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Old 08-10-2018, 07:54 PM   #1
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5th Wheel Hitch

I am looking to upgrade my truck for a future 5th wheel. I currently have a Silverado 2500HD gas and looking to go to 3500 Diesel. I am considering a Dually but would prefer a swr. On the swr I would get a short bed because i need the crew cab and really like the looks. I started reading about hitches for short beds and my head started to spin. The slider ones seem like the way to go. Recommendations?
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Old 08-11-2018, 05:44 AM   #2
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I just upgraded from a Reese Pro Series to a B&W Companion and couldn't be happier. It was expensive, but IMHO absolutely worth every penny. B&W customer service was also fantastic - parts were missing when the hitch arrived as the box had been damaged during shipping. Called B&W and they overnighted the missing parts no questions asked.

When we had our Eagle and 2500 w/short bed I had a manual slider but found that I didn't need it, but kept it for peace of mind - I think I used it once just to be sure I understood how it worked.
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Old 08-11-2018, 06:59 AM   #3
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We have a Pullrite auto slider on our short bed, it works great. Never any worries or concerns, not worth the risk of not having one
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My cousin bought a 2 year newer truck than mine. Yea, the hitch and tailgate are different for his new one. However I did get a good deal for his accessories.....
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We have a B&W Companion that mounts to the factory pucks. It’s a non-slider. I discovered that I could use a sliding hitch when I broke the rear window making a full lock U-turn. Still have the hitch, still a non-slider. I have no trouble making “normal” turns and use extreme caution making tight turns. I wanted the crew cab and wanted a short bed and SRW for drivability.
If you don’t get a slider check your clearances carefully before hitting the road.
“A man’s gotta know his limitations.”
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Old 08-11-2018, 12:05 PM   #6
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I have the Andersen Ultimate hitch with my short bed 2500 GMC with my 355 MBQS and I can turn 90 degrees without hitting. Hitch weighs less than 40 lbs, I was skeptical when I first got it. It has been great. I would highly recommend it.

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I have the Andersen Ultimate hitch with my short bed 2500 GMC with my 355 MBQS and I can turn 90 degrees without hitting. Hitch weighs less than 40 lbs, I was skeptical when I first got it. It has been great. I would highly recommend it.

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I just watched a video on this. Itís really seems quite amazing. Glad to hear a real life story. Do you have the original or the newer version. They both seem equally as good, just one is a little lighter.

Thanks for the info.
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I too use an Andersen - the older all steel model. It's installed in a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 QC SB. I have a headache rack with a Hi-Lift jack mounted horizontally, so I can't quite get 90 degrees on mine. I think I probably could without that. I have no complaints with the Andersen and think they're worth a look.
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Old 08-28-2018, 08:12 AM   #9
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Have not used an Anderson but have had reg bed crew cabs towing fifth wheels without using a slider. All trailers are not equal. The older ones had front caps that would hit the truck 'sooner'. The Jaydo HT has the sides cut back a bit more so I can get about 70deg on flat ground.

Beware...when not on level ground you can hit things sooner. I've never had an incident, but, I watch the trailer and truck bed carefully when making tight turns. And, yes, the problem for me is mostly when going forward, like a tight parking lot or gas station.
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I switched from an '11 F350 CC LB DRW to a '17 Chev 3500HD CC SB SRW last fall and hauled with it for 4 months over the winter. I installed the Reese underbed kit and kept the Reese Elite 25k to use. No slider. I'm just careful turning but it's only an issue with tight parking spots. No issues even with the tightest ones last winter. Some will say get a slider so you don't have to worry. I just watch what I'm doing and I don't have to worry either.

I never put my trailer on a sharp angle anyway, don't like the way the wheels look when doing it.
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