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So I have a parking issue at home. All I want is to push the nose sideways a few feet, but it's just not possible with the truck, and still unhitch.

I looked up trailer valet devices and they all seem to be ball hitch only. There is one that looks like a lunar rover that claims 3-5k lbs but it's expensive and still not really a 5er device.

Has anyone built any sled or dolly? I don't have to go far, or often, but it sure would be nice.


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RickLight wrote:

So I have a parking issue at home. All I want is to push the nose sideways a few feet, but it's just not possible with the truck, and still unhitch.

I looked up trailer valet devices and they all seem to be ball hitch only. There is one that looks like a lunar rover that claims 3-5k lbs but it's expensive and still not really a 5er device.

Has anyone built any sled or dolly? I don't have to go far, or often, but it sure would be nice.


Probably your best option , and you probably don’t want to hear it ,but get rid of that Pullrite , that’s the issue right there , not being able to disconnect at an angle , common issue with that hitch . Any quality manual slider or better yet the Andersen hitch would solve the issue. Most likely your cheapest option.

Andersen works very well with my Ram short bed , and I have a very sharp back into my driveway .

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I hear you, but I like the back of my cab too much. For us the auto slider is best.

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Maybe the trailer valet combined with the Andersen pin to ball adaptor alone would solve your problem.


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Are you on pavement? Back close, set the legs on car dollies, then use a bar to lever it where you want it. Be sure the chocks are close to be sure it doesn't go to far.

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Just remember, wherever you put it, you'll have to get it back to hook up again.


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It's all a matter of physics. You are trying to move the pin which is about 4 ft. in the air. You need a large base and/or a lot of weight or it tips over instead of moving the trailer.


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Check out Parkit360. they have a unit that is costly, but works with fifth wheels.


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RickLight wrote:

I hear you, but I like the back of my cab too much. For us the auto slider is best.



The way the front end on your fifth wheel is made ,and the position the Andersen sits in the bed , it wouldn't surprise me if you couldn't get 90 degrees . In the 16 years I have been towing four different fifth wheels ,not once have I needed to get 90 degrees , or for that matter anywhere close , but it seems to many that's important.

As said ,I have to crank it pretty sharp to get into my driveway , and I have the shortest bed of the three . Ram being the shortest ,and your Ford being the longest. I have watched a friend of mine with the same truck you have back his fifth wheel, and I have never seen where he needs to pull his manual slider back. I would have to ask him ,but I don't think he's ever had to use the slider . Just food for thought, or live with that Pullrite.

Another friend , somewhat the same situation as you ,had the Superglide, and same truck .. He grew tired of that Superglide pretty quick, combination of the unhitching restrictions at an angle ,and just the weight of getting it in ,and out of his truck . He too went with the Andersen ,same as I did.

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Let's just say for instance it was possible to lift the front of your fiver with something like GoJak Dollies. How would you then move that 10,000 lbs behemoth and keep it from getting away from you? Cause once it starts to roll, then it don't want to stop.

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