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Old 02-10-2015, 02:07 PM   #1
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Hitching a 8280ws in an 8ft bed

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?
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Old 02-10-2015, 02:19 PM   #2
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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?
Do not know about your model but I currently own two 5th wheel trailers (Puma & a flat car hauler) & owned one before this. (Puma) Never owned any pickup other than an 8 foot bed & hope never to. Always have the factory tailgate down with no issues but you do need to be fairly straight to the trailer.

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Do not know about your model but I currently own two 5th wheel trailers (Puma & a flat car hauler) & owned one before this. (Puma) Never owned any pickup other than an 8 foot bed & hope never to. Always have the factory tailgate down with no issues but you do need to be fairly straight to the trailer.

I do not have the unit in question but mine is the same way, you must be as straight as you can be.
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I always line up straight ,back under far enough to clear the gate and close it since I'm already out of the truck plugging in ,as I use the trailer brake controller to help as I slide under, also hold the trailer brake when I uncouple.
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Old 02-10-2015, 03:23 PM   #5
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I always line up straight ,back under far enough to clear the gate and close it since I'm already out of the truck plugging in ,as I use the trailer brake controller to help as I slide under, also hold the trailer brake when I uncouple.
Using the trailer brake for hitching is something new to me. Sounds like a good idea. I would use that with the wheel chocks in place. I will be plugging the trailer into the bed connector. I have a Revolution Pinbox and we have to line it up pretty accurately. Having the tailgate up is going to make that a bit more difficult.
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a lot depends on hitch position...My B&W is adjustable fore & aft, I have it adjusted back so I have gate down clearance of several inches (8' bed)
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a lot depends on hitch position...My B&W is adjustable fore & aft, I have it adjusted back so I have gate down clearance of several inches (8' bed)
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I have mine all the way back and with the tailgate down I can squeeze between the tailgate and the 5er (turn sidways and suck it in )
I think the B&W has 8" of for and aft adjustment so if it were all the way forward I'm betting (on my setup) it would likely be touching if I weren't exactly straight when backing in to hitch up.
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I've hitched and unhitched numerous times. I have had to negotiate some angling. Not able to connect with the tail gate up ever. I want the 5th wheel tail gate next year for Christmas! 2008 Tundra 8' bed.
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I've hitched and unhitched numerous times. I have had to negotiate some angling. Not able to connect with the tail gate up ever. I want the 5th wheel tail gate next year for Christmas! 2008 Tundra 8' bed.
I found it really difficult to hitch with the tailgate up. Not enough showing to get the line up. A 5th wheel tailgate may be the answer if I don't have safe clearance with the gate down. I hope Santa heard you and that you were good enough this year...
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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.
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