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Old 03-07-2011, 08:20 AM   #1
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Sliding Hitch - Pros and Cons

Aside from the obvious advantage of a sliding fifth wheel hitch to provide clearance in short bed applications, what are other advantages? And the question not always asked is; what are the disadvantages of a sliding hitch. My truck bed length is 6'4" and most RV sales, technical and RV owners are telling me that a fixed hitch would work fine for me. I have noticed of late, that there is not as big a price descrepancy in fixed versus sliding hitches so why wouldn't I buy a sliding hitch, unless there are some untold disadvantages.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:42 AM   #2
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I can't think of one honestly.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:51 AM   #3
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I can't think of one honestly.
These are some things that have been brought to my attention.. Are there more.
  • More moving parts, not always a good thing.
  • Jamming/binding
  • Leaving it in the "out" position
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:00 AM   #4
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Oops, It was advantages I couldn't think of. Certainly disadvantages of having one if you really don't need it.
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:06 AM   #5
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You need a sliding hitch..Trust me. We towed a large Montana with a 2005 GMC crew cab and short bed. We had the sliding hitch and I forgot to unlock it and the Montana went thru the rear window backing in on an angle. Hard to live it down among friends.........
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:46 AM   #6
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You need a sliding hitch..Trust me. We towed a large Montana with a 2005 GMC crew cab and short bed. We had the sliding hitch and I forgot to unlock it and the Montana went thru the rear window backing in on an angle. Hard to live it down among friends.........
Once upon a time with older trailers I'll agree but I will say with a lot confidence that I do not need a slider with my new trailer
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Old 03-07-2011, 02:13 PM   #7
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Most manufacturers (not all yet) have gone to the new front cap design that allows an angle of 80 degrees before coming in contact with the cab of the truck. You don't NEED a slider but it does provide and extra margin of safety if you use it. The only people who really have to have a slider are those with a "true" shortbed that is only 5'6" long.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:40 PM   #8
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Before you purchase a slider hitch, take a look at the Sidewinder" you can see a video of how it works on YouTube
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:01 PM   #9
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I used my slider everytime when I had my old camper but my new one has the angle pin so I havent had to slide the hitch but I still recomend a slider on short bed truck because you never know what kind of tight spot you might find yourselve in. you just might need that extra clearance.
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dint leave home without one
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