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Old 03-26-2007, 08:07 AM   #1
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Where do you measure the side rail clearance for a 5th wheel? At the very back (tailgate), I have just less than 5 inches. But by the hitch I have about 7 inches. Trailer sits level, the suspension is not adjustable. The back end of the truck sits high with or with out the trailer.
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Where do you measure the side rail clearance for a 5th wheel? At the very back (tailgate), I have just less than 5 inches. But by the hitch I have about 7 inches. Trailer sits level, the suspension is not adjustable. The back end of the truck sits high with or with out the trailer.
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Old 03-26-2007, 09:43 AM   #3
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from top of rear bed rail to bottom of fw overhang above bed rear most part of bed should be at least 6in
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You are likely OK at that number. However, if you drive over any inclines you could hit the trailer and truck bed. 6 inches is a better number if possible.
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Old 03-29-2007, 09:17 AM   #5
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How can there be a 2" difference from back to front? What am I missing here? If the trailer sits level and the truck sits level, wouldn't the clearance be the same all along? Oh, you said the truck doesn't sit level. Why doesn't it?
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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 PennyPA:
How can there be a 2" difference from back to front? What am I missing here? If the trailer sits level and the truck sits level, wouldn't the clearance be the same all along? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
But the truck doesn't sit level. The last sentence of the first post says:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The back end of the truck sits high with or with out the trailer. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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241, Welcome to the club! Will you provide some information? What brand,size of truck do you have? Some Fords can be modified by replacing the 4" rear axle blocks with 2". Ford even had a TSB on this. Some GM trucks have a axle spacer also, which may be removed. Dodge doesn't have any approved way to lower the rear of their pickups as far as I'm aware.
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Ray,

Actually, Dodge does, at least on the 2nd Generation trucks. iRV2.com member Ken Lenger, IIRC, had the TSB in his signature links. It involved shorter axle blocks and u-bolts.

I'm not aware what options exist for the 3rd gen Dodges.

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I would recomend leveling the truck! I did mine. Got a 2 1/2 inch front end lift.

I like to have 8" of bed clearance, and sometimes this is not enough when boondocking.
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Rusty the end reason I didn't buy a 2006 Dodge CTD 3500, Big Horn, 4WD was the Dodge dealership told me if I lowered the suspension so the truck would tow my 5er level the warranty would be voided. They made me a really sweet deal, but the truck-bed sat 9" too high.
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