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Old 02-25-2016, 08:05 PM   #1
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360ibl and a 6.5 ft truck bed?

Hello everyone, I'm hopeful someone can clear this up for me. Does the Turn Tech front design allow me to tow the 360ibl with my 6.5 foot bed without a sliding hitch? Coachmen says they cannot officially endorse not using a slider and to check with my dealer. The dealer tells me that it's just a few hundred dollars more for the slider so just go with it. The cost isn't my issue, I just don't want to buy a slider if I don't need it. I've found very conflicting information, one place says that I can achieve 88 degrees without the slide function and another says that a slider is a must.

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Old 02-25-2016, 08:42 PM   #2
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I have the 360IBL and a short bed Silverado. I have the slider hitch(not auto slider) and so far I have gotten into some pretty tight turning angles and have not had to employ the sliding feature. I like having it "just in case".
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Old 02-26-2016, 07:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response. Looks like we will get the slider in the off chance that we would need it.
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Old 03-02-2016, 08:12 AM   #4
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Get the slider.. I have it on my truck as well. You didn't say what truck you have so... what truck do you have?

I got a Demco hitch because it was far cheaper then the pull rite hitches and I really like it. They are about $1,200 shipped to your house. I have the Ford prep package so it just dropped right in.. no capture plates and no under bed mounting/modifications.

Also, keep in mind that it's not just about turning radius but also uneven terrain. Think of if you are backing up into a site and if it isn't even, the camper starts to lean. Although you may clear the turn, that front cap is going to start leaning towards your cab.

Not just as simple as 88* turning radius.
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Old 03-02-2016, 09:47 AM   #5
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Thanks, I hadn't given the uneven ground part of the equation much thought. Excellent point. I already have the B&W gooseneck hitch in my truck so I will be getting the companion slider to go with it. My Ram 2500 didn't have the factory mounts and B&W was the only one I came across that had an under bed mounting option.
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