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Old 12-13-2015, 06:00 AM   #1
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Fifth Wheel Hitch-slider or fixed?

Just purchased a Cardinal 3250RL fifth wheel. I have a 2015 F250 4x4 SuperCrew, diesel, with a 6 1/2 box with the factory installed fifth wheel hitch prep (puchs system). I am considering the Demco 18k auto slider (only one I could find that fits the puchs) or the B&W Companion 20k fixed for the puchs system. My main question is "do I need a slider hitch "? Would appreciate comments from F250 owners with the puch system pulling a fifth wheel and what type of hitch they recommend? Thanks!
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Old 12-13-2015, 10:08 AM   #2
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Some will say yes. Some say no.

In my 350 w 6 3/4 bed.. I had a slider. Only used it once, but the fifth is brand new.

But, you are right. There's very few options for slider and factory fifth prep.


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Old 12-13-2015, 10:16 AM   #3
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I have a slider hitch in my 61/2 foot bed, never used it in four years. I pull a 37 ft. Silverback with a 2500 hd diesel Chevy.
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Old 12-13-2015, 10:32 AM   #4
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Just purchased a Cardinal 3250RL fifth wheel. I have a 2015 F250 4x4 SuperCrew, diesel, with a 6 1/2 box with the factory installed fifth wheel hitch prep (puchs system). I am considering the Demco 18k auto slider (only one I could find that fits the puchs) or the B&W Companion 20k fixed for the puchs system. My main question is "do I need a slider hitch "? Would appreciate comments from F250 owners with the puch system pulling a fifth wheel and what type of hitch they recommend? Thanks!
+1 on what Kenny said. I bought a slider for my application, because I would rather have it and not need it than the other way around. I have a similar 6.5' Ford box, and my friend does as well. He has dents pulling same brand FW. So not even a question for me. Also it increases height of the hitch, which I need. There are many adapters for what you have, don't feel like your stuck! Ford Underbed Adapter - Trailer Saver
https://www.google.com/#q=ford+under-bed+adapter Of course YMMV, good luck!
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Old 12-13-2015, 10:43 AM   #5
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Check out the Andersen Ultimate. They have a rails version also. If you give them a call they can discuss suitability for your particular setup. I have found them to be very straight forward. If it's not right for your setup, they will tell you.
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Old 12-13-2015, 10:54 AM   #6
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I have a 2013 Ram with a short bed, I have yet to use my B&W slider, but I would hate the consequences of not having it.
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Thank you all for your helpful comments. Much appreciated!
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Old 12-13-2015, 11:27 AM   #8
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+1 on what Kenny said. I bought a slider for my application, because I would rather have it and not need it than the other way around. I have a similar 6.5' Ford box, and my friend does as well. He has dents pulling same brand FW. So not even a question for me. Also it increases height of the hitch, which I need. There are many adapters for what you have, don't feel like your stuck! Ford Underbed Adapter - Trailer Saver

https://www.google.com/#q=ford+under-bed+adapter Of course YMMV, good luck!

That underbed adapter will not work with a slider.
I tried. I have the trailer saver air ride hitch, with their slider.
I called Hensley, they told me it will not work with a slider.

That's the kicker. It's the slider that throws the wrench in.
There's very few, slider plus underbed.


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Reese also makes a manual slider for the Ford Factory Puck system. That said, I don't use a slider and have never missed it on my 6'9" Ford bed. Can you have contact between the truck and RV if your not watching carefully? Sure. You can also have truck to tree contact if you're not watching carefully.

Another option if your not comfortable going without, is to install a Reese Sidewinder pinbox. It is much cheaper than a auto slider hitch and you can never forget to engage it like with a manual slider.
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Old 12-13-2015, 11:48 AM   #10
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I think you need more truck before the hitch!
That trailer will definitely overload your 250 once you add a couple of bodies in the seats and fill the trailer for camping. Please remember, NO ONE ever tows a dry trailer.
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