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Ron3rd

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Gonna go with the Superglide auto slider


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Ron3rd wrote:

Gonna go with the Superglide auto slider


I hope you did your homework on the Superglide, and the limitations on hitching ,unhitching . Had a friend grow tired of it after couple years ,and got rid of it ,that and the weight to deal with. Hopefully you are aware of all this, they are not cheap .

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cummins2014 wrote:

Ron3rd wrote:

Gonna go with the Superglide auto slider


I hope you did your homework on the Superglide, and the limitations on hitching ,unhitching . Had a friend grow tired of it after couple years ,and got rid of it ,that and the weight to deal with. Hopefully you are aware of all this, they are not cheap .


Yes, more to consider than just that it auto slides. Is there a chance, with your model truck, that it could cause the pin box to hit the tailgate, when sliding. I do consider this to be a quality hitch, that works well for many.

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MFL wrote:

cummins2014 wrote:

Ron3rd wrote:

Gonna go with the Superglide auto slider


I hope you did your homework on the Superglide, and the limitations on hitching ,unhitching . Had a friend grow tired of it after couple years ,and got rid of it ,that and the weight to deal with. Hopefully you are aware of all this, they are not cheap .


Yes, more to consider than just that it auto slides. Is there a chance, with your model truck, that it could cause the pin box to hit the tailgate, when sliding. I do consider this to be a quality hitch, that works well for many.

Jerry


Yes, very good chance it could hit, it was a concern. I had the same concern when I pulled my Reese slider back when backing into my driveway, but it cleared . If I remember the Superglide went further back then my Reese manual slider . I had the luxury of checking it out gradual ,not sure you have that with the Superglide , once it starts back I think it goes to until it stops at the end of its travel . A little late in the game at that point .

Early on I considered a Superglide, but definitely not after the trouble I saw with my friends Superglide . Reason I considered it was just not having to deal with that manual slider . I think that is one of the biggest reasons why so many cabs ,and back windows get damage is thinking they can get away from having to use a manual slider , I know I hated dealing with it.

I think Pullrite makes quality products, but IMO the Superglide just has too much baggage with it. .

I solved the clearance problems with a short bed truck ,having the rounded corners on a fifth wheel front cap ,its a game changer . ,and definitely the Andersen hitch .

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MFL wrote:

cummins2014 wrote:

Ron3rd wrote:

Gonna go with the Superglide auto slider


I hope you did your homework on the Superglide, and the limitations on hitching ,unhitching . Had a friend grow tired of it after couple years ,and got rid of it ,that and the weight to deal with. Hopefully you are aware of all this, they are not cheap .


Yes, more to consider than just that it auto slides. Is there a chance, with your model truck, that it could cause the pin box to hit the tailgate, when sliding. I do consider this to be a quality hitch, that works well for many.

Jerry



Just double checked the travel distance on the Superglide, its 14" ,compared to 10 " on my Reese. Its definitely something to consider, just depends on where that Superglide is mounted ,and definitely the pin box style . If I remember now, with my Ram I thought the Superglide would hit the tailgate with my Montana fifth wheel ,and Morryde pin box . Positive it would hit my tailgate with this newer fifth wheel ,and the Lippert pin box .

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I have no need or desire for a sliding hitch but if I was to get one it would be an auto slide. If I had to manually slide my hitch I would never slide it. My father has taken out the back window of his Dodge twice in the 16 years that he has owned his truck and he has a manual slider ... that he doesn't use.


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cummins2014 wrote:

Ron3rd wrote:

Gonna go with the Superglide auto slider


I hope you did your homework on the Superglide, and the limitations on hitching ,unhitching . Had a friend grow tired of it after couple years ,and got rid of it ,that and the weight to deal with. Hopefully you are aware of all this, they are not cheap .

In 16 years and 2 different 5th wheel trailers (with my 6.5' Ram bed), I never once had an issue hooking/unhooking in developed campsites. I realize it had the potential for issues, but it was never an issue for me.

That said, I love the Andersen on my new truck. Super light and super quiet.


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I towed my 3 different fivers with a Superglide and never a problem..

IF I ever have to go back to a short bed ( I WONT ) it will be an auto slider Superglide.. Great company to work with... Great people to talk to... Great Hitch !


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Just one more note, make sure of your bed/hitch height before you go with a slider. My trailer really doesn't need the slider but I thought I had to have one. The slider will add to your hitch height and it could make your trailer nose high. I had that issue with mine. Got rid of the slider and so far we are good.
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Curly2001 wrote:

Just one more note, make sure of your bed/hitch height before you go with a slider. My trailer really doesn't need the slider but I thought I had to have one. The slider will add to your hitch height and it could make your trailer nose high. I had that issue with mine. Got rid of the slider and so far we are good.
Curly


Ha, famous last words. Just kidding, glad a non-slider works for you! Having a GM is a big help, due to the longer than other brands distance, from axle center, to rear of cab.

I've towed with several 6.75 bed Fords, and a couple different FWs, while never having a slider hitch. No problem so far, and been working fine since 99.

Jerry

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