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Old 06-23-2018, 01:19 AM   #1
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"New" p/u trucks too tall for level towing

I purchased a used 2016 Crusader Lite 29RS 5th wheel and a 2017 Ram 2500 4x4 to tow it. If I adjust the pin box to drop the nose of the trailer there's not enough clearance between the trailer and the bed rails/tailgate. The springs are already over the axles. I'm concerned of uneven weight distribution on the two axles and what the long term consequences might be.
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If your 5er has what 99.9% of 5ers have and that being leaf springs then you will have even loading on you axles. Unless you have that trailer really pointed uphill.

Really the hitch height is only part of your problem it is also the bed depth.
If you had a flat bed then no clearance problem.

its a shame that the OEMs that build these 5ers do not address this issue instead of just building them that same as they always have.


If you have a very serious issue with this look to see if the springs go under the axles and can be "Flipped" to the top position.
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I purchased a used 2016 Crusader Lite 29RS 5th wheel and a 2017 Ram 2500 4x4 to tow it. If I adjust the pin box to drop the nose of the trailer there's not enough clearance between the trailer and the bed rails/tailgate. The springs are already over the axles. I'm concerned of uneven weight distribution on the two axles and what the long term consequences might be.
See OP's first posting
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Old 06-24-2018, 02:13 PM   #4
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Minimum bed rail clearance 6"


If hitch is raised UP and Pin Box Down do you get enough bed rail clearance?


If YES....
Does this place 5vr NOSE HIGH?
How much ?


Lippert has a 'Correct Track Kit' that is for aligning trailer axles AND will raise trailer 2"


2" not enough to tow level then you would need to do a 'sub-frame' lift
Cut off leaf spring shackles
Weld square/rectangle tubing onto bottom of trailer frame (3", 4" etc as needed)
Weld spring shackles back on
Weld square tubing across trailer from shackle to opposite shackle for lateral support


(Above is routinely done to lift trailers)
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My fix was to lower truck.....a whole lot cheaper....
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I was really venting frustration that both the trailer and the truck are "standard" outfitted. Several acquaintances have the same issue with Ram 4x4 trucks but their trailers (both 5vrs) are several feet shorter. They all tow with the tail dragging. So far I haven't encountered any culverts, railroad crossings, or the like where the tail end scrapes the pavement. I really don't want to damage the scissor jacks back there. When I first got my hitch installed and hooked up the 5vr I ended up researching all the points you mentioned--including the Lippert kit. Just reluctant to have to resort to that. Thanks
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I had a combination of a low trailer and a new truck, which resulted in dragging the rear in alot of places...even slightly uneven parking lot entrances....at one point damaging it. I like to have the ability to go wherever I want to go, so I had it lifted 4 inches. Now I have tons of ground clearance and about 8 inches of bed clearance.
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I'm surprised no-one has suggested flipping the axle(s) on the trailer??? Had to do that on several 5th wheels due to having 4WD tow vehicles.
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