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Old 02-02-2013, 08:15 AM   #1
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Slider Hitch ?

I have 2012 Chevy 2500HD, 6' 6" bed, 4 wheel drive and a 2008 Raptor 3612. I'm about to purchase a slider hitch or sidewinder. Anybody out there have a similar truck and trailer with a slider hitch? How often do you use the slider?

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:01 AM   #2
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1st, welcome to iRV2. You will get a bunch of useful information from this site. I've been here since nearly day 1 and cant pull myself away.

I don't have your configuration but I'm sure someone will come along with advice. all i can say is that I had a `99 Ford short bed (6' 6") with a slider. I admit that i didn;t use the sliding function much. I could turn nearly 90 degrees without sliding it; the operative word being NEARLY. One day I made a real tight turn and popped out the rear window. Learned my leasson about sliding the hitch.

You don't say if you already have a 5er or whether you'll be in the market for one. Many manufacturers are building the front of the 5er's with concaved corners so that, according to them, short bed owners won't need a sliding hitch.

Stay tuned. You'll get more info shortly.
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:32 PM   #3
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My brother has 2009 gmc short bed and pulla a 2011 fuzion toyhauler. He can almost turn 90 degrees. I would say 75-80 degrees. His 5 th wheeler does have the concave corners on it. If he starts to get in a tight turn he has his wife get out and watch. Usually only happens in campground. He did try one time in a big lot and going forward he cannot turn sharp enough to make it hit. The chevys do not turn very sharp compared to ram. Good luck
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My toy hauler is the older version Keystone raptor with the squared corners. My concern is about driving through town etc. making sharp turns going forward. I have no problem sliding the hitch while setting up in a campground.
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Previous vehicle was an F350 short box towing a Titanium 40' toy hauler. The Titanium was designed to not need a sliding hitch, but I like to know for sure that I'll NEVER have a problem. So I had a Pullrite automatic sliding hitch. There are several on the market now, but IMHO, if you have to stop and pull a lever or flip a latch, then the slider makes no sense. The Pullrite always works when it needs to work, and you can't forget. Additionally, Pullrite has a very secure jaw design.
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My concern is about driving through town etc. making sharp turns going forward.
I doubt you can turn sharp enough going forward to have trailer to cab contact. The problem is when you put the tow vehicle in reverse, you can jackknife in a heartbeat and have a BANG! before you realize it. No fun.

But driving forward in a campground is not the only reason to have a slider hitch. You often have to back into a parking place, and that requires putting the TV into reverse. The key to towing with a manual slider hitch is you must always slide the hitch before you put the TV in reverse. But better yet is to buy a Pullrite Superglide automagic sliding hitch that you can back up without worrying about sliding the hitch.
PullRite has a SAFER, STRONGER, BETTER designed hitch for you

I had a shorty pickup dragging a 5er without a slider hitch for a while. My nightmare was driving down an unfamiliar alley or trail and all of a sudden come to a dead end with no place to turn around. Without a slider hitch, that would require backing up until you get to a turnaround place, and that might be a block or several blocks or more. No fun - especially on a crooked mountain trail with steep grades. With a slider, you could back into a 90 jackknife, then disconnect and drive around to the other side of the trailer, reconnect and be on your way.

Because of my nightmare, I knew I had to either buy a slider hitch or else trade for a longbed pickup so I could sleep better. I traded for a longbed pickup and RVed happily ever after.
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I have an '11 F350 SB with the Hijacker autoslide, sold by Demco. You seldom see this hitch but I think it is very well made. I have turned several times 90 degrees or better, all in a backing situation. I like the fact that it's one less thing I have to think about when I'm trying to park the trailer.
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Here is an alternative. It looks very good and solves many 5th wheel towing issues.

The Automated Safety Hitch | Trailer Hitch | Gooseneck Horse Trailers | 5th Wheel RVs | Flatbed Goosenecks | Fifth Wheel

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That may look good at first, but you will be limiting yourself to a size (GVWR) trailer, plus the weight of the trailer in the middle, < the rating of the receiver which is 10K #'s on a Class III or IV receiver. If your truck has enough rating, then you can get a class V receiver and get up to 15K. I don't know how using a WD hitch would impact the configuration but may add a 2K #'s or so.
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K-Star,

The hitch is already rated at a class V. You won't be limiting yourself either. Did you visit their site? -It answers most of these concearns.
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puttin - Nope, I sure did not read it; but then I'm not the one considering it for purchase. I was just throwin' a thought out there. If the advertising covers it for you, then end of story.
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Curt slider hitch.. Love mine but not automatic.
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So nobody has a rig similar to mine, that can answer the question (how often do you have to use the slider?) 5th wheels have different style hitches is why I asked for a specific style truck and 5th wheel.

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I had a 2008 GMC with the same configuration pulling a 2007 Dune Chaser triple axle toy hauler. I had a slider hitch and never had to use it. A good spotter helped when it got tight. I did need the slider with the previous 2004 F250. Hope this helps.
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