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.
This accessory is usually used on short bed trucks that are at least eight feet long. It provides clearance that is needed 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.
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.
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.
When you are not using a device or an equipment, it is ideal to have it covered to prevent it from getting broken. Even 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Rubber Bumper and Rubber Grip
These are 5th wheel accessories and are used on some fifth wheel parts.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.