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Old 02-16-2013, 03:42 PM   #1
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Maybe Christopher Columbus (great handle) can answer this - or any other Columbus 320RS owner, can a short bed truck (6'5") tow the 320RS WITHOUT a slider or is a slider not just nice to have, but a MUST HAVE? Thanks. I should have my 320RS by end of APR.
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:13 PM   #2
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You need it only if you make sharp turns. Which sooner or later you will and then the cost of damage will far outweigh the cost of a slider hitch. The nose of the trailer hitting the back of the truck cab is the contact damage area you need to avoid. A slider hitch lets the 5th wheel slide back in the hitch rails so contact is avoided.

Watch the two videos below. I like the Pullrite super slider automatic version in the 2nd video. Don't know if it is a quality product or not so others can chime in there.

In this 1st video, it's a F350 dually with a short bed. When it turns left, the nose cap of the trailer almost hits the truck cab.


The 2nd video shows the autoslider and how it works.
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:14 PM   #3
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Thanks Joel. I do know how the slider functions and that a Pullrite seems to be one of the best on the market. I was just checking to see if there were any facts and measurements to say a slider was not a must have. I do think it is most likely a good insurance to no cab or trailer damage. Thanks.
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:22 PM   #4
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I have 2011 Chevy short bed and after watching a friend of ours with a manual slider forget to move his hitch and break two windows I decided an automatic slider was the only way to go for my Cameo.

I have the Pullrite 18K Superglide with the removable rails and it is idiot proof. More money? Yes, but for the piece of mind, ease of use and safety it is worth it.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:49 PM   #5
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I have a 6 1/2' bed and a 320RS. I have a Reese manual slide hitch. I have used it once with the 320RS. The 320RS turns sharper than my previous fiver. I used it a half a dozen times with my previous fiver, just to be safe while manuvering. So when it comes to a slider hitch, it's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. It's cheaper to buy a slider than it is to repair the damage to your TV & fiver.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:00 PM   #6
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I have a 2005 GMC with a 6-1/2 foot bed and with my last trailer I used my manaul slider hitch, with my Columbus I have not used it yet, but I have it in case I ever need it!!! I made the right choice by getting one!! Better to be safe than sorry!!
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:18 PM   #7
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I have the superglide hitch love it, but really heavy.
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For the most part, having a slider is for "peace of mind". You may never need it, but if you do, you'll be glad you have it.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:46 AM   #9
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X2 on an automatic slider. It is like insurance. You may noy need it but you will be glad if it happens.
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