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Old 01-26-2005, 04:38 AM   #29
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Bear in mind that the extended pinbox really won't help as you approach a 90* angle between the truck and 5th wheel. If 1/2 the width of the 5th wheel (51" in the case of ours) is greater than the distance from the center of the pin bore in the 5th wheel hitch jaws to the back of the cab, interference is possible.

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You guys are killing me!!!!

Decisions, decisions.


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I really do appreciate the information. I am weighing it out right now. I don't mind a slider hitch, but what I am trying to avoid is having to use it for anything other than parking it (ie I don't want to have to engage it to drive around in my subdivision because of a left or right turn to get to the highway).

I'm trying to compare it to my TT where I never made sharp 90's anyway because of the sway control and such. Maybe I just can't compare that way.

A long bed would seem very inconvenient. I will be using the truck bed for nothing other than towing a camper. However, I think I am slowly being persuaded.

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Another point to consider, an 05 CC 4x4 LB has the same turning radius as an 04 CC 4X4 SB. That is one of the reasons I have decided to go to a LB (on order) Good choice to go F350. That huge SRW GVW will bring good resale as weight ratings become enforced as they will. Dodge and Chev will have to scramble to get their GVWs up to the new standard. Good Luck, Don.
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I have a Chevy CC long bed and pull a fiver and am glad that I have the long bed. When I return from a trip I have to go to the end of my street and use the cul-de-sac to turn around. No bad but my neighbors park their vehicles in on the street. More often than not, I am at a 90 degree angle when turning. The front cap on my fiverr does not come close to the cab of my truck. I wouldn't be able to do that with a short bed without a slider. Remember that fivers are a bit slower to respond when backing up and maneuvering into a campsite than a TT is.

The other advantages I've found are that the extra bed space does come in very handy. When I run out of starage space for stuff, the excess goes into the bed of the truck forward of the hitch. Sometimes very handy. I don't store anything behind the hitch because I don't want anything interfering with by electrical connector or break-away cable.

On the other side of the coin, my truck wont fit into my garage. Mine is my comute vehicle also and I have not had any real problems with parking spaces in shopping centers, etc. Good luck with what ever you decide.
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Thanks all, I am leaning strongly towards the long bed. No slider hitch needed, and I like the 38 gallon fuel tank vs 29, means less stops for fuel.
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I have a F350 shortbed with a manual slider and am very pleased with it. The manual slide is an easy one-man operation and after you have driven with it a little while it becomes second nature to know just what turns you will need to set it on. In retrospect i only use mine typically while pulling into a state campsite or shopping for last minutes items at Wallie world while on the road. I also preferred the shortbed, but by now would have been just as happy with the long. I need the SRW though because of terain that I drive in and just didn't want a longbed SRW. I have the Husky 16K slider.

And I believe that 5ers and TT are a world apart in as far as which ones contribite to 'white knuckle' syndrome. I've had both and am currently buying my 2nd 5er.

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yes the slider hitch will do what you want. i agree 8 ft box on crew cab hard to park.
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I pull a Starcraft Homestead 270RKS fifth wheel with my 97 F250 PSD 2wd with 3:55 gears. I was worried about the gearing, but pin weight and trailer weight were within specs.

We just finished a 4800 mile cross country trip with no towing problems at all.I think you will be fine.

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