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Old 05-20-2014, 05:03 PM   #1
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I want to know dose anyone have information on what is the best thing to do when going from a long box truck to a short box truck. The truck I am going to has a 6.5 foot bed. What is my best options for a hitch? Something like the Reese Sidewinder or slider hitch? It might help to know I have a 34.5 foot Keystone Cougar SRX.

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Old 05-20-2014, 05:35 PM   #2
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I have a husky 16k slider. It worked great. I am now looking to trade for a non slider because I just moved up to a long bed. I see you are in Alabama, when I find out where my next job location is if I'm anywhere in the area maybe we could look into a trade. I will know in the next week

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Old 05-21-2014, 08:27 AM   #4
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All the manual slider hitches work the same. You have to be wide awake and NEVER put the tranny in reverse BEFORE you slide the hitch. You probably cannot have cab to trailer contact when going forward, but in reverse you can jackknife in a heartbeat and result in a CRUNCH!, probably including busting out the rear window of the cab.

An automatic slider is much better. You never have to remember to manually slide the hitch. There are two basic options - Pullrite SuperGlide and Reese Sidewinder.

The SuperGlide is a normal 5er hitch with three different options for mounting in the truck - below the bed floor with the original SuperGlide, above the bed floor with the ISR (industry standard rails, i.e., Reese bedrails), or a special OEM version that will plug into the factory optional 5er prep packages in new Ford and Ram trucks. Does GM offer a prep pkg yet?

Traditional Series SuperGlide - For Short Bed Trucks | PullRite Hitches

The Reese Sidewinder is not a 5er hitch, but is an extended pinbox that works with an ordinary non-sliding 5er hitch to get the front of the trailer further from the cab when turning. An option is air bags built into the Sidewinder, called a 5th Airborne Sidewinder.

Pin Boxes - Reese
Grumpy ole man with over 50 years towing experience. Now my heaviest trailer is a 7,000-pound enclosed cargo trailer, RV is a 5,600 pound Skyline Nomad Joey 196S, and my tow vehicle is a 2012 F-150 3.5L EcoBoost SuperCrew.
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