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Old 05-10-2016, 09:05 PM   #1
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hitches for a 2016 f350 short bed

We have our truck and opted for the ford prep fithwheel
which we know accommodates a Reese Hitch !!

we are looking at ordering the 2017 jayco pinnacle fbts

we are concerned with the front cap of this unit striking the cab of the truck..
Do we really need a sliding hitch ?

If a slider hitch isnt required and your able to fill up at your local gas station or hooking up in a tight camp site.with ease. what hitch can we use to adapt to our new ford pick up preprept from factory for a fifthwheel without using a Reese ?

we have been told by some is to go with a non slider B&W companion.

but, will this hitch secure to our ford prep reese ? If so, could some one explain how to go about doing it..

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Old 05-11-2016, 05:59 AM   #2
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I have a 2015 Silverado 2500 HD with the short bed 6.5 ft. I tow a 2016 North Point. I had the dealer install the Pullrite Superglide auto sliding hitch and I love it. The first few times I made turns I was keeping a very close eye on the front cap and the cab of the truck. I could not imagine not having the sliding hitch. The possibility of hitting the truck cab with the front cap without a sliding hitch would scare the heck out of me.
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Old 05-11-2016, 06:08 AM   #3
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Most all hitch manf make an adapter plate for the pucks now, so take your pick. I prefer the Reese elite, which we still have from last rig, or the Trailersaver air ride if I had the dough. Most any will be fine, but everybody has an opinion on what they like. I see no need for a slider really. A lot have them and never use the slide. But, if you insist on a slider, what schiguy has is a good option.
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Old 05-11-2016, 07:13 AM   #4
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We have a '13 350 short bed and use the B&W in the factory puck mounts. It's the only 5th hitch I've used but I think it is excellent.
That said, my insurance co paid $500 to replace the back window that was broken as I made a U-turn.
I think if the cap is carefully shaped you can do without a slider, "maybe". To do over I'd probably get a slider. As it is I am very cautious making tight turns or backing.
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Old 05-11-2016, 01:06 PM   #5
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I have the Reese Titan slider. I have to use it to back into my driveway on a narrow residential street. The pill rite would be great but I have to remove my hitch to carry other stuff and it is heavy
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Old 05-11-2016, 02:20 PM   #6
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I'm sure you will like that hitch. I have a short bed with the factory 5th wheel prep and use the Andersen Aluminum 5th wheel connection.

I did not choose the traditional 5th wheel hitch for a couple reasons. Mostly I wanted to use the bed of the truck when not towing and did not want to deal with the weight of loading/unloading the hitch. The other reason is I wanted a hitch that would work with the factory prep. I didn't want to spend $2K + for a hitch to work with the factory prep, or pay more for rails to work with the factory prep. Just my preference.

After much reading, most folks with short bed trucks with a slider said they've never used the slider (manual slider).

I liked the Andersen ultimate which is under 40lbs and I can remove or install with not much effort.

To answer your question, In my opinion and others that I have ready, you don't 'need' a slider. With the contour of the caps these days, they seem to be more functional with short bed trucks.

Other hitch options that will work using the factor prep would include about any hitch. Seems like you pay top dollar for a hitch that is fit for your factory prep package. Or you buy the rails that can fit your factory prep, then install the 5th wheel hitch you want.

I believe the companion hitch used the gooseneck ball (like Andersen ultimate 5th wheel connection does) to secure the hitch into the bed of the truck.

My opinion is, if you have the factory prep package, then use it. Find a system that is easy to use, but also lets you use the bed of your truck as you need.

There are youtube videos that will show you a review of the companion hitch and how it works. Same for other factor prep connections.

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I have the Reese Titan slider. I have to use it to back into my driveway on a narrow residential street. The pill rite would be great but I have to remove my hitch to carry other stuff and it is heavy
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Rock and hboy make good points about the weight. The B&W comes apart into 2 pieces, each of which are manageable. both pieces together are too heavy for me. I started out using the shop crane to lift it in/out of the bed but soon figured it was easier to separate the two pieces and lift them out individually. When not in the bed it sits on a furniture dolly (from Harbor F) and is pretty easy to move around. I cut 2 2x4 pieces about 24" long and cut holes near each end (door knob hole saw) to fit the pucks (kinda like skids). That helps me move it around the bed while installing/removing.
As I said earlier, I really do like this hitch. Shame about the back window tho.
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I have had a slider for 9 years. For the first two years I had to used the slider. Then my last SOB trailer cap had notched sides and I never used the slider.. Now with my NorthPoint (same cap as your 2017 Pinnacle) I have to use it again. The cap hits, no if ands or buts.

It is a Reese Signature 18k with the pucks. I have lifted it out of the truck, after every outing, with the trailer landing gear and left it stored hanging on the pin for 9 years now.
Back the truck under and drop it back into the pucks when I'm ready for another outing.
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I'm running the REESE ELITE 18k in my 2016 F350 short bed. I'm pulling a 2016 Eagel RSTS 321 and can make a 90 deg turn without touching. Love the hitch����. If you need to twist up more than 90 deg you should re-evaluate your setup��
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...same 5er as jwmercer but with a 14 Silverado 2500hd duramax. I love my Reese Titan 16K slider. Much easier to deal with than my old Reese Quik slide. With the rounded cap on the 5er I get awfully tight turns without coming close to my rear window. The Titan comes apart easily and the two sections don't weigh that much.
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