Originally Posted by Jim34RL
I tow with a 2008, Ram Mega Cab with a Reese Manual slider hitch. The only time I need to slide the hitch back into the maneuverer position is backing into my driveway and in campgrounds with narrow roads. For all other times driving in the city and or on the highways the hitch is in the towed position with no towing issues at all.
A manual is less expensive and is adequate for the job intended. The reason why everyone pushes the automatic hitch is that they are trying to justify the expense of buying one.
I've got an '06 Megacab and prior to when I bought my trailer, I consulted a buddy with an '03 Dodge 2500 crew cab. His CC had 2 small dents on either side of the cab from where the previous owned had struck the truck with a 5th wheel.
It was an easy decision to purchase an auto-slider for added cost, knowing that just one contact between truck and trailer would very easily cost more than the added expense
. And I knew I needed a slider; just bought an auto-slider because I didn't want to take the chance of forgetting to manually pull a lever while distracted by having a "conversation" with the DW (my other set of eyes who easily distracts me).
I'm not pushing anyone to purchase an auto-slider because I'm trying to justify my purchase; I'm only pointing out the real reason I chose to purchase an auto-slider. While I agree totally with you Jim34RL that a manual slider is adequate for the job, I chose to have my hitch automatically work each and every time without a 2nd thought.
I wouldn't give up my auto-slider for a manual one, no way no how.