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Old 02-27-2015, 03:01 PM   #1
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To slide or not to slide

With the newer 5th wheel front caps making for a better turning radius is a slider hitch still needed on a short bed truck?


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Old 02-27-2015, 03:24 PM   #2
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With the newer 5th wheel front caps making for a better turning radius is a slider hitch still needed on a short bed truck?

Yes. Usually. I wouldn't leave home with a shorty truck towing a 5er without an automatic slider hitch or kingpin. Even a manual slider is not good enough unless you NEVER forget to slide the hitch before you shift into reverse. That's whey they make the PullRite SuperGlide.

I have towed a 5er with a shorty pickup without a slider hitch. I hope I don't have to do it again.

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 EcoBoost SuperCrew.
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Don't have one, and I back in a 43 ft 5er at a lot of tight spots. Never came close to disaster yet. Short bed Ram.
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Old 02-27-2015, 03:56 PM   #4
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I wouldn't waist the money. I bought a slider hitch for my last pickup which had a shortbed and used it once before I realized it wasn't necessary. They are also much heavier when you have to take them out.
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