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Old 01-31-2018, 08:17 PM   #1
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Pulling 5th wheel with toolbox on truck

I pull a 2011 Wildcat 302RLS 5th Wheel with a 99 Ford F350 dually. Can I tow with the current toolbox I have or do I need to either buy a low profile box or one down in the bed?Click image for larger version

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Old 01-31-2018, 08:28 PM   #2
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You have the same truck as mine unless you have a tight turn backing up it shouldn't be a problem. My tool box in my truck is one I took from my small truck so I made it flush with the rails but even if it sat the same height as normal it would still clear and my trailer sits lower to the rails than yours. I also carry some plastic patio chairs in the space between the fifth wheel plate and tool box and they sit higher and have never hit.


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Old 02-01-2018, 10:29 AM   #3
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It looks like you have good clearance from 5th wheel to bedrails.
Next time out just do a test turn to see how close it comes to touching.
The only problem that I might mention is when backing up a hill with a tight turn... then the Box may come too close. (?)... and that is not very often.

I have a similar truck, however I have a black PacBox that sits flush with the bedrails.(by choice)
I find the Box to be so handy to carry secured items.

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Old 02-01-2018, 10:44 AM   #4
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Thanks for reply. I got a deal on this box @$50 so I jumped on it. Then got to thinking bout clearance.
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Old 02-01-2018, 01:41 PM   #5
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Be cautious going up or down ramps. If you get into a situation where the rear of the truck is lower than the front then the front of the 5th wheel will get closer to the box.
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Old 02-01-2018, 02:05 PM   #6
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My toolbox is like yours and I have had no problems in 5 years of pulling my fifth wheel. As suggested making turns when truck is tilted up sharply I watch my clearances.
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Old 02-01-2018, 08:15 PM   #7
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I have a similar toolbox in my short-bed F250 and my 5er comes nowhere near any interference. It is simply a non-issue for me. My 5er is an older model that does not have the clearance cuts that modern units have.

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