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Old 05-08-2003, 04:15 PM   #1
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We're looking at upgrading to a 29-32 ft 5th wheeler within the next year. Part of the upgrade is getting an acceptable tow vehicle as well. So far I've decided on a recent model F-350 Crew Cab with the 7.3 PSD. My question is can I get by with a short bed to pull a 5th wheeler? I understand the SB will limit my turn radius while towing, but by how much? Any insight and advice is appreciated!
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We're looking at upgrading to a 29-32 ft 5th wheeler within the next year. Part of the upgrade is getting an acceptable tow vehicle as well. So far I've decided on a recent model F-350 Crew Cab with the 7.3 PSD. My question is can I get by with a short bed to pull a 5th wheeler? I understand the SB will limit my turn radius while towing, but by how much? Any insight and advice is appreciated!
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Old 05-08-2003, 04:34 PM   #3
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If the trailer you get has an extended pin you shouldn't have too much trouble. I had a Ford PSD SB and my trailer had a 12" extended pin. I did have a Reese 15K slider hitch. I could get closs to 90 degrees without sliding my hitch. However, I did get too close once and punched out the rear window. Also had a dent in the driver side just next to the window from the trailer. These incidents were both backing up. Never got close going forward.

I learned that even if I didn't need to slide the hitch, I would slide it anyway. One less thing to worry about. Since your spending money on a hitch anyway, spend the few extra bucks and get the slider hitch. If the trailer you get does not have an extended pin, you probably will need the slider hitch.

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I think we all seem to promote what we own and that's great because it shows we are comfortable and proud of the choices we made to the quandary in question. That being said, I have to say that I am very happy with my 8 foot bed.

On the positive side, needing a sliding hitch is no longer in the equation. The ability to haul stuff is increased. And best of all, I think that the extra wheelbase lenght has to have some positive affect on overall stability stability.

Of course there is a negative side as well. Mainly that you need a large area to make a u-turn (especially with my crew cab in addition to the long bed). You also lock yourself out of quit a few parking places (although on the positive side it is fun being creative in just fitting it into ubelievably small places).

I think that you can make either a short bed or long bed work to your advantage. THink the main thing is to pay atention to the weight of the trailer and make sure that it doesn't exceed the weight capacities of the truck. I paid a lot of attention to that when I bought my truck and trailer a year ago. And it is paying off as my truck and trailer combo are extremely stable going down the road. It just feels good to drive a unit that isn't on the edge of being unsafe.

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As has been stated... everyone's got a different opinion.. For my two cent, I would never buy another short bed.. I learned my lesson many years ago..

I'll pull a wheel barrow with a Gremlin before I'll get another short bed truck...

But that's just my opinion

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Old 05-08-2003, 09:35 PM   #6
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Here's a link to a drawing that I made that shows the effects of bed length, pin length, and sliding hitch on turning radius. I've had a LB and SB, and prefer the LB. It sure is nice when you have stuff to move. The minus side of the LB is that it won't fit in some garages. Driving it and parking it arn't that much of a problem. Good luck and do lots of research.

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Old 05-09-2003, 03:27 AM   #7
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I prefer long beds because they come with a larger fuel tank, don't need the slider hitch, and can put more stuff (dog kennells, fire wood, tools, and a gas can for gen set) in the bed of the truck.
Short bed Crew Cabs look good lifted with nice tires, but where can you tow your 9000 lbs. trailer with a 26-28 gal tank. Just my 2 cents.

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Wow, this is pretty neat, posting a question and getting this kind of response within 12 hours. Thanks! One thing is obvious, I need to do more research on hitches and towing a 5th wheeler.

It is nice to know that if I find a deal to good to pass-up on a short bed, there are still options that allow pulling a 5th safely. One thing I've already come to grips with is that I won't be parking a DRW in my garage, so the extra length from a LB won't matter there. Anyway, I really appreciate the replies, the advice, and the drawing (thanks Ken!).
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I agree with one common thread here. Now that I have a longbed, I'll never get a shortbed again.

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Long bed is the best way to go in my opinion, and of course a good rocker hitch makes hooking up on uneven ground a lot easier.

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I've got a long bed, and also a tool box mounted across the front. Would getting a sliding hitch make sense for me?

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Quadzilla:
I've got a long bed, and also a tool box mounted across the front. Would getting a sliding hitch make sense for me?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
If it's an "over the rails" toolbox, a sliding hitch might well be a good idea. With our long bed and a Weatherguard 5ver box (sits on the floor with the top flush with the rails), we have no problem without a sliding hitch.

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I have a long bed and a tool box also. I have a sliding hitch, but only because my previous truck was a SB. I never use the slider now, and it's heavier than a standard hitch. Someday I amy swap out the part that mounts to the rails for a standard type.

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I'm on my second short bed. Will never go back to the long one. Don't think I need it for pulling. 5er has a 12" extended pin box.
Yes, I do have a slider but only have used it 2-3 times and then only for added comfort. I will agree that the long beds are made for pulling but I like the crew cab and that would make my truck so long it would take a city block to turn it.
I have a over the rail tool box that only sitcks up about 3" at the front and 1.5" at the back of it and is not a problem. Never have hit it.
The negative for the short box is it gets a little hairy in some of the older parks where it is tight but nothing I can't handle.
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