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Old 02-14-2004, 06:55 PM
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Smile homemade fifth wheel hitch

ive traded some work for a fifth wheel camp trailer ,25' and was thinking about making my own hitch , it wouldnt have to be fancy, just strong . i have tools, welders, and good steel.has anyone done one or seen one done that could give me some ideas,thanks,bob
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Old 02-15-2004, 12:08 AM
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My bet is you could buy one for less than you could build one. I doubt you could build the fifth wheel itself although a decent fabricator could make the mounts. You would need to buy the fifth wheel itself and the legs it mounts on. I think it would be very difficult to hand make the jaw kit and such to do the latching and if there was a problem with the hitch you would be on the hook as the manufacturer.

I supervise in a maintenance shop for a large trucking company and buying a new fifth wheel is in the $1300 range even with our national account buying power. I would guess a decent used one would be around $400 - $600 and you would still need the factory feet it mounts to.

You can search http://www.hitch-web.com/ to see if they can come up with anything.

http://www.hitch-web.com/items.asp?O...O4ID=11&O5ID=1 is an entry level Hidden Hitch thay may work.

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If you're talking about making the frame mounts and rails the hitch attaches to, and you seem to have some fabrication skills then I don't see a problem with that. I don't forsee a home-shop fabricator making the actual 5th wheel hitch lock jaws and plate mechanism. You could save some money making the mounts and look for a used hitch like Believer said. He quoted prices for 18 wheeler hitches. The hitches RV'ers use in pickups are not as expensive. I see used ones for sale for $200-$400. I would buy the hitch first and then make the mounts for that hitch.
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Old 02-15-2004, 11:49 AM
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many thanks,respectfully ,bob
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Old 02-16-2004, 04:35 PM
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Bob, check

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/sh...hreadid=205289

Another member here is selling a 14,000 lb hitch and tailgate for $175.00.

Might be right up your alley.

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Old 02-17-2004, 10:06 PM
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way cool, thanks,bob
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