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Old 02-25-2019, 06:49 PM   #1
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Do I need sliding hitch for Ford 6 1/2 foot bed and 5.0TA

I am a rookie to all of this but have decided to buy a 5.0-TA and a Ford F-150 with the 6 1/2 foot bed. given standard fifth wheel hitch installations, will I need a sliding hitch like SuperGlide or will there be sufficient clearance for tight turns with a regular (non-sliding) hitch?

I see references in some of the discussion threads about a company called TradeMasters. Where are they located, what hitches do they sell / install?
Finally, if anyone has a recommended hitch brand I would welcome the input
Sorry for sounding stupid but as I said, I am new to all of this but know I want to join the RV lifestyle

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Old 02-25-2019, 07:33 PM   #2
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We have the 6.5 bed on our F150 and there's plenty of room, I could even jackknife it without hitting the cab. Don't forget a 5.0TA is only 7 foot 4 inches wide, narrower than standard fifth wheels. I'd recommend the Andersen hitch as well. We're happy with our B&W Patriot like Bob's but it is very heavy so have to watch my payload.

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Old 02-25-2019, 07:34 PM   #3
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The 6.5' bed is what I would consider the ideal size, you won't have any problems with it. Trademasters is in Chilliwack. Here's the web page with their 5th wheel hitches. From what I've read here, they are pretty easy to work with. May be able to bring your own equipment to them, others here will know more, I didn't use them.

Anderson is probably the most popular as it is fairly light weight. I like the B&W Patriot I have but it's anything but light weight.
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Old 03-10-2019, 03:29 AM   #4
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6.5 and Andersen Hitch

Our F150 has a 6.5' bed. We put a B&W gooseneck hitch in the bed. Added a lightweight Andersen hitch, and have never had a problem. Haven't jack-knifed it yet, but looks like we would get away with it. Katrina
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Old 03-10-2019, 07:40 AM   #5
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Short answer is no. Slider not necessary.
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Old 03-10-2019, 04:41 PM   #6
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A slider is not required, as long as the (fixed) pin position is far enough back from the cab. In an F-150 6.5' box, that means not just ahead of the axle (which is where most hitches install by default), but shifted back in some way. The shift back can come from the offset in the frame of a hitch such as the Andersen Ultimate, or by non-standard installation of the mounting rails for a conventional fifth-wheel hitch. Getting the right position for a fixed hitch to work isn't a problem, but it does require a suitable choice of components and mounting.

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