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Let me tell you a little story from this past weekend. My wife and I were going to Krogers to get bread for toast. In the parking lot was a 5th wheel with one wheel off and the truck disconnected. We approached the people to see if we could be of help since we are 5th wheelers as well.

I noted that the rear window of their truck was missing and they had a piece of cardboard over it. They were from Michigan and had traveled to Atlanta to buy a repo 5th wheel. They got a good deal, but that's where their luck ended. As this was their first 5th wheel they didn't know about a slider hitch. First turn, glass gone.

To add insult to the rear window injury, on their way home the headlights shorted out so they had to exit the interstate to try to figure out what was happening. As soon as they got off the exit a passing motorist informed them that they had lost their spare tire a ways back down the road. However, they knew they didn't have a spare, so..... They had to backtrack with no lights to find their lost wheel. The lug nuts had backed off sheering two lug bolts and the tire had come off the axel.

Back on topic, though, I would definitely use a slider hitch with a short bed! We're also hopeful that they made it home safely.

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Started out with a reese 15k and manual slide and used it several times...one time I didn't, and wish I had...now have a 15k superglide on my standard rails and I'm a believer.

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Very good info here... In my price range (~$19-20k at most), I'll probably not be able to get the floor plan I want in a new enough unit to get the smaller, contoured nose.

One of the main reasons I've been interested in the B&W kit was the way it mounts. I was unaware that Pullrite offered a mount using the B&W hitch... Unfortunately, its over $700 just for the mount!!

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Yes get a slider.... I have one and didn't use it when I should have, an now have a gouge in the top cap of my right finder and tail gate.
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Are you kidding? Sure I use it, that's why I got it!

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WE have an old Reese slider, 15K, 3,750 hitch weight and a new FW with the contoured nose. Haven't had to use the slider yet, but who knows. Only have pulled it twice. Got the slider in 2002 for our old FW, 1993 Jayco Eagle 215SD and have transferred it to two different trucks since then.


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I've got 42" center of pin to rear window, 50" center of pin to outside of a very flat front cap. Wouldn't work without my SuperGlide!! It works fabulous! Nothing to worry about and very positive locking pin.

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B.O. Plenty wrote:

I use a 15K Super Glide. This one fits on std rails and is less expensive. I got it for just over $800.00 online. They now make an 18K version also. It works great!

B.O.


Same here. I went many years without and felt it wasn't necessary. One momentary lapse of attention - trying to avoid backing over someone who kept getting in the way - and blew out the rear window. Fortunately, no damage to the coach.

The superglide is automatic and fits my already installed standard bed rails.


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I have a short bed truck, so when I bought my 5er, I had to decide which type of sliding hitch to buy: automatic or manual. As you’ve see posted here, the automatics are a great convenience, but cost much more than the manuals. I went with the manual Reese 16K Kwik-Slide and have been very happy with it.

I slide it back every time I back up and also when I’m hitching or unhitching because of the added clearance it provides between the truck and the 5er. For my 5er, that allows me to have the tailgate down during the entire process, so I don’t have to get in and out of the truck. It’s also the only way I can access the front storage compartment while hitched.

The main function of the sliding hitch is to avoid a truck/5er jackknife collision while backing, but another advantage is that since it pushes the pivot point back ten inches, it makes the 5er respond more quickly while backing.

You should also consider getting a BedSaver, which is cheap insurance against dropping your 5er on your truck’s bed rails.


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Posted: 08/08/12 10:25pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With a 5.5' bed.... yes slider is mandatory if you want to turn.
Very happy with Superglide. Let the dealer throw the cost into the trailer loan.


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