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The amount of side to side articulation that you actually need in normal pulling and maneuvering is minuscule compared to the max head movements. If you were ever at the max you would be in the ditch and the fifth still on the road.

I kept 7" of clearance on the old Dodge and still kissed a bed rail getting backed onto one of these oil rig sites. No damage but a little paint transfer that got my attention. I think I can move the pin up 2 inches and still have 4 1/2-5" of clearance over the step up portion.

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A few of the sites we have been on. Notice the drop-offs on some..... makes parallel parking fun!

We were on one site, where we were on dirt. The road bed was 18-20" high so I did a long slow angle off the road down onto the dirt, the truck would start to level out first creating some tight clearances on the bed rails before the trailer would level out.

http://s1382.photobucket.com/user/James111/slideshow/Rig%20Sites

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You need at least 6" clearance at the bed edges. And that is the bare minimum....and is debatable if it is enough. You "can" touch in normal use with 6", although generally you would not. I would want to design for 8" on a heavy hauler. That is my opinion, based on experience, but it is debateable.

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If I remove a recently installed tie down point, I could gain another 2.25 inches in clearance bringing the total up to 6.75 to 7 inches, and then do what Stan suggested if I know its going to be tight.

This also lets me level the trailer to within an inch while towing but will still give some clearance.

All of this is just until we can get the bed modified or a new one built.

 

Speaking of which, I sent Herrin an e-mail before Christmas explaining what I had hoped to do. Never got any reply back. Is it better to call or ?? before we make a trip to the facility. We do understand the holiday issue and that many business shut down for the duration. Just wanting to get a feel for the type of company they are.

Thanks Gentlemen..

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