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08-07-2005, 05:51 PM
I am looking for a newer used pu to haul my 25 ft 5vr. I would like a 2500 4wd extd cab long box. All I can find locally are short boxes. Has any one had experience with these?

08-07-2005, 06:21 PM
It seems like long beds are about a thing of the past. Most dealers laugh at you when you ask for one. My son just bought a new 5er with a short bed and he purchased a "PIN EXTENDER". That extended the pin box about 10 inches. This gives him plenty of room for sharp turns. Most RV dealers have excess to these or you can do a search on google and find several dealers on the internet. Costs about $350.00.Good Luck!

08-07-2005, 10:58 PM
I would not be with out my long bed. I don't think you can make a complet 90 degree with the truck even with the pin box extention. Pulling is ok but backing I have had times when I was spun around pretty good.
Beside the extra room in the box is where keep my generator, compressor, Tool box and oiles. If you want to install an axilery fuel tank you will also need the room.
It woun't make much diferance in turning radias but it is something to think about too. The 05 Ford said they took 5' off the tuning Dia. and Chev came out with the Quad Steer so that is even more to think of. I sure wish mine turned better. There are also sliding hitches for short bed but your looking at 1 to 2 grand more for the hitch.
Just a couple pros and cons. Rick

08-08-2005, 08:31 PM
I have a slider hitch on my 2500HD CC SB and have moved it to the manuver position once when I first got it. But I would rather have it than not, I have read posts on other forums that some guys don't even buy a slider hitch with their shortbed (Listed as "Standard bed" on Chevy's website) and these are the same guys that recommend a 1 ton dually for towing anything over 30 feet and 10,000 lbs. (That was a bit sarcastic!)

Salty Dog
08-21-2005, 06:41 AM
I have a 2500HD CC "standard" box without a slider hitch. My 5er has the extended pin box. The front of the 5er does come close but will not hit the cab.

04-03-2006, 03:54 PM
I have a 2500HD CC "standard" box without a slider hitch. My 5er has the extended pin box. The front of the 5er does come close but will not hit the cab.

Same here, at the closest angle ( I measured) I am 4" away from the cab. I have never had to go to this extreme for backing in yet but tried it at home.

11-09-2009, 06:57 PM
I have a 2006 GMC 2500HD Crew Cab, 6' bed, 4WD, diesel. I haven't bought the 5'er yet. But everyone tells me I need a slider hitch for any 5'er. The 5'er we like is the Heartland Sundance series that say you don't need a pin extender or slider hitch because of the angled corners on the front of the 5'er. Is this true? I'm green and don't know anything about 5'ers or goosenecks, so any help would be greatly appriciated. I have over 100,000 miles of experience pulling bumper pulled trailers.

11-09-2009, 08:15 PM
Get the Heartland dealer to put it in writing...that will tell you if it will clear. Or you can measure from where the center of the hitch pin will be in the bed to the cab--if that is more than the distance from the hitch pin to the farthest extension of the corner of the trailer, it will clear.

11-10-2009, 09:55 AM
Towed a few differnt fivers with the same truck, no slider, no problem. Both had extened pin boxes, but no angled sides on the trailer. I did have to watch close on sharp turns like when backing. It would hit it I went too sharp, but no issue if you pay attention. Always was able to get anywhere I wanted to go and not hit the truck.

A lot of folks that put a slider in end up forgetting to slide it (unless its an auto type) and they hit the truck.

The angled sides on the trailer help a lot, but an extended pin box is a must IMHO if you use a short box truck.