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?
Deb, Dan & Missy (mixed breed rescue dog)
2015 Eagle Touring 28.5RKDS
1995 Ford Diesel
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.
2013 F-350 CC SB 2WD 6.7PS
2013 Eagle Premier 351 RLTS
-SOLD- 2012 X23B
-SOLD- 2003 Ford Expedition 5.4, Bilstein shocks
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.
2014 Eagle Premier 361REQS
Mor-ride pin box
2013 GMC Sierra 2500 CC SB 4x4 Duramax