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  • Distance from Hitch mounting pucks to front wall of F350 short bed

    Doing a bit of research but cant find this information - even in Ford up-fitter guide. For the Ford short bed I need the dimension of the first set of pucks (center lines of puck hole) to the front box wall (near cab). I am trying to determine the clear distance I will have from my Reese R20 hitch mounted on the Reese adapter rail. I have my hitch dimensions and the Reese adapter rail dimensions. I just cant find the puck dimensions and distances to the front of the box. This will also help me figure turning clearance too. Looking at getting a 2020. but I don't think the dimensions have changed in years or will change for 2020.

    Thanks for any help
    Last edited by Yoda; 09-01-2019, 11:18 AM.
    2018 Reflection 150 Series 220RK 5th wheel. Reese R20 Titan hitch, Steadyfast system, 2004 F350 King Ranch dully

  • #2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiWm...&feature=share

    a sliding hitch is needed for a 6-3/4 bed

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mark & Andrea View Post
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiWm...&feature=share

      a sliding hitch is needed for a 6-3/4 bed
      I politely need to disagree. I have the turning point king pin box on my unit, so slider is not needed. However some have indicated that with the Ford 6.5 short bed they have been able to tow without using the turning point or a slider. In addition the nose of my 220RK Reflection is contoured. If someone can provide the measurements I can also determine if the aux tank I want to get will clear too. I hate to go over to my local Ford dealer with a tape measure. Sales folk there are like leaches and even worse know very little about their trucks, towing, and operation of the options. The only one that can get real answers is the fleet manager. The big down side is the are very reluctant to do Ford X Plan. So I take my business to the NM dealer and skip paying city and State sales tax and get the x plan and other incentives. They also have the best service department.

      In case your wondering how I check things out, I make a cardboard template of the trailer nose and a lath to simulate the distance to the king pin. Then place it on my hitch and swing it while checking clearances. It gives me a close approximation to how things will work.
      2018 Reflection 150 Series 220RK 5th wheel. Reese R20 Titan hitch, Steadyfast system, 2004 F350 King Ranch dully

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      • Mark & Andrea
        Mark & Andrea commented
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        Ok a turning point king box is a good idea. Thanks Yoda may the force be with you...😁

    • #4
      Yoda

      This data provides every possible dimension for the Superduty. https://madocumentupload.marketingas...f73ff&v5=False
      Given that your hitch rails will be centered over the axle, it should be possible to figure out the answer to your question.

      Remember that your"template plan" only works on level ground. The clearances change dramatically when the truck is in an uphill turn and the trailer is still level or even coming downhill.

      Rob
      Cate & Rob
      (with Border Collies Molly & Angel and their kitty Gracie)
      2015 Reflection 303RLS
      2014 Ecoboost F150 with Heavy Duty Payload Package
      Whitby, Ontario, Canada

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      • Yoda
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        Rob
        Thanks
        On the new truck I will be using the pucks, but with what's called a rail adapter. Hitch will sit on that.

    • #5
      FWIW-
      On my 2015 F350 CC SB with pucks it's 30.5" center of rear puck hole to back of box.

      Rick,

      2019 Grand Design Reflection 150 273MK
      2015 Ford F350 CC SB Lariat Powerstroke
      PullRite Superglide

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      • Yoda
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        Rick
        Thanks very much - now to the calculations.

    • #6
      Well the good news is the aux in bed tank will fit (transfer flow) with about 6" to spare, However it looks like I will need to use the turning point, or get the slider base for my hitch head. At about 65 degrees of turn there is possible contact per my scale drawing I did. I just realized another down side to the short bed (thanks Rob) - stock fuel tank size. Well now to wait for Ford to publish the 2020 data. Should be this month sometime.

      Thanks everyone for the help.
      Keith
      2018 Reflection 150 Series 220RK 5th wheel. Reese R20 Titan hitch, Steadyfast system, 2004 F350 King Ranch dully

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      • #7
        It gets interesting - First - Rick - Thanks again. Rob - I scoured the book in the link, but could not find the pucks - but could be my eyes and not seeing it.

        My local dealer finally got back to me. He measured a 2019 and gave me 29" for short bed and 37" for the long bed. Seems strange so much difference, unless he measured from the puck edge. I had only asked for this information 3 week ago when I dropped by. He said CL, but who knows. Things will still fit.

        However I am revisiting things I will be putting in the bed besides the tank. I made the mistake of asking the DW what should be in there. She wanted to move a few items around. now the bed needs to carry - a dog ramp, tool box (was in bottom of pantry with dog food), generators (2) and Viaair portable air pump plus dog dishes, dog bedding (was on trailer floor), and dog food. Hmmmmmm maybe we need a long bed after all
        2018 Reflection 150 Series 220RK 5th wheel. Reese R20 Titan hitch, Steadyfast system, 2004 F350 King Ranch dully

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        • #8
          And a long bed normally has a 48 gallon tank.
          2019 F250 Lariat
          2020 Solitude S Series 2930RL

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