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Old 03-07-2011, 08:30 PM   #11
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If you knock out a rear window once you will know the advantage.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:03 PM   #12
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If you knock out a rear window once you will know the advantage.

The point I am trying to make, is that if all things being equal, why buy a sliding hitch. My understanding from other users, dealers, service techs is that my box length of 6'4" is sufficient for a non slider hitch without any concerns of the camper hitting the truck cab. There is no significant price difference in the two. As mentioned earlier in my post, there are some cons to a sliding hitch. With that in mind, is a slider better?


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Old 03-08-2011, 03:22 PM   #13
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I had the same questions when I was looking for a hitch. Ended up with a slider because that is what I found on Craigs list at a good price. For about the same price I could've bought a brand new fixed hitch, but I figured why not get the slider just in case. Another feature I feel is important is the ability of the hitch head to tilt left and right as well as forward and back. Just watching the trailer rock while going up gas station entryways while coming home last night sold me on the importance of pivot capability.
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Old 03-08-2011, 04:04 PM   #14
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Have not used my slide feature in 2 yrs.
If one cuts a corner much more than 90 degrees even with a slider you could hit the cab of your truck. Being carefull makes the most sense.
Trees can do lots of damage and so can backing over a crest in the road. Less moving parts the better.
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Old 03-08-2011, 04:48 PM   #15
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I had the same questions when I was looking for a hitch. Ended up with a slider because that is what I found on Craigs list at a good price. For about the same price I could've bought a brand new fixed hitch, but I figured why not get the slider just in case. Another feature I feel is important is the ability of the hitch head to tilt left and right as well as forward and back. Just watching the trailer rock while going up gas station entryways while coming home last night sold me on the importance of pivot capability.
Don't they all do this? My 15k non slider tilts front to back and side to side.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:58 PM   #16
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Don't they all do this? My 15k non slider tilts front to back and side to side.
I thought they did too until I went and looked at a used 16K Reese Elite series, round bar slider hitch. I believe that is their top of the line hitch, and yet it did not pivot side to side. Couldn't believe it so I went to the web site to check it out and found that only the 20K and up hitches in that model tilt side to side.
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:56 PM   #17
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I still have a dilemma about which hitch to get. I am not convinced that a sliding hitch is preferably over a fixed hitch. Lets assume that I have a long box truck and the sliding hitch is the same price as a fixed hitch. What should I go with???????
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:07 PM   #18
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The slider hitch when towing on the highway is in the forward position and locked. If you exit the highway and need to maneuver through town or back-up you have to stop, get out (in the rain) and unlock the hitch. Take a look at the Reese Sidewinder. This allows a regular fifth wheel hitch with the sidewinder attache to the trailer. Now your pivot point is moved back all the time. Go to You Tube and watch the sidewinder video, I think you will be amazed how well it works.
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Also, the only time you would need a slider or sidewinder is if your truck bed is to short for the trailer. No need for either if you have a long bed truck.
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The slider hitch when towing on the highway is in the forward position and locked. If you exit the highway and need to maneuver through town or back-up you have to stop, get out (in the rain) and unlock the hitch. Take a look at the Reese Sidewinder. This allows a regular fifth wheel hitch with the sidewinder attache to the trailer. Now your pivot point is moved back all the time. Go to You Tube and watch the sidewinder video, I think you will be amazed how well it works.
Sounds like you work for Sidewinder. $$$$ expensive hitch and not really necessary unless you have lots of $$$ .
Never ever heard of anyone sliding hitch back to maneuver around town or just to back up.
Besides pin weight would be way too far back of axle. Only used for very tight backing into a camping spot, nothing else.
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