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Old 03-20-2017, 01:46 PM   #1
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2016 Ford F-150 Bed Rail Height

This is all new to me so pardon my ignorance. We have purchased a new (to us) 2016 Ford F-150. We want to get and Escape 5th wheel trailer but I am having some confusion about the bed rail height in regard to the Escape. I tried to ask the factory and, though they are prompt and responsive, I am even more confused. The published specs and our measurement say our bed is at least 57" but I was told by the factory this:

"You may want to remeasure your bed height, as that seems a little high. The truck bed side measurement cannot be greater than 56” to accommodate most of our trailer hitches. Can you confirm your bed rail height and I can than confirm if it will work or not."

If you own or are familiar with the 2016 Ford F-150 would you please help me understand if I am doing something incorrectly or if that is a loaded height or what? Will the Escape work with my truck? Do they offer a lifted package if not?

Thank you very much in advance!

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Old 03-20-2017, 02:20 PM   #2
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This is all new to me so pardon my ignorance. We have purchased a new (to us) 2016 Ford F-150. We want to get and Escape 5th wheel trailer but I am having some confusion about the bed rail height in regard to the Escape. I tried to ask the factory and, though they are prompt and responsive, I am even more confused. The published specs and our measurement say our bed is at least 57" but I was told by the factory this:

"You may want to remeasure your bed height, as that seems a little high. The truck bed side measurement cannot be greater than 56” to accommodate most of our trailer hitches. Can you confirm your bed rail height and I can than confirm if it will work or not."

If you own or are familiar with the 2016 Ford F-150 would you please help me understand if I am doing something incorrectly or if that is a loaded height or what? Will the Escape work with my truck? Do they offer a lifted package if not?

Thank you very much in advance!

~Candace
Hi: Segolily... Need more info. Is the truck a 4X4, short box, standard cab, Crew Cab, or any combo of them? Does it have removable rails along the box sides? Did you measure from the ground to the top of the box sides at the rear axle? Alf
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:28 PM   #3
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+10 2 WD or 4WD? Wheel size? I can tell you, all the modern trucks are very high, its a stupid design/marketing decision IMHO.

According to the Ford brochure which is on line, rail height is over 58 inches on a 4WD F150. I assume that is with stock wheels. Add taller wheels and it is going up from there.

Regardless of what someone tells you on the phone, the brochure is pretty clear.

XL model comes stock with 17 inch wheels, Limited comes stock with 22 inch wheels.

I'd head to the nearest Ford dealer with a tape measure. Doubt the 2017 is going to be much different. And of course, when you buy the truck. Measure it.

http://www.ford.com/services/assets/...stalCode=17406

They have been tall for a while, my 2010 shows to be 57 inch bed height. Adjust for the 20 inch wheels I have and its higher.

And then there are tires. Like em big? Up you go!

I had to buy the optional factory bed side steps just to get into the bed.
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:55 PM   #4
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We already bought it. So I know it is a 4 x 4. We got 57" on our tape measure, but it could very well have been a bit more than that (maybe some slope on the driveway, etc)

It is a Crew Cab.

I need my husband home to get the rest of the information and I will tonight.

So if it is too tall for the standard Escape 5th wheel what are my options? Do they offer a lifted version?

I really appreciate the help!!

I will be really bummed if we cannot get an Escape with our truck
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We already bought it. So I know it is a 4 x 4. We got 57" on our tape measure, but it could very well have been a bit more than that (maybe some slope on the driveway, etc)

It is a Crew Cab.

I need my husband home to get the rest of the information and I will tonight.

So if it is too tall for the standard Escape 5th wheel what are my options? Do they offer a lifted version?

I really appreciate the help!!

I will be really bummed if we cannot get an Escape with our truck
Hi: Segolily... One option would be to change down to smaller sized wheels and tires. This would require some Q&A's from the dealer and a tire store. Maybe an Auto Wrecker could help too. Alf
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:04 PM   #6
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... please help me understand if I am doing something incorrectly or if that is a loaded height or what?
Yes, it is the loaded height.

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Do they offer a lifted package if not?
Yes, for the current 5.0TA there is an option which is listed as
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This is not really a different axle; it is a spacer kit between the axle's brackets and the frame which lifts the trailer by 2-5/8".
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:06 PM   #7
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Actually it is: 4x4 Super Crew. Standard box 6.5'
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:22 PM   #8
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Actually it is: 4x4 Super Crew. Standard box 6.5'
The box and cab lengths don't change the height, unless the selection of cab and box leads to different springs in the suspension (for load capacity). 4WD often means taller, but the difference is much less than it was many years ago. Optional "off-road" and higher-payload packages can result in a taller truck.

While the F-150 has wheel diameters from 17" to 20", that doesn't change the height much because the overall diameter of the various optional tires is very close to the same. I certainly would not suggest using shorter tires to lower the truck - if the new tires are enough shorter to make a useful difference, the change in effective gearing would be excessive.

From discussions over the last year or two, the F-150 appears to be the most popular choice of truck among forum members towing the 5.0TA. As long as the truck is stock (not lifted with oversize tires and/or aftermarket suspension or body lift kit) it will work with a 5.0TA... although the trailer lift kit may be needed.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:23 PM   #9
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We have a 5.0TA due in May. Our signed-off build sheet includes a 57" bed height on a 2017 F150 and we did not receive any warning or concern about the height.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:25 PM   #10
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According to this spec sheet , we are at 57.8" unloaded, which is close to the 58" we got on our tape measure: https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas...tes_010815.pdf

That's great to see they offer a high-lift axle, Brian B-P. I hope we can make that work!! We REALLY want to go with the Escape!!
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