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Old 04-15-2020, 12:13 PM   #1
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Truck bed rails

When we got our 5th wheel, the setup guy took the bed rails off my truck and said I should haul a few times, different scenarios before I reinstall them just in case I get into a situation where they might hit the bottom of the unit. Has anyone ever experienced that? Do you run bed rails with your coach without issues? Thanks
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Old 04-15-2020, 01:04 PM   #2
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Sounds like the Installer did you a Big Favor! Lots of setups Don't have enough clearance to start with then go through a Dip or drop off and you have DAMAGE to Both units! Youroo!!
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Old 04-15-2020, 01:09 PM   #3
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on level ground, how much room do you have between the bed and 5th wheel?
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Old 04-16-2020, 02:42 AM   #4
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Hello, I don't know exactly because I didn't measure but I'm going to guess 6" or so. Of course the rails stick up a couple anyway. they go on and come off easy but I am thinking about trying to cap the stake pockets. I don't think I would ever have a problem normally towing but as the post before yours states a dip could cause some damage that I don't want. Thanks!
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Old 04-16-2020, 04:18 AM   #5
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I did see this once at a CG in MS where a guy was turning while cresting a small hill. Popped his rails right out, but fortunately no damage to the truck. One rail was bent though. I would say it's a good idea to remove the rails and avoid the issue altogether. Amazon sells several varieties of stake hole plugs and covers to enhance the look of the truck for a very reasonable price.
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Old 04-16-2020, 01:05 PM   #6
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Everything I have read points to having not less than 6" of clearance between the bed and 5th wheel. You may never camp in "unlevel" areas but many service stations have ramps going in and out of their pumps.
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