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Old 11-24-2010, 11:22 PM   #1
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Question Should I adjust my hitch

I got this 24" 6" wilderness home on saturday, it seemed alright for height and such, but now that it is in the driveway it appeared the nose of the fifth wheel was down.
So unhooked and leveled the fifth wheel and it measures 51" from the ground to bottom of the pin plate, and from the ground to top of hitch in truck when it is held level it measures 46" so obviously that is a 5" difference, and I guess when the fifth is on then it will make the truck lower still, so I believe the hitch is at the bottom of its adjustment and the pin box is at the highest setting.
So between the two I should be able to drop the pin more and lift the hitch higher and that may be the best, but is there a way to make sure I allow for the weight of the fifth pushing the truck down?
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... but is there a way to make sure I allow for the weight of the fifth pushing the truck down?
Sure! Hitch up and measure the squat. Add that to 5 inches and the total is how much you have to drop the pin box and (perhaps) raise your hitch.

If you don't have that much adjustment, you can reduce the truck squat with Timbren Aeon springs. You can read all about it at Vehicle Suspension Kits - Timbren Suspension Enhancement Systems. It's a pretty economical solution for about $200 and you'll love what the springs do for your ride. Installation is a breeze -- about 20 minutes. They replace your rubber bump stops.

Good luck!
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okay went and did a measurement, the truck goes down about 2" when the fifth wheel is put on, which is about where it was when our older one was put on, so looks like I have a 2" drop, the only thing is I will have to check to see how level the fifth wheel is, they put the level indicators on just before we picked it up, as it had none on it, so I guess I should start by laying a carpenter level on the floor and then leveling by it, and then check that they have the indicators in the correct position, then I can go from there.
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Set it up with your level on the kitchen counter. DW will be happier
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Oh!
Did not think of that, had heard of doing it by the fridge, but I figured the floor would be good, but I will have to go tomorrow during the day and compare the floor and the counter, and it makes sense to make the counter level.
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Most modern gas stations have level cement at the pumps. This is best done where it is level. That is where I found out my 5er was nose down. I dropped the pin box 2", thus lifting the front, and that took care of the problem. I measured the height of the front and rear of the trailer equally from the tires.
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Most modern gas stations have level cement at the pumps.
But not in the mountains, unfortunately. You have to know where your fill pipe enters the fuel tank to orient your truck for a complete fill. And it's nearly impossible to find a level parking lot. Sometimes the best you can do is get your rig parallel to the pavement and ignore level.
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