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    Hitch - slider or not?

    We are taking delivery of our 303 this coming Friday, July 11th and are scheduled to have the dealer install a B&W Companion same time. We are now second guessing whether we need a slider or not. Our road is very narrow so the turn into our drive is a little tight. We can bring a 40' goose neck in, but that does not come anywhere near the cab. The truck is a 2012 F250 crew cab 4WD short bed. Anyone with a similar set up have recommendations? Thanks.

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    Better safe than sorry. Here is an automatic slider from PullRite and a company with a good price. You can purchase from PPL and have your dealer install. Hope this helps.

    http://www.pullrite.com/products

    http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/r...lide-hitch.php

    They are not cheap but give peace of mind and safety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lajones View Post
    We are taking delivery of our 303 this coming Friday, July 11th and are scheduled to have the dealer install a B&W Companion same time. We are now second guessing whether we need a slider or not. Our road is very narrow so the turn into our drive is a little tight. We can bring a 40' goose neck in, but that does not come anywhere near the cab. The truck is a 2012 F250 crew cab 4WD short bed. Anyone with a similar set up have recommendations? Thanks.
    With the set-up noted in our signature, I have a manual slider. I got the camper into some tight back-in sites without the slider where it was more jack-knifed than you'd ever approach going forward and didn't have a problem. The hitch was installed as per Reese's instructions which is 4" in front of the axle centerline. With the B&W Companion, you have 4" of fore/aft adjustment. I'd recommend that you position it as far back as you can but not behind the axle centerline and you'll be fine.

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    With a short bed PU I automatically assumed I would need a slider, but I've never got to use it! We had a 2004 Cardinal, and now the new GD 337 and even at 90 degrees, it clears great. Someday, maybe I will activate it, just for giggles!! My bigger concern has been with departure angles during a turn...like coming out of a tight gas station...had the rig within a few inches of the PU bed a few times. Although there is adjustment available, both on the hitch and pin box, I am set nice and level right now, and don't want to change unless if becomes an issue.
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    We have been using our airsafe nonsliding hitch for a little while now with no problems. We have had some tight turns but not on uneven ground. Till then I can not say for sure if we will or not. I do like the ride that we get from this hitch. It absorbs 90% of the jounce and banging from a 5th wheel. Its also better for the truck and the trailer. Before we got it we ran the numbers and we should be okay.
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    LA Jones not sure what you decided in your solution, but we haul with a Ram crew cab short wheelbase, and have a B&W Companion hitch. Our setup is all the way back, and we've not had a problem. I was going to spring for a slider, but my dealer said with radius corners on the 303 it wouldn't be necessary - and so for he's correct.
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