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Old 06-11-2015, 02:51 PM   #11
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I have a 2013 Dodge 3/4 ton 6-1/2' shortbed with the Companion Slider Hitch. So far I have not had a reason to use the slider, but at least if I need it, it is there. I LOVE my Wife, but I like the 33 IK Silverback!
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Old 06-12-2015, 04:44 AM   #12
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33RK with '15 F250 6 3/4 bed. Don't need slider. I put a manual slider in case an extreme situation occurred or if in a few years I trade for a new trailer. But I have only used the slider during the PDI inspection to makes sure I knew what I was doing.
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Old 06-12-2015, 10:52 AM   #13
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The only problem is that if you do not have a slider hitch installed and the one time you need the hitch it will be too late.


I have a 16 K Resse manual slider in hitch in my 2008 Ram Mega Cab short bed truck and I did hit the cab just once. I was in a parking lot and did not extend the hitch before I tried to park. I thought I could get around a couple of other trucks and vehicles to fit in to the parking space. But I had to back up and the trailer jackknife before I new it. The left rear corner behind the door has a small ding. I was towing my old Cougar 318 SAB with the 88deg corners on the front cap.


So it is your money and your truck; but stuff happens!


I also always extend my hitch in what ever campground we enter. First thing out of the DW's mouth as we enter the campground is extend the hitch.
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Old 06-12-2015, 11:01 AM   #14
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The only problem is that if you do not have a slider hitch installed and the one time you need the hitch it will be too late.


I have a 16 K Resse manual slider in hitch in my 2008 Ram Mega Cab short bed truck and I did hit the cab just once. I was in a parking lot and did not extend the hitch before I tried to park. I thought I could get around a couple of other trucks and vehicles to fit in to the parking space. But I had to back up and the trailer jackknife before I new it. The left rear corner behind the door has a small ding. I was towing my old Cougar 318 SAB with the 88deg corners on the front cap.


So it is your money and your truck; but stuff happens!


I also always extend my hitch in what ever campground we enter. First thing out of the DW's mouth as we enter the campground is extend the hitch.
Jim, the front cap on your Cedar Creek is different than what is used on the Silverbacks. Here are a couple of pics showing the difference.

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The Silverback. Notice the lower corners are cut inward much more dramatically than the CC.
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Old 06-12-2015, 11:07 AM   #15
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For the cost of a new back window you can get the manual slider, I know this from experience. Better to have it and not need it....
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Old 06-12-2015, 03:19 PM   #16
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Off topic a little... My new Wildcat has recesses in the front cap. This allows me to have a toolbox at the front of the truck bed. The former Rockwood was not recessed and would hit the toolbox.


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For the cost of a new back window you can get the manual slider, I know this from experience. Better to have it and not need it....
X2. All it takes is one moment of inattention in a tight backing manouver .... And all bets are off. Don't ask me how I know.....LOL!
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:41 PM   #18
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The OP was specifically asking about a silverback, which are made different then most trailers. FR use to advertise it's silverback as a 90 degree plus turn radius with a shortbed and no slider. It still is but they don't advertise that anymore because of liability issues. There is always someone that will push the limits and do more then a 90 degree turn, which would be an issue even with a slider for many reasons, and then blame the manufacturer.
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:29 PM   #19
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I have a 33Ik 2014 and my TV us a f250 king ranch short bed.. Never have needed a slider.. Parks just fine.. My problem is remembering how long it is..
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I agree with what camper1999 said.

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