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Old 01-24-2016, 09:10 PM   #1
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Front sharp radius caps on FR 5th wheels

With are soon to be new FR Heritage Glen 337BAR,on the front end of the trailer we noticed the new design called a "sharp radius cap front end".My question is has anyone used a fixed hitch without a slider with it and how is the clearence to the rear glass on the truck.We have a 6ft bed.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:55 AM   #2
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I have always stated that there are two type of people who pull with a short bed truck and pull a 5er! Those that have hit the cab and those that will!


I have a 2008 Ram Mega Cab with the 6.5' box using a manual sliding hitch, this has been used in two different short bed trucks. I have pulled three different 5er's, all with extended kin pin boxes and two of them have had the rounded or 88 DEG's corners on them. If I did not manually extended the slider hitch when turning really sharp to get into a narrow camp ground site or into my driveway I will hit the cab of the truck with the trailer. In normal day to day driving on highways and city streets I do not need to extend the hitch and I can pull the 5er with no issues. It is only in real tight turning situations that the hitch needs to be extended.

My first trailer was a 2006 Ameri-Camp with an extended pin box this had a radius front end but not enough clearance with the cab. My next trailer was a 2010 318SAB Cougar with the 88 DEG corners, this two would hit the corner of the cab in a really tight turn. Our current trailer a 2016 34RL Cedar Creek will hit also in a very sharp turn.
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Old 01-25-2016, 12:28 PM   #3
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I've had my manual slider for 6 years and have "yet" to engage it.
There will be a day.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:33 PM   #4
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I can make almost a 90 degree turn on mine without hitting. If you get into tight turns when backing you have to pay real close attention or you can push it to far. I have to cut it real hard to get into my driveway but the cab clearance is the easiest to watch as long as you remember to watch it.


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Old 01-25-2016, 08:41 PM   #5
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Our short bed, with a low profile over the bed rail tool box, haven't been close to either one, yet. No slider.
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Have drove a truck for 43 yrs. If you go past a 45 to 50 degree back up, you already lost it. Start over. Its all on how you set up to start.
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Old 01-26-2016, 01:08 PM   #7
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About your low profile tool box

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Our short bed, with a low profile over the bed rail tool box, haven't been close to either one, yet. No slider.
I've been researching low profile boxes for my F-350. I pull a 31 foot Forest River Cardinal.

What box are you using and how much clearance do you have when you are turning on level ground?
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I've been researching low profile boxes for my F-350. I pull a 31 foot Forest River Cardinal.

What box are you using and how much clearance do you have when you are turning on level ground?
I bought a deep, low profile Kobalt, used. I wasn't sure it would work so the $100.00 I spent on I could get it back. Best thing I did, no tools in 5er, under my seat. Clearance in a turn as sharp as my truck will turn is at least 6" I would have to jack knife backing in, the trailer twisting opposite of the truck to hit it. Never gonna happen.
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Old 01-26-2016, 04:08 PM   #9
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I use a non-slider on a short bed but the reason I can is because of the pin box which is a Reese Revolution and it swivels so a slider is not really needed. The pin sticks is more forward compared to some of the others. If you have this pin box you may not need a slider.

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Old 01-26-2016, 06:30 PM   #10
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Have the 6.5' bed and non-sliding hitch and have in some tight places without any issues. Also have an over the rail tool box that thought might have been a problem but so far so good.
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