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smithrhjr

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Posted: 01/18/20 08:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My new truck has a 6' 8" bed and I have a 2018 Rockwood FW. I understand the functional differences between an auto slider vs a manual slider, but was wondering how often I need it to slide. I vision myself being in a small town and need to make a sharp corner and I need to stop traffic to get out of the truck and let my manual slider slide. Am I being realistic/crazy?


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Posted: 01/18/20 09:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You mentioned in your other post Demco is the only one. Not true. Pullrite has auto slider hitches as well.

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Posted: 01/18/20 10:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When you have to do a sharp u-turn in traffic are you seriously gonna get out to manually slide it?? Then there's the change in the pitch of the pavement in your sharp turn that you didn't notice or think about...
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Posted: 01/18/20 11:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

spud1957 Pullrite and B&W do not have auto sliders for the 2020 chvey YET. They are working on it, but no timeline.

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Posted: 01/18/20 01:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have the factory puck system, you may not need a slider. It appears GM may have addressed this issue when designing the new truck. They installed a longer bed plus they put the gooseneck ball 2" behind the axle centerline for additional cab clearance. I have observed this truck with a puck mounted B&W hitch and the owner had set it up so that the jaws were over the gooseneck mount. You may want to measure the ball to cab clearance and see how it jives with your trailer.

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Posted: 01/18/20 02:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would never get a manual slider. I am happy with my B&W in my short box but if I was worried about hitting my back window I would go autoslide.


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In general traffic I doubt you would ever need a slider with todays cut corner cap fifth wheels. Maybe when backing in a tight site but I try my best not to cut super sharp anyway because of the twisting and scrubbing it does to the fifth wheel tires. But every fifth/truck combo is different, as for me I have plenty of room.

I do however have a manual B&W slider and the only reason I have one is because I have a steep hill I have to back down to get to the barn and this provides a steeper angle without hitting the tailgate when backing down. Hope that made sense.

Had a Pullrite auto slider for about 5 years on a previous fifth wheel years ago and to be honest I didn't really care for it. I had too many times where I had to separate the head from the rest of the unit just to unhitch plus I was always cleaning and greasing the slide bars. Plus in my situation it wouldn't work for my needs.

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Posted: 01/18/20 02:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As I said in the other thread. First install the pucks or have someone install them for you. Then get the puck mounted hitch of your choice.


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