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Old 06-07-2012, 10:46 AM   #1
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General 5th wheel Q's

I have a bumper-pull now but thinking about a 5er in 4-ish years (suspiciously timed with my retirement) and I'm wondering how many of you pull with a short bed. My current thoughts are an F250 or 350 SRW short bed and I'm curious if there are clearance issues with the cab. If you use a sliding pin type hitch etc...
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:59 AM   #2
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I have a Dodge 1-ton dually long bed be to pull my 5er but a buddy of mine has a 3/4 ton dodge with a short bed. He pulls a 41 ft toy hauler 5er. The truck pulls and handles just fine but recently he acquired 2 cracks in the front fiberglass cap, one on each side when he maneuvered to sharp a turns.

He doesn't have a sliding hitch.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:09 PM   #3
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I pull my 30.5BHLT with a short bed F250. Since the short beds are common, quite a number of manufacturers have designed around this. On my BHLT it was built with a Reese Revolution pin eliminating the need for a slider hitch and is completely automatic.

I haven't "locked" the revolution to see if I would have an issue so I don't know if there would be any clearance issues.
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Mine has the Reese Revolution on it. I have a short bed truck and it takes all the concerns of hitting the truck off your mind.
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:19 PM   #5
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Looking over the Jayco site I see the "Revolution" offered as an option on the "Super Lite" models but not on the "Eagle". I'm guessing this is due to the TT weight.
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The Sidewinder (retail version of the revolution) has a model which is 19.5K so there is an option for the manufacturers. I have read on the forums that frames which have the Revolution are specially braced for the pin box, but not sure if that has been 100% confirmed or not.
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We have been pulling 5th Wheels for the last 8 years with a 2003 GMC and now a 2007 Chevy short wheelbase crew cab truck.

Our previous 5th Wheel was a 2005 Jayco Eagle, front cap was not rounded very much so we got a slider hitch.
In the 6 years we owned / pulled the Eagle, we slid the hitch once as a precaution.

Now we have a Jayco Pinnacle and with the rounded front cap, I doubt we will ever slide the hitch again. Probally should just weld it in place!!!!
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The Revolution is an option on the 2013 Jayco Pinnacles.
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You just learn to be cautious with a short bed....or pay a hefty price. I have not had a problem in 4 years with mine. Just make it a habit to take your time while maneuvering backwards and a good lookout also helps. If I buy another TV, it will also be a shortie while still a weekender although I may decide to consider an 8 foot bed if ever we go full time.
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My Bed is 6 1/2 ft So it is a short bed just not a short short bed. I installed a reese slider hitch in the bed. Have not used the slider yet although I should have a couple of times. I came very close when backing into a tight spot at a campground. I heard a screech and stopped. The Designer was rubbing on the rubber around the rear window of the truck. very close call it did put a mark on the 5th wheel. another time I scratched the paint on the truck while backing uphill and in a tight turn. Lucking no dent in truck. Even with a slider it is easy to forget you have one when in a tight situation and then it is to late. If I ever get another one it will be a side winder or one that will do it automatically. its to easy to forget to use the slider when needed, or that you even have one.
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