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#1 robertbick

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 07:19 AM

Anyone tow a fifth wheel trailer with the NBS 2500HD Crew Cab Standard Bed? I am wondering if I will need a slider hitch to keep the 5er front end from contacting the rear window on sharp turns. Just looking for some experience since I have only had bumper pull trailers before. Thanks.
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 09:00 AM

If it has the same dimensions as the 800's, I'd say no. I dont use one, and can get into some pretty tight turns without getting close to the window. If anything, If I were to jack knife my trailer, I'd contact the rear of the cab first.

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 10:06 AM

I think its relative to the 5ther you get. Go with what the dealer recommends. Most I've looked at seem to recommend the slider since the bed is only 6' long.

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 10:20 PM

A lot depends on the trailer.

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 11:15 PM

If the trailer has an extended pin box (most modern ones do), then a sliding hitch isn't an absolute necessity. You can still get into maneuvers sometimes, especially on uneven ground (like backing up a hill while also turning) that the corner of the trailer can get near your rear window. But on flat ground you may never get into a situation needing it.

Having said that, I've had sliders on all my trucks (even my longbed) for another reason. Without a slider the pivot point (pin) is directly over the rear axle and the maneuvering geometry causes slow response to steering input when backing. Moving the pivot point back about a foot makes backing maneuvers in tight spots MUCH easier, because you get some immediate "leverage" when you steer.
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 04:06 AM

If the trailer has an extended pin box (most modern ones do), then a sliding hitch isn't an absolute necessity. You can still get into maneuvers sometimes, especially on uneven ground (like backing up a hill while also turning) that the corner of the trailer can get near your rear window. But on flat ground you may never get into a situation needing it.


I agree 100% with BlackSilver. I had to use my slider in situations like that a few times.
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Posted 06 May 2009 - 06:18 AM

If the trailer has an extended pin box (most modern ones do), then a sliding hitch isn't an absolute necessity. You can still get into maneuvers sometimes, especially on uneven ground (like backing up a hill while also turning) that the corner of the trailer can get near your rear window. But on flat ground you may never get into a situation needing it.


I agree 100% with BlackSilver. I had to use my slider in situations like that a few times.


Thanks guys... you made some good points. Now to decide on the manual slider or the PullRite Superglide.
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Posted 07 May 2009 - 07:16 AM

Thanks guys... you made some good points. Now to decide on the manual slider or the PullRite Superglide.


Depends how much money you have to spend. I am happy with the manual Reese slider.
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Posted 07 May 2009 - 10:12 AM

If the trailer has an extended pin box (most modern ones do), then a sliding hitch isn't an absolute necessity. You can still get into maneuvers sometimes, especially on uneven ground (like backing up a hill while also turning) that the corner of the trailer can get near your rear window. But on flat ground you may never get into a situation needing it.

Very true, I never thought of that, since this state i'm is is extremely flat.


Having said that, I've had sliders on all my trucks (even my longbed) for another reason. Without a slider the pivot point (pin) is directly over the rear axle and the maneuvering geometry causes slow response to steering input when backing. Moving the pivot point back about a foot makes backing maneuvers in tight spots MUCH easier, because you get some immediate "leverage" when you steer.

Good note. I may have to add one.


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Posted 08 May 2009 - 08:52 AM

Well... just put a deposit down on the 5th wheel and scheduled the hitch install. I decided to splurge and get the PullRite SuperGlide automatic sliding hitch. Hey, I'm getting old & lazy. :thumbs:
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:00 AM

Well... just put a deposit down on the 5th wheel and scheduled the hitch install. I decided to splurge and get the PullRite SuperGlide automatic sliding hitch. Hey, I'm getting old & lazy. :D



OK, so what 5th wheel did you buy?
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 01:57 PM

Well... just put a deposit down on the 5th wheel and scheduled the hitch install. I decided to splurge and get the PullRite SuperGlide automatic sliding hitch. Hey, I'm getting old & lazy. :D


OK, so what 5th wheel did you buy?


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Posted 11 May 2009 - 02:33 PM

I just googled it,... very nice trailer.. Should be nice.

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 06:14 AM

I just googled it,... very nice trailer.. Should be nice.


Thanks. Here she is all hooked up...

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 10:57 PM

I am fairly new to the RV thing....the dealer highly recommended the slider hitch when I bought the 5th wheel...glad I did. There have been several times that I probably would not have a rear window if it was not for the slider.

I also have a Reese manual slider and I like it fine...Yep, I have to get in and out of the truck a couple of times, but it works flawlessly and is pretty easy to use.....
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