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Old 01-13-2016, 09:54 AM   #21
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I understand the jackknife. However, even if you make a 90 degree turn like on a city street the camper doesn't turn 90 degrees. It does however turn maybe 45 degrees which is half way through the turn. That to me seems to be the point when the camper comes closest to the truck cab on the camper leading edge. Unless I have an automatic slide I shouldn't be able to make the turn going forward or reverse. Most of the hitches I've seen aren't automatic so how do they make tight turns going forward? This would be a more critical turn if it were over a large rise or dip in the road.
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:08 AM   #22
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I understand the jackknife. However, even if you make a 90 degree turn like on a city street the camper doesn't turn 90 degrees. It does however turn maybe 45 degrees which is half way through the turn. That to me seems to be the point when the camper comes closest to the truck cab on the camper leading edge. Unless I have an automatic slide I shouldn't be able to make the turn going forward or reverse. Most of the hitches I've seen aren't automatic so how do they make tight turns going forward? This would be a more critical turn if it were over a large rise or dip in the road.
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.
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:16 AM   #23
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All I know is I have a dented cab, 6 1/2' bed BEFORE I got the slider... and yes I was acting stupidly(inexperienced)... So for me it's a no-brainer
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:29 AM   #24
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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.
BS...I carry a scooter on top of bed rails up behind cab....need the slider to make corners....sure they cost more, but I don't get wet either, nor do I have to deal with the hassle of a manual...they all work, just depends on how many times you want to get in and out and in tight turns depend on a spotter or camera (another expense)
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:53 AM   #25
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I had a pullrite auto slider. We boondock a lot and it's much handier to have it slide back automatically than maybe forgetting to slide a manual back. My son just had his brand new Dodge repaired from the 5er hitting it when he backed up slowly. He's also an experienced semi driver . I was not interested in justifying anything like Jim34RL said. I had a 6 1/2 ft bed at the time and wanted an auto slider so got it and now have an 8ft bed on my dually, so don't require a slider.. If you can afford an auto slider, get it, if not get a manual and hope you remember to slide it back.
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Old 01-13-2016, 01:21 PM   #26
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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.
^Ummm.... No....

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.

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Old 01-13-2016, 05:14 PM   #27
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We own a 2013 ram mega cab 4x4 hemi and we tow a 30ft TT Rockwood looking to upgrade to a 5th wheel. And saw on YouTube a dolly for hauling 5th wheels or goose neck trailers. Check tow haul for 5th wheels out on YouTube getting one of these solves all modification problems you may have in order to haul your 5th wheel.
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Old 01-13-2016, 06:39 PM   #28
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I have a manual slide on a mega cab and my trailer has the corners cut a. 45 deg and I have never needed it. But I'm glad I have it.
I recommend getting one if you have a short bed.


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Old 01-13-2016, 07:43 PM   #29
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Also can depend which pin box is used. Our's has a Reese Revolution that extends forward than other pins that allows us to use a non-slider in a shortbed. Granted it is not a Mega-cab.

As someone else mentioned - tape measure

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The Reese Revolution (sidewinder) pivots 22" behind pin....Pin is locked in hitch head by the 'wedge', I think.
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