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mrad

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Posted: 08/21/20 01:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have recently moved from a TT to a 5th wheel and will need to install a 5th wheel hitch. Originally I was going going to go the cost conscience route and put in a B&W patriot manual slider that was recommended by the local RV repair dealership. However, I am now thinking I should look long-range and probably go with a long term vision. I have read where some have had manual sliders and ended up with dents in the cab because they did not engage the slider.

I am looking for advice on what hitch I should install. The TV is a 2013 Chevrolet short box. the distance from the cab to end the tailgate when closed os 6"10 1/2".

I like the Andersson ultimate 5th wheel hitch but have read some posts where users have stated that it bends. Would appreciate all opinions

the local shop said he has a used pullrite auto glide that is being sold on consignment for $700 and could be installed for another $500 that came off the same TV I have and would not require any additional parts. Is that a fair price?

* This post was edited 08/21/20 02:42pm by mrad *

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I used a Pullrite Super Glide for many years of problem free towing. The price of $700.00 would have to depend on the condition and functionality of the hitch..

IF it is in good working order, its worth it ...The good thing is that Pullrite is GREAT to deal with if parts are needed.....


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Fair price? I don't know, have you checked the price of a new one?

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First of all, If your FW has the rounded nose, you won't need a sliding hitch.
GM has the longest distance from rear axle center, to back of cab. That, and the fact that most newer FWs have rounded front corners, that are purpose designed to tow with a 6.5 bed truck. If you think you still have to have a slider, for that once every five years, that you get in an extreme backup, then get the Patriot manual slider.

Since 99, I've been towing a FWs with Fords, that have 2"s less distance from axle center to cab than your GM, and never come close to hitting cab.

A Patriot non-slider would be a good choice for you, and they are adjustable ahead/back, very easily.

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Tyler0215 wrote:

Fair price? I don't know, have you checked the price of a new one?


$1100 Plus for 16K
Pricing goes UP depending on Model and Weight Rating


$700 is a pretty decent price for use provided it has not been ABUSED

$500 installation cost?????


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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.


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4x4ord wrote:

$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

* This post was edited 08/21/20 05:33pm by mrad *

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Sounds like you want the hitch to do all the thinking for you, get the automatic one.


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I had a 2008 GMC2500 D/A with the 6.5' bed. We towed a Cedar Creek Silverback for 10 years using a Husky manual slider. I NEVER had to use the slider and my trailer was very close to 90 deg. I will add, that the corners were "cut" out which provided more turning room, but I was never worried. It was comforting to know that if I needed it, I had it.

Good Luck.


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We have a Pullrite hitch and really like it. Completely easy to hook up and disconnect. We have never had a problem of any kind.


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