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Old 01-17-2016, 07:20 AM   #1
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Heartland RV 88 Degree Turning Radius, short bed?

Hi again

Is this statement correct?

All Heartland RVs are designed for an 88 degree turn, even with the short bed trucks. The consensus of information I have read who have a short bed truck did not need a sliding hitch.

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Old 01-17-2016, 08:22 AM   #2
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Just be sure where 88 degrees ends and your truck cab begins.....

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Old 01-17-2016, 10:19 AM   #3
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As I understand it, the problem is that the corner of the trailer can hit the corner of the cab if there isn't sufficient room. I suspect that there might be an inch or two difference from one brand of truck to another, measuring from the hitch to the cab. Then there might be an inch or two difference between where the actual pin is from one brand to another, and one person can get by without a slider while someone else will need one.

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Old 01-17-2016, 10:46 AM   #4
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I've used 6-1/2ft bed trucks for 25+ yrs, before there were sliding hitches or notched front caps (i.e. 88 degree capable). I've never had a problem, so it is possible to get by with much less than 88 degrees. And a few inches or degrees difference between one setup and another is not going to be a make or break situation. It just takes careful driver attention, which should always be the case anyway. A little extra time jockeying back and forth will achieve the same end result as a sharper turning angle the first time with the added benefit of less stress on the trailer suspension and tires.

Also, even the most restrictive 6-1/2ft bed/fiver setup still can turn sharper than the usual TT setup. However, trucks with less than a 6-1/2 ft bed are a special case, the Heartland claim of 88 degrees probably doesn't apply to them and an automatic sliding hitch or Reese Sidewinder pin box may be needed.
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Old 01-17-2016, 11:07 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by EarlySunset View Post
Hi again

Is this statement correct?

All Heartland RVs are designed for an 88 degree turn, even with the short bed trucks. The consensus of information I have read who have a short bed truck did not need a sliding hitch.

Many thanks

I have a 2012 f350 short bed. I pulled it with a gooseneck ball and a b&w companion. It has the 88 degree on it and I have never had a problem. I can turn anyway I have ever needed and never came close to the cab.
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Old 01-17-2016, 12:12 PM   #6
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many times I am setting up in the dark. I/we are construction workers and we get called to a job, we get there late many times. Seen lots of dented cabs. Buyer beware.
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I got a small cab dent once with a 6.5' bed. I am very careful and attentive, too. The camper was leaning quite a bit to the right while the TV was level (while turning as sharp as I should have been able to). So in my case it was more like an elevation problem since the camper nose dropped down on the right side and bumped the back of the cab. I would have been OK except for the difference in side-to-side slope, in TV vs 5er. Ya just gotta watch all the time.. I have an 8' bed now, which is better all-around. But it is harder to park when not towing, and it takes more room to swing the truck to get the 5er where I want it.

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