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Old 02-16-2014, 10:19 PM   #1
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8286 FW Clearance Above F250 Bed Rails

Picking up new 8286WS this week. Just realized I didn't check bed rail clearance height while under tow. Anyone know what is clearance of trailer bottom above bed rails? My F250 has hand rails installed on top of bed rails that add about 2.75" above the bed side rails. Wondering if I will be able to keep them on or not. Hope to hear from someone who has measured the clearance height.
Guess most 8200 series Rockwood FW's would be about same clearance height above the rails. If you have measured or are towing with hand rails installed on your bed rails I would appreciate hearing from you about any clearance issues. Thanks.
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:29 PM   #2
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I am very interested as well. I am waiting for my flagstaff 8528 to be built. I have a cummins 4wd and wondering about clearance myself.
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:31 PM   #3
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I measured one at the dealer and from ground to underside of upper area was 58"
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Thanks for the measure. I measured ground to top of hand rail and got just under 54". Think I need minimum clearance of 6" above hand rails. Will have dealer adjust height of hitch receiver (Reese 16K) 2" minimum. Read somewhere it has up to 4" max adjustment. Other option is to lift trailer if not level. I could always remove hand rails but I like the way they look on truck.
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:10 PM   #5
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Your in better shape than me. Top of my bed is 58" bottom of my camper is 58". Maybe the dealership techs have magic dust. I asked them about it and hey said not to worry. Really?
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:17 PM   #6
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Cool Lift The Trailer?

Are they going to lift the trailer with that "dust"??
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Funny thing, I was told flagstaff has a factory lift for the 5er. I thought should put it on the order so it can be added when built. They said we will wait and see.
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BTW, have they given you a quote on the cost of lifting the trailer? Any idea what all that would involve? Is it a kit they install? My understanding is that can be done at factory or at dealership. I haven't asked yet. Would like to compare your quote against what they tell me. Going to call their service dept tomorrow to get quote. Thanks!
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I have not got a quote from them. Couple of spacers for each axle couldn't be much. Maybe shouldn't have got one with torsion axles....could do it myself like last camper I had. I'm suposed to call first of march to get my off line date. I'll ask them then.
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Had to remove hand rails

Took delivery Saturday Feb 21. Husky 16k installed. Only 4.75" Clearance above hand rails. Too close for comfort. Once removed clearance moved to close to 8". Will reinstall hand rails during long periods of no towing. Trailer tows quite nicely.
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