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Man. Iím so sorry to hear that.
I have about four inches of clearance since the truck is lifted, it was about five and a half or so before but i dropped the head on the hitch one bolt hole to help with the fifth wheel being nose high. so I have to be very careful when the camper goes into a tilt if backing into a site. I did lean the camper quite a bit at gulf shores Alabama because we showed up late at night and the DW wasnít cooperating with me backing in.
(Now on a side note if the hitch is slide to the tailgate it helps when turning tight and the fifth wheel leaning)which I have only done about two or three times.
so I went off the pad quite a bit because of the angle of the site and the camper in front. It caused the underneath of the nose to rest on the rail and I didnít realize it as I was looking for the darn tree on the opposite side. I turned hard and moved forward causing the bedrail to rub the underneath of the fifth wheel and catch the front cap seal and break it off. Of course the truck was fine but that same plastic protector for the bed rail was like sand paper to the gel coat on the camper. It left a nasty half moon scrape that I had to use some rubbing compound to buff out and reattach the front cap seal with new caulking and new screws.
But so far that was the only issue with the height over the bed rails.
Now for some stupidity I had to replace the tailgate. Simply taking shortcuts.... I had my driveway pressure washed and wanted the guys to get under the camper so I moved it about 100 feet forward and of course the stupid claw on the hitch wasnt spring latching all the way. So I said well Iím only moving it a little.. The driveway is at an incline a bit not much. Long story short the fiver detached from the hitch and fell on the bed and the king pin enjoyed stretching the heck outta the tailgate. Thank god I only had the front jacks up about 5 or 6 inches. But surprisingly the bed rails had no damage but the tailgate lol that looked like a boomerang and unbelievably it never opened as it held all the weight of the fifth wheel rolling back plus it still went up and down lol.
Expensive lesson learned the insurance company said it was a collision, I said how it should be comprehensive, I wasnít even in the truck driving. It all happened as I was walking back down the driveway to the house when I heard bam!!. I have a zero dollar deductible? So after arguing I took it to the body shop and paid 1800 dollars for a new one and paint with install, i was furious.. I will always latch the part that has a hole to put a padlock through. The newer tundras have embossed words on the bed and the tailgate that causes the cost to be ridiculous.
While my truck was being repaired a brand new f350 DRW truck had the whole aluminum bed smashed like a pancake because his fifth wheel came off at 20 mph. His damage was over 15000. New bed tailgate and bumper. Plus the fifth wheel damaged the whole front nose on impact.
I was so mad I didnít even take pictures to remind myself!! Lol now my wife always asks did you lock it???