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Rwake901

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Posted: 09/17/20 07:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’ve been towing our 5th wheel now for over a year and a half and finally got around to measuring the distance between the bed rails and the 5th wheel on a level surface. I have 5 1/2 inches and never had an issue plus it tows level. When I Googled it I found some say 5 inches is enough some say 6 or more. I only have one hole left in the 5th wheel hitch to gain 1 inch clearance but since I’ve never had an issue I’m not sure it’s worth doing. What is your clearance or opinion? Thanks

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I would change nothing. Mine is right about 6" and never has come close, even over some pretty uneven surfaces.

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If after a yr and a half, no issue, I'd leave it. as towing level is a good thing. In my experience, with several FWs, and bed rail clearance varying, I've had times when 5-6 inches would not be enough. Kind of like backing short, it is just a good idea to be mindful of clearance, under more extreme conditions.

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Posted: 09/17/20 11:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If the trailer is level, you're fine.

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It sounds like you have plenty for your use - but YMMV if you ever leave pavement. I have a couple more inches of rail clearance than you, and have hit a couple times on BLM/USFS roads.


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Posted: 09/17/20 01:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That is about what I have and I don't even think about it. I have hit some dips in different cg's and never hit anything at all.


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Posted: 09/17/20 02:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

While I'd prefer a little more, it's probably an issue of more hassle than it's worth to fix it if you haven't been having problems.


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5th wheels are made to ride level why trade one perceived problem for an actual one of overloading the rear axles.


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Posted: 09/18/20 06:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've towed 5th wheel rv and non rv trailers with short and long beds. I don't have a preference for 5 or 6 inches or bed length but what I've found is my short beds can get by with 5 inches or so. They simple don't stick back under the over hang as far as a long bed for the top end of the bed to make contact especially as the truck drops down say in a low water crossing/etc. Of course hitch location/pin box length can be a big player here.

And of course much depends on the terrain one uses.


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Posted: 09/19/20 08:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for everyone’s advice. I think I’m just going to leave it the way it is. [emoticon]

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