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    Re: Fifth Wheel Damage

    I wish I'd read this forum last week! Now I have a new tailgate and some wounded pride...
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    Re: Fifth Wheel Damage

    Granted, there are those who run through hook-up checklists. have never dropped a trailer on their truck bed, and think any added safety device is wasted money. But I've read enough about MORE experienced campers than me that have squashed their trucks to make the Butch's device cheap insurance. It's very hard to not notice if the locking bar has been engaged where it needs to be.

    Heck, even my big talking BiL dropped his rig on his truck.
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    Re: Fifth Wheel Damage

    Quote Originally Posted by PUG View Post
    I also have a Butch's Service fifth wheel safety catch. It was easy to install, maybe weighs 7 lbs and gives peace of mind while towing in case of hitch failure. I still do the tug test back and forth with the legs about an inch above the ground. If you don't have one you are dumb....
    I don't have one either, I guess that makes me "dumb".
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    Re: Fifth Wheel Damage

    Filling out application for the "Been there, done that club"...at the Dealership no less. Luckily my front gear was most of the way down (please don't ask, stupid rookie mistake), damage $45.00 for new bed cover rail...I got OFF really lucky and will be looking into Butch's safety catch.
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    Re: Fifth Wheel Damage

    From a first timer, reading everyone's comment. Has help. I'm picking up our 4100 next Friday and will call our dealer to have them install Butch's catch before our first pull. Thanks for everyone's input.

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    Re: Fifth Wheel Damage

    Hi Cramalot-Inn,

    Welcome to the Heartland Owners Forum and family. We have a great bunch of folks here with lots of information and all willing to share their knowledge when needed.

    Might be a good idea,, I have a bed saver on mine also.

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    Re: Fifth Wheel Damage

    I have the Reese Elite with the Ford installed under the bed rails. When the king pin is locked in place, a metal flag is released and is supposed to let you know that you are locked in place. So far it has been accurate even the first time hitching up and was not all the way in, no flag. I still do a tug test though, the consequences would be too painful to watch for trying to save a little time.

    Now with that said, does anyone have experience with the Reese Elite? Just wondering what the track record is with this flag.
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    Re: Fifth Wheel Damage

    Quote Originally Posted by Eddhuy View Post
    I have the Reese Elite with the Ford installed under the bed rails. When the king pin is locked in place, a metal flag is released and is supposed to let you know that you are locked in place. So far it has been accurate even the first time hitching up and was not all the way in, no flag. I still do a tug test though, the consequences would be too painful to watch for trying to save a little time.

    Now with that said, does anyone have experience with the Reese Elite? Just wondering what the track record is with this flag.
    We have one but it doesn't have a flag. It is the Ford accessories one though. I haven't had any issues with it. I check when hitching and do a tug test. our last hitch was a B&W companion and I prefer it over the Reese. If the OEM B&W were available when we bought our truck I would have it now.
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    Re: Fifth Wheel Damage

    Quote Originally Posted by Cramalot_Inn View Post
    From a first timer, reading everyone's comment. Has help. I'm picking up our 4100 next Friday and will call our dealer to have them install Butch's catch before our first pull. Thanks for everyone's input.
    I put a Butch's catch on mine...Then I got to thinking. If I don't hitch it properly and fail to do my necessary checks, what makes me thing I will latch the Butch's lever??? I'm thinking the Bedsaver is a better idea because you don't have to do anything with it... Hope I don't ever need it...Don
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    Re: Fifth Wheel Damage

    Has anybody dropped their rig or came close to it using a B&W Companion? I read on another forum where a guy confessed that he had hauled his rig over 100 mi and had forgotten to use the locking pin on his B&W. I'm with some of you, if I forget to use the locking pin, why would I remember to install the Butch's catch. The bedsave looks like a good idea. I wonder if they make one for the B&W?
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