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Old 06-06-2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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Pull rite sliding hitch

Using new slider hitch, Pull rite, with a short bed. Had trouble hitching up at an angle. Took an hour to hitch . Any concrete suggestions? Not sure what to do next time.
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:10 PM   #2
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Only good for a couple of degrees off of straight on.
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:40 AM   #3
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Try this. It helped for me on a previous rig I had that required being lined up perfectly. Get hooked-up... sit in the drivers seat in a normal position...look in the rear view mirror... have someone put a strip of white electrical tape on the leading edge of the hitch...then have someone put tape on your rear window that lines up with the tape on the hitch...when both pieces of tape are on, they should be lined up as you look in the rear view mirror. The longer the pieces of tape are, the easier it will be.

When you're backing up, use the rear view mirror as you're sitting in a normal driving position. Don't turn your head to look back. Use the mirror. Good luck, I know it's frustrating but don't give up.

One other thing. When you're positioning your truck to back up, pull as far forward away from the trailer as possible. That gives you a chance to make small corrections as you're trying to line up the two pieces of tape.
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Old 06-07-2012, 03:15 PM   #4
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I haven't had any problems with my 12K SuperGlide and a 5-1/2' bed. As advertised by Pullrite, you can be up to 15 degrees off in either direction. I've never tried at more than 5 degrees or so.
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:42 AM   #5
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Try this. It helped for me on a previous rig I had that required being lined up perfectly. Get hooked-up... sit in the drivers seat in a normal position...look in the rear view mirror... have someone put a strip of white electrical tape on the leading edge of the hitch...then have someone put tape on your rear window that lines up with the tape on the hitch...when both pieces of tape are on, they should be lined up as you look in the rear view mirror. The longer the pieces of tape are, the easier it will be.

When you're backing up, use the rear view mirror as you're sitting in a normal driving position. Don't turn your head to look back. Use the mirror. Good luck, I know it's frustrating but don't give up.

One other thing. When you're positioning your truck to back up, pull as far forward away from the trailer as possible. That gives you a chance to make small corrections as you're trying to line up the two pieces of tape.
Jazzcruiser, I was just reading my first post. I hope it's understood that a long strip of tape goes on the trailer's pin box. It's the tape on the pin box and rear window that you line up as your backing.
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:51 AM   #6
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Bad information - that's so wrong !!!

I use orange tape just kidding

Welcome JazzCruiser ! You didn't say which superglide you had... but the manuals are online for your review... I show the link to the 18k below...

first off, don't worry - everyone has "fun" times learning

we have the Trailair pinbox with the shock absorber on top and I put the tape on the higher top shock mount since I lose sight of the pin and hitch in the crew cab as I'm backing up... (the tailgate camera is great until I have to drop the tailgate - need to get my in bad camera installed so I can see it then...)

my pickup happens to have some type of embedded ppg glass etchings that is in the center of the rear window and that's what I use to line up...

with practice it will come... I promise - but ALWAYS check by looking !
to make sure the pin is clasped by the fingers before pulling away !!!! ASSUME it's NOT clasped !

A couple of "oh by the ways" I've found out...
maybe mark where your rear tires are before you unhook ?

hopefully as you pulled in the front of your 5er is level because unhooking is ok, but when u go to hook, one side of the capture plate may drag and twist the hitch before latching (I've had this issue and had to raise the 5er UP then drop it once close)

have the 5er at the proper level to ensure the plate doesn't twist from the pressure as you back in... (front lip of capture plate on pin JUST above the rear lip of hitch when tilted back)

ensure the 'tightness' of your hitch is adjusted such that it doesn't move to the side without some pressure...

from here-> http://www.pullrite.com/pdfs/4100_4400_SG_OM.pdf
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When my hitch was new, it was a pain to hook up even straight on. With a little use it has become very easy to hook up even at weird angles and approaches.

One thing I do know, is that my pin plate has to ride up the capture plate, pushing the truck suspension down a bit. Not much but about 1/2" to 1" seems to be the ticket.

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rollondown, I have to chuckle....

is it the hitch or US that gets better with time ?!?
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rollondown, I have to chuckle....

is it the hitch or US that gets better with time ?!?
Its gotta be.........

BOTH

The trip lever thing on the jaws was extemely tight as in hit it with a hammer to trip the jaws. After talking with Pullrite about it, they said it would loosen with a little use. It did and I'm a happy camper
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