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Old 04-27-2016, 08:48 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by jeepin1 View Post
First I've heard of a Companion hitch, and it sound and looks great looked at a couple of videos, it looks a little more challenging to hook up but nothing that can't handled.
I think I will be looking into getting one of those.
Hitching is super easy (and I can't watch what I'm doing due to a tool box in the bed of the truck).

Simply throw the lever forward (towards the cab), back in till you feel the pin / 5th wheel make final contact, get out and the lever is now in the rearward position on its own, drop the lever lock pin in the hole and you are good to go.

If some moron on Youtube made it look a little difficult, do NOT pay attention to that video.

I am as new as they come to 5th wheel toy haulers and its soooo easy.

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Old 04-27-2016, 09:20 PM   #32
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Reese Titan

I have a Reese Titan w/ 20K slider mated to a Sabre 31 RETS, on a SB (6-1/2') Sierra 2500. Never have used the slider, since the pin box is relatively long and the cap is rounded. The Titan FW works like a champ, is easy to disconnect and seems to accept a fair bit of offset in alignment when hitching. Nice feature is the indicator that tells you when the pin is in properly. I'm not saying this is the best hitch out there, just that I'm well satisfied with this one.
Let us know what you decide. Happy trails,

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Old 04-27-2016, 09:59 PM   #33
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Lot's of great feedback! Thanks everyone, I appreciate the inputs and knowledge sharing.

The parts manager from my dealer called me and said he had a "very slightly" used B&W Patriot possibly coming in on a trade. It seems a customer got too close to his rear windshield and now wants a slider!

If he makes me a pretty good deal, I will probably go that route for sure.

Thanks again everyone!

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Old 04-27-2016, 10:17 PM   #34
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Ted does the 355RE have the Reese Sidewinder/Revolution pin box if so just un lock (remove the lock out bolts) it and install the proper wedge for the Patriot and you will never regret it no slides and gobs of room to turn. added pluss IMO is that the pivot point is 22 inches to the rear so it tracks closer to the trucks tracks and i think easier to back up. i have both
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Old 04-28-2016, 12:34 AM   #35
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We have a PullRite Superglide in our 2008 Silverado 2500 HD Diesel with standard bed. Pulling a 2016 Cardinal 3250 Fifth Wheel. Outstanding results so far! Not overly expensive, trouble-free, automatically extends away from the cab when backing in tight quarters. We could not have asked for more.
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:56 AM   #36
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With a 6.5 foot bed you'll want a slider IMHO. I have the B&W Companion slider and recommend it highly. Made in the USA and easily removable to leave a clean bed. It is a little pricier than other options, but it is worth it.
Good Luck.
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Old 04-28-2016, 12:17 PM   #37
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I just put the new DEMCO HITCHIKER in my F-350 short box and their new slider is great.
Automatically moves on it's own just did 4000 miles everything went great. Check out UTUBE there's a good video.
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Old 07-09-2016, 04:35 PM   #38
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I have been experiencing the issues with my Demco Autoslider. Just got back from a 3 month trip and about half the time the jaws would not engage until about 10 attempts at various heights and angles . One time it was so bad I had to ask a Good Samaritan with a " traditional" Reese to hook up my 5ver and pull it from the site to completely level ground so I could hook it up to my Demco. Embarrassing, frustrating , and not a little disappointing!

I plan on contacting Demco yet again to see if they have come up with any more suggestions...

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Old 07-10-2016, 06:50 AM   #39
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I think there is still something wrong in the hookup part of this unit I have a problem lately I wish Demco would come on here and explain, you are suppose to be able to use the lub disc now, but, I think it make be the problem still. I know what you mean about having to be perfectly straight as mine can be off a little and no go. As for our friend who just backs and goes, there have been problems with the jaws I have had mine replaced but it's getting time for another talk. They are very good to deal with. But your right it's time they spent more time on the problem. Once I'm going it is great.
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Old 07-10-2016, 10:09 AM   #40
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Originally Posted by shorthorn View Post
I personally would stay with B&W or pullrite, as they are made I'm the USA. Curt is made in China.

I love my B&W Patriot!
Made in USA no longer a guarantee that is is not made by foreign labor if you catch my drift.

At least we can be 100% sure that the Curt hitch is made by legal citizens of their country.

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