Originally Posted by spawnman
Hey Wayne, I see you have a CKTS and a F250 Crew Cab. We just picked up a 2013 CKTS and I have a 2013 F250 CC as well. I have a manual slider hitch and the dealer tells me I will probably need it for maneuvering. Never needed it before with the last trailer. Just wondering if you have one and what kind of clearance you have with your setup?
Hi Greg, during my research on all this (being new to the 5er community as of October; had a TT up until then), I found and was advised that with the long bed (mine measures about 6'10") I would not need the slider hitch, so the dealer, Lazy Days in Seffner, FL, set me up with a standard hitch. I have not any problems yet with backing, turning, etc.
I've done some backing at an angle and had the DW nervous about how close the cap came to the window, but it is tough to tell how close I really was before I pulled forward to reposition. The DW ALWAYS gets overly frantic
when helping me back up, so I have to take her reactions/directions with a grain of salt. To keep the peace, I just patiently stop and pull forward to realign when I feel the need - happy wife makes for happy life
. I am by no means a great backer, but get better every time out!
On the Ford Truck Forums, I had found a guy with similar truck to mine but the shorter bed , and he busted out his back window while jack knifing at some point (can't recall if he was backing or making a tight turn). He quickly went out and got a slider hitch after that!
I hope this helps. I'm sure you are loving your rig as much as we do ours!