Everyone is familiar with the design of a tractor trailer (also known as a semi-truck, big rig, 18 wheeler, or diesel truck). These colossal trucks are capable of easily hauling enormous loads. If only there was a way to harness that type of power for your standard pickup…
A regular ball hitch would simply snap under the weight. The solution: a fifth wheel trailer hitch. Fifth wheel hitches are designed for carrying much heavier loads than your standard ball hitch. How can they do this?
The 5th wheel hitch is in the bed of the truck, and not flimsily attached to your bumper. The front end of the trailer actually extends over the rear bumper and attaches in your truck bed. Therefore the weight of the trailer is pressing down between the cab and the rear axel, allowing the truck to carry a significantly greater amount of weight.
The fifth wheel hitch is a large, flat plate that has a shape similar to a horseshoe. The metal rails that run beneath the hitch attach to the frame of the pickup truck for strength. The trailer connects to the fifth wheel hitch via a downward-facing pin — called a king pin — along with a plate that rests on top of the fifth wheel hitch plate. The king pin locks into position so it is secure within the hitch but can pivot to accommodate turns.
A fifth wheel truck hitch will run you between $500 and $3,000.
If you are interested in having a 5th wheel trailer hitch installed in your vehicle, contact Trick Trucks today. We are here for you. All products can be purchased in our showroom and can be professionally installed at all of our twelve locations. If you have any questions, please contact Trick Trucks by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here today! Hard to find items (including grilles) are our specialty.
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