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Old 09-24-2016, 08:10 AM   #1
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Bed clearance

OK, more rookie questions. How much clearance should there be between the top of the truck bed and the camper itself? I towed the camper home with the 5th wheel set where the dealer installed it. Much too high, pretty much all weight was on rear axle of the trailer.
This morning I lowered the 5th wheel to the lowest setting. I now have 8 1/4 inches between top of tailgate/rearmost part of bed and the camper. Is this sufficient? Too much? Not enough? I realize that there needs to be some play for side to side motion when traversing a slope one way or the other. What's a general consensus or rule of thumb? I can move the pin box up a hole or two if I need to go lower still.
In the photo shown, there is no weight on the landing gear, they're about a half inch from touching ground. I've had a Class A CDL for over 30 years, but no recent experience with tractor trailers, only straight trucks. So once again I'm looking for a little guidance from folks more experienced in the camper towing world.
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Old 09-24-2016, 08:20 AM   #2
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I want at least 6 inches clearance when on level ground


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I want at least 6 inches clearance when on level ground
So I guess for now I'll leave it as is with the 8 1/4 inches at the lowest point.
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Old 09-25-2016, 07:26 AM   #4
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The idea is to ride with the trailer as close to level as possible. If it's level at 8 1/4" you are fine. If it's nose-high, you can bring it down a few inches. 6" clearance seems to be about standard, though I've seen folks run with less...
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6" is the suggested clearance from what I've always read but "level" is more important. I've run with less than 6 in the past and just watch very carefully when navigating uneven surfaces. Like backing into my driveway...
My current rig rides a little nose high and I have one hole of adjustment left on my hitch so I'll most likely drop it the remaining inch. That'll leave me with right around 5-6 inches clearance.
I'd rather be level with just short of the suggested 6 than nose high.
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+1 for 6" min. clearance with level being the more important element.
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Old 09-25-2016, 06:40 PM   #7
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It's not bad right now as far as level. The 5th wheel is at the bottom for adjustment. I can raise the pin box a little more. Will most like just go up one more hole there and I think it'll be very good.
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