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Old 01-29-2016, 08:48 AM   #29
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That's weird... the truck in the video has air bags already... Nice looking bed for sure.
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Not weird, IronCobra was the OP. My first post was #9 where I stated I had a Kelderman Air Ride System. Unloaded, rides pretty smooth for a truck of this size. With a load, rides like a luxury car.
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My problem is that I have full size tool box behind the cab and do not want to take any chance of hitting it. Thus one of the reason for buying the Chaparral with the cutouts in the overhang give it a crazy good turning ratio. Now that my headlights are aimed properly! My problems should disappear. If they do, I'll probably return the airbags.
I had a full size top bed rail R-K toolbox and turned my B&W toward the front on my then F350 DRW. Before that I had the same toolbox and a L-shaped 60 gal fuel tank on my Chevy. Still had the hitch slanted toward the front. No problems whatsoever with clearance. Not sure if it made any difference in weight distribution, but it seems like a logical choice to me.
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Old 01-29-2016, 12:55 PM   #31
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My airbags are coming in tomorrow! But probably not before we take off with the RV for the weekend. So I went out real quick to see if my headlights were aimed too high without the trailer attached. Holy batman they were at least 8-10 turns of the adjustment knob too high! I brought them down significantly and directed the light so the cutoff is at 3ft around 75yrds. It was more like 5' at 75yrds before I adjusted them. No wonder I was getting flashed while towing.

They must have been out of whack since I got the truck.

I need to do another retrofit to HID projectors. Kind of wish I removed them from my old truck and had them on this one now.

Now then ............THAT makes sense

There just was no way that that light of pin weight would cause that much movement on front to have headlights glaring at on coming traffic

Now you can run up & down the road w/o ticking on coming drivers off
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My mistake.. thank you carl... sweet truck by the way!
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My problem is that I have full size tool box behind the cab and do not want to take any chance of hitting it. Thus one of the reason for buying the Chaparral with the cutouts in the overhang give it a crazy good turning ratio. Now that my headlights are aimed properly! My problems should disappear. If they do, I'll probably return the airbags.
I weighed my truck by itself and with the camper. I had my hitch set up the way you have yours. I noticed the front axle weighed 100 pounds less with the camper than without. I turned the brackets around as suggested, now I have about 100 pounds more on the front with the camper attached.
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Actually, I dropped the hitch 1" and pulled on a flat area and the truck looks completely level. Never installed the Airbags

Maybe it was just the angle of the other picture
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Do you have at least 6" clearance at the tailgate?
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Do you have at least 6" clearance at the tailgate?
Not intending to hijack this thread, but curious with you "experienced" 5vers if 6" clearance as suggested is a good "standard" to use? I think with my 2011 Chev 2500HD I had about 4" and now have a 2016 Ram which I think sits a tad higher. Thanks.
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Do you have at least 6" clearance at the tailgate?
6.5" from gate to fifth wheel, but less on the sides because I have a Access bed cover and the rail stick up slightly. I don't think I should have any issues primarily because of the shape of the front of the RV.
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Another picture on level ground. Think I'll have issues?
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Not intending to hijack this thread, but curious with you "experienced" 5vers if 6" clearance as suggested is a good "standard" to use? I think with my 2011 Chev 2500HD I had about 4" and now have a 2016 Ram which I think sits a tad higher. Thanks.
Yes 6" is a good number as any less can become a problem if turning and going thru a dip for example.
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6.5" from gate to fifth wheel, but less on the sides because I have a Access bed cover and the rail stick up slightly. I don't think I should have any issues primarily because of the shape of the front of the RV.

Looks good!
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Looks good!
Thanks! I love the way the trailer overhang has the cutouts in the corner. They really allow me to have more room to navigate the rig without contacting the truck, toolbox, and tonneau cover
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It wouldn't happen often, but at severe backing angles, off-level, is where you would have to be careful of the cover being contacted--level turns, no problem.
Enjoy that very fine truck---looked at one today--KR--$74k and change, and it DID NOT have the factory fiver/gooseneck setup. Who in the world at Ford would build a fancy pickup obviously built for towing, and not include that option???Crazy.
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