How do you measure a fifth wheel trailer?

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Several different ways have been used. Some measure from the nose to the rear of the trailer/ without the truck. Others measure from the rear bumper of the truck to the rear of the trailer claiming the overhang on the truck bed doesn't count because the truck takes up that space. Don't relay on the trailer model number it's usually wrong. I measure from nose to back bumper.

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