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Unread 04-04-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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5th wheel camper and short box truck?

Does anyone tow a 5th wheel camper with an extended cab short box. I could swear I have seen tons of people doing this but the local welding shop says there isnt enough room.

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Unread 04-04-2012, 09:22 PM   #2
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What truck are we talking about?
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[QUOTE=ruthole;13615845]I just bumped it around till it was in the hole and she went right in. But my hands were hard to fit in there. [/QUOTE]
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Unread 04-04-2012, 09:26 PM   #3
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98 F-250. This is the body style like the 97-03 F-150, not the superduty body style.
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Unread 04-04-2012, 11:15 PM   #4
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Should be fine, I would think. I found this http://www.pullrite.com/superglide.htm on an F-150 site.

I think your 5th wheel needs a slider to be able to clear the cab on turns. So if you don't have that type of 5th wheel, then your welding shop is probably right.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 03:48 AM   #5
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Can do !!!

Had a GMC 2500 Sierra Crew Cab with a short bed (6 1/2 ft, I believe) and pulled a 31 ft fifth wheel for several years.
I had a Reese 16K hitch w/ slider installed but NEVER had to use the slider.
The fifth wheel always cleared the cab in tight turns.
BUT, some fifth wheel units have a greater front overhang, so do some measuring to be sure.

Bought a motorhome...much nicer.
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Unread 04-05-2012, 08:01 AM   #6
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It can definitely be done, but you should be careful the first couple times you do it. The clearance you have will depend on the pin box and the front cap design on the trailer and also on the terrain you are on and placement of the hitch in the bed of the truck. The generally accepted location is, IIRC, about 6" ahead of the rear axle. Although you can place it directly over the rear axle to gain clearance, you then sacrifice weight distribution.

I towed my 30' 5th wheel with the short bed dodge I used to have. I measured the clearance I would have and it was a close fit. Instead of getting a slider hitch I bought a sidewinder pin box instead, although both would solve clearance issues.
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