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Old 07-26-2021, 02:37 PM   #1
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Truck length

I currently tow with a SB and with my 5th wheel I have no problem with turning radius and I can open my tailgate when hooked up, just wondering if I would be able to open the tailgate if I switch to LB not sure how the measurements are from where the center of axle is( hitch ), currently F250 SB looking into F350 LB ?
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Speaking only of my 2002 Chevy LB, crew cab, I could open the tailgate if my rig was reasonably straight. The extra length is in front of the rear axle, thus the longer wheelbase.
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My prior truck was a 2016 F250 SB, I could open the storage bay fully if truck and trailer were straight.

Current truck is 2019 F350 LB DRW. Couldn’t open the storage bay fully. It hits the rear bumper. (Perhaps due to the bumper profile more so than the bed length). Both trucks had stock rear bumpers.

Recently changed to a Lippert FlexAire pin box which happens to be a bit longer. Now the hatch clears the bumper (barely,) but it won’t clear the ducktail/spoiler protrusion at the top of the tailgate. (Again, may be a function of the profile and contours of tailgate with year model change versus the increased bed length.

On a separate but related note for Ford Superduty owners. It is possible for one to accidentally leave his tailgate step down and attempt to hook up the 5er. And the step DOES NOT clear it. (Guess how I know this?)
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From my understanding, the extra length of a long bed is mostly ahead of the axle, not behind.

So there should be just a slight difference.

Just looked at Chevy's website and found this for their current 3500.

Cab to Axle Standard bed 42.10 in Long bed 55.20 in

So that is a 13+" increase ahead of the axle.

Cargo Box Length @ Floor Standard bed 82.25 in Long bed 98.27 in

The entire increase is 16", so less than 3" difference behind the axle.


Obviously other truck's dimensions might vary.

Hope this helps.
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