Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Hernando Beach, FL
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Re: Need a 5th Wheel Hitch for a Short Bed - Slider or Fixed
Note what Penhall said. My Montana 5'ver has rounded corners on the front and I pulled it with a non-slider hitch (I threw the slider away because I could not get it to work easily)for 5 years with a short-bed F-250. I never had any problems, but I watched closely when turning and backing.
My bro-in-law has a Cardinal 5'ver, same length as mine, but it has square corners in the front. He left a rear window in Salinas, Kansas, when he turned too tightly into a fuel pump.
I don't have a lot good to say about the sliders. I had two.... made the dealer change out my first Reese for one with the rollers... but it didn't help. I threw the slider mechanism away and bought a couple of bows from a U-Haul hitch place and went slider-less.
There's some new, very expensive models on the market, but seems a waste of money. Just my 2 cents.
2011 Suzuki Burgman 650cc Rice Rocket Scooter 49 MPG, 120+ MPH, & 2009 Honda Shadow 750cc 51 MPG, 100+ MPH
2001 7.3 F-350 Dually Lariat CC LWB 4X2 Dark Green 4.10 4R100 5'ver Hauler (32' Montana 2 slides 10,500# - 2,000# tongue weight), 106 gal aux tank, 198K miles, nephews arguing over who will inherit it 'cause I'm gonna' drive it 'til I die. Bone stock.
SOLD 2001 5.4 Gasser F-250 XLT Crewcab SWB 4X2 3.73 4R100 98K miles headed to 150K stock as the day it was made
Before these: '00 F-250 CC PSD, '97 F-250 CC PSD, '94 Ford F-150, '91 Ford E-250, '81 Ford E-150, '66 Ford F-100 (cars not included)