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need 5th wheel advice

Guys i am ditching my truck camper for a 5th wheel. I am looking to stay in a short 5th because i will be pulling doubles with my boat. The used 5ths i am looking at are smaller 1/2 ton towable 5ths. My concern is the box height clearance from the bottom of the camper. Anyone tow an older mid-late 90's small 5th with an f250-f350 4x4? I know i can adjust the hitch on the trailer and in some cases raise the shackles on the trailer axles, but if it was bone stock is there enough clearance? My truck is a 99% stock 2012 CC LB FX4, only mod is rear air bags.

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I towed a 95 5th wheel with my F250 and the front was a bit high on a 33ft unit. Removed the 2 in spacer due to the rear being still tail high with the 5th wheel hooked.

The truck and trailer should be in line, the front of the box cannot have more clearance then the rear so mine was 7 up front and 5 in at back, so lowering the truck worked fine. But without the spacer I had to watch the drive line but it never vibrated, as in the new 99 model year there was a kit to lower the rear of trucks to suit 90's trailers. That's the reason I have a F250 and not a F350 SRW.
I put back the spacers for the new 2009 and the height is perfect.

Canadian manufacture Glendale had Titaniums in the early 2000 with cab over bedroom that shorten the trailers by 5 feet. Might be best for less lenght for towing tripple

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You can also flip the axles on the trailer and that will bring it up 3-4". Very common in the trailer world.

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I pull a '91 5th wheel an a 2008 F350. I have a 3" lift on my truck and I had to flip the axles to clear the bed rails. If you flip the axles I suggest you go with the Dexter flip kit, it is defiantly quality. Just make sure you have a few hours to flip the axles and having a welder also help to hold the new perches even so the instructions say you don't need to weld them.

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