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Old 02-03-2016, 05:49 PM   #1
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Need to lift 5th Wheel 10" Anyone Ever Do This?

I have a 2015 chevy 2500 that has a 7" lift on it with 37's. My last duramax had this same set up but the bodies weren't as tall and the wheel wells were bigger so I didn't need air bags and could use the weigh down to my advantage. The trailer hitch place said I will need to lift the trailer where all the hangers are 10", put shock dampeners on the axels, and this will still be under legal limit in California putting me at 13'6" tall. My question is, has anyone lifted their trailer this high, any major complications? He told me I have to be careful in high winds but he guarantees the welding and adding of 10" will be as durable as can be for the trailer side of things. My only concern is the sway, if this is going to be doable driving down the road. I am a pretty experienced driver with a comercial licence driving big trucks for a living.

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Old 02-03-2016, 05:55 PM   #2
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I would move to a trailer as that is a lot of lift and its also going to cause problems for putting cycles or other toys inside. Jmo
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I would be concerned with raising the center of gravity that high on a trailer like that. Windy days could get interesting to say the least.
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Talk with a Keystone design engineer, not some salesman or hitch installer. Also talk with your insurance agent. ymmv
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High center of gravity on both RV and tow vehicle could lead to poor and unstable towing. I would get rid of the lift and over sized tires.

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I would be concerned with raising the center of gravity that high on a trailer like that. Windy days could get interesting to say the least.
Yeah that is my concern as well. Hoping that someone else has done this before to give any imput or maybe a more stable solution without buying a new trailer or changing lift and tires.
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Talk with a Keystone design engineer, not some salesman or hitch installer. Also talk with your insurance agent. ymmv
Really good point, I wonder if modifying the trailer can void my insurance if ever an accident did occur. Ill send farmers a email right now asking.
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Another option would be to modify the pin box. You would want to be careful of clearance between the truck box sides and the bottom of the fiver especially going over a crown. Could be some room to gain.
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High center of gravity on both RV and tow vehicle could lead to poor and unstable towing. I would get rid of the lift and over sized tires.

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What about bridge decks? They are @ 13'6 how will you fit under one?
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Maximum height in most states is 14' so you should be good on that, but I'd be concerned about lifting a 5th wheel 10" and how it will affect stability. Some of these new trucks are ridiculous right out of the box. My 5th wheel sat fine on my 2003 Dodge pickup, but when I tried to hook up my 2010 the bottom of the 5th wheel would have contacted the top of the bed rail. I extended the hitch on the 5th wheel as far as it would go and got about 4" of clearance. The beds on the new trucks are definitely taller than the old ones.
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The only time I saw a lifted 5th wheel, it and its lifted truck were on its side in the middle of the highway.
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In addition to what was already mentioned. The additional 10" is going to have an effect on the loading of toys. Your ramp will have a pretty steep angle to it.
I was looking to get a 5th for my 14 D-Max with a 6" lift and 35's but opted for a travel trailer after seeing the amount of lift the trailer would need.
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Go over to the RV section on glamisdunes.com. LOTS of guys pulling lifted trucks and trailers there. Might be a good resource to get real world experience.
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