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Fifth Wheel And Gooseneck Hitch for 12 ft Flat Bed Truck


Yes I have a one flat bed truck there is 65 from the back of the bed to the center of the rear axle. this leaves me with 15 of clearance to the trailer. Would it be possible to clip the corners of the flat bed off and have the fifth wheel room for the trailer to turn safely and would you be able to install a hide a ball type of hitch

asked by: Steve B

Expert Reply:

From the measurements you describe, it sounds as if you will have no worries about clearance between the front of the trailer and the rear of the truck cab. Cutting off the rear corners of the truck bed could certainly provide clearance for you. You will have to measure back from the king pin to the closest part of the trailer, and then measure on the bed from the center point of the rear axle to the rear of the bed to determine how much of the bed to remove. I would recommend allowing several extra inches for safety.

As far as installing the gooseneck hitch goes, the gooseneck hitches we sell are not vehicle specific, but the rail kits that attach the hitch to the truck frame are. We do not offer a rail kit that would work with your flat bed.

If you are planning on using the fifth wheel hitch mounted on rails, we offer a gooseneck adapter, part # 6002 that would mount to the rails, allowing you to interchange a fifth wheel hitch or a gooseneck hitch. If you had your heart set on the hide a ball type gooseneck, you will probably have to have a rail system fabricated.

expert reply by: Mike L

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