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Old 05-22-2007, 08:50 AM   #1
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I recently traded in my old Dodge pickup (2 wheel drive) for a newer Ford (4 wheel drive). The Ford sits higher than the Dodge, and now I don't have as much clearance between the truck and the trailer. On our last trip out, I put a dent in the underside of the trailer.
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I recently traded in my old Dodge pickup (2 wheel drive) for a newer Ford (4 wheel drive). The Ford sits higher than the Dodge, and now I don't have as much clearance between the truck and the trailer. On our last trip out, I put a dent in the underside of the trailer.
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This is a common problem because of the height of newer 4x4 trucks and is compounded by the higher bed rails some manufacturers are using. The objective should be to get the trailer sitting level and with a minimum of 6" clearance between the 5th wheel overhang and the bed rails.

Many 5th wheels have adjustment at the suspension to raise the trailer - Jayco called these adjustable suspension points "Jake plates" when they came out with them. If you can adjust the hitch/pin box to get your 6" minimum clearance and then level out the trailer with a height adjustment at the suspension, you'll be fortunate.

If this isn't sufficient, or if you don't have suspension adjustment capability, there are more drastic measures that can be taken, but this should get you started.

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Old 05-22-2007, 11:25 AM   #4
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Another option is to go to Ford and buy a set of lowering blocks ( factory option) and install them. Might be a lot less hassle than trying to get the trailer another foot in the air.
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The 2nd generation Dodge 4x4s had a kit to lower the rear end by 2", IIRC. Wasn't sure about the Ford.

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Old 05-23-2007, 08:12 AM   #6
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Yes some of the Fords have a 4" block and some came with a 2" block. The 2" blocks will actually lower the tail gate 5". Its the way to go.
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Unfortunately, the more typical question on some of the truck forums is, "I've installed a 6" lift kit and 37" tires on my 4x4 truck. Now, how can I tow my 5th wheel?"

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Old 05-24-2007, 05:41 PM   #8
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the easiest way to make any trailer ride higher is doing a axel under spring conversion. 99% of the trailers built have the axel over the spring. If your go to dexter's web page they sell a kit that you weld new spring perches on to the axel tube and bolt it back in. I did my Dads conversion with him , tops it would take a afternoon to compleat everything . If you dont have shock on your trailer this would be a great time to upgrade things !
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I went through the same thing. The trailer would be a bit nose high, with not as much clearance as I wanted.

I thought about taller tires, or putting in a subframe, but in the end I bought some weld on spring perches...

I bought a pile of weathered/warped 4x12's and cut them into 2' lengths to securely block up the trailer, pulled the axles, clamped up the perches and lined them up, and had a professional welder weld on the perches.

For less than $50 the trailer rides high enough that after adjusting the hitch up it rides level with lots of clearance over the bed...

Alignment seems fine, and it hasn't changed the handling. I left the stock perches on, so I could put it back to stock height easily.

Dexter makes a kit with spring perches that bolt on, locating themselves to the old perches, but the weld on ones are quite a bit cheaper, and I think more secure.
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Jeff said it all.
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Keep in mind, when you raise the entire trailer, you may also have to adjust legs, steps and levelers. Sometines these things don't reach the ground anymore. You will also have a taller trailer that may not fit under things that it used to.
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