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MarkTwain wrote:

Just curious, what is the advantage of a 6' bed VS an 8' bed. The 8' bed eliminates all the issues of the trailer hitting the cab of the truck.


YA don't say!!!!!!!

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OP, the RamBox is NOT designed for a 5er!!!


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The bed opening is narrower with the Rambox. I have read of issues with the pin box hitting the sides of the bed while turning. You will need a short style pin box to avoid this but that will cause problems with the short bed.

* This post was edited 12/03/19 07:26am by camp-n-family *


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Yes!


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Learjet wrote:

I see lots of people don't know what a Ram box is...it's the tool box built in the sides of the pickup bed which makes the inside of the pickup box narrow side to side.

The answers is yes, it is a problem with a 5th wheel...you'll need a Side winder pin box (or similar brand) on your trailer to have clearance inside the pickup box for turning....This would also give you clearance for tighter turns with the short pick bed and the cab. Two different issues "Ram box" and Short bed.


Wow, not until last post on the first page did OP get the answer to the Ram Box issues.


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Thank you. I will avoid the Ram box! Don't need them anyway.


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MarkTwain wrote:

Just curious, what is the advantage of a 6' bed VS an 8' bed. The 8' bed eliminates all the issues of the trailer hitting the cab of the truck.


Well after towing a fiver with a “standard” bed 2500HD for 11 years, we just bought a new 43’ fiver and a 3500HD diesel dually with the long bed. We travel all over the USA. I can tell you that the long bed dually towing is far nicer than my short bed towing. Yeah it’s long, but we travel without white knuckling and just go to places that will accommodate us. Nothing is perfect, but we are content.

I’d NEVER go back to a “standard” (short) bed dually ever again. Besides, we enjoy walking further in parking lots when we are unhitched. Walking forces us to stay youthful. I refuse to ever get a handicapped placard for as long as I live.

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MarkTwain wrote:

Just curious, what is the advantage of a 6' bed VS an 8' bed. The 8' bed eliminates all the issues of the trailer hitting the cab of the truck.


Well after towing a fiver with a “standard” bed 2500HD for 11 years, we just bought a new 43’ fiver and a 3500HD diesel dually with the long bed. We travel all over the USA. I can tell you that the long bed dually towing is far nicer than my short bed towing. Yeah it’s long, but we travel without white knuckling and just go to places that will accommodate us. Nothing is perfect, but we are content.

I’d NEVER go back to a “standard” (short) bed dually ever again. Besides, we enjoy walking further in parking lots when we are unhitched. Walking forces us to stay youthful. I refuse to ever get a handicapped placard for as long as I live.


Yeah - with a 43' 5er, and traveling all over the country all the time, you'd best stick with a long bed dually - at MINIMUM. Actually, you'd really be better off with a SportChassis, given a rig that huge and heavy.

For myself... I'll never want to haul more 5er than a 35'. And even that is a pretty huge beast to pull behind a pickup truck.

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"I refuse to ever get a handicapped placard for as long as I live"

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"Yeah - with a 43' 5er, and traveling all over the country all the time, you'd best stick with a long bed dually - at MINIMUM. Actually, you'd really be better off with a SportChassis, given a rig that huge and heavy.

For myself... I'll never want to haul more 5er than a 35'. And even that is a pretty huge beast to pull behind a pickup truck."

You simply don't understand the capabilities of the modern 3500 DRW. My DRV is 41' and 24k. I also tow a MC trailer behind. ZERO difference in current combo compared to last 36' DRV.

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