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Old 08-12-2017, 01:07 PM   #31
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Since truck boxes material was mentioned...
  • The Toyota Tacoma (not the Tundra) is the only current pickup truck which could reasonably be used for an Escape and has a composite box.
  • The Ford F-150 has an aluminum box.
While the box material is often mentioned as a concern with fifth-wheel hitches, it is actually not an issue. The hitch mounts to brackets which are bolted to the frame; the bolts just pass through the box floor and are not supported by the box. Arranging proper brackets can be a concern with some models, particularly if bracket specifically for them are not available.
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:15 PM   #32
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Since truck boxes material was mentioned...
  • The Toyota Tacoma (not the Tundra) is the only current pickup truck which could reasonably be used for an Escape and has a composite box.
  • The Ford F-150 has an aluminum box.

While the box material is often mentioned as a concern with fifth-wheel hitches, it is actually not an issue. The hitch mounts to brackets which are bolted to the frame; the bolts just pass through the box floor and are not supported by the box. Arranging proper brackets can be a concern with some models, particularly if bracket specifically for them are not available.


Of course there's more to think about! Who am I kidding. Ha. I'll add bed material to our check list and in determining the type of hitch that will be used. Did I mention my brain hurts?
Could I assume adding a hitch to composite bed would be more pricey compared to adding one to a metal bed? Brian, you are a great help with your knowledge! Thanks


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I also hope there are trucks out there that don't all come with such high rails.
All pickups have have been going to higher and higher box sides for many years. The Frontier may be the lowest because it is the oldest design (2004), but even it is higher than the previous style of Frontier. This is one reason that Reace designed the next fifth-wheel model (the 5.0TA) to be taller.
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Of course there's more to think about! Who am I kidding. Ha. I'll add bed material to our check list and in determining the type of hitch that will be used. Did I mention my brain hurts?
Could I assume adding a hitch to composite bed would be more pricey compared to adding one to a metal bed?
I would take hitch material off of the list - it doesn't matter, to the installation process or the cost. What I would put on the list would be the availability of bolt-on brackets to secure the hitch, or at least confirmation that a good installation in that model of truck is practical.
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