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Old 04-09-2018, 10:38 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Need help making decision on 5er Reciever

Alright Folks, Here is what I am working with

2017 F-250 Short bed 6.7 Diesel
2014 Rockwood Signature 8285IKSW 9,000 Dry Weight

I am looking to hear some real feedback of people with a similar setup.

I am trying to decide between a slider or not?

Which Slider? Demco, Pullright, or B&W Companion?

Or the wildcard Anderson?

Have the FORD OEM PUCK SYSTEM and would like to utilize that as well.

Any suggestions would be helpful.. Money is not a factor, I want for the best..

I realize its not a ton of weight for the truck, but want the safest, easiest setup and convenience..
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Old 04-10-2018, 06:24 AM   #2
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Yes, on the slider if you have a short bed. I didn't need mine often, but it was important when I needed it.
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Old 04-10-2018, 07:20 AM   #3
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As all Rockwood FW's come with a Reese Revolution pinbox, you don't need a slider. Just get the correct wedge for your hitch and engage the Revolution.
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I can not believe the Anderson ultimate has not made slider hitches obsolete. Light weight, easy in and out, and inexpensive. It was my first 5th wheel hitch and will be my last. I'll never tow with another.
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Old 04-10-2018, 08:05 AM   #5
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My fiver weighs 10700 dry and I pull it with a F250 short bed truck and Pullrite Superlite hitch (similar idea to Anderson). I don't have the puck system but use standard bed rails. The hitch I have only weighs 50 pounds so I can remove it easily from the bed when needed. The trailer has a contoured front so I can turn about 85 degrees without hitting the truck. Have not had a problem getting into a site yet.
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I can not believe the Anderson ultimate has not made slider hitches obsolete. Light weight, easy in and out, and inexpensive. It was my first 5th wheel hitch and will be my last. I'll never tow with another.
Not one of those three reasons are why I own a 5th wheel hitch. They're good, for sure. But immaterial to me.
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As all Rockwood FW's come with a Reese Revolution pinbox, you don't need a slider. Just get the correct wedge for your hitch and engage the Revolution.
This is the answer. Why don't you just engage the Revolution pin box that comes with it? It was designed for short box trucks.
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This is the answer. Why don't you just engage the Revolution pin box that comes with it? It was designed for short box trucks.
X2. I have the sidewinder with air bag and shock. Great towing experience and never have to fool with a slider. Never have to watch the cab corners/back window when backing. Have had a sidewinder on the last two fivers and will have one on the next.
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As all Rockwood FW's come with a Reese Revolution pinbox, you don't need a slider. Just get the correct wedge for your hitch and engage the Revolution.
Good point! Since I have a long bed now I forget about the Revolutuon/Sidewinder.
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Yes, on the slider if you have a short bed. I didn't need mine often, but it was important when I needed it.


Thanks, which one would u recommend?
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As all Rockwood FW's come with a Reese Revolution pinbox, you don't need a slider. Just get the correct wedge for your hitch and engage the Revolution.


Can u expand?
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Can u expand?
The Reese Revolution pin box extends forward of the fifth wheel nose and can be set to pivot under the trailer during turns. This eliminates the need for a slider hitch with short bed trucks. It does require installation of a "wedge" that prevents the hitch from pivoting at the truck's hitch, but this isn't too difficult. If your trailer has a Revolution, you won't need a slider hitch.
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The Reese Revolution pin box extends forward of the fifth wheel nose and can be set to pivot under the trailer during turns. This eliminates the need for a slider hitch with short bed trucks. It does require installation of a "wedge" that prevents the hitch from pivoting at the truck's hitch, but this isn't too difficult. If your trailer has a Revolution, you won't need a slider hitch.


Thanks Best news I've heard all day!!
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Thanks Best news I've heard all day!!
I chose to avoid the weight and complexity of a slider. Sidewinder solved any and all issues of 5th-Wheel towing with my shortbed F250. Love it. My 5er has square corners up front and still plenty of cab clearance for 90-degree turns. Sounds like the Reese Revolution does the same thing.
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revolution and short bed -no problem

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This is the answer. Why don't you just engage the Revolution pin box that comes with it? It was designed for short box trucks.
that is what I have- and use the B & W companion. short bed 2015 F-250 crew cab and 2014 Forest river Flagstaff
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I have the B W slider and like the manual option over the ones that auto slide.
BUT, knowing what you fiver has you have a much easier choice in hitches.

I like my hitch, many others like theirs and they have a different brand. If what you fiver has was available when I got my fiver I would have a non slider.
Have fun in your search and you travels!
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Old 04-10-2018, 05:36 PM   #19
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Which 5'er hitch

Man o man go with the Andersen. Light weight and works well with short bed just add a B & W goose neck hitch to your truck. Again not only light weight but you have the use of your truck bed when not towing. While your at it get the 3600 ultimate trailer gear makes leveling and tire changing easier.
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Make sure your hitch will accept the Sidewinder. I switched trucks and put on a new hitch and found out I had to change the head on the new hitch to accept the Sidewinder. Just be sure you tell the dealer you will be using one.
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