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Old 02-09-2018, 07:28 AM   #1
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Reese goose box in new trucks ??

Since the new ( 17-18 ) trucks have taller bed sides is there any clearance problems using a goose box. Can I still maintain the 7 1/2” of clearance I get with my B&W hitch/roto-flex box. Does the Reese goose box have enough rise?

With my current set up the pin box is at its lowest setting and the B&W is at its tallest height thus giving me 7 1/2” bed to overhang clearance. Is the Reese “tall” enough?

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Old 02-09-2018, 07:41 AM   #2
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Hmm, good question.

I have a 15 F350 SRW with no issues. I have air bags on the truck and no matter how much air I put in the bags the hitch maintains the same distance.

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Old 02-09-2018, 10:15 AM   #3
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when I upgraded from my 05 to a newer truck I had to modify my 5th wheel trailer... It was easy to adjust the B&W gooseneck hitch with companion tall enough to work... I think I also had to move the pin box in the RV to a different set of holes.... but finally needed a 2"wide x 3" tall x 6" long rectangle tube, 5/16" wall thickness installed between the springs and the axles..

I found on Amazon I think 9/16" u-bolts by the length needed for the modification.. I removed 1/2" but wanted the extra strength of the large bolts... I had to drill one side of the tube and install a piece of round stock for the pin on the other side... to keep the spring and axle pinned together... took me... a retired guy about a day to do it once the spacers were made... my total cost was under $150... and of course my labor...

I've seen others get this done in a shop for $800-$1000 ...
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Old 02-09-2018, 02:43 PM   #4
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Hmm, good question.

I have a 15 F350 SRW with no issues. I have air bags on the truck and no matter how much air I put in the bags the hitch maintains the same distance.
As the bed mounted hitch goes up or down, the pin box follows as the're hooked together.....just loads the axles different...and with mine, I lowered the truck....new hitch was taller and I ran out of adjust ability.....didn't need any more wind drag
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I have the Reese goosebox on a Arctic Fox 27-5L, and a 2018 3500 HD Duramax. My truck is the crew-cab standard bed 6' 6" I think. I have the Draw-tite gooseneck hitch in the truck. I bought a 5" offset adapter that moves the ball back 5" and raises it up 1 1/2" . This gives me about 7 1/2" above the rails clearance, and also gives me very good clearance between both the truck cab, and the trailer and truck tailgate when hitching. When you air up the goosebox, it lifts the trailer up a couple inches, just so you known. Love this set-up.
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I don't think anything is higher between my '14 Ram and an '18. I don't have a problem with clearance.

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