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Old 04-04-2013, 05:51 PM   #1
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towing a TT with a flatbed

I'm going to put an 8' wide X 8.5 long Hillsboro flatbed on my truck that I use to tow my 24' TT. I'd like to know if anybody has had any issues with this type of setup while maneuvering in tight spaces ( camper coming in contact with the flatbed, etc). Thanks in advance for any info.

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Old 04-05-2013, 09:38 AM   #2
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There should be no problem if you install the right receiver hitch on the TV. The opening of the receiver should be flush (or nearly flush) with the back of the truck, whether the "back" is a bumper or the bed. If your receiver is not flush with the back of the truck, you can add an extension of the right length to make it flush.
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But an extension will reduce the weight capacity of your receiver, so you may need to install a different receiver that will have the opening of the receiver flush with the back of the truck bed. Or maybe a heavier-duty receiver that will still have enough weight capacity when the receiver extension is used.

Assuming your current pickup bed is 8', then the flat bed is 6" longer. About the same distance a step bumper sticks out behind the bed of a pickup.

Your truck probably cannot turn sharp enough when going forward to cause truck to trailer contact. So backing is your concern. If you disconnect the WD spring bars, you can back into a jackknife that might allow truck to trailer contact - at the rear corner of the bumper or the rear corner of the bed, which ever sticks out behind the most.

So if experience says you cannot back into a jackknife without truck to trailer contact, then either put up with it, or replace the receiver, or add a receiver extension.
Grumpy ole man with over 50 years towing experience. Now my heaviest trailer is a 7,000-pound enclosed cargo trailer, RV is a 5,600 pound Skyline Nomad Joey 196S, and my tow vehicle is a 2012 F-150 EcoBoost SuperCrew.
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