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Old 06-27-2009, 08:33 PM   #1
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Got new truck now lets get the right hitch

Well after talking with everyone and learning about the great world of RVing, I sold the 2006 Dodge 2500 quad cab and got a 2006 Dodge 3500 Mega DRW.

How i need a hitch. Well its a short bed as everyone knows, and I was thinkin 1 of 2 way to go.

Option #1
PullRite Super Glide 18K auto slider

Option #2
B&W Companion with 5th airborn air hitch/sidewinder combo
(would have to add 2 bolts threw the bed on the legs of the companion to use the sidewinder) with out them it puts to much twisting on the shaft that connects to the B&W gooseneck hitch main body.

Problems that i see with #1 are that you could only pull your 5er that you have the capture plate on. just saying if you ever needed to move another 5er for a friend or something i guess you couldnt. i may be wrong and one of u gurus can jump in. (meaning that maybe you could still pull a 5er just w/o the autoslid feature working)

Problems with #2
some say they are not sure about how th sidewinder works, if is ok for the trailer. I really have no experience with them so i dont know. good thing is that you could still pull a 5er that wasnt yours just hope its a new one with the curved front nose cap.

let me know what yall think

either way is about the same cost i think
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:35 PM   #2
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forgot something

with option #2 you would have the advantage of the air hitch also.

but im open to all input
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:09 PM   #3
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I would personally never limit myself to something that I needed a "special" adapter on the trailer to use. So option 1 is out as far as I am concerned. That leaves option 2, almost! How about a standard slider hitch and an air pin box? A trailair pin box costs right around a thousand dollars, and a slider hitch is what? 600 dollars installed???
With option two your out of pocket cost is what? 3 grand?
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:29 PM   #4
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to me a standard slider hitch on a short box truck is not the wat to go. simple reason is that if you get into some heavy traffic or are trying to pull into a filling station your still going to be way to close to the cab.

having to stop, geto out of the truck, unlock, get in the truck move foward, lock, et in the truck and park, just sodent sound good to me.

please dont think im "trashing your idea" thats not at all what im sayin, just stating my personal feelings.

the auto slider moved 14" the manual sliders only move like 7 or so right?
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OK, let me make myself a little more confusing.
I was not really suggesting a manual slider. But rather a regular, manual/automatic your choice. slider and add the air pin box for the cushioning. Depending on the trailer you choose. mine has an extended pin box, so a slider hitch would be unnecessary even with a short bed truck. Again, I would never place myself in a position that required a special anything when it comes to hitching. Never know when you might need to be towed or someone else needs a tow and then you could be stuck unable to help them. That was my point.
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:01 PM   #6
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Check out this hitch. It is an air hitch plus slider all in one package. Good company. I like my hitch from them very much. After having pin frame collapse on my rig, I will not pull without an air hitch again.

http://www.airsafehitch.com/5th_whee...ider/index.cfm

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OK, let me make myself a little more confusing.
I was not really suggesting a manual slider. But rather a regular, manual/automatic your choice. slider and add the air pin box for the cushioning. Depending on the trailer you choose. mine has an extended pin box, so a slider hitch would be unnecessary even with a short bed truck. Again, I would never place myself in a position that required a special anything when it comes to hitching. Never know when you might need to be towed or someone else needs a tow and then you could be stuck unable to help them. That was my point.

now i understand what u r saying. and yes that is a great idea.
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Check out this hitch. It is an air hitch plus slider all in one package. Good company. I like my hitch from them very much. After having pin frame collapse on my rig, I will not pull without an air hitch again.

http://www.airsafehitch.com/5th_whee...ider/index.cfm

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Hey Bob.......thats the type of slider that i dont want. to me i need a slider that works when i need it to if i get in a pinch, not one that i have to get out of the truck and unlock,lock, and what not. even the ones with the remote control unlock thing wont work bc you still have to stop to use it.
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i think the auto slider would be best for me. is there anyone on here that sells them or a good place to buy from?

for which one to get........you match the rating of the hitch with the GVW of the trailer? like a 14K hitch could pull a trailer with up to 14K gvw right?

im thinkin of getting the 18K auto slider so that if in the future we get a bigger trailer i dont have to buy a new hitch.
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Probably a good idea. And the cost difference today is probably only a few dollars compared to buying a complete new hitch in a couple of years.
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i found a slightly used 16K autoslider on c-list for $700?????? would that be enough to handle most 5ers? or should i get the 18K?

New the 14K is $1000 and 18K is $1500 they no longer make the 16K
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well the pull rite super glide auto slider is OUT. i called them and talked to them yesterday and...........

you are limited to only the camper that has the capture plate on it. basicly your 1 5er and thats it.

i thought you would be able to pull other 5ers but just not have the sliding action. NOPE

so that idea is out $1500-2000 for a hitch that can pull one 5er i think not.

what if a budys truck breaks down and they need their 5er moved or something like that?

NEW PLAN: reg manual slider with sidewinder/air ride pin box.

input?????????
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I have to ask you, what fiver do you have or are you considering? If it has an extended pin box, the slider option might not be necessary????
As far as hitches. people claim that this one or that one is the best. I can't really see much difference between any of them in a specific weight rating. I like my Husky (non slider) for a couple of reasons. One the release handle can be turned up so I can reach over the dually fenders and grab it easily. Two, it has an adjustment bolt for the non moving jaw to take up the slack between pin and jaws. Plus it pivots four ways. I would suggest that you do your own research on what the different manufacturers claim makes theirs the best. Visit a few places and look for yourself at the differences and similarities and then make the best informed decision you can.
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I have to ask you, what fiver do you have or are you considering? If it has an extended pin box, the slider option might not be necessary????
An extended pin box does not change the width of a 5th wheel RV. If you have an 8'6" wide 5th wheel like mine, 1/2 the width is 51". At a 90 degree angle, if the distance from the center of the pin bore in the hitch jaws to the back of the cab is less than 51", or if the front corners of the 5th wheel protrude beyond a 51" arc from the centerline of the kingpin and the distance from the hitch CL to the back of the cab is less than 51", contact with the cab can occur.

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