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Old 09-16-2013, 12:09 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by ykcamom View Post
We are looking at Rams and wondering if they will pull the fifth wheel. The dealership says that the short box won't work for most. Just curious!
"Most" fifth-wheel trailers are eight feet or more wide, with pin weights high enough that the hitch must be at or ahead of the rear axle on a Ram 1500 or similar truck... thus a 5 to 6 foot box ("short" doesn't mean much anymore) leaving only two or three feet to the axle is inadequate.

An Escape 5.0 is narrower (even the wider new 5.0 won't be 8 ft) and lighter, opening up lots of options for trucks.

Originally Posted by Scuba55 View Post
I believe one of the advantages of the new 5.0 duel axle is they are easily adjustable up or down.
As I understand Reace's notes on this, the new 5.0 will use a traditional setup of beam axles and leaf springs. The height change would presumably be achieved by switching the beams from over the springs (lower setup) to above the springs (higher setup) making a difference of about four inches. If the axles are provided with dual spring perches then this can be done with just wrenches (and a new set of U-bolts and nuts each time), but it is a configuration change, not a quick adjustment.

Reace - if you're reading this, can you confirm or correct this description?

Originally Posted by Scuba55 View Post
Also, you can get a slider hitch, if needed for clearance, most likely will not need it with the RAM short bed.
That depends on how sharply you want to turn. If you can settle for a limited angle you can fix the hitch in place, but to enable 90-degree truck-to-trailer angle and yet not overload the truck axle on the road, a slider hitch is typically needed with a "short" box.

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