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Old 06-26-2016, 12:20 PM   #1
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Anyone towing 5.0TA w/Short Bed?

Like many, I'm drooling over the 5.0TA but I've got a 5.5' bed on my Nissan Frontier. I'm hoping for your thoughts and experiences using a slider or similar hitch on such a setup. Thanks for any help you can provide!
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Old 06-26-2016, 12:38 PM   #2
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Here's a some pictures of Reace's Ford 5.6 bed hooked up (and turning) the 5.0TA classic. The hitch is standard (not on a slider) from Trademaster. Escape 5.0 TA Udate #2


And this is mine, same setup... love it!
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Check with Alf, he's using a Frontier too.
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Check with Alf, he's using a Frontier too.
Alf has a long bed Frontier
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Alf has a long bed Frontier
Thought they only came in 5' or 6', depending on the cab selected. OF course Alf's isn't new.
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Thought they only came in 5' or 6', depending on the cab selected. OF course Alf's isn't new.
Alf's Frontier is the current style, which has been "current" since the 2005 model year. The bed lengths for are 1,511 mm (59.5" or 5 feet) and 1,861 mm (73.3" or 6 feet); Alf's Frontier has the longer bed, even though it has the longer cab (Crew Cab); I don't think the longer bed was initially available in combination with the Crew Cab, and available bed lengths still depends on trim (S versus SV versus Pro-4X).

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Like many, I'm drooling over the 5.0TA but I've got a 5.5' bed on my Nissan Frontier.
Since the bed lengths are 59.5" and 73.3", I'm not sure which length is intended here. Inches matter to trailer-to-cab clearance, so it would be helpful to clarify this. If it is a King Cab, it will be the 6-foot box; the choice is only with the Crew Cab.
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Thought they only came in 5' or 6', depending on the cab selected. OF course Alf's isn't new.
You are correct (59.5") according to a different website than the first one I went to. Suppose I could get off my lazy rear end and take a tape measure out to the driveway.
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Since the bed lengths are 59.5" and 73.3", I'm not sure which length is intended here. Inches matter to trailer-to-cab clearance, so it would be helpful to clarify this. If it is a King Cab, it will be the 6-foot box; the choice is only with the Crew Cab.
It's a short bed; the 59.5" model.
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You are correct (59.5") according to a different website than the first one I went to. Suppose I could get off my lazy rear end and take a tape measure out to the driveway.
Hi: Zardoz... You can always add a pin extender to the pin box. This adds about 9" to the cab/trailer distance.
Yes we have the long bed Fronty... 6'1" I think. We also have a slider hitch... but never slide it.http://www.huskytow.com
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