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Old 05-29-2013, 11:50 AM   #1
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Trying to undestand which 5th wheel hitch I need

looking at buying a 2008 Forest River RV Wildcat 29RLBS, have a 2005 Chevy Duramax with a 6 1/2 foot box, do I need a slider like the super glide Reese or just a standard hitch for clearance ?

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Old 05-29-2013, 12:04 PM   #2
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install a slider and be done.
once your in a situation that would require you to have a slider and you dont youll be thankful !


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Old 05-29-2013, 12:30 PM   #3
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The 2008 Wildcats had two different front cap designs. The early models had the old front cap and the later models had a new cap that was designed for standard bed (6 1/2 feet) pickups.

Here are the two front caps for 2008. This first one, my 2008RKBS, is the old design and you will definitely want a slider hitch. Naturally they changed the front cap just a few months after we bought ours.

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This photo is the new front cap design that came out on the later 2008 models. Notice how the edge of the front cap is cut in to prevent contact with your pickup. Having said that, you still won't be able to make a 90 degree turn.

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Hope this helps you make a decision.

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Old 05-29-2013, 12:37 PM   #4
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I have a 06 Duramax with the short bed also. You do not need a slider, do like I did and go with this you WILL NOT be disappointed. The airbag in the pin box has taken well over 85% of the "chucking" when passing over rough surfaces/pot holes at highway speeds. I am able to make a 90* turn(do not recommend, hard on wheel bearings) without hitting my cab with the front cone. It is a great investment and well worth the money. If you can spin a wrench you can install it yourself. It took me and my cousin a couple of hours to install mine. It would not have taken as long but I had to trim the lower part of the brackets that holds the pin box in place, other than that it was a breeze to install.
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