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Old 07-04-2021, 11:50 AM   #1
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2012-2014 Cruiser hitch

Does anyone with a 2012 thru 2014 Cruiser 5th wheel tow with a 6 1/2 ft truck bed. If you do, do you use a slider hitch or a conventional hitch.

If you use the conventional hitch, do you have enough clearance when you make a sharp turn backing up, without hitting the cab of your truck?
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Old 07-15-2021, 02:20 PM   #2
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I have a slider hitch and have never used it. We have the same camper with the rounded nose and never come close to the back window or truck cab. I pull with the 2012 Chevy Silverado 2500 Duramax and never had any problem with clearance.
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Old 07-15-2021, 02:26 PM   #3
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2016 Cruiser 5er. Always pulled with a short bed. I have a slide Reese hitch but only used it once back in 2008 with a Jayco 5er to get into a really tight spot. I can almost jack the 5er completely sideways without hitting the cab.
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Old 07-15-2021, 02:37 PM   #4
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I have a 2012 patriot cruiser that I pull with a 2012 f-250 super duty. I have a slide hitch but I never use it.
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Old 07-15-2021, 03:46 PM   #5
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I have a 2016 Cruiser Aire with a short bed F350.
I do use a slider hitch. I don't need it for turning radius, but I do love having it.
I slide the hitch to the rear every time I hook or unhook the trailer. This gives me enough room between the back of the truck and the front of the trailer that I never have to worry about my tailgate hitting the trailer, regardless of the angle. Plus, I can walk between the truck and trailer with the tailgate open, and have plenty of room to open the front storage compartment door with the tailgate down.
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Old 07-15-2021, 06:47 PM   #6
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I had a 2012 f250 that I had a slider in. 2015 Cruiser 40'. Also had a Back Rack. I failed to use the slider one night and while making a tight back in, put the back rack into the cap creasing it.

Now have an F350 Dually 8' bed and don't need the slider.
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Old 07-18-2021, 08:35 PM   #7
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I use the Curt Manual Slide Hitch with my 2013 Cruiser Aire. Don't take the chance, I've thought I had enough clearance and a little dip, made the camper, crease the truck body. Not bad, but I've seen a camper break out the rear windshield of a truck. I side with caution and use the slide when needed. I pull with a Ford F-250 with a short bed.
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