Humboldt, Kan.-based supplier B&W Trailer Hitches announced that it has begun shipping its new GNRK 1314 aftermarket gooseneck trailer hitch to its nationwide distribution network. According to a press release, the new hitch features B&W’s popular Turnoverball design that is simple to install and easy to use.
The company noted that many 2013 RAM 3500 owners have found that the accessories necessary for their factory-installed gooseneck trailer hitch to function are not yet available.
“This unfortunate set of circumstances has caused inconvenience and confusion among my customers,” Hayden Elder, principle of Elder Dodge, Athens, Texas. “Our customers prefer the B&W brand over any other gooseneck hitch, and I’m grateful that we have their GNRK 1314 hitch available now, as the RAM 3500s begin hitting our lot.”
An online video demonstrates that the GNRK 1314 installs much like the other B&W gooseneck trailer hitch kits. B&W said the product is also comparably priced with its other gooseneck offerings with an MSRP of $494, and fits on any 2013 RAM 3500 without a factory-installed hitch prep package. In addition, B&W’s signature Turnoverball feature allows the hitch ball to invert in its mounting socket when not in use to stow securely and flush with the bed of the truck.
In contrast to B&W’s Turnoverball design, the RAM’s OE hitch ball, when it eventually becomes available, will need to be removed from its mounting socket and stowed elsewhere. Removing the hitch ball from its mounting location leaves it prone to being lost, misplaced and generally becoming a storage nuisance.
“Since we introduced the Turnoverball in 1992, gooseneck users have grown accustomed to turning over and stowing the hitch ball where they use it, and it’s hard for us to imagine why the OE would revert to an outdated, less practical design,” Travis McCall, product engineer for B&W Trailer Hitches, said. “Our new GNRK 1314 honors B&W’s reputation for creating easy-to-install hitches that are easy to use as well.”
B&W’s GNRK 1314 aftermarket gooseneck trailer hitch has been engineered to match the towing capacity of the 2013 RAM 3500. The product has been extensively tested and is certified as meeting the vehicle tow rating (VTR). As with any towing scenario, B&W strongly recommends that users never exceed a VTR.
“For over a quarter of a century, we’ve enjoyed serving truck dealers of all brands,who love installing our hitch products for their customers,” said Beth Barlow, marketing manager for B&W Trailer Hitches. “Our quick assessment of this needs gap and our rapid response to fill it are a testament to B&W’s dedication to our RAM dealer customers, their customers and the towing marketplace at large.”
B&W’s GNRK 1314 aftermarket gooseneck trailer hitch can be used to replace the product designation 53W 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Towing Prep Group, for the 2013 RAM 3500. A fifth-wheel hitch is expected to be introduced within several weeks.
Supplier PullRite, Mishawaka, Ind., reports that it sold more RV hitches in 2012 than in any year since 2007 and that new products have produced record sales at five distributor shows already this year.
”We are seeing a dramatic up-trend,” National Sales Manager Scott Later told RVBUSINESS.com during the recent Stag-Parkway show in San Antonio, Texas.
PullRite manufactures fifth-wheel hitches for long- and short-bed pickup trucks.
”We are very, very optimistic,” Later said. ”We’re seeing people who maybe during the downturn really wanted a fifth-wheel but settled for something less. Now, they are going to upgrade and get the unit they wanted.”
New items offered by PullRite include:
· Custom Mounting Kits for all of our ISR (industry standard rail) line of hitches that eliminate any drilling on the truck frame and can be installed by one person.
· OE Series Hitches for Ford trucks, both long and short bed that are purchased with the factory prep kit, where attachment points are already in the bed of the truck.
· A new 24K PullRite hitch for heavier trailers and higher tow rated trucks.
Cequent Performance Products launched its newest line of fifth-wheel hitches, the Reese R16 and R20. According to a press release, the hitches are the first to pass the rigorous Society of Automotive Engineer’s (SAE) heavy-duty accelerated cycle criteria J2638 and the 900,000 cycle fatigue and static tests.
Following the debut of the 16,000-pound R16, Reese launched the 20,000-pound R20. To accompany these hitches, Reese also developed new outboard fifth-wheel rail kits with customized installation brackets, as well as a new revitalized Reese Round Tube slider. The Reese R16 and R20 fifth-wheel hitches have a limited lifetime warranty that Cequent provides for all Reese fifth wheels, pin boxes and weight distribution systems.
Some of the key features include:
• New contoured handle offers a customized grip that includes universal control instructions while eliminating separate latch and providing high visibility for system lock and load.
• The premium Reese arch features pin mounting holes that better align with current rail kits, reducing looseness.
• New cast head and jaw system provides commercial durability and strength, improved head funneling for king pin to latch and a patent pending and a highly visible king pin indicator. The cast, double jaw mechanism is designed for longer wear, improved tolerances and eliminating chucking in the jaw system, and offers improved life and wear with added grease points.
• New cast pivot beam incorporates a vibration isolator system for vertical and longitudinal vibration that dampens and improves ride along with wider mounting for better stability and reduced wear. Vertical height adjustment ranges from 14 inches to 18 inches while the head and pivot beam can be offset 1 inch front or rear to maximize performance.
For more information on Reese visit www.ReeseProducts.com.
Fifth-wheel hitch supplier PullRite reported that dealers attending the Northern Wholesale and Bell Industries distributor shows last week not only had positive outlooks for 2012, but also purchased product at record-setting levels.
According to a press release, several dealers offered positive reviews on PullRite’s product offerings, including:
• Mick Ferkey, owner of Greeneway RV in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.: “We’ve proven over the last couple of years that our customers are choosing to buy higher quality American made hitches over cheaper imports. Greeneway sells PullRite’s quality first, rather than offering cheaper hitches that have proven to be disappointing to our customers in the past.”
• Paul and Mark Doughty, owners of North Point RV, Dick’s RV, and Willies RV in Minnesota and Wisconsin: “We really don’t see why we’d sell anyone a manual slider hitch when PullRite offers a higher quality, fully automatic slider hitch at a price that’s so close to those lower quality designs. We know our customers will be happier using the automatic design, and will have fewer frustrations and problems using them.”
• Pat and Mike Noble, owners of Owatonna, Minn.-based based Noble RV: “We’ve seen our sales team enthusiastically selling our customers on the benefits of higher quality features of PullRite, and know that customers who have better products with better experiences are more likely to return to buy again.”
Steve Koehn, national sales manager for Mishawaka, Ind.-based PullRite noted several new products from PullRite were resonating with dealers and consumers, including a new OE Series hitch that fits Ford trucks fitted with the factory prep option and an adapter letting B&W gooseneck hitch owners use PullRite’s SuperGlide hitches for towing fifth-wheels.