Because it was an auto slider the turning radius would change slightly as the hitch slid back and forth in the bed. Yes, anything less than 8 feet is considered a short box. My fiance and I are new to the new to this game and looking for reccomendation. To install the coupler you slide the block around the king pin and secure it with 2 long bolts. The shorter truck works much better for my everyday driving.
This should allow you to turn sharper than the Andersen hitch would. Many, many people tow with a short box with no issues. The sidewinder provides the best of both worlds allowing you to use a light weight fixed hitch and maintain an almost 90 degree turning angle. The only concern I have is the 16k. The SuperLite is built from steel and rated at 20,000 lbs. Auto sliding hitches are expensive, so you you think you might move to a bigger 5th wheel in the future you might want to go up one size up on the hitch now. They offer the latest innovation that addresses the downfalls of manual sliders.
Edited March 12, 2015 by cwill925 Hey all, I have bought one for less than half price and the one I got was used because the guy had a welding flatbed on his truck and the gooseneck ball was below the deck. Later on I traded for a long bed truck with a standard 5th wheel hitch and I liked it much better. I used to have a dually long bed years ago with a different 5th wheel and I really haven't seen any difference in towing. I would recommend using the chains. I decided against it because of the problem you are having now. Andersen Hitch Rail Mount Version The Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection is also available in a rail mount version. When the loose connection finally runs out of travel a sudden jarring will be felt.
My truck is a qclb 2wd 2500 and it rides noticeably harsher than my daughter's '98 qcsb 4wd 2500! To correct this the coupler can be turned around moving the pin box further forward. One more option is called a sidewinder pin box. You almost definitely can, and many of these hitches fold out of the way when not in use, opening your truck bed back up for general use. You will need to purchase a capture plate for each fifth wheel you plan on towing as they are not included with the hitch. If you have done any research you probably found they both have very loyal followings. Finally, you should never tow at road speeds in the maneuvering position. If you don't have four or inches of clearance you need a slider, 6 inches would be safer if you get on off-level ground.
Now you are ready to travel again. The Demco 13K Autoslide with the under bed mounting system weighs an incredible 352 lbs. Bucking and Chucking Loose connections can cause what is known as bucking and chucking. I'll pass it along when he comes out to do the sheetrock work on our new place whenever it dries up enough to build the pad and pour the concrete. The sharper you turn the further the hitch slides back in the bed.
I will not be renting a seasonal spot. The solution is a slider hitch. I think my standard bed truck does great. You will save money in the long run by buying a larger hitch than you need now instead of trading it in when you buy your next 5th wheel. Greg Generally yes, but not always.
This option will also give you a gooseneck ball if you ever need it. You can get the expensive auto sliders or the manual type. All on the crushed hitch. To install most kits you will be drilling holes in both the frame and bed. This is a great choice because the hitch is light weight and easy to remove when not in use. The sliding and sudden locking into position can be a little scary the first couple of times.
The Demco 13K autoslider was designed specifically for short beds like yours, but it comes in at a hefty 340 lbs. Guide to the Best 5th Wheel Hitch for Short Bed Trucks Picking a 5th wheel hitch for your short bed truck can be challenging. Demco offers their automatic sliders in under bed mounts and above bed mounts. Edited March 8, 2015 by silverfox don't believe everything a dealer tells you. When not in use you can remove the hitch leaving you bed clear of any obstacles. Shawana, Thanks for the question. You may have to before you can post: click the register link above to proceed.
Then to get the turning radius you need I would have a pinbox installed to replace the factory pinbox on your 5th wheel. I towed a 37' Cameo for a few years with a short bed truck that required a sliding hitch. The A16 is rated for 16k lbs so it will have no problem with your Jayco. With the problems Ford owners have experienced with the 2010 diesel engine, I am thinking about replacing my truck with a newer model Ford 6. And he has no fiver as he sold that too but that's god info. Hitch is a PullRite Super Glide automatic slider.