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Old 12-17-2014, 09:36 PM   #11
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Very cool - congratulations!!!
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Old 12-18-2014, 01:02 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the nice comments.

For those who asked about the short bed and hitch. Reace gave me the measurement I needed from the back window to the center of the hitch (can't remember what it was now). To mount the hitch in the correct spot, a non slider didn't quite make that measurement (a couple inches shy). So the hitch guy suggested a slider, which I had installed. After picking up the trailer, I'm not convinced I really needed the slider. Maybe if a was making a sharp 90 degree turn, it might be needed, but for normal stuff, it appears there is plenty of clearance. The hitch is a BW Companion.

As for the bed squat, I hadn't noticed it until it was pointed out. I'll have to check that out.
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Old 12-18-2014, 01:39 AM   #13
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For those who asked about the short bed and hitch. Reace gave me the measurement I needed from the back window to the center of the hitch (can't remember what it was now). To mount the hitch in the correct spot, a non slider didn't quite make that measurement (a couple inches shy). So the hitch guy suggested a slider, which I had installed. After picking up the trailer, I'm not convinced I really needed the slider. Maybe if a was making a sharp 90 degree turn, it might be needed, but for normal stuff, it appears there is plenty of clearance.
To actually get to 90 degrees, that spacing would need to be at least half the width of the trailer, or 44 inches... that's waaay back in a short-bed. I don't think there's any "might" about making a 90 degree angle without the slider - and you might not even make it with the slider - but enough angle certainly might be available.
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Old 12-18-2014, 01:46 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the nice comments.

For those who asked about the short bed and hitch. Reace gave me the measurement I needed from the back window to the center of the hitch (can't remember what it was now). To mount the hitch in the correct spot, a non slider didn't quite make that measurement (a couple inches shy). So the hitch guy suggested a slider, which I had installed. After picking up the trailer, I'm not convinced I really needed the slider. Maybe if a was making a sharp 90 degree turn, it might be needed, but for normal stuff, it appears there is plenty of clearance. The hitch is a BW Companion.

As for the bed squat, I hadn't noticed it until it was pointed out. I'll have to check that out.
Hi: gingerh... Just be careful when the truck is nose uphill and the trailer isn't. That situ closes the gap between the truck cab and trailer quite a bit!!! I have the bruises to prove it. We have the Husky EZRoller slider... and never use it either... but should have once!!!
Our truck squats about 1" when hooked up and it tows just fine. Alf
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Old 12-18-2014, 02:22 AM   #15
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BP and Alf,

Thanks for the input. I'm new to the 5th wheel (previous trailers were tow behinds), so any and all input is appreciated.

Alf, mine towed like a wonder on the way home from ETI. Couldn't even tell it was there. Maybe I don't need to worry about my squat either. I'll need to check out the headlights to see if they're high.

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Old 12-18-2014, 07:00 AM   #16
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BP and Alf,

Thanks for the input. I'm new to the 5th wheel (previous trailers were tow behinds), so any and all input is appreciated.

Alf, mine towed like a wonder on the way home from ETI. Couldn't even tell it was there. Maybe I don't need to worry about my squat either. I'll need to check out the headlights to see if they're high.

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Yes, when the opposing drivers kept flashing lights I realized mine were high. Other than that issue everything else looks beautiful.
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Old 12-18-2014, 03:42 PM   #17
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Hi: gingerh... Just be careful when the truck is nose uphill and the trailer isn't. That situ closes the gap between the truck cab and trailer quite a bit!!! I have the bruises to prove it. We have the Husky EZRoller slider... and never use it either... but should have once!!!
Our truck squats about 1" when hooked up and it tows just fine. Alf
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Hi Alf

I was looking at these, will see how my 5 1/2 foot bed looks with the trailer hooked up.
Maybe they are cheaper then body work

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Doug, just be careful. If you move to far back, you'll possibly hit the tailgate.
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Old 12-18-2014, 04:12 PM   #19
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Hi Alf

I was looking at these, will see how my 5 1/2 foot bed looks with the trailer hooked up.
Maybe they are cheaper then body work

Cheers Doug

Hi: PGDriver... That's exactly what HokieEscape used on my recommendation. He had to get a replacement truck for his totalled Crew Cab Long Bed. Only used short beds available.
He's thrilled with the performance of it. It clamps onto the trailer pin so the hitch plate might need adjusting downward. For sure it's a lot less than a new truck!!! Alf RV Supplies, 5th Wheel Hitches and Electrical Plumbing by Tweetys $379.80 & free shipping in the US.
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