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Old 11-15-2015, 09:24 AM   #1
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5th Wheel Hitches for 6'6" Standard Bed Size

I'm looking at B&W Companion hitches for our Artic Fox 29-5T. Having the standard bed size, it is recommended that a sliding option be used for tight cornering.

I'm wondering how many people have purchased the Companion Slider 5th Wheel Hitch with a standard bed and actually never used the "Slide".

Anyone have experiences towing with 5th Wheel Hitches that they would like to share?

Any thoughts on the slide option for standard beds?

Thank you for your time
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Old 11-15-2015, 03:38 PM   #2
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What is your tow vehicle? If it is a Ford F250 or higher it is a 6 ft. 9 inch box and not 6 ft 6 inch like the off brands have....................and then you don't really need a slider hitch...........LOL
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Old 11-15-2015, 06:26 PM   #3
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I'm looking at B&W Companion hitches for our Artic Fox 29-5T. Having the standard bed size, it is recommended that a sliding option be used for tight cornering.

I'm wondering how many people have purchased the Companion Slider 5th Wheel Hitch with a standard bed and actually never used the "Slide".

Anyone have experiences towing with 5th Wheel Hitches that they would like to share?

Any thoughts on the slide option for standard beds?

Thank you for your time
I would recommend a slider hitch with any short bed truck. This is like car insurance when you need it the slider will be there. You may never use the slider but in a tight turning area this will come in handy.

I have a slider hitch and basically only use the slider in camp grounds and when I put the trailer in the driveway.
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Old 11-15-2015, 07:44 PM   #4
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We don't have the slider with our truck and haven't come close to hitting the cab. Mostly i think it will depend on the trailer you have and what pin box you have. We have 5th in our signature.
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One size don't fit all on this one.

As it Depends on the truck brand and the trailers front corner profile......and if the pin is set up over the trucks rear axle or several inches in front..

My short bed Dodge and my old square corner/flat profile trailer needs a sliding hitch.

Many GM truck owners with the 6' 6" bed report they don't use a sliding hitch nor is one needed especially with the newer trailers rounded/notched front profile. GM has a longer dimension (43.XX ?) from the back of the cab to the trucks rear axle.
My son had a '03/'09 and now a '15 short bed chevy with a newer trailer with the rounded/notched corners on his trailer. He doesn't use a sliding hitch and can go 90 degree with the combo with 4"-5" of cab/trailer clearance.
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Old 11-15-2015, 10:33 PM   #6
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While the B&W product is excellent (I have a B&W Companion on my 8' bed truck), you might look into a Pullrite Super Glide slider hitch. I had one on my short bed pickup, and it worked well.
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Old 11-16-2015, 07:23 AM   #7
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Thank you for all your good information
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Old 11-16-2015, 07:28 AM   #8
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While the B&W product is excellent (I have a B&W Companion on my 8' bed truck), you might look into a Pullrite Super Glide slider hitch. I had one on my short bed pickup, and it worked well.
Demco also makes a auto slider hitch that is less expensive.
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We have the BW slider and use it when backing up and making tight turns. Only have needed it when trying to get into a tight space, not normal driving or fueling up. Our box is the 6'9" variety.
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We have the B&W companion on a 2015 RAM Short Bed. It depends on the 5'ver your working with. We do not even come close with the Bighorn. I've never really had the need to cut it so tight, I would need the slide.
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We have the B&W Companion on our short bed truck. No issues at all with making contact with the trailer and cab on tight turns. Truck and trailer in my profile.
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Old 11-18-2015, 10:05 AM   #12
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We have the Pullrite slider. Not sure if needed...except for peace of mind.
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We have the Pullrite slider. Not sure if needed...except for peace of mind.
I agree with Benbear, I have a Pullrite Superglide and a Cougar 29 RLI not sure I need it but don't want to find out the hard way that I did!
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Old 11-19-2015, 03:33 PM   #14
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I guess there isn't a yes or no answer?

I have a 2015 F-250 XLT with a short bed or 6'9" and still don't no if I have to have a slider?? Maybe there isn't a yes or no answer to this but you would think there would be, I mean will I ever get the truck and trailer in such a bind that the trailer will get into the cab. Seems pretty simple that if it can happen then I will get a slider but if it can't why get one. Does it all depend on what kind of trailer you get? I have not got on yet but am doing some shopping and would sure be nice to no what I am suppose to be looking for. And I no I am going to hear why take a chance but seems there should be an answer to this.
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