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Old 03-12-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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Coachman Chaparral towing?

Hello to everyone,

My wife and I are purchasing a 2012 Coachman Chaparral 286RKS and I really need some help with a fifth wheel hitch decision. After hours of research on here and other forums, about half of the people say that I will need a slider hitch with a 6.5' bed on a 2010 F250 Super Duty with the crew cab....the other half say I won't? How can I get a straight answer and be safe so that I'm not hitting my truck on sharp turns?

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Old 03-12-2013, 12:53 PM   #2
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It's really hard to say - each truck and fifth wheel combination are going to be different.

The safest is to break down and get the slider. Think of it as expensive insurance. It takes all of the guess work out of "maybe I do, maybe I don't".

I'm curious if there are any measurements that you could take of the truck and fifth wheel to know if you'd need it or not (but, even that sounds problematic - as it doesn't seem like you have the FW yet).
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:24 PM   #3
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Although I don't have your truck, my wife and I own a 2013 coachmen chaparral 279bhs. We have a B&W in our 2008 chevy duramax with the standard box. I can turn 90 degrees with my setup. But if you have the money buy the slider for peace of mind. Only reason I didn't was i already had B&W ball for my flatbed. I also took a few measurements of truck and campers and my wife being a design engineer was able to draft our truck and camper and was able to see what our turning radius was on her cadpro software.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:36 AM   #4
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I would say that 99% of the time I will not need my slider with my Chaparral, but I have it for the 1% where I might need it. I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:47 PM   #5
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I would say that 99% of the time I will not need my slider with my Chaparral, but I have it for the 1% where I might need it. I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

Do you have something automatic like the pullrite superglide or do you have a manual slide?
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:12 AM   #6
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I have a manual Reese 16k slider.
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I have a manual Reese 16k slider.

I see you are towing with a short bed Chevy. Are you abke to turn close to 90 degree without hitting your cab or camper?
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:05 PM   #8
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I can do 90 degrees without needing to use the slide on flat ground. If I get into anything that is not exactly level I think I would have to use the slide, especially if baking up.
FWIW - We have been towing this for just shy of a year now and have yet to use the slider in the several trips we have been out.
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Old 03-16-2013, 03:52 PM   #9
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I also have the 279bhs. I tested my 6.5 box at the coachmen dealer and couldn't get close to 90 degrees comfortably. I'm sure the sculpted corners only account for a 7.5 box (screw). Remember you will be backing and pulling your rig in uneven areas of campgrounds and the rig may lean into the inside of the turn radius. In other words, if it comes within a couple of inches of your cab on flat ground, when you turn it sharp and the inside wheels of the rig go in a small ditch, the sculpted corner that Coachmen up front will be on your cab. I bought the Superglide 12k and feel good never having to worry about body damage on the cab or front of the rig.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:44 PM   #10
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I have a 2011 f350 with a 6.5 ft bed with a 20k curt hitch none slider 2012 chaparral 325 mks you don't need a slider hitch
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