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Can I use a short bed truck, and if so, do I need a sliding hitch on my tow vehicle?

Many customers are uncertain whether to purchase a short bed or long bed truck, and whether they need a sliding hitch when a short bed truck is combined with a NuWa.  

It used to be that the typical pickup configuration regarding the cab size and bed length for towing fifth wheels was the extended cab and an 8' pickup bed.  Whether the pickup had dual rear wheels or single rear wheels was more a function of size and weight of the trailer, as well as the preference of the owner.  This design is totally compatible with the standard length king pin box on the trailer, and the fifth wheel hitch mounted over the center line of the rear axle (give or take an inch depending on what brand of truck and their suggested mounting location).  

Today, the truck of "choice"  by a large sector of the towing community is the "Crew" or "Quad" cab and a short bed of 6' or less!  Thus a new problem with turning radius and clearance of the pickup cab, side rails and the nose of the fifth wheel has surfaced.  Just ask those whose fifth wheel has "kissed" the corner of the cab or back glass.  Ouch!!

NuWa offers a standard length pin box that is compatible for those tow vehicles with a typical 8' bed.  For those pickups with the shorter beds, an extended pin box is available from NuWa that provides approximately 12" added distance.  The extended pin box will gain back some of the maneuverability, but keep in mind that level ground is one thing, but negotiating rough terrain getting to that perfect camp site can be a whole different set of "angles" and "dangles." 

Some owners will also look into some type of fifth wheel hitch that can be moved "fore" and "aft" to gain even more clearance when turning in a very short radius.  The Pullrite "Super Slide" hitch is the slider hitch of choice. 

Many NuWa Owners have found that with the extended pin box, they don't need the expensive slider hitch.  For input from our customers who have experience in this area, visit this thread on the NuWa Owners Forum, where these topics are discussed in detail by many owners, who have strong opinions from experience. Reading these opinions and participating in the discussions is just one of many ways the NuWa Owners Forum can help educate and save you money.

Note: The NuWa Owners Forum is not affiliated with NuWa in any way, however we do occasionally participate in some of the discussions, and share our viewpoint with members. For more information, visit the group at www.nuwaowners.org.

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    Can I use a short bed truck, and if so, do I need a sliding hitch on my tow vehicle?

    Many customers are uncertain whether to purchase a short bed or long bed truck, and whether they need a sliding hitch when a short bed truck is combined with a NuWa.  

    It used to be that the typical pickup configuration regarding the cab size and bed length for towing fifth wheels was the extended cab and an 8' pickup bed.  Whether the pickup had dual rear wheels or single rear wheels was more a function of size and weight of the trailer, as well as the preference of the owner.  This design is totally compatible with the standard length king pin box on the trailer, and the fifth wheel hitch mounted over the center line of the rear axle (give or take an inch depending on what brand of truck and their suggested mounting location).  

    Today, the truck of "choice"  by a large sector of the towing community is the "Crew" or "Quad" cab and a short bed of 6' or less!  Thus a new problem with turning radius and clearance of the pickup cab, side rails and the nose of the fifth wheel has surfaced.  Just ask those whose fifth wheel has "kissed" the corner of the cab or back glass.  Ouch!!

    NuWa offers a standard length pin box that is compatible for those tow vehicles with a typical 8' bed.  For those pickups with the shorter beds, an extended pin box is available from NuWa that provides approximately 12" added distance.  The extended pin box will gain back some of the maneuverability, but keep in mind that level ground is one thing, but negotiating rough terrain getting to that perfect camp site can be a whole different set of "angles" and "dangles." 

    Some owners will also look into some type of fifth wheel hitch that can be moved "fore" and "aft" to gain even more clearance when turning in a very short radius.  The Pullrite "Super Slide" hitch is the slider hitch of choice. 

    Many NuWa Owners have found that with the extended pin box, they don't need the expensive slider hitch.  For input from our customers who have experience in this area, visit this thread on the NuWa Owners Forum, where these topics are discussed in detail by many owners, who have strong opinions from experience. Reading these opinions and participating in the discussions is just one of many ways the NuWa Owners Forum can help educate and save you money.

    Note: The NuWa Owners Forum is not affiliated with NuWa in any way, however we do occasionally participate in some of the discussions, and share our viewpoint with members. For more information, visit the group at www.nuwaowners.org.


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