Originally Posted by krf9113
I have a 2015 Ram short box and we are looking at purchasing an Arctic Fox fifth wheel. I'm concerned that there may not be enough clearance between the bed and the fifth wheel. Has anyone experienced this?
Also, maybe there may be another fifth wheel make that I could look into.
For sufficient space between top of bed side rails and the bottom of the 5th wheel "overhang":
Lot of this depends on what hitch you use. From what I understand, the hitch head will sit higher on some than on others. Some hitches allow you to adjust the head up or down, and I believe most pin boxes can be adjusted up or down. These adjustments will increase/decrease the gap between your trailer and the top of your bed rails.
Then you could run into problems of the trailer not being level, front to back, when you have sufficient gap between truck and trailer.
If you are talking about clearance between the back window area and the corner of the 5th wheel when making tight turns:
Slider hitch. They make auto sliders (like Pullrite Superglide) which will shift the trailer backwards on tight turns to provide the needed clearance. They also make manual sliders, where you shift it back manually when you know you are going to be making a tight turn.
Many have reported on newer 5th wheels, they are designing the front cap to be rounded at the front most corners to provide clearance for tight turns, and that a slider hitch may not be necessary.
I think in any case, your best bet will be to get a hitch installed and go to your dealer and ask to hook up to your model of choice and see how everything fits together.