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Old 02-01-2015, 11:12 AM   #1
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Hitch purchase.

I'm getting mixed reaction when I discuss the purchase of a hitch. Some say the sliding hitch is best with the short box so that it keeps the nose of the camper away from the back of the truck....and then others say that style of hitch will bring other issues I won't want to deal with. I'm not worried about funds....I want what I can count on for several years with minimal troubles. Suggestions?

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Old 02-01-2015, 12:26 PM   #2
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Do you have a short box truck (6.5") bed?

If you do than I would get a slider hitch for when you need this hitch. I have a Reese Manual slider hitch that you need to manually release the locking mechanism to allow the hitch to slide back when maneuvering the trailer into tight spots.

Or if you want to take the chance and ding the truck cab and possibly break the rear window don't buy a sliding hitch.

Now there are many different type of hitches on the market and some like the Pullrite which is an automatic sliding hitch and more expensive than a Reese manual sliding hitch will work also.

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Old 02-01-2015, 12:53 PM   #3
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Get a AirSafe or Hensley BD3 air ride hitch.I have a AirSafe since 2008 and really like it.I also have a short bed have not had any problems,just be careful and know your limits when turning or backing.
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Old 02-01-2015, 02:08 PM   #4
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I have a slightly used 18k pullrite slider that we used w/ our 2011 f350. Loved the hitch when we pulled our 40ft Raptor. We now have traded for a dwr w/ a 8ft box and don't need it. It was really nice to be able to turn sharp corners without any concerns, especially in heavy traffic going in and out of service stations when you couldn't find a truck stop!
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Old 02-01-2015, 02:14 PM   #5
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Install a Pull-Rite SuperGlide automagic sliding hitch and your worries are over. The only downside is they are heavy, so if you are already overloaded over the GVWR of your pickup, then a SuperGlide will just worsen the problem. But assuming you have enough truck to tow that 5er, then the Pull-Rite is the answer.

Traditional Series SuperGlide - For Short Bed Trucks | PullRite Hitches

Note the SuperGlide comes in three different methods to install in your truck. The "traditional" SuperGlide install kit has been around for years. The newer ISR (industry standard rails) install kit is relatively new. ISR means it will plug into the common Reese above-bed-floor rails. And the newest version will plug into the factory-installed 5er/gooseneck install options that are optional on Ford and Ram trucks and have the bed rails under the floor of the bed.
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Old 02-01-2015, 03:17 PM   #6
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Have no idea what issues you've heard about. I've had a Pullrite automatic and now a manual Reese slider. They both work with zero issues.
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I had a pullrite superglide for many years in a short box truck and it operated like a dream. I never had to worry about too tight of a turn with that hitch as it has a lot of back travel and it operates fully automatically without the driver having to get out and do anything to it.

It is heavy, as smokeywren mentions, but worth it in my opinion.
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[Mod Edit] My new truck has a long bed with a B&W turn over ball hitch so I'm going to get the companion 5th wheel hitch that works with that set up. I'm not drilling more holes in the bed.
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[Mod Edit] My new truck has a long bed with a B&W turn over ball hitch so I'm going to get the companion 5th wheel hitch that works with that set up. I'm not drilling more holes in the bed.
Just pulled a 18K Companion out of my 11 RAM Dually I am trading in on a new RAM that has the puck system and have purchased a RVK3600 for the new truck. [Mod Edit]

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