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Old 07-08-2014, 05:06 PM   #1
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Long or short bed truck?

I am shopping for a truck to pull the 5th wheel. A fellow RVer recommended getting a long bed truck. He claims that the long bed truck is more maneuverable with his 5th wheel and can make tighter turns. I honestly can't see what difference it would make. Can someone explain it to me??
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Old 07-08-2014, 05:10 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

It all depends what kind of 5th wheel you are planning to pull.
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Old 07-08-2014, 05:32 PM   #3
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I went with a long box because my truck hauls other stuff besides the trailer.

Never even thought about a short bed when I ordered it.

Only do over would be to have gone with a 1ton.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:03 PM   #4
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To answer your question, the longer bed truck keeps the nose of the %er further away from the cab of the truck. This allows you to be able to jack knife the RV. There are fifth wheel hitches made that slide backwards that will also allow you to do the same. Some fivers nose cap are made in such a way that will allow this also.

I had two fivers before I owned my current RV, I pulled both with a short be F250. I never had problems turning or backing into a site with my set ups.

My advice would be buy the truck you like the best or you will be buying twice.


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Old 07-08-2014, 10:36 PM   #5
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With a short bed truck you will just have to be extra careful backing up so the nose of the trailer does not hit the rear of the cab...having said that...when you say long box....doesn't mean it has to be a full 8ft box. In 1/2 tons with a crew cab you will have about a 5 1/2 ft box but you can also opt for a 6 1/2 ft box...in the 3/4 ton lineup the 5 1/2 ft box is not an option and you will either get a 6 1/2 or 8ft box.....with my 6 1/2 ft box I have never had an issue...I also have a slider hitch but to date have never needed to use it.
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I'm on my 2nd short bed towing a 5th wheel and don't have a sliding hitch. I've yet to feel the need for one either. I may have considered a long bed if I didn't have to diagonal park in the street in front of my work but I've never had the need for one either.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:57 PM   #7
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I'm on my 2nd short bed towing a 5th wheel and don't have a sliding hitch. I've yet to feel the need for one either. I may have considered a long bed if I didn't have to diagonal park in the street in front of my work but I've never had the need for one either.
Is your short bed box a 5 1/2 or 6 1/2 ft box? Being that you are driving a 2500 according to your signature, sounds like a 6 1/2 ft box.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:59 PM   #8
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If you get a 5er with the Reese Revolution, a short bed works great. No problem maneuvering the 5er and can go over 90į altho I don't know why you would want to.
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Many fivers are built now for shorter bed trucks and special pin boxes are available to move the pivot point rearward to prevent cab/RV contact on tight turns. There are some good videos online that show these products. One is Reese revolution.
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:19 AM   #10
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Thanks, everyone, for your replies. I really want to go with a quad cab and a short bed. Now I feel much better about doing so. Now I just have to decide what brand truck to buy, but don't wish to get into a discussion about that yet.
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