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rfdlt20 01-04-2011 03:46 PM

Short Bed 5th Wheel
Does anyone have any recommendations for a 5th wheel hitch for a crew with a 6'4" bed ? I have heard of the slider type but don't know much about 5th wheels to make a educated choice yet.

RootBeer 01-04-2011 04:32 PM

Yup, there are sliders. Check out its a forum just like this one but for RVer's and the folks over there are real friendly and helpful.

rfdlt20 01-04-2011 04:36 PM

Thanks for the Info, I'll be sure to check it out .

SnowChief 01-04-2011 05:38 PM

Another "glide" type 5th wheel receiver is called "SuperGlide". I have used them on short boxes. I have had some trouble with their older hitches but they have made improvements over the years; their newer hitches have a better design.

Also, if you are buying/have a newer trailer, the turning radius are becoming much better and in many cases, long beds with traditional fixed hitches/or glides in short beds are no longer required (short bed with a stationary hitch will work fine). If you can avoid a swing hitch I would reccomend it but if not, they are certainly a good alternative and in some cases a must if you want your cab to stay in one piece!!!!

rfdlt20 01-05-2011 06:33 AM

I do have a new 5th wheel moving up from a regular rv trailer that I plan to travel with. What is the disadvantage to using the swing hitch ? I was told that if I had the short box I needed the swing hitch no matter what , don't know if that is fact or not.

SnowChief 01-05-2011 07:02 AM

The one large disadvantage with a slide hitch receiver is that you will also need an adaptor permamently mounted on the trailer hitch. Once the adapter is mounted, your tralier cannot be towed with any other receiver without buying other hitch adaptors (I am not sure these adaptors fit all hitches - talk to you hitch expert). Thus, if your trailer needs to be towed by another vehicle that is set-up with a receiver different than yours, you are out of luck. In additon, they are more expensive and larger and heavier than a fixed receiver.

Also, like anything with moving parts, there is more that can go wrong. I have a 41' trailer that I tow with a short bed with a fixed hitch, no problems as the front of the trailer easily clears the cab in all directions and circumstances. The trailer is a 2011. The older trailers do not have the turning radius of some of the newer ones.

Good luck.

erm 01-05-2011 07:55 AM

Yeah, the slider fifth wheel hitch is the way to go but there are some limitations.

One of the better companies to deal with, that you'll find at a LOT of RV dealerships, is Reese.

rfdlt20 01-05-2011 10:39 AM

Thanks Guys , I am so glad I found this forum the info sharing is very helpful.

sledhead01 02-02-2011 12:22 AM

I have a Pullrite Superglide 18k and I love it. It has been in three different dodge trucks from a 03 to a 10 and have never had to replace or get additional hardware.
The capture plate that goes on the trailer is really easy to remove (1 set screw) and then any normal fifth wheel hitch can hook up to my trailer. The same capture plate has been used on three different trailers.
I built a set of locking rails that I have used to lock the hitch into a fixed non slider and have pulled other fifthwheels with no problems at all.
I love the superglide because there are no handles or pins to pull to move the hitch. You simply turn and the hitch moves.
The only drawback to it is you need to be within 15 degrees of straight to hookup and unhook. In my four years of trailering this has never been a issue you just need to be planning ahead.

nickb711 10-16-2013 05:11 PM

Pullrite has not made mount assembly for supergide to work on 2013 ram 3500 with short bed. Check with Pullrite.

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