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Old 03-17-2009, 08:58 PM   #1
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Shortbed Towing

Just bought my first trailer 35L4QB. My TV is a 2008 F350 CC Diesel shortbed. I know the obvious answer is buy a sliding hitch, but after days of research, I am no closer to a decision. I have been told that most trailers after '06 are "designed" for shortbeds (extended pin box and curved cap). A mindful operator would have no problem... I'd like to put a B&W/companion in my truck, but don't want to regret it. Any experiences??? Thanks.

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Old 03-18-2009, 08:44 AM   #2
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First and foremost! to FRF.

It's really a personal choice, but realize that there are thousands of people out there that are towing a 5er on a shortbed without a slider. There are also many people out there that are towing a 5er with a slider that have never slid it except for the first time to make sure it would.

The biggest thing is to know the limitations and never exceed them. If you can turn 80 never turn more than 75 and you'll be fine. If it takes and extra pull forward to straighten out to get into a spot without jack-knifing then do it.

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Old 03-18-2009, 07:55 PM   #3
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I too have a fiver with a short bed tv. I have a slider hitch, most tows I do not slide it. If I jack knife the truck, the truck and coach meet. So I am very careful not to knife it. HOWEVER, i have been in campgrounds where the slide came in very handy! On several occassions attempted to place the unit in a tight site. Once I slid the hitch back the improved maneuverability was fantastic. WOW it was so easy! Departing was just as easy! I say invest in the slider hitch AND use it!
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