Can The Auto Slide On A 5th Wheel Hitch With Slider Be Done Manually

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Can I move this slider back manually I am thinking I may need the tailgate down To hitch to 5th wheel, I am new to rv,ing. 2017 f350 ccsb srw 6.7. Puck system. Waiting on trailer arriving, Highland ridge lf219rls ps, I am also thinking about curt C16530/16020, thnx for your advice.

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When reaching out to my contact at Demco, they confirmed that the Hijacker Autoslide 5th Wheel Hitch w/ Slider # DM8550038 is not designed to slide the head manually. Attempting to slide the hitch manually could result in the head being at a 90 degree angle when it is way back and it would be hard to hook up that way.

When you are towing a fifth-wheel trailer, the # DM8550038 must be situated on the cab side of your truck's rear axle. At slow speeds you can use a slider to slide the fifth-wheel hitch (and the trailer) toward your truck's tailgate and past the rear axle, creating enough space between the cab of your truck and the trailer to permit less-restricted turning. This process is automatic eliminating the need to get out of the truck and pull a lever to release the slider before every turn. The auto-slide automatically glides back smoothly when you make a sharp turn so you can maneuver effortlessly around tight corners within campsites and parking lots. It gives 14" of extra clearance while towing your fifth-wheel trailer.

The # C16530-16020 has a non- binding and manual sliding hitch. The round-tube design of this slider allows for relatively uninhibited movement of your fifth-wheel hitch. Because your hitch can glide smoothly and easily along the rods, there is less chance of binding. The slider on this hitch gives 12" of extra clearance.

With both hitches drivers will almost always need to have the tail gate down to hook up the 5th wheel trailer.

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