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Old 01-01-2013, 04:20 PM   #1
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2013 Silverback and short beds

Is there any need for a sliding hitch? The 2013 brochure states a full 90 degree turning radius on short beds. A dealer I spoke with still recommended a sliding hitch anyway... he claimed there could be situations where you would need one.

We have a 2011 Ram 2500HD CC SB (6' 4" bed).
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:12 PM   #2
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I currently am pulling a 2013 silverback with a gmc shortbed pickup. I have a slider hitch and have been in a couple of tight spots in parking lots. I was not even close to needing to slide my hitch back. It is nice to know I have it but I really do not think I will ever use it.
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:22 PM   #3
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I have a 29re towing with a gmc short bed. I don't have a slider hitch. Even the dealer said i would not need one and recommended not to Get one due to the added clanking and cost of a slider. If you have at least a 6.5 bed you will never need to use one. I never even came close and i had to back it into some pretty tight spots.
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:58 PM   #4
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When I owned a 2008 Wildcat 2008 RKBS I had to use my slider hitch all the time. Since owning our Silverback I haven't had to use it once.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:54 PM   #5
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I have a 2011 36 RE with a 08 gmc shortbed and have no slider hitch and never had a issue. But if you dont need it, I would not buy one because they do make some noise when you stop and go. Just my two cents.
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:50 PM   #6
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The one thing you might need to consider will be if you are thinking of adding the air ride king pin. It dramatically improves ride and handling, but in my case, it did shorten the distance between the trailer and cab. This was not a problem in my TV, but it could be a concern in a short bed.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:28 PM   #7
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Here was my thought process.... I wanted to make sure I would never hit the truck with the RV. I got lots of differing opinions from the RV dealer, hitch dealer and friends who tow a 5th wheel. DW and I decided to get the PullRite SuperGlide. Yes there is a little bit of clunking but not much. As a new 5th wheel owner who had never towed anything before, the peace of mind of not having to worry about a TV/5th Wheel bump is worth the price of the SuperGlide hitch. You may not agree, but it works for DW and me.

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Old 01-01-2013, 09:57 PM   #8
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The Cedar Creek has a different front cap than the Silverback line. The Silverback front cap is designed to make a severe turn with a six and half foot bed. Personally I think your dealer is just trying to sell you something you don't need.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:38 PM   #9
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I am in the same situation. Just bought a Silverback 33rl and started looking at different fifth wheel hitches and I am looking at a slider just in case I ever hook onto something different. I have been pricing out different brands and sliders vs non-sliders. My dealer priced me out a 16K Reese non slider for $1400 and a 16K Reese slider for $1700. I went to a place that just services RV's and installs hitches they priced me out a Reese 20K slider or a Curt 20K slider for $1400.
Are these good prices for a installed hitch? And which hitch is better Reese or Curt?
There is still snow on the ground and its 17 degrees here in Michigan so I won't be getting the camper home for a couple of months yet so I still have time to shop around.
Please let me know your thoughts
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IMO...
Make sure to review and compare the Pullrite brands...they make both fixed hitches and auto sliders. If you do some research online, you can find comparable prices for a auto slider to a fixed/manual slider by other manufacters.
Don't get wedged into only the brands your Dealer sells, they carry one or two brands mostly for convenience and bulk discounts.
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