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Jayco-noslide

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For many years we have towed a 25 ft. 5er with an extended cab, short box half-ton Chevy. I have a slider hitch now but did not used to . Our combo works well as long as I pay attention and use the slider occasionally. Just wondering about a full 4-door, super cab, short box? I'm pretty sure I've seen them towing 5ers but wondering if a good idea? I believe my box is 6 ft. 6in. but that a short box with a full 4 door is only 5 ft. 8 in., at least with half-ton's? I assume an automatic slider would be required? But, even then, is it a good idea?


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the newer ford F 250 crew cab short boxes are 6 3/4 feet long.

I plan on towing my fifth wheel with that truck without a slider.

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I tow my 5er with a GMC crew cab standard box (68" I think). No problem at all. Only time I ever use the slider is to get the 5er in my driveway at the house.


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Ford half tons have 3 different box lengths depending on which model you get. I would not consider the shortest one. They do have a model with the 6 1/2' box

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I would do it with an auto slider.

I started with a manual slider in my standard bed. I ditched it for the fixed legs as I never used it. With 10 inches less bed the auto slider would be high on my list.


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Posted: 08/08/12 06:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 4 door short bed is 6'6" and while I do have a slider it is not needed. I guess mainly due to the front cap on the 5er.


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F250 SB here. Use the slider quite a bit since I got the new 5er (35'). Longer wheel base means more angle for the same turn. Hadn't used it in the 5 years since I bought it, then needed it to get into my driveway with the new camper. Caught me by surprise but thankfully I was watching the cab and then could get out and (manually) move the slider and get on with things.

Had I not had the slider, I would have been stuck. So IMHO all short box trucks should have a slider ... and if you can afford, get an auto slider.

Not to hi-jack and be the weight police but if you go to a 4 door 1/2 ton watch the pin weight of your 5er vs the truck GVWR ... I don't remember Ford 1/2 tons having that much available payload. $0.02 ...


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my crew cab 4x4 also has the 6ft 6" short bed also. But be sure to check what every you look at. Have a slider hitch, but don't see ever using it.
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My 150 SC has a 5-1/2' bed and I could not tow my FW without a slider. I chose the Pullrite SuperGlide automatic so I didn't have to think about using the slider. I can do 90 degree turns.


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Posted: 08/08/12 09:16am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Jayco-noslide wrote:

For many years we have towed a 25 ft. 5er with an extended cab, short box half-ton Chevy. I have a slider hitch now but did not used to . Our combo works well as long as I pay attention and use the slider occasionally. Just wondering about a full 4-door, super cab, short box? I'm pretty sure I've seen them towing 5ers but wondering if a good idea? I believe my box is 6 ft. 6in. but that a short box with a full 4 door is only 5 ft. 8 in., at least with half-ton's? I assume an automatic slider would be required? But, even then, is it a good idea?


Points to ponder !!!!

GM short bed trucks has a longer diminsion from the back of the cab to the trucks rear axle which is one reason many 2500 short bed GM owners report they don't need a slider or if they have a slider its never needed. Also much depends on the 5ers pin box and the 5er front cornor profiles.
Why waste money on a expensive sliding hitch if its not needed. Do your homework as each truck brand/cab configuration and each trailer will have its own needs/requirements if a sliding hitch is needed.


However, you talk about a chevy then mention a super cab. The super cab is a Ford product so it has a different cab to axle dim than the chevy short bed.

I have a 2500 short bed Dodge and a older square cornor flat profile 5th wheel trailer and a very short back of the cab to the rear axle measurement. This requires a sliding hitch.

Its a untrue statement that all short bed trucks require a sliding hitch. Much depends.


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