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jayco_ro 10-18-2014 08:58 PM

Eagle 5th Wheel (Soon-To-Be) Rookie Questions
 
I'm set to pick up a 31.5FBHS in a few weeks. I've got a couple of questions that I'm researching online but could used some more expertise if anyone wants to claim that. :)

1. Hitch Recommendations: I've got a recent model year F350 with a 6.5ft shorter bed with the Ford 5th wheel attachment points/holes/structure. Does anyone have any recommendations for a hitch on this? Is a slider required with this combo and Eagle 5th Wheel (which will have the MorRyde pin box)?
2. Height Adjustments: I've got the possibility of being able to store the fifth wheel in a shed at times with an opening of 13' even. The 31.5FBHS is 13'1" in my configuration... Is there any adjustment that could be made to the fifth wheel (e.g. remove an air conditioning panel, etc) or trick (e.g. reduce tire pressure, park and use a dolly, etc) that could lend me a couple of inches when trying to clear an opening of this height? Once inside the shed there is plenty of clearance... it's just getting through the door that is tight.

Thanks.

cariboocreek 10-18-2014 11:46 PM

We have a Pull Rite slider fifth wheel hitch. I love it. Has a couple of extra moving parts so there is a little running maintenance that needs to be done but no biggee. We got the cheaper Pull Rite with the rails in the box. I don't mind them and have used them for tying down other stuff when not hauling the camper.

UPCamper 10-19-2014 12:21 AM

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Originally Posted by jayco_ro (Post 243429)
I'm set to pick up a 31.5FBHS in a few weeks. I've got a couple of questions that I'm researching online but could used some more expertise if anyone wants to claim that. :)

1. Hitch Recommendations: I've got a recent model year F350 with a 6.5ft shorter bed with the Ford 5th wheel attachment points/holes/structure. Does anyone have any recommendations for a hitch on this? Is a slider required with this combo and Eagle 5th Wheel (which will have the MorRyde pin box)?
2. Height Adjustments: I've got the possibility of being able to store the fifth wheel in a shed at times with an opening of 13' even. The 31.5FBHS is 13'1" in my configuration... Is there any adjustment that could be made to the fifth wheel (e.g. remove an air conditioning panel, etc) or trick (e.g. reduce tire pressure, park and use a dolly, etc) that could lend me a couple of inches when trying to clear an opening of this height? Once inside the shed there is plenty of clearance... it's just getting through the door that is tight.

Thanks.

1) I have a 2013 F350 with the 6.5' bed. I have a Husky 16K slider hitch. I haven't had to use the slider function yet with my 5er but with my 2015 Jayco Eagle HT it has come close at times. I also have the Mor/Ryde. Unfortunetly the Mor/Ryde does sit a little higher than a normal 5er hitch but your hitch can be adjusted. I would recommend a slider, but IMO it is not worth it to spend the big bucks on an auto slider because you won't have to use it very much.

2) I have no experience here. Good luck!

sask934 10-19-2014 01:41 AM

Welcome to the forum.

Sledgehammer 10-19-2014 07:14 AM

Id recommend a slider hitch as well. I have a short bed ford, with no slider, and have been closer to the cab than id like to be. I'll be getting one soon.

norty1 10-19-2014 07:16 AM

You have pretty much nailed the clearance issue. Take off the AC shroud and let some air out of the tires. I would consider putting it on blocks once inside.
This is not something I would do over once a year.

Sledgehammer 10-19-2014 09:35 AM

Couple ideas on the shed.

Is the floor dirt or concrete? If it's dirt, probably be easy to take a couple inches off the ground one time and wont have to mess with airing tires up and down. A few minutes with a skid steer would fix that.
Another possibility....Could you trim a couple inches off the top of the door opening to get clearance?

Maybe a little bit of both to get about 13'4'' in the clear?

RedHorse1 10-19-2014 03:22 PM

I have a '13 F350 6.7 short bed and hitch with the B&W Companion OEM (attaches to the factory under-bed mount) and think it's great (but it's also the only one I've owned). We also have the Mor-Ryde pin box
To do over again, I would probably get the Reese slider that mounts to the under-bed mount.
"Why?", you ask.
I discovered the hard way that when making a full-lock U-turn the front cap will contact the rear of the cab and cause the rear window to explode which causes me to mess my pants. :eek: I am now super careful when turning.
Unless you can verify your new 5th doesn't need one I'd be thinking slider.

carey965 10-19-2014 06:55 PM

i bought the reese pro 15k slider new for like 500 bucks, works awesome just need to spray a little lube on the moving parts every so often and she slides back and forth like butter

jayco_ro 10-19-2014 09:26 PM

Thanks
 
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.


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