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Old 06-30-2013, 10:42 AM   #1
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So we ordered our new 38BR and are very excited. Luckily or unluckily we have 1 month before it shows up. I tend to over analyze everything and thus I'm likely going to do that with the hitch. I currently have a 2013 Ford F-350 SRW shortbed. I think the Redwoods are "short bed friendly" but that will always depend on the truck as some are shorter than others. I believe my bed is 6 3/4' long. Wondering if I need a slider hitch or not? My preference would be not for a couple of reasons listed below. However my bigger preference would be to not damage my truck or trailer due to having the wrong equipment.

Reasons for no slider:
1) Apparently they are vey heavy, this does two things, subtracts from available pin weight and makes removal fairly difficult.
2) I would prefer the ability to have my flat bed back when I stay in one spot for a while.
3) I know I'm spending a bit on the Redwood so don't laugh, but price. Apparently a good slider will run $1500+ whereas a decent standard hitch would be $500 or so.

Please share your experiences or thoughts, particularly those with a Ford short bed.
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Old 06-30-2013, 11:38 AM   #2
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So we ordered our new 38BR and are very excited. Luckily or unluckily we have 1 month before it shows up. I tend to over analyze everything and thus I'm likely going to do that with the hitch. I currently have a 2013 Ford F-350 SRW shortbed. I think the Redwoods are "short bed friendly" but that will always depend on the truck as some are shorter than others. I believe my bed is 6 3/4' long. Wondering if I need a slider hitch or not? My preference would be not for a couple of reasons listed below. However my bigger preference would be to not damage my truck or trailer due to having the wrong equipment.

Reasons for no slider:
1) Apparently they are vey heavy, this does two things, subtracts from available pin weight and makes removal fairly difficult.
2) I would prefer the ability to have my flat bed back when I stay in one spot for a while.
3) I know I'm spending a bit on the Redwood so don't laugh, but price. Apparently a good slider will run $1500+ whereas a decent standard hitch would be $500 or so.

Please share your experiences or thoughts, particularly those with a Ford short bed.
I used to pull my RL with a F350 SRW 4x4 and didn't use a slider hitch at all. I ended up getting a F350 dually and I'm happier but the short bed wasn't a problem....the weight was.
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Old 06-30-2013, 11:40 AM   #3
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So we ordered our new 38BR and are very excited. Luckily or unluckily we have 1 month before it shows up. I tend to over analyze everything and thus I'm likely going to do that with the hitch. I currently have a 2013 Ford F-350 SRW shortbed. I think the Redwoods are "short bed friendly" but that will always depend on the truck as some are shorter than others. I believe my bed is 6 3/4' long. Wondering if I need a slider hitch or not? My preference would be not for a couple of reasons listed below. However my bigger preference would be to not damage my truck or trailer due to having the wrong equipment.

Reasons for no slider:
1) Apparently they are vey heavy, this does two things, subtracts from available pin weight and makes removal fairly difficult.
2) I would prefer the ability to have my flat bed back when I stay in one spot for a while.
3) I know I'm spending a bit on the Redwood so don't laugh, but price. Apparently a good slider will run $1500+ whereas a decent standard hitch would be $500 or so.

Please share your experiences or thoughts, particularly those with a Ford short bed.
I used to pull my RL with a F350 SRW 4x4 and didn't use a slider hitch at all. I ended up getting a F350 dually and I'm happier but the short bed wasn't a problem....the weight was.
On another note...if you want an automatic slider, I believe "Piperguy has one for sale"
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Old 06-30-2013, 11:41 AM   #4
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Did you get the tri-glide hitch?

We had a Reese slider in our 2006 F350 short bed, and after getting the Redwood we removed it.

Between the tapered front and the additional length of the pin box that comes with the Tri-Glide pinbox, we just no longer needed it. We tried every configuration we could in parking lots and back roads to verify it. I switched to a standard 20K hitch.

Within a month, we went to a dually because of the excessive pin weight encountered after adding the generator and W/D. Ironically, with a long bed truck it looks like most of the bed is wasted, because all of that hitch work sets in the back 1/3 of the truck and the nose looks like its a mile away from the cab now.

short bed



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Old 06-30-2013, 05:29 PM   #5
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We are getting the upgraded Trail Air hitch, I assume that's what your referring to?

Thanks for the pics and advise. It looks like I'll be good with a standard hitch so that's nice. Now just need to decide which one.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:35 PM   #6
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yep - the upgrade is the Triglide. You will love it and you got it at a fraction of the cost compared to adding it later.

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Old 07-01-2013, 12:21 AM   #7
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I'm assuming since I have the Triglide that I don't need/want anything special with the vehicle hitch?
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:27 AM   #8
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Na - nothing special. just whatever hitch you prefer. I will mention the tri-glide is tall. My Reese 20K is all the way down to the bottom adjustment and the Redwood rides level. If it didn't, I would have no more adjustment so it would have rode high in the front.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:53 AM   #9
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So the only other question, the new trucks are tall, especially the F-350. My truck rides as high as lifted trucks only I don't have a lift. Will that effect what hitch I should get? I noticed that various hitches have various heights associated with them, not sure if I even worry about it. It would be nice to have a little downward adjustment however up would be good to so I don't have a bed impact or anything like that.
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That part I can't answer, as I don't have a new truck. I would assume because the Triglide sits so tall, it would help in the fact you have a tall bed.
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