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Old 09-04-2015, 03:13 PM   #1
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Bed Clearance

I need some help in figuring out what is the minimum clearance between the truck bed and the 5th wheel. Right now there is 7" of clearance between the bed rail and the 36CKTS.

I am a fairly serious amateur retriever field trialer. We will use the 5th wheel to stay in while we are at field trials and business and camping and and and.

I need to find out what the minimum clearance in inches above the bed rail would be so I can have a new box built for the dogs? Below is a picture of my current box. The new one would be similar but without the top rail and the drawers and would sit down in the bed.

Something closer to this but without the top rail and 3 kennels rather than 2.

The new box will be about 60" wide and about 36" deep.
I need to sneak in as much height as possible for the dogs.


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Old 09-04-2015, 03:33 PM   #2
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I would say nothing less than 6" inches. Anything less and you run the risk of hitting the underside of the 5er and the bed rails together. As you transition from even streets to on uneven surfaces at the campground or going over a curb.

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Old 09-04-2015, 08:28 PM   #3
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I agree with Jim, 6" is the perfect set up. That being said, 5 1/2" is the most clearance I can achieve with my set up and have never hit.
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