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Palindat

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Is there a recommended minimum distance between the top of truck box and the bottom of the over hang of the trailer.


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anything over 6 is great. Some RV'ers are able to get away with 5 inches.

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Hi; I have about 5 inches and have never had a problem. Jim2007


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5 inches clearance here, BUT I watch it carefully on uneven terrain.


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Between 5 and 6 inches with no problems but my travels are limited to pretty smooth roads. I do have the option of airing up my hitch to gain an additional 1 1/2 inches should things get uneven.


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A lot depends on how you plan to use your 5th. Rolling down the highway in and out of RV parks, flat driveway at home you can get away with minimal 5-6". If you plan to get off grid a bit on bumpy roads and/or if you have a steep driveway or place you park you need more clearance. I have 7.5" and it's barely enough for my driveway (slopes down from the street). A slider hitch can sometimes help on changed in grade. The underside of my 5th comes close to the back corners of my pickup bed when backing in beside my house but when I slide it back it clears much more easily.

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I would like to see a hydraulic hitch head that can adjust on the fly, say nose down on the truck and close to hitting side rails on the rear bed...but then the neck extends to give more clearance...who has it already? Mmmmm...something to think about? Show me the money...we can do it!! Kind of like extreme 5th wheel off roading..LOL!

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Million Dollar Idea?....havn't seen one yet but just like everything, If I thought of it, it's been done right?

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Much depends on the length of the bed..... pin placement......length of extended pin box.

I've found a longbed with the pin 3-4" in front of the trucks rear axles may need 6"-7" clearance so the top of the bed at the rear doesn't get into bottom of the trailers overhead.
A short bed truck with the pin zero over the trucks rear axle and a extended pin box may get by with 5".

And of course camping in the bojacks over all kinds of terrain vs glamping in RV parks with all paved/level/flat roads and parking pads make a difference in the amount of clearance needed for a particular truck/trailer combo.


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