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Old 01-13-2016, 05:27 PM   #1
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Long box vs short box

We are considering buying a different truck and having a tough time finding what we are looking for. We want a long box truck, as we have heard they are better for pulling the fifth wheel. Our current truck is a long box. Do any of you have personal experience in short box vs. long box?
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In most cases you are talking 14" SB vs LB as to pin position over the axle so I went with the LB. That way I don't have to worry about a slider hitch.
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Old 01-13-2016, 05:52 PM   #3
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Concur was th Grumpy. Elimates concerns with slider hitch. If you forget to adjust you have a chance the front of your trailer hitting your cab on turns.
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I agree with Grumpy and Jay, a LB will remove the tight turn concerns. We bought a SB which I chose for drivability while not towing. It's still a LONG truck. If you go SB think slider unless you can verify the front cap shape will let you make the tight turns (do not listen to the sales person).
I bought a non-slider B&W which is an excellent hitch but discovered we cannot make a full lock U-turn without buying a new rear window.
To do over I'd still get the SB but would pick a sliding hitch.
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Old 01-13-2016, 08:43 PM   #5
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Long box vs short box

While I agree with the other posts, as a counter point, if your LB is your main TV, it can be challenging finding parking at the market/mall.
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Old 01-13-2016, 09:50 PM   #6
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Had one 2500HD short bed and went back to longbed.I will never have a short box unless quit towing.But that's me.
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:17 PM   #7
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Thank you everyone! You all validated our thoughts. We would be lucky enough that its not our main vehicle.
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I have had short bed Fords and now a short bed GMC and have thousands of miles logged with a fifth wheel. I have never had to turn the rig so tight on a roadway or service station that I was in danger of hitting the cab with the trailer. The new Jayco we have has even more clearance in turns than my previous trailer. The only time I have needed the slider hitch is when parking in a tight location. I also need to leave the tailgate open when the slider is in the rear position and I need to turn the trailer very sharp on a steep slope otherwise the pin box may contact the tailgate cap. I like the short bed better for non towing driving parking and it gives me more room in my garage.
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I have only towed with a short box. I have a slider hitch but have never had to slide it.
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I think 'tight turn' technology is helping the short bed guys. Probably will never eliminate the potential for a cap crash.

I'm curios to find out what you decide to purchase.....
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