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Old 03-28-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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Tow Vehicle bed length for 5th wheel

I'm planning to buy a Chevy 2500HD diesel to tow a Cedar Creek 34RLSA.
My question is do I need the long bed (97.8") to avoid a sliding hitch or
can I get by with the "standard" bed (78.8")? If the shorter bed requires a
sliding hitch what are the pros and cons of that setup?

The crew cab long bed is long (wheel base = 167.7")
The extended cab long bed is not so long (wheel base = 158.2")
Does it matter? Is the 167.7" wheel base more difficult to manuever, park, turn etc.?

I'll appreciate any expert advice.

Bill, Denver
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:11 PM   #2
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I'm planning to buy a Chevy 2500HD diesel to tow a Cedar Creek 34RLSA.
My question is do I need the long bed (97.8") to avoid a sliding hitch or
can I get by with the "standard" bed (78.8")? If the shorter bed requires a
sliding hitch what are the pros and cons of that setup?

The crew cab long bed is long (wheel base = 167.7")
The extended cab long bed is not so long (wheel base = 158.2")
Does it matter? Is the 167.7" wheel base more difficult to manuever, park, turn etc.?

I'll appreciate any expert advice.

Bill, Denver
Bill imo short bed with a slider crew or extended.
That's how I roll and I'm not looking back.

Should you get a slider with a sb? Probably
Is it do-able with-out a slider ? Yes
Will there be an instance you'll have to use the slider ? Sooner or later.

A crew cab lb is a monster for turning.


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Old 03-28-2013, 02:12 PM   #3
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I have the Silverado 2500HD extended cab w/long bed.
I recommend if you have the option when buying & can handle the added length to go with the long bed.

Iím pulling a 39í 5er weighing in @ 12K ready for travel & I hardly know itís back there.

A lot of folks donít like the extra length especially in a parking lot.
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:17 PM   #4
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I have the Silverado 2500HD extended cab w/long bed.
I recommend if you have the option when buying & can handle the added length to go with the long bed.

I’m pulling a 39’ 5er weighing in @ 12K ready for travel & I hardly know it’s back there.

A lot of folks don’t like the extra length especially in a parking lot.
IMO, If I had to buy a LB truck it would be setup like "3 Happy Campers"...I would not have a crewcab LB, that is a workout just daily driving that guy around town
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:26 PM   #5
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I have a SB Ford F250. When we bought the 5ver I had a sidewinder hitch put on the 5ver and just went with a regular hitch in the truck. It moves the pivot point back about 20".
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IMO, If I had to buy a LB truck it would be setup like "3 Happy Campers"...I would not have a crewcab LB, that is a workout just daily driving that guy around town
Meh - crew cab, long bed AND a dually. It's not so bad.

You get used to it.
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I have a 2500 hdcrew cab sb with a 2013 34rlsa. You will need a slider if you go short bed because the 34 rlsa has the square front cap not the angled cap. I would also go with the automatic slider, it is worth the extra money.
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I have a SB Ford F250. When we bought the 5ver I had a sidewinder hitch put on the 5ver and just went with a regular hitch in the truck. It moves the pivot point back about 20".
While I am perfectly happy with the PullRite Superglide (slider) on my 2500HD SB CrewCab, I have seen the Sidewinder on a Cedar Creek and would not hesitate going that route.
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:28 PM   #9
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Sorry a short bed truck is just a big car......... Never owned one never will ....LOL the bigger the better..... When I go on a car lot & a salesman shows me a short bed... I tell him.......... I asked to see the trucks................(Actually I really do that)


Seriously.......... either is fine for towing ..... you may need a slider hitch though with a short bed for tight turns.................. Alot depends on what you need the truck for other than towing.........


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IMHO I would go big or go home.

Consider how much time your going to be behind the wheel with and with-out the 5er behind you. LB Dually will handle better and a diesel will pull anything.

Buy what you can afford and plan ahead for what your going to pull. Check the CGVW on the trucks as they will all be different and make sure the truck you choose can handle it..!

Hope that helps..!
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