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Old 11-07-2015, 08:56 AM   #1
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Fifth Wheel Hitch Slider Question

Looking for advise on hitch selection. I have a 2015 Ford F250 with a 6'7" bed and the pre installed ford under bed rails. I am getting ready to purchase a 2016 Eagle HT 27.5 fifth wheel. What I'm struggling with is whether or not I need a slider hitch. Does the 6'7" bed and the shape of the front of the Eagle HT eliminate the necessity of a slider hitch? Thanks in advance for any thoughts and advise.

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Old 11-07-2015, 10:26 AM   #2
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I can turn pretty tight without moving the slider into maneuver position but, when I want the trailer to respond quicker to steering inputs, having the hitch in maneuver position is nice to have. If the campground has a narrow road leaving little room to back in, the slide was a very useful tool. With today's front cap designs, i think it's goon from necessity to nice to have.

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Old 11-07-2015, 10:52 AM   #3
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I'd definitely get a slider with a short bed.
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Old 11-07-2015, 11:21 AM   #4
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We are looking to order an Eagle 327LKTS. This will be our first 5er. The dealer is recommending the PullRite SuperGlide. This is an automatic slider. You don't have to think about having to get out and manually move the hitch back. I haven't found a bad review yet on this hitch. The only con is $$$ and the fact that you have to hitch and unhitch +/- 10 deg. of being straight. I was telling a friend about this hitch and he says, look at my truck. He thought he had enough room and crunch! He hit his truck and cause $1000 worth of damage. Guess what... he had a slider hitch, he just didn't think he needed to move it. With any box shorter than a long you should have an auto slider. Good Luck!
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Old 11-07-2015, 04:46 PM   #5
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We have a 2014 F350 CCSB and have the pullrite superglide and love it, no worries at all and I think they make it for the factory Ford puck system.

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Old 11-07-2015, 07:19 PM   #6
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We have the pullrite superglide and LOVE it. I am a pessimist and the only thing that I can say bad about it is that you need to be fairly straight on when you are hooking up. But the peace of mind that it brings when taking tight turns in the city and backing up are definitely worth the extra cost over a traditional hitch.
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Old 11-07-2015, 08:44 PM   #7
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I started my fifth experience with a short bed truck. Somewhat listening to experienced RVers I bit the bullet/ compromised, and installed a (manual) slider hitch. I did find it necessary on occasion. But it was such a pain to lock in/out that come vehicle upgrade time I would only consider a long bed.

I've still got the same hitch but no more pain, no more near misses.
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Old 11-08-2015, 03:39 AM   #8
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I have a pull rite straight hitch with the Reese revolution pin box and love the set up. There is no need to worry about hitting your TV. It also allows you to put some items in the bed of truck as hitch stays straight while turning. Just a thought.
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Old 11-08-2015, 06:22 AM   #9
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I have a Pullrite. It works as advertised and does the job. The downside is they are heavy, finicky about where you hook up, and require regular maintenance. I am looking at replacing it with an Anderson Ultimate.

If I was starting from scratch I would look seriously at the Anderson.
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Old 11-08-2015, 06:23 AM   #10
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We recently saw a new fifth wheel bought from CW. They sold the newbie owner a sidewinder AND a sliding hitch.
I talked to several who said they over sold him a combo not needed.

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