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Old 07-06-2013, 12:02 AM   #1
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Do I really need a slider?

My tow vehicle is a 2012 Dodge 2500, Diesel with a 6'5" bed. I am buying a Columbus 340rk and I am asking if anyone tows with this set up and if I really need a slider. Any input will help, but I am seeing so many different opinions my head is spinning. Thanks.

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Old 07-06-2013, 12:59 AM   #2
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We chose not to get one for 2 reasons:
1-extra weight of the slider
2-problems associated with them like leaking, motor failure, sagging, etc.

Each to their own.

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Old 07-06-2013, 07:01 AM   #3
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I have a GMC with a 6.5Ft bed without a slider hitch. I tow a RS320 using a B&W companion hitch. I can get the trailer 90deg without getting it into the cab. I do think it depends on the truck and the hitch as to the need for the slider.

I think the shape of the front cap has alot to do with it. The newer designs help make it so you don't need the slider as much.
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:20 AM   #4
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I have a 6.5' bed and the Reese Revolution which eliminates the need for a slider.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:12 AM   #5
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I have a 2011 F250 with a Columbus 320rs. Most of the time I don't need a slider but when I do I am glad that I put in a PullRight. With the auto slider it is worth not having to think about it let alone get out and do it. Money well spent.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:29 AM   #6
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I've got a 325rl and a short bed dodge 3500 I've only had to use the slider once so far it's better to have it and never have to use it
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:42 AM   #7
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I have a 320rs on order and had the same question. with so many opinions, so I called the factory. They told me that the 320rs has a 78 degree turning radius and in most cases would not require a slider HOWEVER he told me that for piece of mind due to the fact there are so many different campground parking situations that he recommended you have one just in case. Much cheaper than the truck and front cap repair. Of course this is just another opinion.
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:51 AM   #8
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And another opinion if you feel a need for a slider them i would recommend a auto slider. Because if it Is piece of mind your looking for a regular slider you will still think about should i use it or will i be ok
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:01 AM   #9
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Thanks for the input. I'm leaning toward a Husky 10 slider hitch just in case I ever do need to slide it. It looks like a good hitch. Never owned a 5th wheel before so I'm learning and doing the research so I get what I need and don't regret any expensive purchases. Thanks for all the input.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:49 PM   #10
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I have a RAM 2500 with the 6.5 bed and a Columbus. I've only used it once, just to be safe when pulling out of a tight site. As mentioned, it is better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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