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Old 01-28-2015, 09:42 PM   #1
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Auto sliding 5th wheel hitch

I am looking to switch to a auto sliding hitch. I have an F250 with a 6'6" bed and I currently have a manual sliding hitch. I live on a one lane street and my driveway is only one lane wide so I have to use my slider every single time I leave and return home. I have never had a single issue and it slides perfect just by manually activating the trailer brakes. My concern is I just upgraded 5 wheels and I'm going from 1400 lbs to 1900 lbs at the hitch. I worried the new camper will not slide as easy without dropping the landing gear and the fact I'm just getting sick of manually moving the hitch.

I'm leaning towards the pullrite 20k super glide but wanted to hear your opinions. Anyone have an auto slider and pros and cons is greatly appreciated.

I found several threads on here about manual sliders but nothing on the autos.

P.s. New to forest river and new to the forum. Seems like a pretty good group of folks on here and I've seen pretty solid advice and responses. Looking forward to years of getting to know people.
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Old 01-28-2015, 09:49 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. I have a pullrite and can't think of one con. I hook up and forget it's there. I have maneuvered in some very tight campsites and it has worked flawlessly on my 2011 Ram 2500 short bed.
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:05 PM   #3
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Do you have a newer fiver with the rounded front? my old one is flat and I can't get 40 degrees without it hitting. I can actually hit my back window in drive if I turned the wheels all the way (haven't done it but tested it in a parking lot just to see) New one is rounded front but I have not picked it up yet. Not sure how much of a difference it makes. I know the hitch is 5" farther forward in a ford than a dodge. I can't even hook up with the tailgate down. I have get under the pin box and then close the gate.

Glad to hear good things on the pullrite. Have you got it to full 90 degrees.
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:13 PM   #4
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My 5er is a 2013 with a rounded front. However, it doesn't have some of the front designs I have seen that look like cut outs so that the nose cap misses the cab. I have had it a 90 degrees and the cap was no where near my back window. I actually got to 90 degrees while trying to navigate into a very tight spot with many trees. People gathered around to tell me they didn't think I could make it. Made it on the first attempt.
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:31 PM   #5
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I have a pull-rite slider (retro used bed rails from Reese already installed) on a short bed Dodge. I can do a 100 degree turn for those tight places. The only con would be : pin needs to be close to the level of the plate because of the release catch in the hitch. once it is triggered it basically latches itself. (It wraps around pin).
FYI you may consider a extender hitch pin.
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:53 PM   #6
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i Have the pullrite on my 2012 Chevy Ext cab with short bed and I have not had any issues. I've had our Columbus 320RS in about every direction and it works great.
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You will not regret or go wrong with a Pullrite Hitch setup...period!
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Old 01-29-2015, 07:30 AM   #8
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Thanks, sounds like the pullrite is the way to go. I have seen some videos of fails on just about every model out there but the pullrite seems to have to least amount. Only real issue I've seen with it is it looks like it slid back in a turn and then didn't return when straightening up and the pin box smashed the tailgate. That wouldn't happen in my truck so if that is the worst possible major failure, I can live with that.


Thanks for the updates.
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Thanks, sounds like the pullrite is the way to go. I have seen some videos of fails on just about every model out there but the pullrite seems to have to least amount. Only real issue I've seen with it is it looks like it slid back in a turn and then didn't return when straightening up and the pin box smashed the tailgate. That wouldn't happen in my truck so if that is the worst possible major failure, I can live with that.


Thanks for the updates.
Welcome to FRF. I have the Pullrite Superglide that mounts to the Industry Standard Rails and absolutely love it. We camp with our friends and watching him get out in the rain to slide his hitch was the deciding factor for us to get the Pullrite. We also have a rounded front cap and were told not to worry about getting a slider, but I would rather have and not need it than the other way around.
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Old 01-29-2015, 07:44 AM   #10
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I have standard rails too and I know for a fact that I can not get very much angle out of mine without the slide. I too have been in the rain moving my slider and the worst one was pulling into a campground and I had a line of people behind me so I was rushing it a little bit. I slid a little to fast and it made a pretty loud 'bang' when it hit the back of the slide. You could see heads poke out around the RVs all the way down the road because I'm sure it sounded like a crash.
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