Hitch installation on a Fifth Wheel

Hitch Installation


Finally, the hitch has been installed into the Chevrolet Truck.  It was purchased and installed by Riverside Hitch and trailer in Riverside CA  It cost us $1700 in total.  The Hitch we had installed was a Curt Q16 Fifth Wheel Hitch with Curt R16 Roller along with the Curt Discovery Brake Control  We bought all of these from Riverside RV.  We did not understand what it was that we needed and were too scared to buy online. Even with installation costs at $400 or $500  we would have saved around $300 or $400 by buying on-line.  If you have a Chevrolet Silverado truck like ours with a ft bed then this is the hitch and accessories you need. The Roller is needed so that your Fifth Wheel can do tight maneuvers easily without damaging the RV or truck.

Hitch and trailer riverside

Hitch and trailer riverside



Hitch Installed

Hitch Installed


Time Frame

I knew it would take 5 to 6 hours to install and had no way to drop it off and go home.  Instead I hung around at Farmers Boys and had breakfast which was delicious and they supplied me with coffee, I could not have asked for better service anywhere, they did not mind me staying and waiting there at all.  I met a wonderful waitress who chatted with me when she could and even had her break with me, what a wonderful place.

After the Hitch was installed, the men from Riverside went over everything with me and made sure I understood.  The explanations were really easy to understand.  I have Instruction sheets and guidelines ready for us to hitch up when we are ready.  So exciting to finally have the hitch in.

I continued my travels as I was only 30 mins from where our fifth wheel was and went and stayed the night returning to Glendale the next day.  Even just to stay such a short time replenished the mind in such a tranquil and quiet place.  Lake Elsinore has such beautiful scenery and Crane Lakeside RV Park is the best on the lake.  Even the ducks came to see me while I was there.  Our neighbor even offered me dinner which I had cooked already.  I just love living this life people are so friendly.  You would not get that in a house.


(The online prices we have found on Amazon are so much cheaper than what we purchased and I recommend you purchase from them.  I am an affiliate with Amazon so if you do purchase from them I may or may not earn a commission.)


Truck for a fifth wheel – What Type?

Joyce Tatler

Buying the right truck

We went to Car Max in Bakersfield specifically to by a truck to pull our fifth wheel.  The guy who served us was very informative and helped us get the right size truck that we would need to pull our new home. We chose a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 2008 HD.  They shipped it to Bakersfield for us and we were really happy when we collected it.  It felt really weird to drive though it was a very big truck and we were not used to it.  We had never driven anything so big in our lives.  Ever!



Chevrolet Siverado 2500 HD


We chose a diesel truck as this would hold it’s value more than any other and would have more power.  We loved the color of our truck as it was such a deep beautiful red color.  It had so much room in the back and could seat 6 people with no problem at all.  While Peter was at work even I started to get used to driving it.


We just need now to get the hitch into the back of the truck.  We needed a fifth wheel hitch that was capable of pulling our RV.  There was still a lot of expense as we knew it would cost us about $1200.  OMG! more money needed.


We were getting ready to move into our fifth wheel and packed up all of our things getting them ready to pack into our new fifth wheel which was about to be delivered to our chosen site in Bakersfield. This was a very exciting time and even though we had sold everything we still had a lot of stuff.  Living in a fifth wheel we were having to really choose what we needed most and not everything that we wanted to take, there just would not be enough room.