Thank you for your replies!
The actual unloaded bed rail height of the 2013 Ram 3500 mega cab 4wd short box is 59" (not 57-58 as originally stated).
I talked with Excel today who confirmed 2014 Excel's come with the axles already "flipped" (meaning springs resting on top of the axles).
I asked Excel the distance between pavement and the fiver's overhang (when level) that sits over the truck bed was told 60". Does that sound correct? The 2014 31IKE is in Rapid City, SD, so I can't see it since I'm in NH headed to Oregon in early August.
As a newbie (and terrible at spatial relations!), I'm confused. With a 59" bed rail height and 60" from pavement to Excel's overhang, that sounds like just 1" of clearance. far from the minimum 6" needed.
Yet an Excel forum poster has a 34LIKR and similar stature truck and has achieved 10" of clearance just by having trailer spring mounts, pin box, hitch all in the middle. I fully admit my ignorance, and would greatly appreciate any further clarification or advice.
Also, does the type of hitch (5th wheel or gooseneck) and the brand make a difference re clearance?
Sorry to seem so ignorant
, but I don't want to end up with a truck that can't tow my Excel !
Thank you again!