Originally Posted by jayco_ro
Thanks for the information so far. This is really helpful especially given that you have experience with a very similar installation. Sounds like a slider is the conservative best bet based upon experiences and I'd rather go that route for peace of mind - I don't want exploding rear windows.... I already did that once to my minivan when I backed out of the garage with the trunk open and that is no fun.
It seems like there are automatic and manual slider options so I guess that will be the next consideration. It looks like from a manufacturers standpoint that Reese may have the upper hand since it seems like Ford based its 5th wheel prep kit based upon the Reese, but with that said Reese and others make adapters that allow for pretty much anything to get installed.
With regards to height, does anyone have any input on if I am likely to have the right degree of available/required adjustment in the hitch to ensure a properly level and vertically placed hook up of the Eagle? I've got 18" tires, assuming a Reese Slider Hitch, and a Mor-Ryde pin box, I suspect there is some/enough vertical adjustment to the Hitch that would allow me to consider this. Thanks again.
When I looked at hitches, the automatic Pullrite was about $2500 and my Husky slider was about $700 installed. Big price difference and not worth it to me. With my F350 I rarely see a reason to use it but I wouldn't be without it just in case.
Also, with my HT and my hitch/truck setup I did have to adjust the truck hitch. The trailer still does not sit perfectly level but I cannot adjust the hitch anymore without being too close to the truck bed. It looks fine and functions normally, but with the Mor/Ryde, a F350 suspension, and a light pin weight it does sit slightly nose high. Only way to really fix it I believe is to get large wheels at some point. But like I said its not a problem. It actually looks level but does read that way...