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Old 02-11-2015, 01:39 PM   #11
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the 5ers are made to hitch up to 8 ft beds. I have had 3- 5ers and never had a problem hitching or n hitching. I have always had about 12 to 14 inches between the down tail gate and the 5ers service door.
Thanks for that info. I didn't know there was a "standard" the industry used for the clearances. I do know I have less clearance than I had, so the DW will REALLY have to avoid putting herself between the tailgate and the trailer. I really don't like it when she does that and will always stop until she moves out of the way. I think she has a subliminal death wish.
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Old 02-11-2015, 06:42 PM   #12
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If you are going from a short bed to a long bed and have the Revolution shouldn't you be removing the key way and putting the bolts back in so it pivots at the hitch and not the pin box?


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Old 02-11-2015, 07:26 PM   #13
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If you are going from a short bed to a long bed and have the Revolution shouldn't you be removing the key way and putting the bolts back in so it pivots at the hitch and not the pin box?


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Not sure until I can give both methods a try. I brought this up in an earlier thread looking for pros and cons to leaving the Revolution active. Having the trailer pivot 22 inches aft of the axle might make it easier to steer in reverse. We'll see...
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Old 02-11-2015, 07:51 PM   #14
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I have 2 thoughts I need to express. If in doubt whether you will have room to hitch up with the gate down, back partially under and close the gate. After hitching, lower the gate and see how much room you have. I'm betting you have more room than you think.

On the reference to using the brakes to hold the 5er while hitching and unhitching, unless you have electric over hydraulic brakes, the controller alone will not actuate the brakes. The wheels need to move to actuate the brakes. IMHO
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I ordered a F 250 Long Bed and had a thought leading me to think hitching with the tailgate down might be an issue. The difference in overhang from my old short bed is calculated at 3 inches longer. Does anyone have an 8ft bed that can tell me if there is enough clearance to hitch with the tailgate down?

F350 with 8 ft bed hooking up to Rockwood 8244, no problem.


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Old 02-12-2015, 07:22 AM   #16
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F350 with 8 ft bed hooking up to Rockwood 8244, no problem.


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Thanks! Our trucks are very similar and this assures me that mine will clear the front of the trailer.
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Old 02-12-2015, 02:01 PM   #17
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Hooking Up With Tailgate Down

Actually I always had a 5th wheel tailgate until last Fall, never trying a real tailgate until my 2015 long bed arrived and not wanting to give up the rear view camera. Was pleased and surprised with the amount of room. My fifth wheel tailgate is now for sale.
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Old 02-15-2015, 02:24 PM   #18
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I verified that the overhang on the 2015 Superduty is the same for long bed and short bed. I have the 2013 F350 shortbed, and have successfully hitched with the tailgate down. However, since I have a slider, I usually hitch with the slider in the rear position. I did see a big difference moving from a Silverado 1500 shortbed to the F350, in that the rail position in the bed is about 8 inches farther toward the cab on the Ford than it was on the Chevy. I did notice much less clearance with the tailgate down on the Ford.
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Old 02-16-2015, 10:52 AM   #19
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Hey Mike in Raleigh

How do you like your Reese 5th Airborne hitch? I put one on this winter but haven't gone anywhere yet.
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I got it when I was towing with a Silverado 1500 and it helped a lot when going down I95. Without it, the trailer really knocked the truck around. I've since moved up to an F350, and I still use the Airborne, and I think it still softens the bumps some, but the F350 made so much difference, I don't know if the Airborne makes as much difference on it as it did on the smaller truck. I did have one problem with the Airborne. I got it, swapped out the fixed pin box, a week or so ahead of my next camping trip. Unfortunately, the manufacturer had screwed in one of the mounting bolts too far and pinched the air bag, so when I hitched up, the bag was flat. I had to quickly swap back to the OEM pin box for my trip. Reese was prompt in sending me a new bag and other parts, so now it works fine.
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