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Posted: 04/10/19 03:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BugsRLB wrote:



No it is not adjustable. It fits in 4 factory holes in the bed. Was thinking on some type of movable rotating kingpin.


I think a Sidewinder setup would work with your hitch! They are expensive, and should not be necessary with a Ford standard bed, and the right hitch. Your Reese is an expensive hitch, so it is hard to just discard it for something else. I know the B&W 3300 would work better, and can be adjusted ahead/back. B&W also makes a nice manual slider to fit oem Ford pucks. I measured a friends Ford with the OEM Reese for pucks, and I felt it was too close, the reason I went to B&W.

Anyway your options are limited, using the hitch you have. Unless you change hitches, the Sidewinder is about it. If you remain super aware, when turning/backing, you may get by as is?

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Terryallan wrote:

Is it a short bed or long bed truck?


If it was a long bed, it would be a non-issue. It is a standard bed length, Ford does not make a SuperDuty short bed.

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GHop wrote:

Sorry reading this happened. Just curious, can you post a photo of your fifth wheel? I've had two fifth wheels now and have been towed them with no problems. My first hitch was a slider but I never had to use it. I started having some play in one of the rails so I purchased a new non-sliding hitch. I think the problem people are having is due to the cap on the fifth wheel. To be honest, if I had a problem like this I would have a slider.

azdryheat wrote:

I'll be blunt. Don't change a thing, I think you've learned to pay attention and this won't happen again.


OP's profile states 2017 Jayco Eagle 321RSTS, it has a rounded front, so likely just too tight of turn.
Unless you can get the point of rotation more than half the with of the 5er behind the cab this is always a possibility.
I love no having to think about it as I have a long bed and my point of rotation is more than 50" behind my cab.

This is something I don't want to always "Need to Pay Attention To".

When I think of these windows, I recall the time while driving north through Seaside, OR, as we were passing Bell Buoy Seafood's which was on the other side of 101. My DW said if we had some crab meat we could have Crab Louie's for dinner! No oncoming traffic, I swung a 180 on to the far shoulder of the road, square nosed 5er long bed TV!.


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Yes, I’m glad I have a long bed…

My buddy's older ford is a 7' bed and he blew an air bag in a CG on a tight turn and dented his cab pretty good.


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Long Bed Truck, no issues.


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Pullrite Superglide for 5 years now. Never have to worry about it.


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I've never been in a situation where I had to turn sharp. If you keep your same truck, trailer and hitch my guess is it will never happen again.


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Upgrading to a fifth wheel and based on posts like this and my own post, about what others do, I just order the pullrite superglide 2700. I called pullrite an they spent alot of time with me on the phone. Although you cant order from them, the call made me comfortable enough to buy it over the demco. I dont want to think about it, even though it cost more, the first time i cracked the cab would be way more $$$ than a hitch I dont have to think about. Just my choice.


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