Originally Posted by Larry Mac01
TV going to be a Dodge Ram 3500 DW. I've heard the term slider? What's the difference between that and a regular 5th wheel hitch? If easier and safer, I'm all for it.
A slider hitch is for tow vehicles that have a bed less tan 8' long. If you have a shorty pickup, then you might need a slider hitch.
A slider will slide the kingpin farther from the cab, so you can back into a jackknife turn without cab to trailer contact. You slide the hitch only when parking the 5er with the transmission in reverse gear. When towing the trailer down the road, the hitch is slid all the way forward so the weight of the kingpin is on the rear axle of the truck. Your truck won't turn sharp enough to have cab to trailer contact when going forward, but put that puppy in reverse and you can go into a jackknife in an instant before you hear the CRUNCH!
of the front corner of the trailer taking out the back window of your truck.
What is that on top of the pinbox?
Yeah, it's a spirit level. When the trailer is parked, you want it level side to side (as well as front to rear). Your refrigerator needs to be level for it to cool efficiently.
If you park the trailer on other than a level pad, you can see that spirit level from the driver's seat and tell if you need to back up or pull up or move over a bit to get the trailer level side to side. You may need to add leveling blocks under the tires on one side of the trailer to get it level.
I always carry a 4' carpenter's level in the trailer. After I get the trailer about where I want it, I check the level side to side - with the carpenter's level on the floor of the trailer. If it's not level side to side, I add leveling blocks under the tires on the low side until I get it level. Then unhook from the truck, and use the landing gear to get the trailer level front to rear.
I don't use a spirit level on the front of the trailer because I have to have the carpenter's level to get it level side to side anyway, so I use the carpenter's level for both side to side and front to rear.