Recommended Options For Towing Fifth Wheel Trailer With Truck That Has 6-1/2 Ft Bed

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Hi I am converting from an 8ft pickup bed to a 6.5 ft bpick upbed. I like to use a gooseneck versus a 5th wheel to keep my pickup bed clear when not in towing use. if I use this pin box to gooseneck system do I gain horizontal length between my ball and my trailer. will this set up get me a safe tow distance in my 6.5foot bed?

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It is really hard towing a trailer with a gooseneck adapter behind a truck that has a 6-1/2 ft bed. Turning clearance will be a problem and a goose box like part # RP94716 will not give you additional horizontal clearance.

In my opinion I recommend installing a fifth wheel slider in your truck. This would give you the clearance and turning capability you will need with a 6-1/2 ft bed. If you want to let me know the year make and model of the truck I will be glad to make some recommendations that will work for you.

To make it a bit easier to remove the fifth wheel hitch from your truck I recommend using a lift bracket like part # DM6100. This tool fits in your fifth wheel jaws and has an eye on the top that can be used with a hoist.

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Thank you. For my 2013 f150 6.5 ftbed. Please recommend the best sliding hitch option for me.

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Since you want to keep the truck bed clear when you are not towing I recommend the Demco Hijacker Autoslide, part # DM8550022. This hitch has an 18,000-lb capacity and features 14-inches front to back travel.

For the underbed rail and installation kit you would need part # DM8551001. This installs beneath the bed of your truck and the four mounting holes for the Hijacker sit flush with the bed.

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