Originally Posted by wakamicamper
Do I need a sliding hitch on a 6'6" box? I am considering a Rockwood 8280SS 5th wheel. It has an extended pin box and the dealer has told me that I can do a 90 degree turn without a slider hitch. Can this be verified?
I have a 2010 GMC 2500HD Crew Cab long box on order. The wife wants a short box to fit into the garage, the long box is 1' longer than the garage.
Any comments and advice would be greatly appreciated. I live in Canada, and the difference in price between the long and short box is only $5.00 so money is not an issue.
Thanks in advance
I have a very similar setup as you, Rockwood 8281SS 5th wheel and a '07 Silverado 2500HD CC short box diesel. I too was concerned when purchasing our trailer whether or not to get the slider. I read enough posts to convince me that its best to have a slider just for the peace of mind. With that being said, and having traveled with our setup for an entire season, the only time I needed the slider was to back the trailer into my in-laws driveway who live at the very end of a dead-end street (its tight and I try not to smash his lawn up or drive over the curbs). As far as the movement, you can get almost 90 deg without the slider, but can go greater than 90 deg with one (your dealer is stretching the truth a bit here). I believe that most situations would not require you to have a slider, but its nice to have that peace of mind. If I had to do it over again, I would still purchase one.
One point I read that made a lot of sense too is that you may only ever need you slider a few times (or possibly never), so it doesn't make economical sense to fork over the extra cash for the more expensive auto sliders that are out there. Save some money and opt for the manual. It only takes 10 seconds to get out of the truck and throw the lever and climb back in.