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Old 03-15-2010, 12:54 PM   #1
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Towing 5th wheel with 5'8" bed.

I'm looking at a Rockwood 5th wheel and want to know if anyone here is towing a Chevy 5' 8" bed and what hitch is being used.
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:35 PM   #2
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Pretty much limited to a Pullrite SuperGlide.

Check them out on their website.
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:34 PM   #3
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I'm sure I've seen slider hitches that have 12" between the towing/manuvering positions. Would that be enough with that shorter box?

What about a sidewinder pin box. Most manufacturers (including Rockwood) offer it as an option. Than moves the pivot back 20 inches from the king pin.

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Here Mike...found a few pictures of a Rockwood 8285WS with a sidewinder hitch at Bill Thomas Camper Sales.

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http://www.btcamper.com/inventory/74...te-8285WS.aspx
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I ordered an 8265s with the optional sidewinder pinbox, I have a Titan with a 5'7" bed. The dealer had recommended it and said they work well. It should be arriving sometime this week, so I am told. I can let you know how things work out when I pick it up. The optional sidewinder was only an additional $545.00, much less $$ than the pullrite. Go to Reese hitches website, they have a video deminstration of it in use.
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:27 AM   #6
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Here Mike...found a few pictures of a Rockwood 8285WS with a sidewinder hitch at Bill Thomas Camper Sales.

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http://www.btcamper.com/inventory/74...te-8285WS.aspx
Thanks, Dave. Good find.

It also looks as though it's attached to a GooseNeck Hitch, not a Fifth Wheel Hitch.

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I ordered an 8265s with the optional sidewinder pinbox, I have a Titan with a 5'7" bed. The dealer had recommended it and said they work well. It should be arriving sometime this week, so I am told. I can let you know how things work out when I pick it up. The optional sidewinder was only an additional $545.00, much less $$ than the pullrite. Go to Reese hitches website, they have a video demonstration of it in use.
Thanks for the info.

I did find out the hitch that will be supplied with the 5er will fit my truck bed/frame. I do know it's a Reese/DrawTite Pro Series #30056. The manufacturer states that a SideWider Hitch MUST be used with this hitch.
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Pull Rite just came out with a new hitch, 15K, that will drop into standard fifth wheel hitch rails (finally). Retail on that hitch: $1099. They knocked over $500 off the cost, making them about the same cost as a manual slide hitch. The sidewinders work well, also. Less moving parts.
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Mike, what Rockwood model 5'er are you looking at? Just curious.

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Mike, what Rockwood model 5'er are you looking at? Just curious.

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Dave, it's a 2006 828SS rear living.
We struck a deal at $12,500 including his Reese Pro Series 15K hitch(I'll be selling the hitch).
I'm buying a PullRite SuperGlide hitch to fit my truck. The guy bought it and never installed it. He was asking $1,100 obo. I bought it for $900. He's delivering it tomorrow.

Of course, I'll have to buy the installation kit and capture plate. I found RV Wholesalers to have the best price so far.
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