I have one and I have a short bed Dodge and it has saved the day several times. I time I was at the badlands Nat. park and was looking at all the badlands and I agree the land is really bad. Well any way I pulled in to a side road and thought it would have an outlet like the others I had went down but no. I thought I was in the bad lands with bad trouble. People were looking like you in trouble. I have a 36ft FW it is long enough without a long bed truck, I told my wife I made a bad mistake. Everyone was watching as I turned it very sharp and just turned it around, I could'nt belive it nor in the look of their faces could they. Any way it's a must for me
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Cylabs, I have the Pullrite and I have to jack it pretty hard getting into the driveway and it is one less thing I have to worry about. It slides like a dream. It was a little spendy but just a fraction of the cost of a repair job to the truck or trailer. I had it installed for about $2k. Send for the video mentioned in other posts and you will see that it is a well engineered hitch.
I have no regrets about getting the Pullrite.It cost me about 1800USD installed here in Canada,I did get a little bit of a bargain as it was the first one the dealer sold and he wanted to get some feedback and experience.(It has already saved me that much in prevented damage-see last point in message))
It allows me to be at a full 90o with the 5ver on my short bed with a headache rack attached, although I couldn't do that on too uneven ground. Without the headache rack I probably could though. It's wonderful peace of mind, never having to remember to get out to activate the slide procedure. Also if road conditions ever put me into a jackknife,I'm not going to crunch the cab up to 90o. Besides I've probably got other problems to sweat if that happens.
Secondly the latching is very positive. When the release handle automatically goes in you ARE hooked up. It is virtually fool proof.(More on "fool" proof later).
Thirdly it removes from the truck bed leaving no plates or bars obstructing a flat bed floor, just 4 holes that can be plugged if you want to carry dirt or sand etc.
Fourthly, it holds the pin in a very close tolerance wrap around style pin holder that has virtually no slop, so the ride/pull is very even,not jerky when speed changes. Also the pin doesn't pivot in the latch so pin/latch wear is about nil over the life of the trailer, and no grease is needed on the trailer's plate. Therefore the whole setup stays clean.
Fifthly,it has an trailer anti theft factor. The adapter plate for the Pullrite makes the pin box incompatible with other 5th wheel hitches as it doesn't allow for pivoting of the 5th wheel. If someone with larceny on their mind hooked up to the coach, they would soon have a problem driving away as it wouldn't turn when their tow vehicle tried to turn. (This is also a disadvantage when leaving the unit for service and it needs to be moved.)
Number six, and this was an unexpected benefit, if the trailer does drop off the hitch, the slide bars on the hitch act as a catch unit, stopping the trailer from dropping onto the bed rails or the pin box landing on the bed floor. Thus no sheet metal or fiberglass damage. How do I know this you say? Well I found out last weekend.I had backed into the pin and heard it click(note not bang shut like it would normally do),I then got out of the truck to do something else,planning on checking the latch and padlocking it when I came back to the truck. In the mean time my younger son was gathering up the jack blocks and wheel chocks. But one chock was wedged too tight under a wheel for him to get it out,so my wife hollers over to me "Can I move the truck ahead enough for him to pull the chock out. Not thinking,I yelled back "Sure go ahead." I hadn't yet confirmed the hitch was latched and she didn't either.I wondered what the soon following BANG was.and saw the front of the trailer seemed kind of low,maybe about 3 inches lower than normal. When I got back to the truck,a very agitated wife was saying unkind things. But a huge feeling of relief came over me when I saw the pin box sitting on the slider rails and no damage whatsoever to to truck box,trailer or hitch. There had been a number of distractions when I was backing into the pin and in spite of the latching being totally automatic, I had stopped at a point when the pin was in the slot, but not yet to the point where it triggered the lock up spring. The point is it's fool proof unless one foolishly doesn't let it do its thing and foolishly doesn't do a check as a first action after stepping out of the driver's seat. Never let distraction interfere with procedures.
*This Message was edited on 24-Sep-02 01:38 AM by mckenziedt*
*This Message was edited on 24-Sep-02 02:56 AM by mckenziedt*
2002 Chev 2500HD 4X4 LT CrewCab,Dk Green,DMax/Alison,Line-X short-box, 2003 33'Newmar-Kountry Star,PullRite16K SuperGlide,Prodogy,Honda EU2000i,
I love my 16K Superglide also, one less thing to worry about and they work great.
Make sure they bolt your pin box plate on so it can be taken off easily becasue if you ever need emergency service you can not be towed with a regular 5th wheel hitch with your plate on.
I had my 5th inspected when was new the dealer was in the RV business for 50 years or more and they tried to hook up my 5th with a regular hitch bent my plate all up. What the heck they have been in the RV business this long and did not know better?? Then they acted like they were doing me a big favor putting a new one on.
Will not tell you the words that came out of my mouth.
I am curious how difficult it is to position the truck to align with the trailer with the SuperGlide. Just thinking that sometimes I dont get a straight shot into the camping stall relative to the truck/trailer.
Wittmeba, the only trouble I have had in hooking up is if the pin is not centered in the slot on the hitch. When this happens, to me anyhow, the hitch plate rotates somewhat and doesn't allow the pin with its alignment "key" to slide into the slot in the hitch plate. The problem is not that you are coming in at an angle but that you don't align the pin with the slot in the hitch-plate. If you need to come in at an angle, you can turn the hitch-plate to the angle that you are approaching from, and as long as you are centered properly, it should slip right in, assuming that you are coming in low enough. Coming in low helps keep the movable hitch-plate aligned with the hitch-plate on the 5er and as is the case with all hitches, makes for a good firm hookup. At least that has been my experience.