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Old 05-14-2018, 08:22 AM   #1
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Hi all. Im in the process of buying a 15 Raptor 415TS. Ive new to 5th wheels, I have a 38 travel trailer right now and have never worried much about the height clearances. The specs on the new 5th wheel are saying its 135 tall. I live in Michigan and pretty will be only using it in Michigan, and the height law is 136. That leaves me with 1 of clearance. My question is are these measurements from the spec sheet pretty precise? Should I be concerned at all with the height of this camper? Thanks
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I would do an actual measurement with the 5er hooked up to the truck on a known level paved area. Measure from the highest point, usually one off the air conditioners. Probably the manufacturer measurements will be pretty concise, but sometimes the clearance marked on highway overpasses may have slightly changed due to paving, etc. Scrunching up in the driver's seat will not lower the unit low enough to prevent a problem.
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Old 05-14-2018, 09:04 AM   #3
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Yeah I’m definitely gonna measure it to make sure. I’ve already checked online on all the bridges that I would be going under and the shortest one is 13’9”. Was just kinda wondering if anyone has had any clearance issues.
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Old 05-14-2018, 09:20 AM   #4
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Height laws in my county here in WA require 13' of clearance for overhanging trees. My rig is 13', so naturally I found a 12'6" tree on a county road. Now I need to buff the scratches out and repair a little paint damage.
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Old 05-14-2018, 11:44 PM   #5
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I wouldnt be concerned, ALL box vans and semi-truck trailers are 13-6, and carry a chainsaw on a pole if you want to boondock down any back roads. My ragen is 13-6, havent had a problem yet
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Welcome to the fiver world. Since your trailer is a few years old there could have been modifications to the axles, such as a flip or add-on suspension components, that would raise the trailer. Also, added on vent covers will add height. I would accurately measure it for peace of mind. One inch of clearance would invade my pucker zone.
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Hook it up to your truck. Find a reasonably level area from side to side. Get a six foot level (or a shorter one attached to a 2x4) and tie a cord to one end of the level. Find the highest point on your fiver and set one end of your level (end without the cord) on that point. Drop the cord to,the ground. Have someone mark the cord where it touches the ground. Do the same to the other side and use the average between the two. Im 1311 so I go 14.
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