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Old 01-30-2015, 03:40 PM   #1
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To slide or not to slide

recently went to a large Canadian frame and spring manufacture to look at slider hitches. Their opinion was not to use a slider, that it was not necessary and that more damage is done to the tandem alignment when the wheels are pushed sideways across a hard surface. Your opinions on this subject would be appreciated.
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Old 01-30-2015, 04:22 PM   #2
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I'm not sure I follow. Are you asking how the hitch slides or if it hurts anything?

My two cents, sliders are added help. If backing in to a tight spot, you can gain up to 14" between the cab of the truck when you slide the hitch. This prevents the front cap of the camper from hitting the back window of the truck and breaking it. It also sprays broken glass all over the interior of the truck and on passengers. It also puts a big dent in the truck cab. My hitch slides automatically and I can't see how it would mess with the axles. My friends have a hitch they need to manually slide and they try to do it while in a straight line before backing into their site. I hope that helps.
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Old 01-30-2015, 06:31 PM   #3
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If you have a short bed you might consider installing a slider hitch. I have one in my RAM and have used it a few times, just to be safe. It is better to have one and not need it than need it and not have one.
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Old 01-30-2015, 07:59 PM   #4
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I'm not sure I follow. Are you asking how the hitch slides or if it hurts anything?

My two cents, sliders are added help. If backing in to a tight spot, you can gain up to 14" between the cab of the truck when you slide the hitch. This prevents the front cap of the camper from hitting the back window of the truck and breaking it. It also sprays broken glass all over the interior of the truck and on passengers. It also puts a big dent in the truck cab. My hitch slides automatically and I can't see how it would mess with the axles. My friends have a hitch they need to manually slide and they try to do it while in a straight line before backing into their site. I hope that helps.

I understand how the hitch slides, just wondering if others have been told about damaging the alignment on the tandem wheels when the wheels are pushed across a hard surface instead of rolling as you would with a standard turn. Thank you for your comments, sounds like they come from real life experiences.


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Old 01-30-2015, 09:53 PM   #5
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I understand how the hitch slides, just wondering if others have been told about damaging the alignment on the tandem wheels when the wheels are pushed across a hard surface instead of rolling as you would with a standard turn. Thank you for your comments, sounds like they come from real life experiences.


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I have not heard anything about pushing the axles. I've never been in a situation where I was 90 to the camper to push them. I guess I've been lucky. I wouldn't let it scare you. Maybe others have had that situation and may chime in.
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Old 01-31-2015, 01:20 PM   #6
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Slides are for short bed trucks. When using them in it gives your the same cab distance as a long bed truck. so I don't see any truth in that statement.
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Have always towed fifth wheels with either a Chevy or GMC with a 6.5' box. (About twenty years now) Never had a "crunch". Backing the rig into my driveway gets pretty tight some days. You just have to keep an eye on the corner. With today's front end cap design and pin box locations it's really not a problem. Might be with larger trailers with boxier front ends.

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Have always towed fifth wheels with either a Chevy or GMC with a 6.5' box. (About twenty years now) Never had a "crunch". Backing the rig into my driveway gets pretty tight some days. You just have to keep an eye on the corner. With today's front end cap design and pin box locations it's really not a problem. Might be with larger trailers with boxier front ends.

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Have always towed fifth wheels with either a Chevy or GMC with a 6.5' box. (About twenty years now) Never had a "crunch". Backing the rig into my driveway gets pretty tight some days. You just have to keep an eye on the corner. With today's front end cap design and pin box locations it's really not a problem. Might be with larger trailers with boxier front ends.

Just to clarify -- never used a slider even though I have been told I would need one.
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Old 02-01-2015, 06:13 PM   #10
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Thank you for your encouragement, you echo sentiments from other long time 5th wheel owners.
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