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Old 03-23-2014, 02:10 PM   #1
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Towing a Columbus with a short bed F250

I have ordered a 325rl and have a 2003 f250 super cab and I am wondering which 5th wheel to get. I have a concern of the turning radius and smacking my cab with the nose. I have been looking at the 15k super glide but is needed or just having a slider wheel just in case is enough? Is the nose designed for a short bed if so they don't advertise it so that puts me in a quandary.
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Old 03-23-2014, 02:31 PM   #2
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When I had my short bed ram 3500 if I didn't slide it back if I was backing in to a spot the nose came very close to the cab I had a reese 16k slider
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:08 PM   #3
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It's all about peace of mind. Most, if not all newer 5th wheels are designed to lessen the chance of a cab strike in turns. However, there may be a time when you need it. I haven't had that need yet, but I am ready in case I do.
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I've been satisfied with my basic Reese Pro 15K with a manual slide. I've only used it a few times since 2007, but it's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:36 PM   #5
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The Reese Revolution allows you to make 90deg turns without thumping the cab. Used it on our 2012 RAM Hemi crew cab with a short bed when we were towing our Flagstaff 8528IWKS....
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:58 PM   #6
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I have an Andersen Ultimate hitch and it's not been an issue thus far, I'm wanting to go to a parking lot and see what the actual limit is before I get into a bind but the idea is that it's offset enough to miss.
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:11 PM   #7
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Pullrite 15K owner here. So far I only have one trip under my belt (we just upgraded to the Fifth from a conventional TT). My impression is that I will never be without an automatic slider. I was in two situations that would have required me to use a slider on my first trip. In both cases, it was not situations where getting out and flipping the lever, sliding the hitch, making the maneuver and then reversing the steps would have been convenient for me or the people behind me. With the superglide, not having to think about when and where to use the slider, and go through the whole process in fantastic. Some people will say, no big deal, etc. I would probably agree for backing situations. But when you are having to make those tight maneuvers in service stations, parking lots and RV park roads, it is nice to just be able to go and not worry about it. I know in my case, I would get in a hurry or whatever, and I would try to cheat it, not slide the hitch, and end up regretting it. With the Pullrite, I just do my thing and I don't have to worry about it.
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Old 03-25-2014, 12:28 AM   #8
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Like Edjunior said" its all about piece of mind. We had an 03 F250 and an 04 36ft Citation 5th wheel. The Pullrite Super glide is awesome in my opinion. I don't have to worry about it. We used this outfit for over 5 years and then last year traded to a 2013 Columbus 340RK and an 08 F350. Still have the same Super glide. They are more expensive, but well worth it. My brother in-law has an 08 Dodge CC. SB with Cummins. He has had to replace 2 back windows, because of towing trailers with short pin boxes. Those repairs are expensive. He has even dinged the cab with in 5th wheel.
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Old 03-25-2014, 12:33 AM   #9
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There are many people in our Columbus RV Group the tow with a F250 short box, I do not think that they have any issues. They use a variety of hitches. On the newer Fords they are using the Reese. You should ask this question over in that group over 500 Columbus Owners
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Old 03-27-2014, 12:30 AM   #10
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We have a Columbus 320 and tow with a 2002 F250 short bed pickup. I do have a manual slider hitch mainly because of the previous 5th wheel we had. We have traveled about 2000 miles with the Columbus and have yet found a need to slide the hitch back. Even with our old 2002 Montana 5th wheel I believe there were only 2 times that I needed to slide the hitch. In both instances it occurred in a camping ground when backing into a tight space. The Columbus front cap is made with more rounded and set back corners to allow for more clearance.
The manufacture of the hitch probably makes little difference as it pertains to a standard or manual slider. Since the pin should be mounted centered or within a couple of inches above the differential.
I guess if I had to do it again I would go for the manual slider for the reason stated earlier. Better to have it for peace of mind. I have a friend who has the Pull Rite auto slider and in my opinion it takes up to much of the pickup box plus it's very heavy. This takes away from your tow vehicle's max GVW.
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