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smithrhjr

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Posted: 01/17/20 05:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I purchased a 2020 Chevy 2500 HD crew cab with the new length bed 6' 8" From all indications, I will need a slider for my 5th wheel trailer. I much prefer an auto slider and right now the only company offering one is DEMCO. Do I really need the slider and if so, what other suggestions do you have?


2018 Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 34' 8"
2020 Chevy 2500 HD 6' 8" bed new this year 6.6L V8 gas engine (That's right, not diesel)

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Posted: 01/17/20 05:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When I bought my 03 RAM new, it was a new body style and bed length. I remember being really worried about finding a hitch initially because no one made one. Within a few months, I could get pretty much any brand I wanted.

My advice, unless you are going on a trip soon, wait a couple months and let the companies catch up. You will have better choices then.


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Posted: 01/17/20 06:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You don't say what year FW, but most later models have a nose designed to be towed with standard bed. I have towed with 6' 9" Ford beds for many years, not needing a slider hitch.

Do you have the pucks? Many non-sliding hitches can be adjusted ahead/back.

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Posted: 01/18/20 07:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No I do not have pucks. It is a 2018 Rockwood 34' 8" FW

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Posted: 01/18/20 07:52am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

smithrhjr wrote:

No I do not have pucks. It is a 2018 Rockwood 34' 8" FW


Start by installing or having installed the factory pucks.


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Posted: 01/18/20 08:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The length of bed is not as important as the distance from rear axle center to back of cab. Not sure on 2020, but earlier GMs had the longest distance of the big 3 at about 43 inches. My Ford bed at 6'9"s is about 41"s, axle ctr to cab. My pin center, is at 40.5, never an issue. Locate your axle center, then measure to back of cab. With newer FW, likely round front cap corners, any measurement 40"s or more, should be good going/turning forward. In a severe backing situation, you need to be aware, just like backing a TT or boat.

Look at B&W hitches that have good adjust ability ahead/back.

Jerry

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Posted: 01/18/20 09:38am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Being as OP has now out a 2nd post in towing, asking same question.... Closing this one.
Please do not double post

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