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Old 09-10-2009, 09:43 AM   #1
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Short box and slider

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
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:25 AM   #2
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I have been pulling with Gm short boxes for 10 years. I have never been in a situation where I have needed a slider. I have always had a slider hitch but I have never needed to use it.
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:27 AM   #3
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Well the first question is, How often will you need a 90 degree turn. I had a 5ver a few years ago, and now have a travel trailer. I've been in some tight places, but never needed 90 degrees, even on my dad's private lot near Mt. Mitchell. If you can't quite make 90 degrees, what's the worst that could happen, you have to back up one more time? A 5ver is much easier to hook up, no wd hitch, sway control, etc., but they're not perfect and have their own set of problems. As long as you're going to campgrounds, you'll probably never need the 90 degree option that some have. Good luck.
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Old 09-10-2009, 01:23 PM   #4
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I drove a short box Chevy extended cab with the same 5er for a few years before getting the new truck and have never had any problems. Mine would turn very close to 90 degrees, and probably would do the full 90, but after that you would have to watch very close. We have a tight turn to get into our driveway that is on a private road, so it is not as wide as a regular road. I am now pulling with a '08 Silverado 2500HD, extended cab with the Duramax and love the set up.

Hope you enjoy the 5er, we are on our 5th year dragging it around.
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Old 09-10-2009, 03:43 PM   #5
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I have that exact trailer and you will need the slider in an F-150. Not all the time, but there will be times you have to slide the hitch. Some times you can squeak by if the ground is perfectly level, if not ~crunch~

Get the slider.
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Have an F250 shortbox pulling a Cardinal 5th. Have the slider hitch and never needed it yet this year after 49 nights of camping
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Radio, What is the distance from the front of your trailer to the centre position of the pin on the extended box?
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Thanks to all who replied, I have decided to get a slider hitch anyway, for peace of mind.
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:52 PM   #9
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I ordered mine with the sidewinder so I am hoping that will work for my dodge shortbox. People on rv.net swear by them. I should know in the next week or two.
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Radio, What is the distance from the front of your trailer to the centre position of the pin on the extended box?
about 3" too short to clear the cab on unlevel ground.

Don't ask how I know.
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