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Posted: 08/24/20 06:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mrad wrote:

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$500 is too much for installation in my opinion. If it came out of your truck you should be able to install it yourself. Some of us with short box trucks have no use for a sliding hitch but I agree with you that if you get a slider it should be an auto slide. The auto slide hitches can be a little more difficult to hitch up. I am satisfied with my short box and B&W Companion.


What is the advantage to the companion hitch?? It did not come out of my truck but a truck of the same year and model


The Companion is a much heavier hitch but the Patriot may be heavy enough for your application. The Companion can be purchased with a base for pining to the truck bed either via B&W Turnover Ball under bed hitch or with a base designed to pin to the factory puck system. Either of these under bed systems can be easily installed but both are likely more expensive than the $500 your dealer would charge to install rails in your truck.


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Would the DEMCO autoslide hitch have the same issues unhooking as the pullrite superglide, meaning you would have to hook-up within a 15 degree angle?

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Yes had a hijacker/demco for 10 yrs ,great hitch,had to rebuild the head after 30000 miles,ill take the Andersen anyday

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alboy wrote:

Yes had a hijacker/demco for 10 yrs ,great hitch,had to rebuild the head after 30000 miles,ill take the Andersen anyday


Question alboy: What was broken/worn out on the Demco? I've got just over 30,000 miles on mine and it's almost like new, though it's only 3 years old. I've only had to replace the little rubber bumper so it doesn't rattle when unhitched.
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The cut-outs on newer 5ers donot eleminate the possibility of cab-trailer contact. I have seen 2018 truck and 5er crunch while backing into a site. I have been towing 2014 montana with a 2013 Ram short bed and a Pullright auto-slider for 6 yrs and have never been unable to get straight enough to unhitch. Love my Pullrite and reduced stress from worrying as much.

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I've been using my Pullrite Superglide for 10 years. If you can read and follow directions, hitching and unhitching will not be a problem.
In those 10 years I have unpinned the head and lifted it off the hitch to unhook one time. I have been in that same site over a dozen times since and haven't had to do that.


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JK The pins holding the head slopped out,450.00$ later,probably had closer to 50000 miles as i sold it a few years later

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schlep1967 wrote:

I've been using my Pullrite Superglide for 10 years. If you can read and follow directions, hitching and unhitching will not be a problem.
In those 10 years I have unpinned the head and lifted it off the hitch to unhook one time. I have been in that same site over a dozen times since and haven't had to do that.


Its always going to be a problem if you are not within 15 degrees . If someone enjoys unpinning the head to get unhitched ,well then go for it.

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I had a Pullrite and hated it, as was said most of the time it wouldn't unlatch.
I then bought an Andersen I like it but when I put it in my F150 it put too much weight at the rear of the truck- so it's for sale if anyone wants one...
I know have a Blue Ox slider that mounts to my B&W ball.

No one has mentioned one advantage of a slider in the rear position is it make backing easier because it puts the pivot point farther back. For that reason I use the slider most of the time (unless it's a straight shot backing in to the site)


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cummins2014 wrote:

schlep1967 wrote:

I've been using my Pullrite Superglide for 10 years. If you can read and follow directions, hitching and unhitching will not be a problem.
In those 10 years I have unpinned the head and lifted it off the hitch to unhook one time. I have been in that same site over a dozen times since and haven't had to do that.


Its always going to be a problem if you are not within 15 degrees . If someone enjoys unpinning the head to get unhitched ,well then go for it.

So what does it cost to pull forward 15 feet and adjust the truck straight? A lot less than a broken window.

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