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Old 01-06-2021, 12:26 PM   #1
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Just purchased a 2019 F-350 crew cab, 4x4 6.7 diesel short bed truck, to pull my brand new 2020 Keystone Montana 3021RL. I presently have a Husky 16K slider hitch and I'm having that installed Monday. With my old truck...a 2012 F-250 6.2 crew cab gasser...and there was very little room between the tailgate once it was lowered to hook up the 5ver and the front storage door on the camper. Am I going to have a problem with the new truck????? I'm hoping there is enough room so I can lower the tailgate to hook up the 5th wheel. Looks like it is going to be pretty tight...to say the least!
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Old 01-06-2021, 12:30 PM   #2
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First of all, I'm happy to see you stepped up to a 1 ton TV. Smart move. Most likely the tailgate will be close. Since it's a new TV I would definitely have someone spot me while backing up the first time to make sure there's no contact.

My Andersen hitch gives me a 9" set back from rear axle. I have enough room to walk between open tailgate and 5er. Without the Andersen it would be close but still wouldn't touch. However, coming in at an angle could prove precarious. Just be careful as you learn your parameters.
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Old 01-06-2021, 06:29 PM   #3
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New truck. New trailer... old under rated hitch. Doesn't make sense. Need to look at the Pullrite 20K super glide (Part Number #2914 if you have the puck system)
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Old 01-07-2021, 06:07 AM   #4
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We have a F350 Dually, and have adequate clearance for the tailgate so long as the truck is lined up square with the fiver.
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My 2014 F350 is a long bed with the puck system and I have a B&W companion (not a slider since I have a long bed). With the tailgate down, once I am engaged in the hitch, my tailgate is only about 4-5 inches from touching the front of the rig. Scared me the first few times I hooked up, but I've gotten used to it.
As above, be very careful when at an angle. Even my long bed tailgate will hit the rig if the angle is severe enough.
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If you do much travel and camping, there WILL be times you will not be able to keep the truck and trailer in straight alignment. If your tail gate is "that" close, then I advise looking for an alternative. Like... removing the tail gate and replacing with one of those tail gates with the cut out for the king ping to pass over. Something like this: Click here.
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We put just over 24,000 miles on since October, 2019. I have considered a tailgate like you mentioned, but my truck is also a daily driver and I would lose the backup camera and my Retrax Pro bed cover would become useless.
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Old 01-11-2021, 04:33 PM   #8
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Tailgates aren't permanent, I use the stock tailgate when I'm not towing and a 5th-wheel tailgate when I am towing. Takes all of 30 seconds to take one off and put the other one on....
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Old 01-11-2021, 07:38 PM   #9
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I dont have room to carry around a second tailgate and replace after setting up camp, then change again before leaving. Not really a practical solution for me.
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Old 01-13-2021, 10:10 AM   #10
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#1- Get a new hitch a16k hitch is too light. I use a curt 24k and it has been great.
#2 (my opinion) should have gotten a long bed. Much less worries with hitches/smashing windows etc.
#3 With my set up, I can easily walk from side to side while hitched up with the tailgate down.
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If you do much travel and camping, there WILL be times you will not be able to keep the truck and trailer in straight alignment. If your tail gate is "that" close, then I advise looking for an alternative. Like... removing the tail gate and replacing with one of those tail gates with the cut out for the king ping to pass over. Something like this: Click here.
This is a good buy it makes life easier.
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i have a 2018 3791 RD. I use to pull it with a 2016 F-250. i purchased a 2021 F-350 crew cab 6.7 with a 6.5 bed. I use a Demco Auto Slide. this is a excellent hitch. Very solid and the auto slide enables me to turn the truck 90 degrees with out getting out and making hitch adjustments. i would suggest this hitch. I would also suggest that you change to a under mount hitch.
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Old 01-17-2021, 03:28 PM   #13
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I removed my Pullrite Superglide and went to a Pullrite Superlite (20K) for my 3790RD Monty. I'm old enough that I really appreciate being able to remove the hitch w/o help. I'm pushing 80.
My TV is a '11 F350 SuperDuty shorted. No problems parking in 15 yrs on the road.
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Old 01-17-2021, 03:42 PM   #14
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Just purchased a 2019 F-350 crew cab, 4x4 6.7 diesel short bed truck, to pull my brand new 2020 Keystone Montana 3021RL. I presently have a Husky 16K slider hitch and I'm having that installed Monday. With my old truck...a 2012 F-250 6.2 crew cab gasser...and there was very little room between the tailgate once it was lowered to hook up the 5ver and the front storage door on the camper. Am I going to have a problem with the new truck????? I'm hoping there is enough room so I can lower the tailgate to hook up the 5th wheel. Looks like it is going to be pretty tight...to say the least!
I don't see a 3021RL listed on the Montana site, but there is a 3120RL. That is a 16,000lb trailer, I would want at least a 21k hitch, and I personally have a 27k for my 3811MS. Good luck.
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If you do much travel and camping, there WILL be times you will not be able to keep the truck and trailer in straight alignment.
In my experience, I've not had this problem. Sometimes that has taken a bit of extra wiggling to get everything straight before I unhook. But, just like anything else with towing a large rig, take your time, and even get out and walk around the area if you need to.

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Old 01-18-2021, 01:50 PM   #16
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I use a 27k hitch with the 3121, the factory Ford hitch for the puck system. I have approximately 6” between a tailgate in a down position and the front of the trailer. No slider in my shortbed, but it’s not been an issue. I would ever try 90 degree backing as I’m not putting that much stress on trailer frame, axles and bearings. BTW, pulling with a 17 Ford Super Duty.
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