When Is A Slider Fifthwheel Required

Written by hitchweb Team
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 — 2 Comments

We often have customers ask us, when is a slider fifth wheel hitch required?

On a short bed (less than 8 feet) pickup truck, you need to use a slider kit to slide the Fifth Wheel Hitch backwards to clear your truck cab while making turns. In a short box truck, it would be necessary to keep the hitch behind the rear axle to prevent the trailer from hitting the back of the cab, smashing your back window.

A slider is a rail designed for short box trucks which allows the hitch to slide back from its mounting position. When the trailer is turning it has enough clearance between itself and the back window of the pickup truck cab. The image below shows how this works:

when is a fifth wheel slider hitch required

Follow the link to view our selection of fifth wheel hitches for short box pickups made by manufacturers such as Reese, Pullrite, Curt and Pro Series. Don't want to purchase a brand new fifth wheel? King pin extenders can also be used. The extender creates more space between the truck cab and the trailer.

If you have any questions, concers or need help finding the right slider fifth wheel for your short box, please contact us via live support, email, or call 800-300-4067


Hitchweb Team
Monday, December 29, 2014

Hello Billy, It is needed for making sharp turns or when trying to reverse and park your trailer.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Is the slider used for just a normal turn or only when turn is extreme??

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