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Old 05-18-2017, 07:52 PM   #1
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Pulling new Wildcat with new Ram short bed

Wondering if there's anyone pulling a newer Wildcat with a newer Ram short bed truck without a slider hitch? I'd love the option of the shorter truck for getting around when not towing, but don't want to run into trouble when towing. Thanks for any advice!
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Old 05-18-2017, 07:58 PM   #2
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I am pulling a new 327 RE with a short bed Silverdo with no problem . No slide hitch .
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Are we talking a Ram 1500 with the 5 1/2 ft box? Cuz I believe when one says a short box in a 2500 it's closer to 6 1/2 ft....correct me if I am wrong. And does your Wildcat have the Reese Revolution pinbox?

If we are talking a 5 1/2 ft box and no Reese Revolution....you will get away without a slider the majority of the time, but if you get in a predicament where you have to maneuver into a tight campsite, or have to make a sharp U turn, due to an accident on the roadway, or just end up in the wrong place, you will be very happy if you do have the slider. Some will tell you they have never needed the slider, others will tell you stories where they damaged their truck or trailer or both because they didn't...better safe than sorry.
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It will pull it no problem, whether you have a slider or not...question is when the time comes when you have to make a tight maneuver, and that time will come.
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Are we talking a Ram 1500 with the 5 1/2 ft box? Cuz I believe when one says a short box in a 2500 it's closer to 6 1/2 ft....correct me if I am wrong. And does your Wildcat have the Reese Revolution pinbox?



If we are talking a 5 1/2 ft box and no Reese Revolution....you will get away without a slider the majority of the time, but if you get in a predicament where you have to maneuver into a tight campsite, or have to make a sharp U turn, due to an accident on the roadway, or just end up in the wrong place, you will be very happy if you do have the slider. Some will tell you they have never needed the slider, others will tell you stories where they damaged their truck or trailer or both because they didn't...better safe than sorry.


I think it's just the standard Lippert extended pin box. Talking about a Ram 3500 6'4" box.
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I think it's just the standard Lippert extended pin box. Talking about a Ram 3500 6'4" box.
There we go...big difference being a 3500 with a 6'4 box...you will likely be fine....I have a 6 1/2 ft box in a Chevy truck...had the slider hitch and hated it...heavy and cumbersome to remove when I had to... takes more floor space in the box for the sliding mechanism...so this spring I sold the slider and bought a non slider, much happier now. I never needed the slider in 5 yrs, and have to make a pretty sharp maneuver every time I back the trailer into our driveway. Our 5th has the Reese Revolution so my thought was I would activate that once I switched to the non slider. So far I have not done that, and don't think I will need to.
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There we go...big difference being a 3500 with a 6'4 box...you will likely be fine....I have a 6 1/2 ft box in a Chevy truck...had the slider hitch and hated it...heavy and cumbersome to remove when I had to... takes more floor space in the box for the sliding mechanism...so this spring I sold the slider and bought a non slider, much happier now. I never needed the slider in 5 yrs, and have to make a pretty sharp maneuver every time I back the trailer into our driveway. Our 5th has the Reese Revolution so my thought was I would activate that once I switched to the non slider. So far I have not done that, and don't think I will need to.


Awesome, good to hear!
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Wondering if there's anyone pulling a newer Wildcat with a newer Ram short bed truck without a slider hitch? I'd love the option of the shorter truck for getting around when not towing, but don't want to run into trouble when towing. Thanks for any advice!
I have been pulling my Wildcat with an F-250 6 1/2 foot box. I have a slider that is not an automatic but have never had to get out to use it. I have to make a really tight turn to back it into our driveway between to brick pillars and it still does it no problem. Just have to keep an eye on the corner of the cab when backing.
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Like others, I've been pulling several 5th wheels with a 6.5' bed for years.
I have a manual slider that I've never had to use.

Will it hit on a tight 90º turn?
I'm pretty sure it will as I've turned rather sharply in a couple fields just to see how close and it will touch.

With that said, I have never got into a situation where I had to turn that tightly nor would I want to. Ever watch the axles rotate on a tight turn?

Our latest Flagstaff has the Revolution pin box. I have it bolted so it doesn't turn.
No problems.
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Thanks for all the quick replies everyone!
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If you never want to have to worry about hitting your cab then look at the sidewinders. Had them on several rigs and really enjoy them. We have the one in the video with the air bag and shock absorber. You can get them with or with out.



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Old 05-19-2017, 12:14 PM   #13
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I am pulling a 2015 317RL with a 2015 Ram 3500 QC short box. Keep you eye on it and you will be fine. I have backed into some tight spots and have had no problems. I might have to pull forward a couple of times but that is ok I don't want to slide my tires any more than needed.
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I am pulling a new 327 RE with a short bed Silverdo with no problem . No slide hitch .
Me too, but I have a slider, I haven't had to slide it to the rear yet.
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I pulled fifth wheels with short beds and a regular hitch for years. But I was amazed at the relief I felt after I installed the sidewinder. One less thing to have to constantly monitor while backing up
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Old 05-19-2017, 02:16 PM   #16
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Ben pulling our 36' Cardinal with F-350 long bed for years. Would like to switch to Ram 3500 short bed and plan to install PullRite auto slider. Hook up and forget. I save multiple friends with this hitch and they love it. My curent hitch is PullRite non-slider which I love. There are just too many campsites where you have to jack knife to get in.
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I have a slider on my F-250 and use it all the time, but not necessarily for turning or backing. I use it when hitching and unhitching when I need to put my tailgate down and need to be fairly straight so as not to hit my fiver with the tailgate. But with the slider in the back position, I can hitch / unhitch at any angle with the tailgate down and still clear the trailer. It has helped in a lot of tight situations. Another point of view.
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A bit late to respond, although my Ram is not considered a late model, but shouldn't be much different. Anyway, I tow our 16 262RGX with an Andersen Ultimate rail hitch on our 2007 Ram 2500 short bed and have plenty of room to turn, never getting close to hitting the cab.

I would not want any other hitch. It is easy as can be to unhook and hook up, weighs 40 lbs and little to no chucking. Don't even have to get out of the truck to line it up, then lower it on the ball with the remote. Plus, I can easily take it out of the truck by myself. I giggle at how easy it is every time I load up or disconnect. Especially after having a Husky slider that was HEAVY and awkward to use leaning over the bed to connect or disconnect. The Andersen is the best $500 I have spent in a long time.
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i have a Ram 2500 with a 6'4 bed and a Curt 16k slider. The only things i have ever used the slide is to allow access into the garage while still hooked up. That stupid over molded rounded edge is all that stops it, so I slide the truck forward so I can access it without complete unhitch.

Other than that, never used it and I have a very tight space to back into at home
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Pulls great if i turn to sharp pin box will hit the in side of my bed

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