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Old 06-12-2015, 12:53 PM   #1
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Clearance for 5th wheel

I am pulling a 2012 Wilcat 322RB with my 2010 Ram 2500 HD short bed. The 5er is a couple of inches nose up when hooked to the truck. I can drop my Companion hitch down one more hole, but I am concerned about the clearance between the top of the truck bed and 5th wheel. Currently have about 8-8.5 inches of clearance. What is the recommended clearance between truck bed and unit so you don't have one of those "O Crap" moments?

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Old 06-12-2015, 01:24 PM   #2
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They say 6"......remember, as the pivot point on trailer is the wheels, dropping front 2", raises rear 1"...teater-totter.
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:28 PM   #3
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Mine is around six never had and issue.
Also mine is a short trailer so when going into low spots I come closer also pull with long bed and still has not hit I have not seen how close but it has never hit.
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:29 PM   #4
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Mine is 6" as well .
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:30 PM   #5
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Have gott'en away with 5, but dips were a concern...no problems,tho'.
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:32 PM   #6
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Mine is 6" as well .
"Clearance"

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Cute.....bragg'in or complaning?
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Old 06-12-2015, 01:48 PM   #7
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I am not bragging here ...but... I have 10 inches... LOL

Only because I put on a Trail Air TriGlide pin box .
Unfortunately the way it is made it does raise it up by about 3 inches.

I have lowered the hitch and still have 1 more inch I could lower it and I could raise the pin box 1 more inch as well.

However, the front of the 5th wheel is only 1 1/2 inches high in the front.

I am not in a hurry to make any changes,..... Plus I really like the extra space between the truck and trailer.... it really is helpful during hooking up etc.
Correct me if I am wrong...Other than the front cap being more exposed in height ...(catching more bugs) ...I don't see it as a problem.

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May-be slight rear axle supporting weight a little more, but alot of people don't worry muck about it. What's the ferry fees now days? Have friends in Port Albernie --fuel prices?
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Old 06-12-2015, 03:01 PM   #9
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I bought a new f-250 diesel and truck is higher than my old one. I have torsion axles and my only option was to have a weld shop raise the trailer 5 inches. $ 1200.00 later she is perfectly level going down the road with about 6 inches clearance. If you have spring suspension you get off cheap by flipping axles.
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jahottub......I chose to lower tv....being a 4x4, had to much wheel well to tire clearance, and my knees thanked me, even thou' I've got full length factory running boards .
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