We will be picking up our new-to-us Scamp
5th wheel today! We are excited to get it to it's new home!
We picked up the gooseneck hitch from the previous owner yesterday. It had been installed at the factory in his Toyota F100 pickup when he picked it up new in '03. When I got back to my house I called the same truck/trailer supply place locally which had installed our heavy duty 5th wheel hitches and brake controllers in our big trucks to pull the big 5th wheels. When I described to him what I needed installed in our Toyota Tundra, he said for liability reasons they don't install those kinds of hitches because they are simply attached through the sheet metal of the truck bed, and would rip out of the sheet metal in case of an accident because they are not attached to the frame of the truck. Therefore, under the circumstances, we had to have it installed by a local fab shop.
Have you heard this reasoning? Are you using the hitch which attaches through the wheel wells and floor of the truck bed? If not, what kind do you suggest?
Actually, when I think about it, maybe the hitch 'ripping out' of the truck bed in case of an accident isn't necessarily a bad thing??!!
Thanks for letting me pick your brains!