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Old 06-24-2014, 04:27 PM   #1
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Fifth wheel hitting top of truck bed

My husband and I are first time fifth wheel owners. Just got a sabre silhouette and tow with a f-150 with max tow package. The fifth wheel is level when hooked up to truck. When we pull into a camp site going over bumps sometimes puts the bottom side of fifth wheel and top of truck bed too close and has even hit once. Not sure how to fix this or if it can be fixed. Help! Jill
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:32 PM   #2
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For better help from members with fifth wheels, what model is your silhouette??
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:36 PM   #3
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How much space do you have between the truck bed rails and the bottom side of the fifth wheel? In general, ("they say") you want 5" or more with 6" being the "preferred minimum".

Your options usually are raising your fifth wheel hitch or lowering your pin box on the camper. Usually one or both have adjustments.

I'd rather be a little out of level towing and not hitting the truck and camper together.
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:36 PM   #4
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:43 PM   #5
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Looks like we've got 5 1/2". Gonna have to make some adjustments and ride with camper unlevel. That is definitely the better option. Thank you!


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Old 06-24-2014, 04:52 PM   #6
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Mind me asking what the site was like that you made contact? I have 5 3/4" at the tighest spot on mine and have only made contact once when I was an idiot and no amount of space was going to save me.
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:58 PM   #7
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We were pulling off of a gravel pad onto grass onto more gravel. The driver side corner of bedrail/tailgate hit. No damage this time. But this is only the third time we've had it out since we bought it. It's bound to happen again. I worry if we ride unlevel that we'll be putting the tailgate at risk of hitting because the truck will still be level but the camper will be on a slight angle.


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Old 06-24-2014, 05:01 PM   #8
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I'd be surprised if the tailgate is that angled that it is a problem. Either way, can it be worse than what you have now?
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Old 06-24-2014, 05:17 PM   #9
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Yeah it's worth a try for sure!


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Old 06-24-2014, 11:50 PM   #10
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Your main and biggest problem is that you have 2000 lbs. of pin weight in a 1/2 ton and you are obviously way over payload and probably axle rating for that matter.

That's way too much trailer for that F150 although I'm sure the dealer said it was "no problem".

Live and learn I guess.
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