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Old 12-12-2015, 09:28 AM   #29
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Good morning,
The thing is, my truck is not modified, not lifted, has factory sized tires on it, etc, so pretty well stock. I would have thought that it would easily fit under most 5th wheels, apparently I was wrong. The seller won't give me an estimate of the actual clearance height that I would need to pull it home, so I don't know if maybe jacking it up, sliding a few 2x4s in the suspension to lift it would work or not. (It won't be as jury rigged as it sounds)

Could someone on here that has a Bigfoot 5th wheel trailer let me know if they pull a 5th wheel what their box height is? Or what their actual pulling height is? Or if you pull a Bigfoot what you had to do to modify it to fit over the truck.

I know that it can be modified to fit. I just have to figure out how to get it home

Wayne
Just ask the seller what the height is from the lowest point under the loft (body or frame) when the trailer is level. Then you measure your truck box on the outside at the rear wheels. That will tell you if the bed is low enough. What it won't tell you is if the king pin will fit into the hitch without extending the pin box. But, it's a start. You aren't asking the seller for an opinion... you are asking for a measurement. I don't blame the seller for not telling you what you need.

Since your truck isn't a 4x4 and doesn't have a lift kit, you shouldn't have any problems with clearance... I think.
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Old 12-12-2015, 12:18 PM   #30
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Donna,
Unfortunately (in this case) it is a 4x4. The bed (height of 34")itself, I think is low enough, the problem will be the clearance on the top of the truck sides to the bottom of the hitch pin arms on the trailer as they hangs down the farthest? Looking at Alf's (thanks for the info) picture it may be that I could get away with raising the height of the trailer up by jacking the trailer up, then blocking up the springs so that there is no more sag, letting it down and then bring it home. Then just properly by doing whatever is necessary.

My truck has the older style of box so the sides are not as high as most if not all of the newer ones. I was vey surprised when told that I would not be able to tow it with my truck due to clearance issues. Roughly figuring and measuring makes me believe that I will be able to tow it home if I set the 5th wheel hitch on the truck and trailer at its lowest or highest setting. The trailer will not be sitting at its optimum level but I think it would be doable for the 5-6 hour trip back.

I'll know better once I see and measure it for myself - providing the trailer is as advertised. No mice, water leakage, mildew, body in good condition, everything working, etc.

Does anybody have any other or better suggestions, concerns or comments that may help?

Thanks in advance
Wayne
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