailer is going to slide about 10 inches backward. Before the truck can be driven normally, the driver must readjust the level to fasten the trailer in its place.

Automatic sliding hitches are available in the market. Such equipment is helpful as there is no need to slide the trailer back manually. This type of hitch apparently increases the total cost you have to pay once you made up your mind in purchasing a hitch. However, it is cheaper than buying a new truck.

Understanding the Inclusive Items when Purchasing the Device

Most of the time, fifth wheel hitches are compatible with several accessories that are necessary for an optimal towing performance. However, there are times when these items may not be included when you buy the hitch. Some of these things are the following:

– assembly/installation kit

– brake controller

– fifth wheel tailgate, having lower clearance and a notch for the trailer head

– hitch lock

– rails

– towing mirrors, allowing the driver to check the trailer while making turns

– warranty for the equipment

– lube or lubricant for the maintenance of the hitch