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How to Tow Fifth Wheel Level With 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty

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I have a 2017 f350 super duty crew cab 4 wheel drive king ranch with a 6ft 6inch box with oem puck system. My problem is the length of my pin box is 31 inches and the distance from the center gooseneck to the side rails is 28 inches so 45 degree turns are out of the question. If I get a hitch to raise the pin box high enough then the 5th wheel is not even close to level. I have borrowed an Andersen hitch just to move the trailer but have to put the block so the pin is in front of the ball hookup but it is only giving me @ 4 inches clearance at the back of the truck and the overhang. My 5th is a Carriage Domani limited production

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Would you be able to tell me what it is you are towing with right now? Any more specific info you can offer would be great, as well as what you are specifically looking to accomplish, which I assume is simply find a way to be level when towing but I'm just ensuring we are completely on the same page.

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Kyle S

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My truck is a 2017 f350 crew cab diesel 4x4 6'6" inch box with 20 inch tires. The box has factory installed puck system and gooseneck ball setup. The distance from ground to top of box at tires is 58 inch . My trailer is a 2010 Carriage Domani 32 foot 5th wheel with 16 inch tires on torsion axles. The distance from ground to pin plate is 48 inch when level. What hitch will work the best and how do I setup to run level. Any measurement I take will either hit the sides of the box or put the front up 3 and 1/2 inches from the tailgate. The mor-yde pin box has one hole left to move up but I think it will reduce the distance between the tailgate and underbed to less than 4.

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This is a situation where it may not be possible to get you perfectly level due to your set up. That does not necessarily mean you can't tow but it would be less than ideal. You said it was 48 inches from ground to pin plate but there is one more measurement you need to take, and that's from the truck bed to the ground. I assume the 58 inches you mentioned was from the ground to the top of the bed rails but we'd need to know the distance from truck bed to ground in order to determine the hitch with the correct vertical adjustment. If you can send that info to me we can go from there.

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Kyle S

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Thank you for your response. The truck bed is 38 and 1/2 inches from the ground. I am concerned about not running level and over weighting the back axle of the trailer.

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With a distance of 48 inches from ground to pin plate and 38-1/2 inches from the truck bed of your 2017 Ford F-350 to the ground we may be able to get you close to level. Since you mentioned you have torsion axles a lift kit would be the first place to start. The Torflex Lift Kit # K71-725-02 is compatible with side-mounted #12 Torflex axles with 5,500-7,000-lb capacities and will give you 3-1/8" of lift, Torflex Lift Kit # K71-724-02 is compatible with side-mounted #11 Torflex axles with 4,100-6,000-lb capacities and will give you 2-7/8" of lift, and Torflex Lift Kit # K71-707-02 is compatible with #10 Torflex axles with 2,300 to 4,000-lb capacities and will give you 2-5/8" of lift.

You will then need to add a sliding hitch with the lowest available vertical adjustment, which is the Pro Series # PS30121, which you'll need to mount in your truck with rail adapter # RP30156. With a sliding hitch you will not be able to use the lowest height setting, so if you can use the lift kit and the 14" height setting of the Pro Series hitch you will be as close to level as you can get with your particular set up.

I've added links to video reviews of these parts for you to take a look at as well.

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Kyle S

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