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Old 01-03-2013, 09:07 PM   #11
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You will not need a slider if you have a truck with a 6.5 foot bed plus or minus. They do make a little more noise, clanking, then a non slider. The cost you are being quoted of course includes a lot of labor. Check out the cost of just the hitches on etrailer.com. It is not hard to install them yourself if you have the time and a little knowhow.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:44 AM   #12
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I pulled a Wildcat 28RK for 6 years with a slider hitch on a short bet Chevy. Never used it once! Now have a Silverback 29RE with a Reese 22K on the same Chevy and have no need for the slider. Anybody just needs to be careful when backing in at those angles. Just saying.......
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:24 AM   #13
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Newbie, and female... What type of situation would call for a slider? We are in a similar situation...our SB 29RE arrives next week, the dealership discouraged the purchase of a slider hitch...after research we felt it might be good insurance to have one. Now... not so sure...might just be a waste of money. I do have a question though....what does "dropping" the trailer mean, and does having a slider prevent that....saw some postings on another forum and someone stated having a slider prevented damage to the truck?!?
My husband's truck is a Dodge Ram 2010 2500 HD Diesel Laramie.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:35 AM   #14
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Newbie, and female... What type of situation would call for a slider? We are in a similar situation...our SB 29RE arrives next week, the dealership discouraged the purchase of a slider hitch...after research we felt it might be good insurance to have one. Now... not so sure...might just be a waste of money. I do have a question though....what does "dropping" the trailer mean, and does having a slider prevent that....saw some postings on another forum and someone stated having a slider prevented damage to the truck?!?
My husband's truck is a Dodge Ram 2010 2500 HD Diesel Laramie.
Do you have a short bed truck?
If so that would be the reason for a slider hitch.
I have a slider in my 08 Silverado sb and in two years have not used it.
But there will come a day that the slider will come in handy .
What it does is allows the the hitch to move back in the bed to allow for slow speed tight turning maneuvers and not allow the front of the fifth wheel camper to hit the cab of your truck.

Dropping the camper off the fifth wheel hitch is something entirely different and is no way associated with a slider.


Hope this helps.

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Old 01-25-2013, 09:43 AM   #15
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Yes, we have the short bed.
So...what do they mean when they talk about dropping the fifth wheel?? Just trying to prepare for "whatever" could happen. We are going from a TT to fifth wheel, 26' to 34'..
Everyone tells us the towing will be so much easier...hope so!
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:44 AM   #16
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For the Silverback if you have at least a 6.5+/- foot sb bed you will never need a slider hitch. But if you are worried about it there is no major negative in getting one except a slider is slightly more expensive and makes a little more noise, clank/clunk, at times.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:24 AM   #17
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Yes, we have the short bed.
So...what do they mean when they talk about dropping the fifth wheel?? Just trying to prepare for "whatever" could happen. We are going from a TT to fifth wheel, 26' to 34'..
Everyone tells us the towing will be so much easier...hope so!
If the pin doesn't fully engage in the fifth wheel hitch the camper will slide off the hitch and land on your truck bed sides!

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Old 01-25-2013, 10:36 AM   #18
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If the pin doesn't fully engage in the fifth wheel hitch the camper will slide off the hitch and land on your truck bed sides!

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The greatest prevention of this is to:
- have an established hitch up checklist
- don't rush
- pay attention
- double check yourself
- do a "pull test" while the landing gear are still on or close to the ground

(I'm also a B&W fanboy and don't see how I could improperly hitch my B&W unless I forgot to close the handle.)

p.s. this isn't for Turbs, I'm sure he knows this stuff! :-)
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:51 AM   #19
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X2 with ependydad. Also let your pin ride up onto your hitch. When most people drop there FW it is due to setting the pin height too high when hitching.When unhitching it is good to have that little bit of space between the hitch and the pin. But hitching you do not want that.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:57 AM   #20
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I wanted a fix hitch but decided to take caution and bought a auto slider.

IMO...when I was shopping for hitches, the cost was the same between a slider hitch vs a well built (popular) fix hitch models...so price will not be as much as a factor.

If you only want to buy one hitch...do your research and think about it a few times before you pull the trigger...gets expensive for "do overs"
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