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Old 09-17-2012, 10:21 AM   #1
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Columbus 5th Wheel Towing

Well, it looks like we have bit the bullet and decided to order a 320RS. We went to the Hershey RV show yesterday and worked at deal. So, we will probably be asking a lot of questions in the next couple of months. My question now is about the tow vehicle/hitch application. I have a 3/4 ton GMC Denali crew cab, 6 1/2 ft bed. I am looking at the B&W Companion hitch and was wondering if anyone else is using this setup with a short bed. Obviously I am concerned with turning radius clearance, but also ride,etc.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:25 AM   #2
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Does the trailer have a Reese Revolution pinbox?
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:09 AM   #3
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We have an F250 short bed and have a Husky sliding 5th wheel hitch...BUT...we have NEVER had to slide the hitch. We have plenty of turning radius for backing. In fact, each time we head out, my first task is to back down a 150' tree-lined driveway into the cul-de-sac.

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Old 09-17-2012, 11:52 AM   #4
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Does the trailer have a Reese Revolution pinbox?
No, it has the trail aire roto fles pinbox.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:03 PM   #5
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320RS is about 11,000 empty. 3/4 ton towable with shortbed. Get the slider hitch if you have a shortbed so you can backup your RV into a tight camping spot if need be. Many times you don't need it, but it's nice to have a slider when ya need it.

I have the oddball one. Reese goosebox instead of 5th wheel. The goosneck pin box has air suspension with 2 air shocks and 1 airbag. Super smooth ride but more of a pain in the butt to hook it up if you are driving without a helper. Gooseneck is what horse and cattle people use. Truck came setup with super heavyduty gooseball so I ended up with the better but less popular pinbox.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:20 PM   #6
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We have an F250 short bed and have a Husky sliding 5th wheel hitch...BUT...we have NEVER had to slide the hitch. We have plenty of turning radius for backing. In fact, each time we head out, my first task is to back down a 150' tree-lined driveway into the cul-de-sac.

If you can do that in one go, then you are certainly a master!
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:24 PM   #7
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looks to be a straight line 150'. not to say it would be easy, but doesnt look to be that difficult. why not back it in to begin with and then pull straight out?
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:26 PM   #8
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Congrats on the Columbus!!!! We wouldn't change a thing!!
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:05 PM   #9
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I've got the standard pinbox and a non-slide Reese 15K hitch and haven't had any problem backing in anywhere yet, and one campground was REALLY TIGHT backing into this summer but i made it without hitting the cab with the camper.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:27 PM   #10
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I have a short bed f250 with a 365 saq, slider hitch and I have never used the slider part. The way they make the nose of the rv now makes the slider an mute point. I would suggest a set of Firestone air bags.
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