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Old 07-16-2018, 02:18 PM   #1
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Hitch for short bed

Hi,
This is truly a newbie Question!
With the 2018 3901WB which we are proud owners of will I need a sliding hitch in a Ford short bed or will the trailer allow for the use of a stationary hitch.
I welcome any advice.
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Old 07-16-2018, 06:26 PM   #2
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I purchased the Pullrite SuperGlide with the rail kit. I can run no rails and have a flat deck, and I have no worries that my rear window will get hit.
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Old 07-16-2018, 07:18 PM   #3
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where are you located, I have a pull rite superglide that I will let go for a song just to get it out of the garage !
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Old 07-16-2018, 08:04 PM   #4
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Before I upgraded to a long bed truck, I also used the Pullrite. Everything is automatic and no getting out of the truck to lock and unlock. The only thing negative I can say about the hitch is that it takes two guys (or a winch) to remove it from your truck when not in use.

I sold mine to my friend and he leaves it in the truck most of the time....
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Old 07-16-2018, 09:23 PM   #5
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Before I upgraded to a long bed truck, I also used the Pullrite. Everything is automatic and no getting out of the truck to lock and unlock. The only thing negative I can say about the hitch is that it takes two guys (or a winch) to remove it from your truck when not in use.

I sold mine to my friend and he leaves it in the truck most of the time....

When I take mine out, it comes out in pieces....
1- the head
2-the slider part
3- the way tubes
4- the base
5- each base rail...

that makes it much more manageable.....
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Old 07-16-2018, 10:35 PM   #6
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My truck has a demco auto slide. it uses standard rails and as the trailer turns past 20* it also starts going back from the cab. the pull rite seams to be very common at the dealers , more so then demco. I haven't noticed any bang or odd noise from the hitch like some owners complain about. Its heavy , some place around 250+ lbs to take it out you can break it down into 2 large parts the head and base come apart with one large pin , no tools required. I think they have two different mounting systems , rails and OEM pucks if I recall. One leaves the bed clear and the rail system does not. Both are about the same money.
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Old 07-16-2018, 11:21 PM   #7
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I guess Mark and I are the only ones on the board using the demco.

You might get by with a stationary hitch but why? Get an auto slider and you never have to think about it.

I know some of the spots I have backed into with my monster the last thing on my mind was cab to corner clearance. And I don’t mean thati wasn’t worried because i have a slider, i mean i was so worried hitting something with the back, sides, top, or front of the truck i never thought about the cab.


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We use an Andersen Hitch and love it. We have a short box, but because the ball from the hitch is set back toward the tailgate it gives enough room for the camper to easily clear the back cab. They provide an adapter kit to convert your kingpin to accept the ball from the hitch assembly. The pros are many, the cost, for one, $550 on Amazon, it doesn't kink if on uneven terrain like a conventional hitch, it's light (one person can easily remove it from the bed), the strength (check out the video on andersenhitches.com), easily attaches to either a rail system or a gooseneck ball in your bed. We've been using it for three years and have been coast to coast and still love it.
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Old 07-17-2018, 01:31 PM   #9
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Same as Shawn. Have a Mega Cab Short Bed Ram and an Andersen. I have never gotten the nose close to the cab. Pulled all over most of the country and no issues. And just because 1 person can carry it does not mean it is flimsy. It has a 24K rating.

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Old 07-21-2018, 04:55 PM   #10
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Slider?

I have a B&W hitch in a short bed GMC. This is a non slider and I have never had a problem turning past 90 degrees. The design of the front cap allows for clearance. I have the GM puck system and this leaves the truck bed clear when the hitch is not installed. I highly recommend this option when anyone is getting a new truck. At least in the GM there is no hassle installing the hitch and it is very solid when clamped down. There is also the center hole for a gooseneck ball. The B&W is far superior to the Reese I had before on my last truck. Super easy to hook and unhook. It has the head and base in two separate pieces so 1 person can easily lift it. Hope this helps.
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