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Old 04-23-2015, 10:34 PM   #1
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New Crusader 315RST Hitch & Slide Topper Question

Purchasing a new 2016 Crusader 315RST 5th wheel on Saturday April 25th after a year of shopping. Would really appreciate your input on the following questions:

1) Do you have slide toppers on you Crusader and what brand and model are they. On the 315 two of the slides are 14 feet long are you experiencing any issues with a slide topper this large.

2) I will be towing with a 2015 Ford F350 6.7 PS Crew Cab with the 6 & 3/4 foot bed. I would like to tow with a standard non slider hitch and would like input from anyone running this type of setup. Do you in fact have no clearance issues. According to PT rep they do all of their testing with a 6 foot 6 inch bed and claim they have 88 degree clearance.
If I must go with a slider i am considering the auto sliding Demco 18K hijacker.
Please chime in with your hitch setup and recommendations.

Looking forward to being part of the Crusader family!!
Thanks in advance for you replies.

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Old 04-24-2015, 04:46 AM   #2
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I have the 315rst crusader but opted not to get slide toppers. I've never had them on any of my rigs and never had a problem. As far as the hitch I use a pull rite auto slider. My truck is a 14 f250 dsl short bed. Can't say for sure about not having a slider and not hitting the cab. They advertised all that stuff last year when i purchsed mine but I didn't want to take a chance so I went auto slider.

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Old 04-24-2015, 05:10 AM   #3
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I tow a Crusader 335bhs with a 2011 chevy 2500 crew cab with standard bed(6.75'), I use a non slider hitch and have had no problems. Not sure I have gotten to 88 degrees but I am sure I could if I need to.
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Old 04-24-2015, 06:37 AM   #4
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I tow a Crusader 330MKS with a Chevy 2500 standard bed and non-slider hitch. No problems what so ever.
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Old 04-24-2015, 06:39 AM   #5
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I tow a 270ret Crusader with a F150 6' bed. I have a non-slide hitch, with no problems.
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Old 04-24-2015, 02:03 PM   #6
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I have a slider with my setup (see Sig) and have never needed it.

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Old 04-24-2015, 07:36 PM   #7
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No slide topper. Would be a nice touch.

PullRite traditional 20K slider here. Sure they advertise it can do an 88 degree turn, but since I can't tell the difference between 88 and 89 degrees while turning the truck and the Crusader behind me, I didn't want to take the chance on it hitting my RAM 2500 Crew Cab short bed. One mistake will cost more than the cost of a slider.
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:22 PM   #8
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I have the Demco auto slide. It works very well, had it for about four years. I have needed to make turns greater than 88 degrees.
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:40 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by zs325RES View Post
I have a slider with my setup (see Sig) and have never needed it.

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X2 on the slider......haven't needed it ...yet.

We do have toppers on all our slides (installed at the factory). The only problem I see is that they installed them PERFECTLY level and with no pitch, So, water collects on them and causes them to sag. I have seen others installed with pitch so that when they are open, they're pitched enough so the rain runs off.

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