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Old 05-07-2016, 03:42 PM   #1
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Towing a 5th wheel with a short bed

I get that there's the slide hitch for short-bed trucks to tow 5th wheels. But do you recommend it, or would you forego the short bed/slide hitch combo and stick with the long bed?

We figured on purchasing a long-bed dually, but the longer bed/wheel base is intimidating. So we'd love opinions and feedback based on experience. We do still want a dually.

Also, does using the slide hitch in a short bed compromise safety or stability at all?

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We pulled a 31ft 5-r with a short bed Chevy 2500HD for 2 years. Didn't have a slider hitch. We just never got ourselves into a situation where we'd have a problem. Had the truck at a 90-degree angle to the nose once & it still cleared the rear window. The pin box stuck out a bit further than some though, so that might've made the difference.


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Or you look to use a revolution pinbox. Also called sidewinder. Two companies, same idea.
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Old 05-08-2016, 06:23 PM   #4
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We towed our 5'er with two different short beds and had no sliders or issues. Depends on the pin box and the driver.
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Currently pull our fiver with a short bed and have never had a problem with this rig. Do have a Reese Goose Box and not a 5th wheel hitch which may be a factor.
If I was stressed about this I would go with a long bed truck. Bottom line is go with whatever makes you comfortable.
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I've only ever towed with a short bed so can't compare WRT stability, but I've never felt unstable (unless you mean mentally).
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Some folks will only recommend what they own.

Having owned and used both pulling my rv trailers and pulling heavy GN trailers to make a living I found one isn't any better or worse than the other.

I prefer crew cab trucks so the 6' 6" bed length fits my needs better. I have a '98 long bed 4x4 crew cab that simply too long for a garage so it sits in the tractor shed while the short bed quad cab Dodge/Cummins gets the heated garage.
One truck isn't more stable than the other pulling any of my trailers.
I've had one ton DRW long bed 4x4 or 2wd crew cab trucks in commercial service that were a handful when pulling or even empty.

Many new 5th wheel trailers today have notched rounded front corners that eliminates the need for a sliding hitch.

The short bed truck with a sliding hitch in no way shape or form compromises anyone safety on the road nor were any of mine ever more unstable than my long bed trucks.
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I know with Ford, ALL DRW are long beds. Not sure about the others. That might solve the problem. DRW = LB
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I have a short bed chevy with a slider hitch but never have to use it....my camper clears without sliding it. Not all are like that but more and more are. I would actually like to have a long bed. I would like to have the extra bed room it would give me over the short bed truck for carrying stuff when I have the hitch in there.
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I tow with a 6.6ft bed GMC 2500HD using the Andersen Ultimate 5th wheel hitch mounted to a Reese Underbed Gooseball. Tows great, never a turn problem. Pinbox is mor/Ryde standard Lippert 1621 clone. Check out their youtubes if you are not familiar with the Andersen. BTW they posted a new short video last month that shows hitching with their new funnel attachmen.
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I really appreciate all of the feedback. This is very helpful. We love the Ram Mega Cab diesel dually with the AISIN transmission, but we were concerned about the short bed and started considering the long-bed crew cab instead. All of this info is very reassuring for us.
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I know with Ford, ALL DRW are long beds.
True today, but for several years after 1999, Ford offered a shorty dually. Demand was low, so dealers didn't stock them. They were available for factory order if you really wanted one. I've seen a few over the years, but they are rare.

My first 5er rig was a shorty pickup. I had nightmares of pulling into a narrow, crooked, bumpy trail then driving a mile or so and hitting a dead end. No way to turn around, and I couldn't back into a 90 jackknife to drop the trailer then drive around to the other side of the trailer, hook up and go. So my only option was to back the trailer up that narrow, crooked, bumpy road. That's very difficult, especially at night. So I traded that shorty pickup in on a longbed. No more nightmares, and no need for a slider hitch.
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Many of the new long bed trucks have higher steer cut angles so the problem has been greatly reduced.

We got the new steering in our 2005 450. It will turn almost as tight as our 1999 150.

IMO long wheel base makes up any inconvenience by being more stable while on the highway.

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