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Michelle.S

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Posted: 08/03/19 07:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Generally turning while on flat ground isn't a problem, what creates the problem is when you're backing into a spot that isn't level with the road, so when the TV twist one way, while the RV twist the other is when you run the greatest risk of contact.


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Michelle.S wrote:

Generally turning while on flat ground isn't a problem, what creates the problem is when you're backing into a spot that isn't level with the road, so when the TV twist one way, while the RV twist the other is when you run the greatest risk of contact.


^^This

Many a truck owner with a busted window and dented cab did the safety check in the parking lot thing. What you cannot account for is one of the tires being lifted by uneven ground and the cap of the trailer tilting into the back of the truck. I'm not throwing shade at the whole idea of going without a slider... just pointing out the limitations of a test. Basically, even if you think you're in the clear you still must pay attention.

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Posted: 08/03/19 10:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had a long bed from '93 to 2005. Since '05 I have been using short bed trucks without sliding hitches and have no interest in ever going to a slider or a long bed. If I was going to put a sliding hitch in my truck it would be an automatic slider.


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sayoung wrote:

A buddy has one of those pinboxes that privets back at the attach point , not at the kingpin/hitch. Works great on his short bed 1/2t ford


I think those pin boxes are a great idea but I believe it is a little more challenging to hook up.

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mtofell1 wrote:

Michelle.S wrote:

Generally turning while on flat ground isn't a problem, what creates the problem is when you're backing into a spot that isn't level with the road, so when the TV twist one way, while the RV twist the other is when you run the greatest risk of contact.


^^This

Many a truck owner with a busted window and dented cab did the safety check in the parking lot thing. What you cannot account for is one of the tires being lifted by uneven ground and the cap of the trailer tilting into the back of the truck. I'm not throwing shade at the whole idea of going without a slider... just pointing out the limitations of a test. Basically, even if you think you're in the clear you still must pay attention.


Yep, what they said. This is exactly what happened to me.

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After towing many thousands of miles I hit the back window with the 5vr. That made me gun shy so I went with an auto-slider! Tomorrow will be the first test towing with the new hitch and hope it works well!

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IMO the only thing thats going to help some is the automatic sliding hitch. I have watched enough towing, and backing into RV spots to know there are many that are not capable of paying attention. Manual sliding hitches to those folks are worthless !!

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what cummins said about paying attention. I have run short boxes for decades and without a slider. Used the hitch mountings from etraler. nary a problem. [emoticon] Iffin my day is coming it better hurry up cus i am older than dirt. [emoticon]

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I have a dent in the cab that is a constant reminder to be more careful. Fortunately the window is intact. I have a manual slider but can't reach the pins when hooked up, my older trailer doesn't have the cutaway corners.

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I just bought a B&W slider base for my Companion hitch after doing this to my old truck, and did not want to do the same to my new one.
The 5th wheel, long gone, was an older model Keystone Cougar with square front corners.

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