View Full Version : Truck bed height

07-15-2004, 07:12 AM
Hi All. I'm getting ready to make the leap to either a 3400RL or a 3295RK. It'll also be my first foray into fifth wheel towing. I got a pretty good primer on 5er hitches (thanks, Steve), but one basic question remains. I know that the trailer is best towed in a near level position. In my travel trailer, the allowance for differences in bed height are made up by using different hitch bars with various drop heights. How is that accomodation made for high beds with a 5er hitch? (I used to hop up onto the tailgate to sip a beer. With my new truck, it's more than a hop!) Thanks.

NJ Hillbilly
07-15-2004, 07:25 AM
The hitch in the bed is adjustable as is the pin box.


07-15-2004, 10:41 AM
quote:Originally posted by NJ Hillbilly
The hitch in the bed is adjustable as is the pin box.
What John said is correct but after adjusting the hitch and pin boa, you may find that the bottom of the 5er is too close to the bed rails of the truck. (Most folks recommend 6" or more clearance.) If that's the case, you'll need to flip the axle on the 5er to raise it or lower the height of the truck bed. After you do that you'll once again have to readjust the hitch/pin box to level the combo out.


07-15-2004, 02:56 PM
Thanks John & Craig. I don't even know that it'd be an issue. I do know my bed is higher than my last truck, and I don't want to do something stupid with the dealer. If anything needs to be done, I'll try to make it part of the deal. Thanks again.


07-15-2004, 04:50 PM
Gordon, I think you'll find the Montanas sit high enough it won't be a problem for you. Lots of folks towing them with same truck as you. Mine's a Ford, 4x4, and I have about 9 inches clearance just by adjusting the hitch in the bed of the truck. The truck rides level. I think the Montana is very slightly nose high but you have to look really hard to see that.

Montana Sky
07-15-2004, 09:04 PM
I have the 3400RL and use the chevy to tow it. The dealership had to lower the kingpin two bolt holes down on the main post of the coach. It was in the top two from factory. Took the all of I think 25mins to get mine level and ready to go on down the road. I do have the superglide and that required no adjusting. Have no problem with clearance.

07-16-2004, 01:07 AM
Thanks folks. We're heading out for a long weekend to do some serious evaluation and maybe even some shopping in a couple hours. I'll let you know how it goes.

07-19-2004, 07:36 AM
Whew! I'm really glad you guys confirmed that truck beds are getting higher. Between higher truck beds and lower urinals in public restrooms, I was beginning to think I was shrinking or at least not as tall as I used to be. I finally bought one of those steps that drape over the back tires so I could reach into the back of my truck. Works pretty well, hope I continue to remember to take it off the tire before I take a trip. The good ole days were just yesterday, weren't they?

07-19-2004, 08:01 AM
Hi, just wanted u to know that we all learn from experience. About 2 yrs ago we purchased a pick up Ford 150 to pull a pop up..technically it should have pulled w/no problem. Truck pulling weight 5000 lbs pop up weighed 3900 lbs. Well we blew a convertor within 1500 miles and it was 1500 miles of dreadful driving. Did not come home w/that popup! Sold it in Texas.
So this year we decided to try it again. This time we picked out the trailer a 2005 Montana 3295RK, sale on condition we find the truck to pull it; then found the truck 3500 Chev dually 4x4. Again, sale on condition that it could pull the Montana. Both dealers went out of their way to match up the rigs. Plus, we hooked up with this Forum and learned so much and took the advice. Thank you, thank you. All was put together and then we went for a test drive and it worked great. Then we signed & paid. Very impressed with the professionalism of both the car and RV dealer. Still getting calls if we are happy with outfit.
Lesson learned: If they want to make the deal they will work with you all the way.

07-19-2004, 11:23 AM
Thanks Silverbait and Syplace. My biggest problem with the height of the bed is probably thereís more of me trying to hop up there than there used to be. We DO all learn from experience. Iím just trying to learn from yours! Will Rogers said there are three kinds of people; ďthem that learn from reading; them that learn from watching, and them that have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.Ē Iím reading like heck right now.

I did just get my deal done! Weíre picking up our 3400RL on Friday. Iím like a kid before Christmas right now. Iím starting a new thread regarding the specific hitch. Need some answers there too. Thanks for everyoneís help.


07-19-2004, 11:34 AM

Congratulations on your new rig! I neglected to mention the more of me part in my previous post. Preferred to think I was getting shorter not wider. Oh well.