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Old 02-15-2016, 09:10 AM   #1
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5th wheel hitches

We have f150 1/2 ton with a 6.5 bed dealer tells me I will need a slider hitch would like to go lite as I can am not familiar with a slider. Anyone have any info. Thanks
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We have f150 1/2 ton with a 6.5 bed dealer tells me I will need a slider hitch would like to go lite as I can am not familiar with a slider. Anyone have any info. Thanks

Here' what IMHO feel is the best Automatic slider on the market.



I've used a 16K model for 14 years with no issues.

This is a 12K made for your truck. This one is used very little and for sale.


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Thanks for the info C.B.
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Another option is to use a Reese Sidewinder pin box. It accomplishes the same thing automatically, doesn't take up bed space and is lighter. It also keeps the back of the pin box from potentially hitting the tailgate or sides of the truck bed.

On the other hand, if you are careful, you probably don't need any slider or other solution. Just pay attention when backing up or making turns greater than 90 degrees. Most of today's fivers have front cap designs that accommodate truck-to-fiver angles in excess of 80 degrees.

I have been using short bed trucks for towing since '88. Back then there were no sliding hitches (manual or auto), no Sidewinder and no curved front caps. My turns were limited to just over 60 degrees and I have never had a problem. Just spent a little extra time jockying back and forth, changing the wheel cut, etc. I still use a fixed hitch today, but if I ever felt the need for some help, I'd probably get the Sidewinder.
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I needed a slider with my F150 5-1/2' bed. My PullRite 12k slider slid 22". It was a great hitch although extremely heavy. Hope someone here has experience with the 6-1/2' bed. That extra 12" of bed might make the difference for you.
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I've got a megacab dodge, slightly shorter bed. You need a slider... The slider hitches are great, but pretty darn heavy. In your case, I'd probably be looking at the pin box.


If you get an auto-sliding hitch, note that you'll need an adapter at the trailer pin.
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I needed a slider with my F150 5-1/2' bed. My PullRite 12k slider slid 22". It was a great hitch although extremely heavy. Hope someone here has experience with the 6-1/2' bed. That extra 12" of bed might make the difference for you.
Isn't the length of the bed that really matters, but the cab-to-axle (C-A) distance plus how far forward of the axle the hitch is located. GM is usually around 42 inches, Ford is around 41 inches and Ram is about 38 inches. I'm referring to traditional 6.5 ft beds. The newer sub 6 ft beds definitely need a slider or the Sidewinder.
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1 fifth wheel and two trucks ago I had Pullrite Superglidenin my 2010 F150 SuperCrew and it worked flawlessly. Itvwas definitely heavyband required two people to get it in or out. The mounting system requires 4 large holes in the bed. The dealer that installed mine in the truck measured wrong and I had one of the four holes enlarged. The holes are not able to be easily covered with the hitch out.
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