How Much Clearance Do You Need Between 5th Wheel and Truck Bed?

When buying a 5th wheel trailer, it’s important to consider the amount of clearance that needs to be between the trailer and your truck bed. Without enough space, you may find yourself in danger of having an accident or damaging your truck and/or trailer. Here’s what you should know about clearance between a 5th wheel and a truck bed.

Clearance Requirements

The amount of clearance needed depends on several factors. First, the type of hitch being used should be considered.

Fifth wheel hitches require more clearance than other types, so be sure to select one that’s appropriate for your vehicle. Secondly, the size of your trailer will also determine how much space is necessary. Larger trailers will require more clearance than smaller ones.

Measurement Tips

Before purchasing or installing a 5th wheel hitch, it’s important to measure the space in your truck bed. This can help you determine how much room you have available for strapping down the hitch and ensuring it’s far enough away from the tailgate.

It’s best to aim for at least four inches of space between the back of your trailer and the front edge of your truck bed. This extra room will provide adequate clearance when turning or braking suddenly.

Cautions When Towing

It’s also important to pay attention when driving with a 5th wheel attached. The combination of vehicle weight and the added weight from the trailer can cause vehicles to sway or pull one way or another if not handled properly.

Be sure to drive slowly when approaching corners, hills or inclines, as doing so can help prevent any potential accidents due to improper weight distribution.


In summary, it’s important to ensure there is enough clearance between your 5th wheel and truck bed before hitting the road. Aim for at least four inches of space between the back end of your trailer and the front edge of your truck bed for optimal safety while driving. Additionally, always drive slowly when approaching turns, hills or inclines with a heavy load in tow.

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Karen Watkins