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Old 10-19-2012, 11:03 PM   #1
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Crusader 295RST- what hitch to use

Hello,
I am new to 5th wheeling and just puchased a crusader 295 RST. My truck is a crew cab dodge, 3/4 ton, short bed (6' 4"). Just wondering if anyone out there is pulling a cusader with a short box. They are advertised as being able to turn 88 degrees with one. I am looking at the Pullrite brand. I would hate to buy a non slide hitch only to realize later I should have gone with the slider. Is 88 degrees plenty for tight turns.
Thanks for any help.
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Old 10-20-2012, 02:54 AM   #2
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Hello,
I am new to 5th wheeling and just puchased a crusader 295 RST. My truck is a crew cab dodge, 3/4 ton, short bed (6' 4"). Just wondering if anyone out there is pulling a cusader with a short box. They are advertised as being able to turn 88 degrees with one. I am looking at the Pullrite brand. I would hate to buy a non slide hitch only to realize later I should have gone with the slider. Is 88 degrees plenty for tight turns.
Thanks for any help.
Welcome to the forum tude!
I've yet to use my slider but when I need it guess what pull the lever slide the hitch and away we go!


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Old 10-20-2012, 08:37 AM   #3
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Hello,
I am new to 5th wheeling and just puchased a crusader 295 RST. My truck is a crew cab dodge, 3/4 ton, short bed (6' 4"). Just wondering if anyone out there is pulling a cusader with a short box. They are advertised as being able to turn 88 degrees with one. I am looking at the Pullrite brand. I would hate to buy a non slide hitch only to realize later I should have gone with the slider. Is 88 degrees plenty for tight turns.
Thanks for any help.
I have a 270ret Crusader, pull it with a F-150 short bed/12k super glide by Pullrite. Personally I don’t think I need a slide hitch, because of the fifth wheel nose configuration. The Crusaders were designed for short bed trucks, As per Primetime. This is also my first fifth wheel. The thing I hate most about my slide hitch is, the jerking as it slides back. It really jerks the truck, as you go into a turn, as it slides back. It gives you a feeling as if the trailer is falling off the truck. I’m getting use to that feeling now, but sill don’t like it. My truck lease is up this Feb., I may try a standard hitch and sell the slide hitch. I have been watching the camp grounds for the same truck and trailer with a non slide hitch, but so far no luck.
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:20 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. It makes me lean toward getting a non slide hitch. This will also save more than $500.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:10 PM   #5
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I'm a little late in replying. We have always had a short bed truck and having been pulling 5th wheels since 1999. The newer models with the 88 degree turning capability are perfect. You don't have to worry and spend extra on a slider.
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I have a 270ret Crusader, pull it with a F-150 short bed/12k super glide by Pullrite. Personally I donít think I need a slide hitch, because of the fifth wheel nose configuration. The Crusaders were designed for short bed trucks, As per Primetime. This is also my first fifth wheel. The thing I hate most about my slide hitch is, the jerking as it slides back. It really jerks the truck, as you go into a turn, as it slides back. It gives you a feeling as if the trailer is falling off the truck. Iím getting use to that feeling now, but sill donít like it. My truck lease is up this Feb., I may try a standard hitch and sell the slide hitch. I have been watching the camp grounds for the same truck and trailer with a non slide hitch, but so far no luck.
You sure your pullrite is adjusted correctly? It shouldn't do that. I've had an 18k super slide for 4years and there is no clucking in any mode of operation. There are posts here about adjustments of the head.
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So my dealer called and left a message this afternoon that they installed my Pullrite hitch in my F250. They hooked it up to my 295RST and said it was sagging. They are recommending adding leaf springs that they said they can have done for me but I have read about airbags. Thoughts?
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So my dealer called and left a message this afternoon that they installed my Pullrite hitch in my F250. They hooked it up to my 295RST and said it was sagging. They are recommending adding leaf springs that they said they can have done for me but I have read about airbags. Thoughts?
I added air bags, works great. Leaf springs won't give you the flexibility of adjusting your ride comfort loaded or unloaded.
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What he said ^ ^ ^ or buy a 1 ton truck.
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I added air bags, works great. Leaf springs won't give you the flexibility of adjusting your ride comfort loaded or unloaded.
Thanks. Air bags seem like the better idea. I wouldn't want to tackle that job myself. Who would handle that?
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