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Old 12-13-2015, 12:07 PM   #11
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Actually, they won't overload the truck. The 250 with the camper package is 100% identical to the SRW 350 but de-rated by Ford to fill a different market segment. The camper package on the 250 adds the single rear upper overload spring that the SRW 350 comes with standard. So, if you don't have the camper package, just add the spring if you find the truck sags under the pin weight. Bottom line is a 250 with the camper package is a SRW 350 with different door jamb stickers and emblems.

The only other thing I would recommend is upping the air pressure on your rear tires to 80 PSI during the towing season. While the 250 and SRW 350 share tires and wheels, the factory recommended air pressure is 65/65 on a 250 and 65/80 on a SRW 350.
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Old 12-13-2015, 12:13 PM   #12
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Actually, they won't overload the truck. The 250 with the camper package is 100% identical to the SRW 350 but de-rated by Ford to fill a different market segment. The camper package on the 250 adds the single rear upper overload spring that the SRW 350 comes with standard. So, if you don't have the camper package, just add the spring if you find the truck sags under the pin weight. Bottom line is a 250 with the camper package is a SRW 350 with different door jamb stickers and emblems.
thanks, you just made my point. It is still labled as a 250 and has a 250s GVWR sticker on the door. Exceeding that door sticker allows several things to happen. Voiding mfg warrenty is the first. Liabability in case of accident is another. Were still a relatively free country, so the OP can do as he pleases. Just dont get in accident with me, because guaranteed I will own everything he has at the end of the day
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Old 12-13-2015, 12:31 PM   #13
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You didn't mention liability in an accident. You said they would overload the truck which they won't and which was all I was responding to. No need to play arm chair attny. That just creates huge debates stronger than religion or politics on forums that does nothing but bring the mods in for some clean up and reprimanding! LOL.
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Old 12-13-2015, 12:54 PM   #14
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Have F250 Diesel 4x4 with Demco 18K auto slider under bed mounts. Pulling 16K added trail air king pin will never pull without auto slider in a short bed. Demco have model specific to Ford fit don't go for less
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Old 12-13-2015, 01:06 PM   #15
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I have an F350 Turbo diesel and pulled a Cardinal 29TS (33') with a Hijacker slider. I never used the slider due to the 8' bed.
What engine do you have in your truck?
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Old 12-13-2015, 01:11 PM   #16
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Fred, the OP mentioned they had the 6.7 diesel in their initial post.
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Old 12-13-2015, 01:20 PM   #17
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I also have the Demco 18k autoslide in my Chevy. I have lots of clearance between cab and trailer, but it is worth every penny to be able to drive around and not even worry about whether I can clear a corner or not. I know lots of people who bought manual slides to save some $, then "Thought" they could clear a corner and tore up their truck. I love not having to worry about it, just make the corner and the slider handles the clearance issues.

Only drawback to the slider is because it is not the normal pyramid shape of a fixed FW hitch, you do get a little bit of chucking when on rough roads. Just the nature of the design. Not real bad, but you can definitely feel it compared to the fixed hitches. Easy trade for not tearing up my truck making a tight corner.
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Old 12-13-2015, 01:30 PM   #18
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I love my Hensley air hitch.
Zero chucking and love watching the pin box just " float " on the bags.

It has a manual slide. Works just fine. I was steered away from auto sliders, as I'm told, they have the tendency to move the back of the truck under some circumstances.

Really, less to fail with manual sliders.


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Old 12-13-2015, 01:32 PM   #19
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I have a Super Glide automatic slider in my 2007 GMC 2500HD 4x4 crew cab. During 8 years of pulling, I'd guess about 120k miles with a 5th wheel, only HAD to HAVE it 3 times. Those 3 times it was essential. You don't need a slider til you need it, then you can't do without it without damage. An auto slider is not essential, but would vote for that over a manual. Usually the situation when needed is very stressful, and engaging the slider might not be your first thought.
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Old 12-13-2015, 01:42 PM   #20
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Short Beds without sliders don't dent cabs....DRIVERS of Short Beds without sliders dent cabs.

In my opinion, the drivers abilities are far more relevant to whether or not you should have a slider than what truck/trailer you have.
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