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Old 07-26-2017, 06:31 PM   #1
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5.5 foot bed for fifth wheel?

Asking for my father, he wants to get a 5th wheel camper but I don't think he can with a 5.5 foot truck bed. Maybe there are special hitch parts to make it work? Any info would be appreciated
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Old 07-26-2017, 06:40 PM   #2
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You can, Need a Revolution or sidewinder pin box. I did it with 5.5 ft Ford Reese 16k Elite with Pucks in the bed.
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You can, Need a Revolution or sidewinder pin box. I did it with 5.5 ft Ford Reese 16k Elite with Pucks in the bed.
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I have a short bed with the revolution pin box and can go 90 degrees and not hit the back window. (tested it)
BUT, get a trailer with the revolution pin box from the factory, not the sidewinder after market.
My dealer will NOT install the sidewinder because if not installed at the factory there is not sufficient bracing to take the stresses involved.
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Old 07-26-2017, 07:23 PM   #4
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I also have the revolution and will add that with the newer fifth wheels that have the corners angled it's not even close to hitting. Now I've heard on some of the older squared of fifth wheels with short king pin boxes it can still hit when jack knifed
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Thanks folks. I'll pass the info on to him.
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Old 07-26-2017, 08:55 PM   #6
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I have a Sidewinder on my Heartland Bighorn, rated for its installation. I know the Trilogy was as well.
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Old 07-26-2017, 09:40 PM   #7
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You can also get a slider 5th wheel hitch....many folks use that with 5.5 ft box.
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Old 07-26-2017, 10:16 PM   #8
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Sounds like it's doable with the right setup. Don't forget to consider payload.

When I had my F-150 it had a 5.5' box and I didn't think it was possible but my other concern was a smallish payload number so I decided to stick with a TT. The aluminum body on the new F-150s helps a lot with that.
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Old 07-27-2017, 12:31 AM   #9
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BUT, get a trailer with the revolution pin box from the factory, not the sidewinder after market.
My dealer will NOT install the sidewinder because if not installed at the factory there is not sufficient bracing to take the stresses involved.
Totally NOT true..... Your dealer is full of #1 BS
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Definitely watch your payload. Most half tons will run out of payload fast. Figure 20% of the gross weight of the fifth wheel as a rule of thumb. Good luck.
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