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Old 07-26-2005, 07:48 AM   #1
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How important is it to have the 5th wheel trailer level while towing. I tow with an F350 and the trailer sits just a touch higher in the front while towing. I want to get new tires on the truck which will add another inch in hight.

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How important is it to have the 5th wheel trailer level while towing. I tow with an F350 and the trailer sits just a touch higher in the front while towing. I want to get new tires on the truck which will add another inch in hight.

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Old 07-26-2005, 10:02 AM   #3
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First things first. Welcome to iRV2.com. We hope to se you participating in our community in the future.

You should keep the trailer as level as possible while maintaining at least 6" clearence between the trailer and the sides of the bed. Having the trailer level helps in towing stability.

I also tow with an F-350 and lowered my hitch 2" to lower the front of the trailer. the trailer is still slightly higher in the front (not much at all) but I maintained my 6" clearence.
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Old 07-26-2005, 06:23 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard. The problem with towing out of level is that it will load one axle on the trailer more tham the other. By towing noase high, you are lifting some load off the front axle and causing more load to be transfered to the rear axle.

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Old 07-28-2005, 08:20 AM   #5
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I went through the same issues with mine. I thought it was slightly nose high, but when I actually measured, it was farther out than I thought.

I wanted to keep at least 8 inches or more above the bed, as I tend to pull into uneven spaces.

After weighing other options, I put the trailer up on blocks, and I took the axles to a certified welder and had spring perches put on the top...

I was hesitant to do the flip thing, afraid the trailer would be a bit too tall and not handle well, but it was the cheapest option, and the one that could be most easily reversed if it didn't work the way I wanted.

It tows great, is now level, with plenty of clearance above the pickup bedrails...
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Old 08-02-2005, 02:18 PM   #6
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In addition to a better ride, I've heard that the LP refridgerators need to be level to work at their best.
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Old 08-02-2005, 06:59 PM   #7
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by John66:
In addition to a better ride, I've heard that the LP refridgerators need to be level to work at their best. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
John, when the RV is moving having the frig level is not an issue. The movement of driving prevents any blockage in the refrigerant system. Only while parked overnight or longer will reasonable level be necessary. Visit the Dometic website for more information.
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Old 08-02-2005, 07:51 PM   #8
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It is almost impossable to get the 5'er exactly level. I perfer to error on the side of having the Rv nose low. As long as there is proper Rv/Tv bed clearance.

My reasoning is that when pulling in for the night when headed slightly up hill and not unhooking I will still be able to use the front landing gear to stabilize/level the RV.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by richardcoxid:
It is almost impossable to get the 5'er exactly level. I perfer to error on the side of having the Rv nose low. As long as there is proper Rv/Tv bed clearance.

My reasoning is that when pulling in for the night when headed slightly up hill and not unhooking I will still be able to use the front landing gear to stabilize/level the RV. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

As that makes thing sweeter when you park (supposedly on a flat surface), it's the towing issue that is more convincing. I'd gladly pull away from the rig if I had to lower it to level. If you've got 6" or 7" and a 5th, it's an easy proposition. Most of the time I'm out boondocking, so I've settled on unhooking, but I still do everything (like proper postioning) to eliminate unhooking.

Besides, if you're within an inch or two, you can certainly take the load off the front without getting too "catty-whompus".

My $0.02!

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