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Old 07-18-2016, 10:31 AM   #11
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To echo what others have said:

And, if I'm going with the 5.0TA, I'd switch from the 5.5 foot bed to 6.5 foot.
Is a 90 degree turn possible with a 5.5' box? Maybe with the Andersen Ultimate turned backwards for the short bed?
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Is a 90 degree turn possible with a 5.5' box? Maybe with the Andersen Ultimate turned backwards for the short bed?
I turn the Anderson backwards in my 6.5' box, and the ball is 43" from center to the cab. It would be almost 12" closer with yours. The actual box lengths are 67.1" and 78.9" measured on the floor, and of course the cab is a couple inches forward of this.

For the most part clearance only matters for turning, and even when the corner of the trailer comes to the corner of the cab, it is a ways back due to the angle. You cannot obviously do a 90° turn, but I can't imagine ever needing that.
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Is a 90 degree turn possible with a 5.5' box? Maybe with the Andersen Ultimate turned backwards for the short bed?
Why not just get the truck bed that fits the trailer the best?

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What make of fold up steps did you use, Bob? Was it OEM? I looked at some and ultimately (for now ) decided on stowing a two step aluminum ladder in the bed. I had a one step and could not reach to the middle of my tool box with it. Actually, I have found it handy for a bunch of stuff around a campsite, not just bed access.
They are the OEM, originally to reach the canoe straps on the roof rack of the truck cap.
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Carl tows with a short box and a 2.7, and I have never heard of him having an issue, but I just like as much box volume as possible, especially when used for work.
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I would prefer the 6.5 foot bed with any 5er, even if the additional clearance was minor. And as Jim mentions, the extra cargo space is a plus.




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Say what?

Yeah, pretty sure you have it Jim. Blind Spot Information System - with sensors and warnings when it detects something in your blind spot on either side.


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Yeah, pretty sure you have it Jim. Blind Spot Information System - with sensors and warnings when it detects something in your blind spot on either side.


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Ah yes, I do try to use those as another check, but with the convex mirrors on the tow mirrors (something I am very used to) I always check them anyway.

Besides, they automatically turn off when towing, which is a good thing.
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....they automatically turn off when towing, which is a good thing.

Yeah, can you imagine if they didn't? "Hey, warning, there's a big object right behind you - and it's really close!"

I also have to turn off the backup warning when I'm not towing, unless I remove the stinger - because the sensor detects the ball as an object and alarms continuously.


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[QUOTE=padlin;152274]Why not just get the truck bed that fits the trailer the best?

Likely that I will; just learning everything I can.
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I never realized you were going to the 5/0TA.....nice!

Well, I wasn't. Then I was. Then I sent a check to Tammy to hold an early July 2017 build date. Then Reace was kind enough to talk with me about the suitability of my Frontier as a tug; he said I'd be at the edge of its capabilities and so I backed out (and he very graciously agreed to tear up my check). THEN, Mary okay's a new pickup AND the 5.0 so now I'm back in business. Hope to get up to Chilliwack after I get back from vacation and seal a deal (assuming Reace and Tammy don't think I'm a flake .
Hi: Zardoz... Sure could use your wife to talk with mine!!! One exception is the "Platinum" kitchen we just installed. Can't drive a house and live in a vehicle except an RV. Drivin' at the edge ain't all bad!!! Alf
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