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Old 02-02-2014, 09:03 PM   #15
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Determined by the length of your bed and shape and size of your front cap. Check out Reese revolution pin box. Slider not needed with it on any bed length.
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Old 02-05-2014, 02:00 AM   #16
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How to tell when you need a sliding hitch- when your first appointment getting back from your trip is either to the body shop or if luckier-the glass shop- ask me how I know. I had a short box chevy then- I now have a short box Dodge but do have a Landmark- it'll do nearly 90 degrees.
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:15 PM   #17
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The other thing to consider is your truck. If you are using a reese 5th wheel hitch, in the Chevy and Dodge the hitch is mounted rearward in the bed of the truck on a short bed. In the ford whether it is an 8 foot bed or a 6 foot bed the hitch is mounted in the same location approx 32 1/2" from the rear of the bed, therefore putting the pin closer to the cab. In my experience as an installer, and seeing many "OOOPS" I would just go with a slider. I like the pullrite, but be aware it takes 3 men and a very large boy to remove it when not in use.
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:19 AM   #18
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Thanks for all of the feedback. Decided on a 20k SuperGlide to be on the safe side.
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:52 PM   #19
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I have the 18k slider.Make sure you use nothing but WD-40 on it and get a cover for it.Best hitch for a short bed.
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Old 11-24-2014, 03:04 PM   #20
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I'm new to this 5th wheel towing adventure, just purchased a Kit Road Ranger 23' 5er, I'll be towing it with a 2007 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Crew Cab with the 8' bed. I think based on what I've read so far I am probably not going to need a slider. Hopefully, I won't be making any very tight turns that I find myself needing one.
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Old 11-24-2014, 06:05 PM   #21
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I'm new to this 5th wheel towing adventure, just purchased a Kit Road Ranger 23' 5er, I'll be towing it with a 2007 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Crew Cab with the 8' bed. I think based on what I've read so far I am probably not going to need a slider. Hopefully, I won't be making any very tight turns that I find myself needing one.

With an 8 foot bed you will not need a sliding hitch.
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I have a 2012 GMC Sierra 3500HD SRW standard bed (6 1/2'). I have a B&W Companion non slide hitch. I tow a 2013 Excel Winslow 34IKE.

I've had this lashup for 16 months and 16K miles. I have not had an issue not having a sliding hitch.

Much depends on the 5th wheel cap design, pin box and hitch position.

Blanket statements that all standard bed trucks require a slider are false.
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Old 02-13-2015, 06:37 PM   #23
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I have a 2007 GMC club cab duramax with short bed.. Fifth wheel is 2014 Alpine 3010RE.. I got the slider to been the safe side.. So far I've not needed it.. I back in off my street into my driveway and that is a 90 degree turn.. I position the fifth wheel and it just goes rig in
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Russel its going to get you one of these days...
Well if it has not got me after 29 months, 29K miles and 100+ campgrounds I doubt it will "get" me in the future.
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+2 on the Sidewinder/Revolution, far better solution IMHO.
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If you have a short wheel base truck no matter what the make is you need a slider!!! Trust me....I've been pulling 5th wheels for over 20 years and I would not pull a 5th wheel without one no matter what anyone tells you. Don't believe the RV dealer or manufacturer...just look around...they tell people a 1/2 ton truck will pull a 35 foot 5th wheel and it will for a little while but not long!!!! Be safe and spend the money on a slider. I drive a long whell base truck just for that reason.
For comparison, I've been pulling fivers for over 25 yrs with nothing but short bed trucks and never had a problem. Back when I started, no one made any type of sliding hitch, manual or otherwise, not an option. Only thing available was an extended pin box, so it was a matter of knowing the rig limitations. Then tight situations just require a little more jockeying back and forth.
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Thanks for all of the feedback. Decided on a 20k SuperGlide to be on the safe side.
Congrats on the SuperGlide.

Your going to like the peace of mind everytime you have to make a tight turn or jacknife.

I've had that peace of mind now with 2 fivers for 12 years.


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Just for the record, if a fifth wheel says it has Max Turn technology (extended pin and cut away lower front cap), then it is supposed to not require a sliding hitch for a 6.5' bed and should be able to turn 90 degrees without contact. It is always better to confirm that with a spotter.
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