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Old 12-06-2012, 02:09 AM   #1
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Endcap for Short Bed Trucks

With the discussions going on about long bed vs short bed for maximum turning (90 or so degrees) or expensive automatic sliding hitches, I would like to know more about 5vers with endcaps designed for turning instead of purchasing automatic sliding hitches; in which case standard hitches can be used.

Does anyone out there have any experience with these types of 5vers? I have looked at models like the some of the Heartland RVs and the Keystone Mountaineers which are designed for that purpose. Are they what they say they are?

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Old 12-06-2012, 08:18 AM   #2
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Yes they are....
MOST will allow full turns without impacting a short bed's cab...
here's some video's that show you your options:
http://www.youtube.com/results?searc....1.GO2trpx0qfk

So for 99% of the time, you won't need a slider....
BUT, for that 1% of the time when I will probably forget about that...

on our 5er probably could have gotten away without the slider,
but when spending $50K on a 5er, I chose not to skimp on say a $1000 difference between a standard hitch and slider ...

I guess my humble opinion is that I buy it once and it works from then on.... but every rv'er goes thru that decision process good luck on yours as I or the gooberment are not forcing you one way or the other
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:46 AM   #3
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Thanks. My apologies. I should have mentioned the subject TV, which is a '12 F 350 SRW SB since the bed characteristics of the BIG three are different.

Perhaps a manual slider (for insurance) in case a turning situation my look bleak I would have the option as I have heard in other forums with people who have this combination.

Hopefully would like to hear some more dialog. And once again thanks for your opinion on this!!
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Yes they are....
MOST will allow full turns without impacting a short bed's cab...
here's some video's that show you your options:
full turns with shortbed and fifth wheel - YouTube

So for 99% of the time, you won't need a slider....
BUT, for that 1% of the time when I will probably forget about that...

on our 5er probably could have gotten away without the slider,
but when spending $50K on a 5er, I chose not to skimp on say a $1000 difference between a standard hitch and slider ...

I guess my humble opinion is that I buy it once and it works from then on.... but every rv'er goes thru that decision process good luck on yours as I or the gooberment are not forcing you one way or the other

I whole heartedly agree. I had a short bed truck with a sliderand really never got into a situation where I needed to slide it. i got complacent and one day I poped out the rear cab window. insruance covered it, but it was the inconvenience that bothered me.

I am TX for the winter. FWIW -my "neighbor" has a SB F-350 and a 5er with the notched corners. when he arrived this winter, one of his rear windows was popped out from a tight turn.
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