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Old 03-23-2015, 03:12 AM   #1
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I have a Dodge Ram Megacab with the short bed. Is there anyone else that owns one that has had any problems with getting into spots in campgrounds? We will be picking up our new Rushmore, Lincoln model next month and want to be assured that I didn't make a mistake in buying the truck.
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Old 03-23-2015, 03:24 AM   #2
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COLJDM has one. Try sending john a PM about this. I don't see a problem though because that truck wouldn't be any longer than mine.
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Old 03-23-2015, 03:47 AM   #3
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Edmunds says yours is 19'3" long ???? if that's correct,
our crew cab shortbed is longer at 20'

so depends on your rv and the park....
and/or from what I understand the region you are camping in...

newer areas are usually larger sites/parks....
in California and the northeast, my understanding is the sites are smaller - but as with ANY assumption - there are cases that don't meet the assumption
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Old 03-23-2015, 02:32 PM   #4
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The problem you may experience is related to the "short Bed". With a short bed you have to be careful backing in to spots because the front cap of the fifth wheel may hit the back of your cab when turning sharply. Many RV manufacturers have solved this problem with newly designed front caps but it can still be an issue. You just need to be aware of it at all times when making sharp turns. I had a 2004 Dodge 2500 with the short bed and at that time pulled a Hitchiker and purchased a slider hitch to resolve this issue but found that I never needed the slider. It got very close when backing in sometimes but never needed to use the slide option. Always be aware of that possibility. I have seen broken rear windows and severely damaged cabs because the driver forgot about that issue.
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Good catch Rick, thought Odie was asking overall length and getting into spots

You are absolutely correct about the shortbed and the advertisements...
they SAY it will work, but only your conditions really make it work or not.

I decided I didn't want to have to worry about it and opted for an auto slider when I first got a 5er and have just carried it forward to each truck/rv!
(glad I got an 18k first try )
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Good catch Rick, thought Odie was asking overall length and getting into spots

You are absolutely correct about the shortbed and the advertisements...
they SAY it will work, but only your conditions really make it work or not.

I decided I didn't want to have to worry about it and opted for an auto slider when I first got a 5er and have just carried it forward to each truck/rv!
(glad I got an 18k first try )
The length can be an issue also. My 2011 F350 Crew cab Long bed takes 3 acres to turn around. I do know from experience with the Dodges that they have the shortest turning radius of all the Big 3. That makes backing an RV in a lot easier given some of the narrow streets in campgrounds. It also makes it a lot easier to jackknife and hit the cab.
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Old 03-23-2015, 10:23 PM   #7
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Ah yes, the leaf spring front end...
the newer coil spring fords turn a LOT faster than the 'older' ones with leaf springs

I know mine does !!!
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Nahh, his 2011 must have coils?? My 2008 did.
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Yep, Ricks long bed has coils and it also has the same turning radius as our Dually's.
About half a football field ! Lol
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yep...parking decks in hospitals are a true test of skill
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