Short or Long box for fifth Wheel

#1
Haven't decided which truck make to buy yet for a fifth wheel. I do plan to go diesel. Howerver, I want to make sure I have the truck set up to tow the trailer. I'd like to have an extended cab with short bed, 6 ft, but, I've been told I need an extended 8ft bed for manuvering when backing or turning. Anyone have an answer?
 

C Nash

Senior Member
#2
Short or Long box for fifth Wheel

A long bed will be better for towing the fifth wheel (IMO) :approve: but,there are a lot of the smaller lite weight 5th wheels that will work fine if they have the extended hitch or the slider hitch. Where you may get into problems with a short box is sharp turning. The truck cab can hit the rv. I have seen this happen. The longer wheel base will generally just tow better also. What size rv are you looking at?
 

hertig

Senior Member
#3
Short or Long box for fifth Wheel

As Chelse says, the long bed is better and safer. However, with a sliding hitch, extended pin box and care on your part, a short bed can get the job done.
 

Gary B

Senior Member
#4
Short or Long box for fifth Wheel

Hi Old Tymer, I also perfer the long box to the short, give you much more space to hual things, installinf a 5th wheel hitch is much easier, and it takes all the worries out of manuvering in tight spots. A shortbox will work you'll need a slider hitch or an extended pin box, or maybe both. Good luck in the search. :) :laugh: :cool: :bleh: :approve:
 
#5
Short or Long box for fifth Wheel

We have a Chevy 2500HD ext. cab, short bed and tow a 26' 5er with no problems. Our Jayco has an extended king pin which helps and I bought a Reese 16K slider hitch to help me out with the tight turns. I've only had to use it when I'm backing my trailer into my driveway from a very (as in VERY) narrow alley. :cool:
 
#6
Short or Long box for fifth Wheel

I have had 2 FW's, a 25' and now 29', both with extended pin boxes. I have towed these 2 with 3 short bed trucks (a F-150, F-350, & Dodge 2500) all with the same Reese 15K (non-slider) and never had any problem. If I was buying a new hitch, I would get a slider (just in case).

Usually when this question is asked, many folks write in and note that they have slider hitches and have never used them. You don't need a long box to pull an RV with an extended pin -- in fact you also don't need a slider hitch.

Get the truck that works for you overall. I use my truck about 25 days a year for RV towing and driving to work, etc. for 200+ days. I couldn't get a long bed in my garage. Good luck!
 
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