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Old 12-02-2010, 04:31 PM   #1
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clearance question

I just moved up to a fifth wheel towed tt for 25 yrs so just about anything that could go wrong been there as I am sure alot of you veterans have. I bought my 5er in a private sale. shopped for hitch, bought that at a private sale. installed hitch myself etc. Have taken the 5er out 4 times. Luv it. Now for the question. What is the recomended clearance one should have between the top of the bed rails and the 5er. After the truck takes on the load I have 5" between the two. Is this to much to little or ok. been told 4" is ok. but on some of these driveway entrances or campground roads seems close to rails. while turning or when the nose of the truck goes into a (dip or gulley) while turning.
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Old 12-02-2010, 04:38 PM   #2
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mine was installed by a dealer and I have 5" and trailer sits level.
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Old 12-02-2010, 04:51 PM   #3
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thanks for the info guess I just have to get use to it and not watch as often.
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:30 PM   #4
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6" is probably better, as you wouldn't have to worry much at all about hitting. Some even go to 7", although that is unecessary in most instances. The worst is when you are turning AND going though a dip, as the rear corner of the box can move a lot.
Does your trailer sit perfectly level at 5"?
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:55 PM   #5
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6" is probably better, as you wouldn't have to worry much at all about hitting. Some even go to 7", although that is unecessary in most instances. The worst is when you are turning AND going though a dip, as the rear corner of the box can move a lot.
Does your trailer sit perfectly level at 5"?
My wife says the same thing, but I say its all there is! seriously, if you can get 6-7" and still be level than why not
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:25 PM   #6
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WE used to have a 5th wheel, a Montana, and the clearance was about 5 inches. The main thing is trying to keep the 5th wheel as level as possible. Too high in front and it will drag in the rear going up inclines. And its best to keep the ref level inside if your using prophane to cool down your food while traveling.
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:08 PM   #7
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I forgot to mention that a friend has tight clearance, I believe it was 5 or a tad less, and he has hit more than once. I'm not quite sure why he doesn't raise his hitch?
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Old 12-02-2010, 11:09 PM   #8
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6" is better , 5" I would take easy with the dips & bumps & pulling in to some of those gas station !
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Old 12-03-2010, 12:37 AM   #9
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Go with 6 inches the more room the better, as long as the trailer is somewhat level when towing. I had about 5 inches and rubbed both ends of the rail going up a hill in a campground. I have since made an adjustment to the hitch and have about 6 1/2 inches and have not come close to rubbing on the side rails.
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:57 AM   #10
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I have 8" clearance and glad I did in one instance because I just cleared top of bed rail .
Sure was lucky that day.
And it was actually on the site in my signature
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