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Old 04-15-2013, 10:26 PM   #1
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Do I need a slider 5th wheel?

I'm looking to purchase a new 2011 Cedar Creek 36RE, my tow vehicle is a 2011 F350 Diesel Crew Cab short box (6.5'). I can't find any literature on whether the 36RE in 2011 has a design for not requiring a slider 5th wheel on these shorter truck boxes?

Can anyone help?

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Old 04-15-2013, 10:33 PM   #2
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You don't really need a slide hitch for any fifth wheel. The only thing is that you will be very limited on your turnin radius on some models. So with a short bed I wouldn't be without a slide hitch.

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Old 04-15-2013, 11:03 PM   #3
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If it doesn't say 88deg designed or short bed trucks than assume it isn't, and go with a slider. The short bed designs have a pronounced dimple on the front corners or an extended pin box. It doesn't look like yours does. AND there are lots of slider options and even kingpin mods, so lots of variety.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:47 AM   #4
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Owning a 2011 36RE....go for the slider hitch. I was talking with a guy last weekend who has a short box and already has 2 dents in the cab from tight turns. Most times you won't need it but those few you will be glad you bought it..!

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Even if it says it was designed for short beds, there's this little thing called Peace of Mind. You will feel better having it and not needing it, than you will needing it, and not having it.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:30 AM   #6
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A Reese Sidewinder hitchpin eliminates the need for a slider on short bed trucks by pivoting the trailer 22" back. It also allows for over 90 turns. Works great.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:38 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by OldCoot View Post
A Reese Sidewinder hitchpin eliminates the need for a slider on short bed trucks by pivoting the trailer 22" back. It also allows for over 90 turns. Works great.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:46 AM   #8
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NO! You don't need a slider hitch for a 2011 Silverback. The dramatic front cap design that was introduced in '09 or '10 allows for a 90+ degree turn. When I owned a 2008 Wildcat I used my slider all the time. Since buying the Silverback over a year ago I haven't used it once.


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Old 04-16-2013, 07:47 AM   #9
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Only take advice from anyone that has your truck and trailer combination. Some short beds are not 6.5 feet and that makes a difference. Some trailers the nose is cut differently. I do not have that combination but my two cents is people I have talked with before buying my trailer, anyone with a 6.5 bed never used their slider even though they were told they would need one.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:47 AM   #10
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I put A PullRight in my bed it is automatic will slide back 14" and don;t have to get out of the truck or think about it. It is also removable by pulling 4 pins. But it is heavy have a hoist in my garage it lift out. They are expensive but worth the peace of mind.

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