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Old 03-20-2012, 06:21 PM   #15
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When we bought our 33' fifth wheel, we had a 2005 crew cab F350 with the short bed. Towing our fiver with that truck, was a nightmare! Each time I towed, it was a white knuckle experience. We sold that truck and bought a 1997 crew cab F350, with the long bed. The difference was night and day.

Last year, I came across a 1999 crew cab F350 dually and bought it. It tows our fiver almost effortlessly. The stability increase was very noticeable.
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One big problem is the short beds are mostly SRW and that limits the RVWR and GAWR. Lots of short beds pulling way too much trailer.

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Old 03-21-2012, 11:56 AM   #17
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Barbra, it really depends on the trailer being within the weight specs of your truck and the pinbox setup.
I have a shortbox 3/4 ton without a slider and have never had issues getting in the tight spots. every 5er/truck setup is different.
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:07 PM   #18
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When we bought our 33' fifth wheel, we had a 2005 crew cab F350 with the short bed. Towing our fiver with that truck, was a nightmare! Each time I towed, it was a white knuckle experience. We sold that truck and bought a 1997 crew cab F350, with the long bed. The difference was night and day.

Last year, I came across a 1999 crew cab F350 dually and bought it. It tows our fiver almost effortlessly. The stability increase was very noticeable.

You clearly have a confidence issue, or something very wrong with your setup. My past TV/TT was short bed with a 35 foot TT. My current is short bed - 37' 5ver. Both I towed with one hand on the wheel and zero worries. As for towing a 5th with a short bed, I wasn't interested in a slider so I bought a trailer that didn't require it.
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I'm with the long bed crowd. My first rig was a short bed. Now that I have a long bed, I wouldn't go back. With a long bed there is nothing to do and nothing to worry about. You drive, you back up, you make U-turns, you just go and enjoy.
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Depends on what you want the truck for. I have had both. If you want it to tow a fifth wheel without any problems and have more control with the longer wheel base get a long bed. If you want a cute truck you can park in the garage get a short bed.
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Depends on what you want the truck for. I have had both. If you want it to tow a fifth wheel without any problems and have more control with the longer wheel base get a long bed. If you want a cute truck you can park in the garage get a short bed.
Well thought out post here. Short beds have problems towing 5vers and are cute. Wow, full of facts. Nice work brother.
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It depends on what brand truck you have also, the GM extended cabs have a 6.5' bed and the crew cabs have a 5.5' bed. So if you want to tow with a 5.5' bed, there are some that don't recommend this. I have had an extended cab dually 8' bed and now a crew cab dually 8'bed, and you couldn't give me anyuthing else, wnless it was a freightliner crew cab with a 9' hauler bed, lol. But you need to decied what you want, or better, what you are comfortable with.
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It depends on what brand truck you have also, the GM extended cabs have a 6.5' bed and the crew cabs have a 5.5' bed. So if you want to tow with a 5.5' bed, there are some that don't recommend this. I have had an extended cab dually 8' bed and now a crew cab dually 8'bed, and you couldn't give me anyuthing else, wnless it was a freightliner crew cab with a 9' hauler bed, lol. But you need to decied what you want, or better, what you are comfortable with.
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Good point. Everyone has a different comfort level. Our 37 foot 14k toyhauler is a dream to tow behind our SRW short bed. I couldn't imagine needing anything more as I pull it at 70-75 with one hand on the wheel. Others may need more to make them comfortable.
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Well thought out post here. Short beds have problems towing 5vers and are cute. Wow, full of facts. Nice work brother.
LOL ...... just one of his typical replies.
My cute short bed truck has the same GVWR FAWR/RAWR/GCWR/engine/tranny as a long bed truck. In fact my short bed has more usable payload than the long bed truck simply because its lighter in weight.
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Had a short bed F350, now I have a long bed dually. When I was younger I worked on a farm, so I have towed many different items. For me, the 8' dually crew is the best pickup setup, for stability.
Now that said parking, turning, mileage... all the draw backs exist also.
Moral of the story... different people prefer different vehicles... not even getting into the Chevy, Dodge, Ford thing. :0
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LOL ...... just one of his typical replies.
My cute short bed truck has the same GVWR FAWR/RAWR/GCWR/engine/tranny as a long bed truck. In fact my short bed has more usable payload than the long bed truck simply because its lighter in weight.
Exactly, I have 11.5k GVWR which is more than a lot of LB DRW trucks just a short time back. Like I said above, it's all about what the individual is comfortable with. In rethinking the above post, I have to admit, I do like being able to park my truck in the garage and I do think it looks a lot better than long bed crew cabs with DRW. Not sure if it's cute, but sure looks nice backing out of the garage.
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Heres a question for towing with short box. I camp off highway all the time, offroad parks, ect... so whats better to use for that. Manual slider, auto slider, or one of those side winder pin boxes?

The sidewinder pin boxes seem like they wouldnt be strong enough and just asking for problems. Anyone use one or any input for off highway camping?
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Heres a question for towing with short box. I camp off highway all the time, offroad parks, ect... so whats better to use for that. Manual slider, auto slider, or one of those side winder pin boxes?

The sidewinder pin boxes seem like they wouldnt be strong enough and just asking for problems. Anyone use one or any input for off highway camping?

If I was going to choose one of the options you listed, it would be an auto slider. However, there is one choice you left out which is the one I actually went with. Buy a 5ver that doesn't need any of those things. Ours doesn't. Any of the Heartland brands with the Titanium nose don't need sliders which is one of the reasons we looked at them in the first place. They make three different toyhaulers like this from Cyclone and Road Warrior and two regular 5vers from Big Horn.
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