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Old 03-17-2016, 07:06 PM   #1
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OK, before anyone laughs so hard that they have to have hernia surgery let me just say we were on our "maiden voyage" with our new Flagstaff Super Lite 5th Wheel. Everything that I had read or seen said that I could "jack knife" it into a tight spot - don't believe what you read - only believe what you do, right? Long story short, I dented my Dodge Ram right behind the left rear door and proceeded to put a pretty good "bump" into the front left corner of our new 5th Wheel (pics included). My question: Can I simply seal it good (my ego won't ever be the same, which is probably a good thing), or do I need something more?
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Old 03-17-2016, 07:11 PM   #2
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Old 03-17-2016, 07:38 PM   #3
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Old 03-17-2016, 07:42 PM   #4
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I just don't believe I would have told anyone about that.
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Old 03-17-2016, 07:45 PM   #5
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everyone on here would tell you to get a slider for a short bed. Now you know why.
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Old 03-17-2016, 07:50 PM   #6
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everyone on here would tell you to get a slider for a short bed. Now you know why.
With a slider, the dents are just farther up on the truck.
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Old 03-17-2016, 07:51 PM   #7
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Doesn't that Flagstaff 5er come with the Reese Revolution pin box? Did you not have it engaged?
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I just don't believe I would have told anyone about that.
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Yes, Sir - it has the Reese Revolution pin box, and it was engaged - thoughts?
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Wow if that is true something doesn't seem right...glad it wasn't worse...
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how long is your bed? If it's a 1/2 ton, probably super short.
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Thanks, "Old Coot" from another "Old Coot" - at least I know I'm not a total idiot - well maybe....
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Thanks, "Old Coot" from another "Old Coot" - at least I know I'm not a total idiot - well maybe....
Could understand better if it was on the passenger side, BUT on the driver side???
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That is very odd. With my Reese Revolution and my SB truck the corners of the 5er can't hit the back of the truck since the pivot point is so far back (22" behind the hitch). From the photo you posted, the corner of the 5er actually hit the side pillar of your truck! That leads me to believe that the 5er was pivoting at the hitch and not at the Revolution pin box.
Is yours a true 6.5' SB truck bed or one of those super short boxes?
Did you have the wedge installed properly and the lock out bolts removed?
Who set up the hitch?
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I have a 6.5 and even without sliding I can still turn 90 to 90...it just doesn't seem right...can you provide some more pictures of the setup?
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Old 03-17-2016, 08:32 PM   #16
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6.5' is a standard bed, maybe OP has a 5.5' short bed.
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All depends where hitch in mounted in bed....front, over, behind axle. I have an 8' box where the hitch at rest is centered over axle. on a hard turn, the slider only uses 9" of the 18" of the slide......would like a sidewinder for even a little more clearance.
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It still floors me that people try to turn that sharp.
It is extremely hard on trailer axles, tires and wheels turning so sharp.
Theres no shame in multiple point turns.
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6.5' is a standard bed, maybe OP has a 5.5' short bed.
8 foot has always been the standard bed. Then came 6.5 foot short beds. Shorter than that came to be when the crew cab 1/2 tons arrived. 1/2 tons always fall short on bed to keep their payload and GVWR in check, since everyone wants crew cabs these days.
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It still floors me that people try to turn that sharp.
It is extremely hard on trailer axles, tires and wheels turning so sharp.
Theres no shame in multiple point turns.
That was my first thought also. It's not like you can turn your truck wheels 90 degrees to come out of that turn.
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