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Old 10-23-2012, 10:15 AM   #1
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To slide or not to slide, that is the question....

So we just sold our 2000 f250 for a more ride friendly 2006 Chevrolet 2500. The old truck was a super cab long bed and the new truck is a cc short bed. I hitched up the other day with the new truck with our 2007 keystone cougar and I feel like I have plenty of room between the cab and trailer when turning and backing. Is it necessary to go to a slider hitch or with the mid profile of the cougar should I be ok? Any experience would help out great.

On another note I know my old 7.3 was a beast but it doesn't compare to this duramax.

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Old 10-23-2012, 06:28 PM   #2
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I have a MH now but when I had my 5'er I had a slider, better safe than sorry.JMHO Jim

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Old 10-23-2012, 06:31 PM   #3
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I've got a slider on my truck but I have yet to use it. The way my Everest was designed helps me turn pretty tight.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:55 AM   #4
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I have not purchased a slider yet for my truck. I have to be backing around a pretty sharp turn before the front of the camper even comes close to the cab. Right now, I am just very careful when backing.

What I did was, with the help of a spotter, backed slowly while turning sharp and stopped when it got close. I do not think, in a normal backing situation, I will be turning that sharp. I might change my mind one day after using the TT on the road a while. I just do not know if I want to put another couple hundred dollars into another part for the hitch.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:30 PM   #5
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Only YOU can know if your rv will impact your truck...
and if the few 100 dollars is worth the peace of mind of not having to worry about one more thing (or worse yet, NOT worrying about it and crushing your cab :( )

when your are fighting backing into a tight spot, you may be more focused on the rear of the rv and not the front - that's when it will happen...

now, you maybe could get an extended pin box, but that may introduce a new set of issues

my front cap is VERY Rounded, so I probably didn't need a slider, but I got one ....
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:40 PM   #6
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Many shortbed GM owners say they can make a 90 degree maneuver without a slider with plenty of clearance . The GM short bed trucks have a longer dimension from the back of the cab to the trucks rear axles than other truck brands which eliminates the need for a slider with some 5th wheel trailers.

Why buy a slider if its not needed. However you have the truck and trailer so you and a spotter should be able to tell if it has enough clearance or not.

Yeah, all the mid '00s and newer truck have much more towing ability than the '00 older models.

The Dmax/A should get some great mpgs for a power plant that size.
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:11 PM   #7
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Hope for the best, plan for the worst.

I'd get a slider.
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:33 PM   #8
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I agree, the GMs are better build for 5th wheels. I never needed a slider with my 98 short box 2500 GM.
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:12 PM   #9
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To slide or not to slide

Just sold an 06 2500 short bed that had a 16k slider, we probably used the slider a dozen times in the past 3 years but to me it was well worth the extra $. Campgrounds get tight and you don't always have a spotter available, one mistake will more than equal the extra cost IMHO.
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:37 AM   #10
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I am looking for a slide for my 16K now. Where I am moving to I will need to make a 90 degree turn when backing off the street into the yard. I will be by myself most of the time. Anyone have one for sale????

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