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Old 11-23-2014, 09:52 PM   #1
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Do all sliding hitchs have a 1/2 inch of slop in them when locked?

In my new job I always use the dealerships F350 (DRW long bed) for moving 5th wheels. It has a nice B&W hitch (a Non slider).
I have never driven a vehicle with a sliding hitch hooked to something more than 200 feet.

A customer had a Reese slider installed in his new Dodge short bed.
That thing had a 1/2 inch of play in the sliding part when locked.
I though it looked like it would bounce around a quite a bit like that.

Are all the sliders like that?

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Old 11-24-2014, 02:43 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Mekanic View Post

Are all the sliders like that?
Mine's not like that. Sounds excessive to me...


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Old 11-24-2014, 07:22 PM   #3
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Compared to the B&W most sliders are sloppy. I personally think the Reese is one of the worst.
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Old 11-24-2014, 08:58 PM   #4
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I have a '97 16k Reese manual slider that has been on two different trailers and three different trucks with close to 200k miles. No slop in the hitch head or the slider rails/pins/tubes/rollors or anything.
A Reese 5th wheel hitch comes in many different load/draw ratings and styles so its important to know which Reese your talking about.
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Old 11-25-2014, 02:44 PM   #5
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Hitch Crafters in Lexington NC has a very nice slider hitch. Air and standard. Just got my air hitch from them and it is top notch.
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