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Old 01-20-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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Fifth Wheel Hitch Options fopr Short (5'6") Bed P/U

I am looking over my options for a fifth wheel hitch for w short bed (5'6") ford P/U. for weight and cost reasons, I am trying to avoid a slider and am opting for the factory installed Reese Revolution for my Jayco 23.5 RBS when we order it. I was at an RV show in Tampa and spoke to the B&W rep about a Patriot 16K while I was there and he recommended I so talk to the Pull-rite guys the next isle over about a slider. His main concern was the pin setback from the cab. If the Revolution is the same as the sidewinder, the pivot is set back 22" from the pin. It the fifth wheel is 96" wide, I would need a minimum of a 48" (safe distance of 50" of 52") from the center of the pivot point to the rear of the cab to avoid cab/trailer damage. As best I can measure, the center of my rear axle is set back 26" from the cab.

Is there anyone out there that uses a Patriot 16K with a short bed and Revolution? I would also appreciate comments or recommendations on any other hitch brands as options as well. Thanks!
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Old 01-20-2013, 05:16 PM   #2
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My Chevy truck has the 5' 7" bed. I went with the PullRite SuperGlide 12K model 3100 hitch for short bed trucks.
I never had to worry about the front cap of the 5er contacting, or even coming close to the cab. I believe I had 17" of clearance from the corner of the front cap to the cab, while in a turn. I even installed a pin box bike rack that had the capability of transporting 4 bike(I only carried two).

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I sold the 5er with the hitch & capture plate last Nov.; and the guy who bought it did not need the hitch. He had a long bed truck. If you're interested in it, I could ask him how much he wants for it. The hitch is still at my house. PM me if you'd like.
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Chipper, yeah, I might be interested, but I want to look at some other options first. I have heard nothing but good things about the SuperGlide hitch. I am concerned with the weight at 345# plus rails and brackets. I am running short on payload weight and would like to save 150# by installing a standard fifth wheel hitch. If you could check to see it it is for sale and send me a PM I would appreciate it.
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Scott,
I contact the guy and let you now.
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We got the Superglide on the truck. I didn't know much about that stuff when we got it, might not have needed it, although we have a shortbed, it measures at 6'4" so anyways, it is a heavy hitch and we love the peace of mind. It works really well and we get no chucking.
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Is a 6'6" box considered a "short" box?



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Is a 6'6" box considered a "short" box?



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Maybe when there was only Short and Long Bed options, now it's considered Standard. For some reason when CrewCabs became so popular the mfgs started to shrink the beds.
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I got the Reese Sidewinder/Revolution and have no clearance problems with my F150 5'7" bed with a Reese 16K hitch.
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I have the Valley 16k with slider in a Ram SB. Have not had to use the slider yet.
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I'm not a good person to offer input. My current 5er is my only experience pulling a 5er. When I ordered the unit, I went with the Reese Revolution and love it.
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