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Old 10-18-2016, 07:06 AM   #1
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Tailgate is right up against the trailer when connecting

Towed my 5th wheel yesterday for the first time. WOW what a difference than my '03 Ram. Nice smooth ride, plenty of power. Didn't even notice it was back there. Ran into a little issue when hooking up, the tailgate was right up against the trailer. The truck was straight to the trailer. Also notice that there is not a lot of room to walk between the bumper and the trailer. Has anyone else experienced this? Luckily I have a sliding hitch but this is going to be a pain to have to slide the hitch back every time I hitch and unhitch. I used the Reese 50026 No Drill frame brackets and are mounted at 32 1/4" per the instructions.

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Old 10-18-2016, 07:31 AM   #2
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Wow! I thought mine was to close, but yours is a lot worse then mine.
I had more room with my 03 Duramax then I do now. Both were 6.5 ft. box. I wonder if they have more box behind the axle?
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Old 10-18-2016, 09:21 AM   #3
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Good thing you have a manual slider or you'd have to get a v-tailgate to get it off and on !

You're going to be back there anyway so not a biggee - just one small step

(and I see your were influenced to get a matching color truck ! Nice rig - you are gonna love that 6.7 !)
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Anybody out there that has a 2011 or newer F250/350 SD that can give me their measurement from the tailgate to the back rail. Would love to see some pictures of your hitch setup. Talked with Reese for over an hour this morning and they can't figure out why. There are two different styles of mounting kits, one that goes in front of the bed support rails (p/n 56016 and one that goes around the support rails (p/n 50026). The 56016 puts the center of the hitch 7/8" behind the center of the axle and the 50026 puts the center 2 11/16" in front of the axle. Very confusing.
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Old 10-18-2016, 01:18 PM   #5
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I always assumed on a short bed truck the hitch would have to be directly over or slighty behind the axle, not in front.
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Old 10-18-2016, 01:43 PM   #6
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On my 2010 GMC short boxI had no trouble opening the tailgate. I had app 8" from the trailer. From your picks it looks like the hitch is mounted in front of the axles. Moving the rails so the hitch is directly over the axle should give you the clearance you need
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Old 10-18-2016, 04:17 PM   #7
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I have a short bed 2009 2500 HD and a 2016 5er. My wife has to hold the tailgate up while I hookup to the 5er hitch so it doesn't hit the camper. If I'm exactly square with the trailer sometimes I have just enough room to drop the tailgate when hooked up. Most of the time it don't work out that way.
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Just spend the money for a v tail gate and not worry about it, hook up and un hook with out lowering the tailgate. Have had one on my trucks since 2007, makes hooking up easy I can see where the king pin is at all times
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My bed from front to tailgate is 80 inches. My back rail on universal rail is 35 inches to back of the bed. Hitch is Reese Elite with tube slides
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My hitch is installed just ahead of the rear axle. I have room to drop my tailgate when hitched up with no problem. It is hitched in the picture below.
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