Hi, Bil67com, and
Originally Posted by bil67com
Are there hitch setups made to deal with these issues that will move the pivot point to the rear of the bed?
Yes. Not a permanent move of the pivot point, but one that moves the pivot point back as you turn.
With your super-shorty bed, you may not be able to locate the hitch head so you can do a full 90° jackknife, but you should be able to turn as sharp as the truck will turn when going forward. Backing up into a jackknife is what will get you into trouble, so plan ahead and don't get in a situation where you have to back into a sharp turn.
If your 5er hitch can be adjusted to place the head of the hitch higher in the bed, then the Reese Sidewinder may be all you need. The Sidewinder replaces the pin box on the trailer.
Even fancier is the Fifth Airborne/Sidewinder combo.
If your 5er hitch is too low in the bed and not adjustable to raise the head enough, then you may need to replace the 5er head with a gooseneck ball, then replace the pinbox on the trailer with a gooseneck coupler:
If your 5er hitch installer was worth a darn, then the 5er hitch is already bolted to the frame of the truck. If the hitch (or bedrails into which the hitch is inserted) is not already bolted to the frame of the truck, then you need to have a good hitch shop uninstall the 5er hitch and install it right, with bolts going through the floor of the bed into "L" brackets that are bolted to the frame of the truck.
Grumpy ole man with over 60 years towing experience. Now my heaviest trailer is a 7'x16' 5,000-pound flatbed utility trailer, my tow vehicle is a 2019 F-150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost SuperCab with Max Tow (1,904 pounds payload capacity).