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Old 04-16-2012, 01:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When I purchased my property an old 28' fifth wheel camper now became mine. This is the reciever that was left behind to tow it.
It is a Holland Mini Hitch Model 560-0-1 rated at 10K. I sent an email to Holland with no response back. Called and was told there was no literature available for it.




I just want to know if it is worth while mounting into my 79 Ford to tow this fifth wheel trailer. I have never mounted a fifth wheel reciever and dont want to do somthing fawked up and kill someone.

Any info or advice would be swell...
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Well, it sure dosen't look very strong. Looks like it actually does need more traingulation with the riser hoops being so small. Seems like there's a lot less metal there than with modern hitches.

I guess looks may be deceiving though.

Edit: Is it designed (wide enough) to mount above the fenders in the box?

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The riser hopps are 58" CTC This would place them over the fender wells in the Ford. This does not make much sense to me because there is no lite duty truck with a 58" wide frame to mount this to. This looks like it may require a brace system under the bed that ties into the frame. Otherwise you could only mount it to the bed... Terrible idea!

Here are some pics of the trailer. My idea is to rip the camper shell off with the hoe and build a flat bed on the frame.



the axles are only 5 lug which concerns me of strength.


really expected to find a meth lab or dead body inside.


Sorry for the invert pic.
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Backwoods is gonna be jealous as fawk of that setup.
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It wont help ya any but my truck has mounts under the bed braced with angle and steel plates that looks like how your hitch is supposed to be mounted.
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I am preety sure I only have half the mounting hardware. I called a local trailer supply company and they are going to try and dig some info up on it. They were pretty excited to see somthing like this... dang trailer geeks.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Sell them the whole set up and buy some 8 lug axles and steel and go to town.
Hell, trailer place, trade them your hitch parts and trailer complete for some new 8 lug 8000lb. axles/suspension/wheels/tires!
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Now that would just be to easy. It's my nature to take the less sensible route...
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TTT....

Anyone else have any knowledge or experience with this style of hitch?

I am ready to move this trailer and need to know how to mount this thing in the truck. Holland has been no help.

Six Robblees says that some of the older hitch's bolt straight through the bed... if thats the case my swiss cheese bed wont hold up to the task

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just build l brackets off the frame...........
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Have you measured the trailer hitch? As long as it'll fit into a newer hitch, I'd just grab a curt/reese/whatever from TSC and it will come complete.

Or just go to town adding various angle iron to that one, it'll work eventually. Hell, it must have worked for someone....for some amount of time.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
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My truck had a similar hitch in it at one point, someone welded heavy angle iron off the frame to a plate under the bed sheet metal.
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What you have is the older style 5th wheel setup. It mounts over the fender wells leaving the truck bed available to lay stuff in without rails in the way.
The two problems associated with this setup are its mounting and the lack of a tilt. Mounting braces are required under the bed.

Honestly, I've junked 3 or 4 of those hitches. I just go with the rail system 5th, the modern ones.

They are very strong though, as some have secondary brackets that mount on the wheel well too.

You guys should see what little material holds the tandem axles on box van semi trailers, you would surely second-guess the integrity of them as well!

You are very ambitious on that trailer too. Those frames are junk without a lot of effort in bracing and stuff. It will twist like a pretzel without the camper body on it.
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The only way I would put that hitch in the bed of a truck is to haul it to the scrap yard. I wouldn't waste my time with it.
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Friend tows a 34ft 5th wheel with that style hitch - not sure of the rating.

Modern 15k hitches are cheap on craigslist.

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