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Old 10-18-2013, 10:32 AM   #1
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Well this is a first. My first post to any sort of forum.
We have been RVer's since '07. We started with a 20' pull behind for vacations. I was down sized out of my job of 38 years in '09. So we have more time for travel. We looked for a slightly larger trailer for several years with no luck finding the combination we wanted (small, light, lots of windows in the rear). Not surprising since my list of specs was over 4 pages long!

After recent problems with our tow vehicle transmission, the search for a new trailer was reinvigorated. We found a 5th wheel (Evergreen iGo G27RK-5) that came closer than anything else we saw. Of course that meant the new tow vehicle had to be a pick up (Chevy Silverado 1500 with heavy duty tow package).
I am pretty happy with the resulting combination even if it is 5 feet longer than my "absolute" maximum.

The post "New Truck Too High For Fifth Wheel" really caught my attention. We have a similar issue. I would love to be able to lower the fifth wheel hitch on the order of 3 to 4 inches. I don't want to raise the fifth wheel for a couple of reasons: That would make the climb into the fifth wheel even more difficult for my wife. Moreover it would not take advantage of the low profile / low frontal area of the iGo G27RK-5. I looked at the options of lowering the truck with suspension modifications mentioned in the thread but have concerns about reduced suspension travel if I lowered the truck enough to make a difference. I like the idea of just cutting off the top six inches of the box sides, but my wife wisely won't let me do that. My current thinking is to replace the box with a custom tow body. I am hoping that someone on the forum can help. Does anyone have experience with putting a custom tow body on a Silverado 1500? I know that is most often done with larger tow vehicles. But I am really trying to keep the whole rig as small and light as possible.

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Old 10-18-2013, 10:52 AM   #2
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It's good to hear your getting good information from iRV2, good luck with your search.

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Old 10-18-2013, 10:57 AM   #3
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Hi Bruce! Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join the gang!

Sorry I can't help with your questions. enjoy the forum!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:10 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum.
It may be cheaper and easier to do a search for a truck already modified. Custom work is expensive.
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from NH. You may want to try the 5th wheel discussions for you answers. Good luck.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:34 PM   #6
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Bruce, welcome to the forum. I had a 5th wheel once that I hauled with a lowered Chevy. to compensate it had air bags with an onboard air compressor that I could work from inside the truck. Could add or let out air to suit the ride. You may want to check into that....Good luck....
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I would concider the flat bed truck bed mod. I would also concider having a tool box mounted on it. Many of those flat bed mods, in our area anyway, are built local and they would probably be able to add a couple of tool boxes to make it a convenient flat bed.
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