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Old 08-13-2016, 08:33 PM   #11
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Always hear go to the scales weigh the Tow Vehicle and then trailer separate then both together with all your people and full load, but on my travels i see wegh stations but are we allowed to enter and do all this? When it specifies on tractor trailers, so what does everyone else do ? Thanks Jim
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Old 08-13-2016, 08:52 PM   #12
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Always hear go to the scales weigh the Tow Vehicle and then trailer separate then both together with all your people and full load, but on my travels i see wegh stations but are we allowed to enter and do all this? When it specifies on tractor trailers, so what does everyone else do ? Thanks Jim
I wouldn't go to a weigh station but there are CAT scales at certain truck stops.
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Would this work with a 6.5 short bed? Also, the fifth wheel we're interested in is an older model not designed for short beds so we will definitely need a slider hitch of some type. I do like the idea of a hitch that is easy to put in and out of the bed
Had a dealer tell me he never knows if a slider is needed, or not, until the combo is hooked up, and my experience tells me the same. Had a 2004 F150 with the 5-1/2' bed and definitely needed a slider. Didn't think I needed one with the 6-1/2' bed in my F350, but I do. All the auto sliding hitches are heavy and a two-man job to remove and install, so you need to keep that in mind.
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Had a dealer tell me he never knows if a slider is needed, or not, until the combo is hooked up, and my experience tells me the same. Had a 2004 F150 with the 5-1/2' bed and definitely needed a slider. Didn't think I needed one with the 6-1/2' bed in my F350, but I do. All the auto sliding hitches are heavy and a two-man job to remove and install, so you need to keep that in mind.
Yep, I think we're going to go the non-slider route and just make sure it's compatible with a sidewinder in case we decide it's needed.

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Yep, I think we're going to go the non-slider route and just make sure it's compatible with a sidewinder in case we decide it's needed.

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Well, so much for this idea, lol! My DH decided on a B&W Companion Slider Hitch - might be a bit heavier but oh well!
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Your husband made a good decision. With a 5.5 bed you will need the slider.
I have a GMC with 6.5 bed and radius fifth front and it makes 90 degree turn without using the slider although i have it, but it's close call..4
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Your husband made a good decision. With a 5.5 bed you will need the slider.
I have a GMC with 6.5 bed and radius fifth front and it makes 90 degree turn without using the slider although i have it, but it's close call..4
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We are totally upgrading our tow vehicle and although it will still be considered a short bed, it'll be a 6.5 bed as well We may never 'need' the slider but we'll have it just in case

I'll update my signature when the deal is done
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