Your cab hitting experience is one of the reasons we wouldn't have a short box truck for pulling a 5th wheel trailer RV and also because it severly limits the size of a truck camper the truck can carry. Both of which we have and have had many of. My wife calls a short box truck a "half truck"! For us, a 4X4 crewcab long box or no truck at all!
A superb CC LB 4X4, GM HD Diesel, airbags, Rancho's, lots more
Lance Legend TC 11' 4", loaded including 3400 PP generator and my deluxe 2' X 7' rear porch
29 ft Carriage Carri-lite 5'er - a specially built gem
A like new '07 Sunline Solaris 26' TT
Three words...Pull Right Super Glide". Or two words "Pullrite Superglide". Or even just one word "Pullritesuperglide"!
Never in the 8 years I've had my Jayco 5th wheel and shortbed F-250 have I even had to think about backing up at a tight angle, and we can even spin 'er around in a cul-de-sac street. And the plate that makes the Super Glide slide is removable easily on the newer models...and we've never had a single issue unhooking or hitching up at a reasonable angle.
The PullRite 5th hitch, a supurb full featured, very tight computerized laser cut tolerances hitch with 4 way tilt head, positive locking jaw (slams shut with a BANG!) that wraps completely around the king pin...with only .030th of an inch so there is less "slop and bang" when towing. Other brands use a "clam shell" jaw or a sliding flat bar, that wear out and the noise and slop increases.
Plus the quality, heavy duty build and customer service are all icing on the cake!
My posts shouldn't be taken for factual data. They are purely fictional, for entertainment purposes and should not be constituted as actually related to scientific, technical, engineering, legal, spiritual or practical advice. Amen.
Superglides aren't that expensive. The 15k for factory rails is ~$820 shipped. I think that is cheaper than my manual slide.
2010 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4x4 Duramax/Allison w/45 gal Transfer Flow Tank
RBW X16 Slider, Yamaha EF 2400iS
2007 Springdale 245 5th Wheel - E-Z Flex HD Suspension & Mobile Outfitters Shock Kit Upgrades
with Firestone Transforce Ht Lt 2357515 C tires
I have a 15k Pullrite Superglide and it works great no problems !!
Another vote for the Superglide.
The points against it CAN be overcome:
- Your trailer CAN be towed with a regular hitch if you have the bolt-on capture plate and remove it.
- You CAN disconnect and reconnect at more than 15 degrees if you lift the hitch head in and out of the saddle using the fiver legs. It's a bit of a PITA but is the ONLY way I can unhook in my driveway at home (see sig pic).
- You can even hitch up a regular fiver (no capture plate) if you lock the Pullrite slider. A couple of posters on here have done it. Recommmended? Probably not.
Cost? Yes, you will spend $2K for a new one. ($1200 - $1500 more than a manual). A couple of folks on here might think that is cheap insurance. To me the peace of mind is priceless!
1999 Sunnybrook 27RKFS Fiver.
2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD CC/SB/DA 2WD, LBZ air cleaner, 52 gal Titan tank, Bilsteins, Line-X, Westin steps, Prodigy, Retrax cover, 16K Superglide, 5th-Airborne pin-box, Multi-vex mirrors, TST TPMS.
Superglide is the way to go with short bed. My new truck is a 3500 long bed with B&W Companion-no slider. Keep in mind as you back up with the Superglide and turn your wheels your hitch pivot point is constantly changing. It also is a very heavy hitch.
I hear your pain. After many years and many close calls, I made the $800 mistake that required a new rear window. Did not fix the small dimple on the right from the close call or the larger dimple on the left that broke the window, but ordered the "Superglide 15K - Fits Industry Standard Mounting Rails" from Tweetys when we got home. Liked the fact that it fit the existing rails. GREAT peace of mind! I think it even is easier to back up with this hitch.
Good Luck with what ever you get.