Originally Posted by sammybenjamin
Too bad the RV and Truck manufacturers have not solved this basic problem which haunts every 5th wheel owner.
I know you may not like the answers you've been getting.... but your statement above is incorrect. They HAVE solved the basic problem. You need one of 2 options:
1) A long bed truck will solve you problem, or...
2) A short bed truck with a slider hitch will solve your problem.
With any other combination, you won't be prohibited from towing... but you will be limited.
Period... end of story.
Not trying to be a smartass, but the problem is that you don't have the correct equipment for what you want to do... and that's not the RV & Truck manufacturer's fault. They both make the correct equipment. It's simply a matter of whether you choose to invest in it, or not.
I went though this same process when I was getting into the RV world. Lots of research, lots of discouragement, and finally acceptance.
My advise would be to buy a long bed truck... and if you wish to tow heavy trailers, buy a dually. If that is not within your budget... then stick with your short bed truck, but invest in the Pullrite slider hitch. Why Pullrite? Because even though it's a bit more expensive than other slider hitches, it's automatic and you don't have to think about it. You don't have to exit your truck and pull a lever before the hitch will slide... and then ensure that you re-engage the hitch before towing again.
Which ever way you go... I sincerely wish you good luck with your decision.