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Old 07-17-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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hitch too far foward? hit the cab....

So I just got my 5er home last night and was trying to back it into my drive way and crunch.... nothing too major but still pisses me off. Lol the turnig radius is horrible... tow vehicle is a 2000 f250 6.5 bed.


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Old 07-17-2013, 06:03 PM   #2
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With the short bed, you need a sliding fifth wheel.
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You might want to look into what they call an "extended pin" to move the pin forward on the 5er. This would greatly increase your turning radius. Hope you enjoy your new rig and get to use it alot!
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5ers with the straight down pin box were designed to be towed with an 8' box P/U. If the center line of the pin clamp on the hitch head is 2" forward of the center of the rear axle it is correctly installed.
If your keeping the 5er, and the truck , you need a sliding hitch to prevent this happening again.
Your pin box doesn't look like it would accept an extended pin and if the structure ( frame ) in the front of the 5er , isn't strong enough to deal with the extra leverage, it could be damaged.
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You might want to look into what they call an "extended pin" to move the pin forward on the 5er. This would greatly increase your turning radius. Hope you enjoy your new rig and get to use it alot!
Careful with the "extended" pin box. Moving the pin forward creates a longer moment arm which will put higher stresses on the frame where the pin box attaches. I would not go the way of an extended pin box.

Your safer bet is either a long bed truck or a slider hitch and then use it.

You hitch is not mounted to far forward. It should be about 2" forward of the center line of the rear axle.

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How much is an extended pin?
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skip is right 2" forward of the center of the rear axle it is correctly installed.

your install looks good moving the load back after the axle is never a good thing you well crash if some thing jumps out at you
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How much is an extended pin?
The extended pin box still won't solve the fact that the distance between the back of the cab and the hitch pin is shorter than 1/2 the width of the trailer. Slider is the lesser evil here. Auto slide even better.
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The extended pin box still won't solve the fact that the distance between the back of the cab and the hitch pin is shorter than 1/2 the width of the trailer. Slider is the lesser evil here. Auto slide even better.
Money is the culprit. Id love a sliding hitch but they are rather expensive
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Money is the culprit. Id love a sliding hitch but they are rather expensive
If you kink the cab post on your 2000, expect insurance to total it. Rear windows are about $250 (I know) And we haven't even got to the damaged FW yet.
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Money is the culprit. Id love a sliding hitch but they are rather expensive
As I noted, the extended pin box can cause frame damage to the trailer frame. Where do you want to spend money...now on a slider hitch or on repairing the cab and trailer and still have the problem.

even with a slider (or extended pin box), you can still hit the corner of the cab.

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From the looks of your hitch this might work -> Square Tube Slider - Cequent 30048 - Towing Accessories - Camping World
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From the looks of your hitch this might work -> Square Tube Slider - Cequent 30048 - Towing Accessories - Camping World
Ill snap a better pic of my Reese. It has pins at the top so it can tip forward and backwards
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LOL. Get a slider hitch or a long bed truck.
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