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Old 11-05-2013, 06:04 PM   #11
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I agree with your 5W being 25 foot long and about 8500 lbs you should be just fine. Remember if you have to get a hitch you will probably need a slider with that being a short box.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:17 PM   #12
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I figured Id be ok. I was more concerned with sway. Since I have a few feet less bed, Id have to put the 5th wheel further back in the bed which will increase sway. Right?
I have a B&W Companion non slider in a short box F250, it is set in the most forward position and I have no problems, in the back setting I would gain another 4", I have a contoured front cap so that helps, I looked up your model and it appears to be squared off, the redesigned Companion has more adjustment allowing it to be set another 4" farther back. I can't comment on sway except I don't have any. http://www.turnoverball.com/products...th-wheel-hitch
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:19 AM   #13
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I figured Id be ok. I was more concerned with sway. Since I have a few feet less bed, Id have to put the 5th wheel further back in the bed which will increase sway. Right?
The hitch has to be mounted right above the rear axle. Center above center or you will have real problems. If the front of the 5er is not one of the 90 degree turn styles ( I do not think so due to being a 2003 build 5er) a slider hitch is HIGHLY advised. Just my 2c.
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:06 AM   #14
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Agree with Flying dutchman. Your 5er is fine with your truck. But you do need to be careful with the hitch. With the shortbed, I always recommend a slider hitch. Peace of mind. You may never need it, but if you do, you'll be glad you got it.

Oh, and your sway will be no different since the hitch will be mounted at the same relevant place in your truck...over (actually just ahead) of your rear axle. Sway with a 5th wheel is pretty much a non-event.
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:20 AM   #15
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Iv got a suggestion! Since a slider hitch seems to be about double the price of a regular hitch, do they make an extended pin for a 5th wheel? Im not sure what the technical term is lol. Pin box? The big metal piece with the hitch pin on it lol.

I seem to recall seeing one once upon a time. I could be wrong! And this might not work or be unsafe lol
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:22 AM   #16
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Iv got a suggestion! Since a slider hitch seems to be about double the price of a regular hitch, do they make an extended pin for a 5th wheel? Im not sure what the technical term is lol. Pin box? The big metal piece with the hitch pin on it lol.

I seem to recall seeing one once upon a time. I could be wrong! And this might not work or be unsafe lol
Might want to consider the Reese Sidewinder hitch.
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:25 AM   #17
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Might want to consider the Reese Sidewinder hitch.
Agreed. The extended pin boxes help, but the Sidewinder is really the cat's meow.
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:28 AM   #18
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There are extened pin boxes.

https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/i...E9NZ97apEM46a4

But the slider may be better because it keeps the trailer closer when moving straight ahead.
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:38 AM   #19
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The Reese Sidewinder is the best of both worlds. Standard hitch and no hassle with turns for a shortbed truck. Less weight, no extra strain on trailer as with an extended pin box...
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Iv got a suggestion! Since a slider hitch seems to be about double the price of a regular hitch, do they make an extended pin for a 5th wheel? Im not sure what the technical term is lol. Pin box? The big metal piece with the hitch pin on it lol.

I seem to recall seeing one once upon a time. I could be wrong! And this might not work or be unsafe lol
By the time you spend the money for an extended pinbox like the sidewinder you might just as well buy a slider hitch. One way or the other they get your money.
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