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Old 04-21-2011, 10:06 PM   #1
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new hitch new trailer new to towing

I have never had or towed a 5th wheel before so this is all new to me I just hitched my trailer to rig for first time looks ok to me but what do I know, my hitch manual (pull-rite 18k) says I should have 6" of clearance above bed rails I measured 5.5" on driver side almost 6.75" on passenger and 5.5" on tail I assume variance side to side is because ground not quite level so my question is does this look ok to tow? Truck does not seem to squat that much so I don't think I will need airbags any thoughts on this?
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:14 PM   #2
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I have never had or towed a 5th wheel before so this is all new to me I just hitched my trailer to rig for first time looks ok to me but what do I know, my hitch manual (pull-rite 18k) says I should have 6" of clearance above bed rails I measured 5.5" on driver side almost 6.75" on passenger and 5.5" on tail I assume variance side to side is because ground not quite level so my question is does this look ok to tow? Truck does not seem to squat that much so I don't think I will need airbags any thoughts on this?
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Jon, While there is not enough information here to give you a "safe to tow" answer, The clearance issue sounds ok. Just MAKE SURE the hitch keeper (the silvery "gate") wraps totally around the pin when you look at it from the back. THIS IS CRITICAL on this hitch (I have one). It is possible to get a "false" latch where the release arm snaps in but the locking mechanism does not rotate completely around the pin. (usually dirty cold gease is the cause)
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:33 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info I will be sure to check hitch keeper when I hook up.
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:36 AM   #5
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Jon,

I tried to zoom in on your truck to see what model it was.
Is that a 3500?

Nice looking camper BTW.
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:51 AM   #6
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I have never had or towed a 5th wheel before so this is all new to me I just hitched my trailer to rig for first time looks ok to me but what do I know, my hitch manual (pull-rite 18k) says I should have 6" of clearance above bed rails I measured 5.5" on driver side almost 6.75" on passenger and 5.5" on tail I assume variance side to side is because ground not quite level so my question is does this look ok to tow? Truck does not seem to squat that much so I don't think I will need airbags any thoughts on this?
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Very nice looking rig. From the pics, it looks like your truck is at a slightly different angle than your trailer. Pull it out on a level street and recheck. I think your going to be fine. Have fun with it!
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If you are going to be mostly on pavement and established campgrounds, you should be OK most of the time, but I have had to watch very carefully at the entrance/exit to several gas stations.

If you find yourself on uneven ground, you will most likely have issues. I have 6.5" of clearance and have frequently hit my bed rails. I am currently planning on lifting the 5'er. I wanted to last year, but finances would not permit it.




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Old 04-22-2011, 09:56 AM   #10
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by lifting the 5r can you just move the pinbox? I have room to move it down where it bolts on. this should give more clearance
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