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Old 01-02-2012, 06:58 PM   #11
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I had to cut the back of the pin box on my Cardinal to keep it from hitting the side of the bed on the truck. I used a sawzall and cut the square corner off on a 45.
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:38 PM   #12
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I am going to pick my trailer up at the border in April. I bought a Reese fifth wheel hitch and the sidewinder. I was not going to put the sidewinder on till i get it home. I have a 09 F350 with 2.5" leveling kit and a 1" higher blocks in the back. I have box rails on my truck do you think i will be ok to hitch up with out hitting the top of the box rails? Not sure how this works it is my first fifth wheel trailer.
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:23 AM   #13
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The dealer should be able to provide you with a couple of dimensions on that Wilcat, or something similar. The dimension from the plate to the ground (when the camper is level) and the dimension of the plate to the overhang of the camper. From those numbers, you should be able estimate where the hitch height in the truck needs to be and a estimate of the clearance between the overhang of the camper and the truck's bed rails. For the hitch height, you can assume 1 - 2" of suspension compression when hitched.

If it's a F350 4x4 with a 2.5" lift kit, I'd be pretty sure that you'll have clearance problems.

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Old 01-27-2012, 12:32 AM   #14
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The dealer should be able to provide you with a couple of dimensions on that Wilcat, or something similar. The dimension from the plate to the ground (when the camper is level) and the dimension of the plate to the overhang of the camper. From those numbers, you should be able estimate where the hitch height in the truck needs to be and a estimate of the clearance between the overhang of the camper and the truck's bed rails. For the hitch height, you can assume 1 - 2" of suspension compression when hitched.

If it's a F350 4x4 with a 2.5" lift kit, I'd be pretty sure that you'll have clearance problems.

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So how do you go about building it up so it wouldn't hit the top of the box rails?
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Old 01-27-2012, 08:14 AM   #15
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I have the 1621 on my Crusader with the PullRite super slide hitch and have no problems of the pin box hitting my truck. I took off the cover because it would not fit over the capture plate on the superslide. I now have a 5th Airborne pin box and if anything the trailer runs a little nose high but still no problem of hitting my bed or the back of my cab.
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muzbomb, definitely remove the box rails. Much easier to do before you go than having to do it with the fifth attached, or after they cause some damage.
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Old 01-27-2012, 11:21 AM   #17
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i will for sure do that i am just worried now that when i get down there the trailer will hit my top sides of the box. How do you go about fixing this if it does? At least just enough to get it home.
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:37 PM   #18
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*For the Moderators*. Start a new post with post #12 as we've strayed far away from the OP question on the Lippert pinbox.

Muzbomb...reading your signature for your F350 with 2.5" lift kit, oversize wheels and offroad tires. I don't think that set-up will even fit under that 5th wheel overhang. Measure the height of your truck at the top of the tailgate and let us know.

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Muzbomb...I mentioned getting some dimensions for you camper in a previous post. I have measurements from mine to use as an example.

Our camper is a 2010 Rockwood 8280WS
When level, the overhang to ground measures 58 1/2", the pinbox plate to ground measures 46 1/2".

Our truck is a 2008 F250 CC RWD
At the rear axle centerline, the top of the box to the ground measures 52 1/4". The top the hitch plate is 4 3/4" below the top of the box. Therefore, the hitch plate is 47 1/2" from the ground.

Therefore, with 1" of compression of the suspension, the camper is level with 7 1/4" clearance between the bed and the camper overhang (58 1/2 - (52 1/4 - 1)).

I believe that your Wildcat that's ordered would have leaf spring mounted axles. To raise the ride height of the camper, the normal modification is to remount the camper axles under the leaf springs (normal mounting is on top) which will gain 4 - 5" in height. If you were to contact the manufacturer, they may be able to do this modification when the camper is built. This modification is sometimes required to get adequate clearance on stock, late model 4x4 trucks. With your lift kit and oversize tires, this modification will probably not be enough.

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Old 01-27-2012, 07:26 PM   #20
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The dealer is getting me measurements here tomorrow or monday and i will measure my truck and i will let you guys know when i get the measurements. I have looking into getting the axles flipped on the trailer to raise it up.
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