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Old 02-07-2019, 06:14 AM   #41
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I have a short box crew cab F350. I went short for the wheel base. I seldom haul full sheets of plywood so that wasn't an issue and I don't load up alot in the box when hauling my rig. I have a slider but with the rounded nose on the new rig I only use it if I need to open the front storage hatch while hooked up. Doing it again I would likely go the a standard hitch as it's lighter to remove. I looked and looked for a late model use truck and finally decided to order one new. Anything close to new with low miles was priced pretty high. If I'm going to drop 70K I want what I want and not what the dealer wants to get off the lot.
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Old 02-07-2019, 04:36 PM   #42
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The longer the tow vehicle vs trailer length, the harder it is to maneuver and control when backing up. This is a lot easier for you 5-er guys, it's almost like a real truck with respect to the shorter pivot point.
While pulling double trailers with a single axle tractor and running the local terminal's CDL driver school for 11 years, I found that backing up a 53' trailer with one of those short cabs (just like a yard horse) was a piece of cake. Not so with a sleeper and a short "pup" trailer.
When you get to pickups and travel trailers, lots of folks have issues because your TV is almost as long as the TT in some cases. Lots of wiggling back there. But having said that, I had a 2015 2500 HD with an 8 foot bed and I'd do it again. As others have said, you got to haul stuff, too, at least I do. Dimensional lumber, drywall, plywood etc is nice when it slides right in there and the gate closes. BTW, my Allentown PA dealer had to get my truck from a dealer in Syracuse, 8' beds are scarce because of the big turning radius for the average homeowner. To each his own, as the other guys have said.
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Old 02-07-2019, 07:14 PM   #43
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The longer the tow vehicle vs trailer length, the harder it is to maneuver and control when backing up. ...
Long truck + short trailer = hitch receiver in front. Makes maneuvering a snap.

Probably would work with longer trailers as long as the hitch weight met specs on the receiver.
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Old 02-08-2019, 03:36 AM   #44
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Long truck + short trailer = hitch receiver in front. Makes maneuvering a snap.

Probably would work with longer trailers as long as the hitch weight met specs on the receiver.

where can I get that set up for my 5er?
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Old 02-08-2019, 07:32 PM   #45
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where can I get that set up for my 5er?
The ability to have this kind of setup was one of the reasons we chose a TT over a 5er. Plus it gets the campers out and about at the time we are parking interested in our antics. They all say they've never seen parking done that way before.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:19 PM   #46
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When you go long bed you lose some towing capacity. Same with crew cab and 4x4. I learned the hard way and had to limit what 5er i bought.
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:01 PM   #47
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When you go long bed you lose some towing capacity. Same with crew cab and 4x4. I learned the hard way and had to limit what 5er i bought.


My long bed 4x4 crew cab has a payload of 5604lbs. Someone else has a 2 wheel drive same truck and their payload is 400lbs more.
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:48 PM   #48
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I prefer a long bed, and that is what it is personal preference!
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:06 PM   #49
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I also prefer long bed. My 3/4 ton silverado hd duramax has payload of about 3000lbs. But because i went long bed and 4x4 with crew cab z71 package it dropped my tow rating for 5er to 12400lbs. I was shocked. It says im rated for conventional trailer at 14800 lbs. For the life of me i couldn't figure that out. Went to dealership and called manufacturer and they verified. I would just look into that before you decide, which isnt something i did.
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:29 AM   #50
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Mojo, that's a pretty good payload for a 3/4 ton silverado hd Duramax, long bed and 4x4 with crew cab z71 package. I would have guess about 500 pounds off!
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