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Old 02-10-2016, 09:36 PM   #1
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Question Short bed truck, hitch info needed

Hi, well my '98 Dodge diesel got totalled by an idiot hit and run. We just bought a 2004 Ford 350 King Ranch and went from an 8ft bed to a 6.75. So, standard hitch, sidewinder, slider?? What are folks using out there? We are just starting to research and could use the opinions of folks who are using them. With a 2015 Crusader does the newer front design allow us to stay with the same standard type hitch or?? Comments appreciated.
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Old 02-11-2016, 10:22 AM   #2
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Hi, well my '98 Dodge diesel got totalled by an idiot hit and run. We just bought a 2004 Ford 350 King Ranch and went from an 8ft bed to a 6.75. So, standard hitch, sidewinder, slider?? What are folks using out there? We are just starting to research and could use the opinions of folks who are using them. With a 2015 Crusader does the newer front design allow us to stay with the same standard type hitch or?? Comments appreciated.
I have a 2008 Ram Mega Cab with the 6'-5'" bed, using a Reese manual slider hitch. The only time I need to extend the hitch is when we are on a narrow campground road and backing into my drive way.

You will need some type of maneuvering device and since you already have the trailer with pin box you will need a slider of some type.

Remember when pulling with a short box truck, standard hitch and fifth wheel trailer there are two types of users one who has hit the cab and one who will hit the cab.

By the way the Power Stroke engine is no Cummins Engine so good luck.
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Old 02-11-2016, 11:54 AM   #3
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We use the Reese Revolution pin box that came with our Flagstaff 5er. Works great with our F250 SB truck. It literally can't hit the cab since the pivot point is moved rearward. I think the aftermarket name of the same pinbox is called the Reese Sidewinder. You don't need a slider hitch if you use one.


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Old 02-11-2016, 11:57 AM   #4
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Son and I both use Pullrite Superglides in our Ford Crew Cab short box pickups.


His uses standard rails ,mine uses puck system.


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Old 02-11-2016, 12:22 PM   #5
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Reese slider

I have a Reese Manual Slider for my Flagstaff 5er. Only had to use it a few times, but it does the job.
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Old 02-11-2016, 12:41 PM   #6
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I use a Pullrite Superglide in my F250 with a 6.75' bed. I really like the hitch, and have had no problems at all. I like that the slide is automatic. It is not a problem at all, but it does require you to be pretty straight when you are hooking up.
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I also use a manual Reese slider with my 2001 short bed Dodge 2500--no problems except once when I didn't use the slider--oops.
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I used a Pull rite Supersede wit my 5er. Loved it. It just did it's thing and never worried about maneuver ing. Downgraded to a bumper hitch for health reasons. If you're anywhere near Ausyin, TX I'd be happy to pass it on for a reasonable price
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I too have a Reese slider on my short bed.
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I also had a Pullrite Superglide when I had my F250 short bed. They work as advertised but you get a pretty good thump after you round a turn and straighten back up. They don't slide until you turn more than 15 degrees off center so most of the time they remain still. And they sure are heavy. I loaded and unloaded mine with my John Deere front end loader.
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