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Old 02-21-2019, 09:53 AM   #1
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Towing a new Cedar Creek Silverback, shortbed friendly?

Does anyone know if the new CC Silverback turning radius is short bed friendly? I am considering a 31IK but see no mention of its short bed compatibility (without using a slider hitch) in any of the documentation. Even the dealer is not sure and says he contacted FR but I have not heard back. I do know they changed the cap design recently.
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Old 02-21-2019, 10:54 AM   #2
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I don't think there is a 5'ver made these days that doesn't have the 88-90 degree turning radius.

I just looked at the FR website and the photos show that it has it.

Cedar Creek Silverback Edition 31IK - Silverback Fifth Wheels Fifth Wheels / Toy Haulers by Forest River RV

But with that big of a beast with a short box truck, I think you should still go with a slider!

What are you planning to tow it with?
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:05 AM   #3
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What are you considering short bed? The 5.5' the 6.5' or the 6.75'?

I have had no issues in the past 20+ years with 6.5' and a 6.75' beds.
I do have a slider but have never used it in all these years.

If I get into a spot where I have to turn that short I'm more concerned about what it doses to the tires and suspension on such a sharp turn. Ever see how the tires and axles turn under when doing so? Not something i want to do. Back up and pull up a time or two will keep you from ever having to jackknife.

I once seen a guy twist an axle right out from under his trailer on a 90º turn on asphalt.
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I've never had to use my slider, but I'm glad it's there if and when I need it.
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:48 AM   #5
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I know for a fact that a 6'-5" bed will require a slider hitch sometime in your future. I have a sight dent to prove this in the C-Pillar of the truck on the driver side.

I even had a manual sliding Reese hitch but I did not extend the hitch to maneuver in a parking lot. I thought I could turn the truck and trailer without it but no I did kiss the cab, no broken rear window though.

After 10 years of use with the Reese manual slider it was scraped last year. I now have a Demco Auto Glide hitch so, I do not have to worry about extending the hitch any more. Will worth the money for this hitch no chucking at all and no worries about extending the hitch if I need to or not.
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Old 02-21-2019, 01:09 PM   #6
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I do not want to use a slider hitch if I can avoid it. They are heavy to pull in and out. My goal was to use an Anderson hitch.
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I do not want to use a slider hitch if I can avoid it. They are heavy to pull in and out. My goal was to use an Anderson hitch.
Then you might just need to get a new truck with a long bed.

By the way...what truck are you planning to haul this with?

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Old 02-21-2019, 01:43 PM   #8
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My tow vehicle is a 2018 Ram 3500 with 6’4” box. Our Cardinal does not have the new front end so I chose to go with a Demco Auto Slid hitch for me it was the right decision, I can eaidly turn 90+ degrees.
That said, I don’t plan on removing the hitch. Tilting it up for greasing is as far as I go. If you need a slider that you can remove I would recommend PullRite.
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2017 CC Silverback. No slider.
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Does anyone know if the new CC Silverback turning radius is short bed friendly? I am considering a 31IK but see no mention of its short bed compatibility (without using a slider hitch) in any of the documentation. Even the dealer is not sure and says he contacted FR but I have not heard back. I do know they changed the cap design recently.
Hey Pa...I have a Silverback 29IK and a Short Bed Super Duty. I have a curt Q16 fixed hitch. You'll have no problems at all. They ARE short bed friendly. I have made some sharp turns, but do it slowly, with caution, and watch very carefully. Not problems at all.
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