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Old 07-14-2018, 02:09 PM   #1
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Towing a 5.0- Wheelbase Choice

A question for you 5th wheel towing experts: Is a longer bed on the tow vehicle a better option than a shorter bed (say 8 ft. vs 6 ft.)?
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Old 07-14-2018, 02:19 PM   #2
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My 6.5 ft bed works good, plenty of clearance for trailer, still has reasonable storage space and not overly long so easy to maneuver.
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Old 07-14-2018, 02:24 PM   #3
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I have the 5 And a half foot bed works well for me I wanted a shorter truck but not much space in the bed if you don’t mind driving a longer truck more space is helpful!
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Old 07-14-2018, 02:30 PM   #4
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8ft best for extras, but too long for parking in town. 6.5 optimal IMHO .
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I'm used to the 8' bed, I can carry pretty much anything I wish including the canoes. At home I use the truck a lot as a truck, I can carry a yard of loam or full sheets of plywood.

The only down sides are the turning radius and getting used to parking it. I do sometimes have to park farther away then others and take up 2 spots due to the length. Come to think of it, I have a harder time finding spots wide enough then long. Seems in the not too distant past they shrunk all the parking spots for the little cars.

If you have no need for 8' at home, then go with the 6.5', I'll be hard pressed to decide when the time comes. I imagine a longer wheel base is better, but given that the 5.0TA is so short it probably makes little difference what config you get, at least for full size trucks.

Here's a "rule of thumb" for wheelbase to trailer length randomly pulled off the internet, there are a number of sites that proclaim this formula, no idea how valid it is.

Wheelbase. The wheelbase is the measurement from the front axle to rear axle of the vehicle. The longer the wheelbase, the less likely that the weight of the trailer/boat will push down on the rear axle and lift the front end. A longer wheelbase also has the added effect of providing more control over the rig. As a general rule of thumb, the first 110 inches of wheelbase allow for a 20-foot trailer. For each additional four inches of wheelbase length, you get one foot more in trailer length.

Supposedly I'm good for 34'.
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Old 07-14-2018, 08:39 PM   #6
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Good info, all- thanks! Think I'm leaning towards the 6.5 ft. bed as a compromise since we will probably get a 4-door crew cab.

Now I just need to figure out which brand to buy!
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In the Ford I don't think you can get the 8' bed with a crew cab so it's a moot point. No idea about the other manufacturers.
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I went with the super cab as opposed to the super crew. Itís over a foot shorter while still providing a reasonable back seat. I removed 2/3 of the rear seat to provide extra room for my dog which worked well for him and I can still carry an extra passenger.
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I went with the super cab as opposed to the super crew. Itís over a foot shorter while still providing a reasonable back seat. I removed 2/3 of the rear seat to provide extra room for my dog which worked well for him and I can still carry an extra passenger.

That rig looks nice! I would prefer the smaller cab like yours but we will be traveling with two cats at times so I was thinking the super crew might work a little better. I wonder if some people put their animals in the trailer while traveling as I understand it is legal to do so with a 5th wheel?
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Old 07-15-2018, 08:33 AM   #10
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I would look for a vehicle with a minimum wheel base of approx 150 inches
That allows the trailer to clear the truck cab and you have room for storage in the truck bed
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