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Old 09-17-2020, 06:54 PM   #1
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My 5er is 13'9"

I really goofed. I have a motorhome and a carport for the motorhome. I built the carport with 13'6" ceiling thinking I would never own anything taller. I recently purchase a Jayco Eagle 5th wheel. The specs say 12'10" tall. What I didn't see is the specs are written WITHOUT the optional front AC which I (along with 99% of the 5th wheel owning population) have.

My 5th wheel hitch and pin box are at the lowest settings. The truck doesn't have adjustable suspension.

I think I can modify the carport to allow for the AC but am worried about low clearance bridges and such.

I can also install a low profile AC which should put me under 13'6" but will cost a grand or so.

Have any of you run into this problem. Did you do anything about it?
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One thing you can do is purchase one of the RV specific GPS units (I use a Garmin RV760 LMT).

During setup you program it with your RVs height, length, etc and it will alert you to things like low bridges along your path.
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Old 09-17-2020, 07:15 PM   #3
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We have a Pinnacle and our garage door height is 13' 6". I do have about 14' 6" to the joists. I had both ac's changed to low profile heat pump/ac's. I'm now at about 13' 2". I'm setting pretty level with the truck, which is a 2020 and sits pretty tall, probably about the same as yours. A low profile version a/c may be your only option. It was ours.
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Old 09-17-2020, 09:21 PM   #4
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Rottenralph, look into drop shackles for your rear leaf springs.
No loss in payload.
The one that I looked for the F250 was adjustable and had a max drop of 1 1/2".
Under $200.00
Also saw Sulastic lowering shackles for $400.00 with a 2 1/2" drop


https://norcaltruck.com/ford-f-series-sulastic-shackles
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Old 09-18-2020, 06:33 AM   #5
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Need a lo-pro air conditioner up front. That should have been standard.
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Being over 13' 6" is not good. Here's a thread on that same topic (Eagle with a non low profile front A/C):

https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f...imb-65717.html

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You really need to get that RV under 13'6". I would do the low profile AC, although getting one these days may involve a bit of a wait.
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Old 09-18-2020, 12:23 PM   #8
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To parrot others, get that thing under 13'6". In many states, you would actually be over legal height at 13'9". Yes, it is a long shot, but you could be pulled over by a state trooper, measured and red tagged until you have a proper over height permit to travel. So not only is there the inconvenience factor, but the legal factor. Judging by your signature, I assume you bought the unit used? If you bought it from a licensed dealer, you may have recourse. Does your home state require any kind of annual vehicle inspection? Most likely vehicle overall size is an inspectable item, and a licensed dealer cannot sell a vehicle/unit that does not meet inspection criteria to the public. Just some things to swish around in the ole thinker.
Also, from trolling your sig, see you are from Louisiana. The link below is for oversize restrictions in Louisiana. As you will see, there are only "designated" roads in the state you are legal on.

https://www.heavyhaul.net/louisiana-permits/
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I really goofed. I have a motorhome and a carport for the motorhome. I built the carport with 13'6" ceiling thinking I would never own anything taller. I recently purchase a Jayco Eagle 5th wheel. The specs say 12'10" tall. What I didn't see is the specs are written WITHOUT the optional front AC which I (along with 99% of the 5th wheel owning population) have.

My 5th wheel hitch and pin box are at the lowest settings. The truck doesn't have adjustable suspension.

I think I can modify the carport to allow for the AC but am worried about low clearance bridges and such.

I can also install a low profile AC which should put me under 13'6" but will cost a grand or so.

Have any of you run into this problem. Did you do anything about it?
At 13'9" your illegal in many states the set max at 13'6", doubt they would notice. How is the car port built? Any chance the roof can be raised? I have a car port for my 5W but it's gotten too short for my current and I am lengthening 8-10ft to get the nose in.
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Thanks for all the responses. I did purchased used from an individual so I don't believe I have any recourse with original dealer or Jayco. I think my first step will be to bite the bullet and swap to a Low Profile and go from there.

Thanks again!!

To add to the conversation: Yes, I can fairly easily modify the ceiling of my carport to accommodate but I am more concerned with hitting low branches or bridges.
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13' 6" is the FED minimum bridge height and is my state max height regs.

We know what numbers a trailer mfg may tell us but you need to find a flat place with the trailer hooked up and take your trailers actual height measurements.
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Old 09-19-2020, 11:19 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the responses. I did purchased used from an individual so I don't believe I have any recourse with original dealer or Jayco. I think my first step will be to bite the bullet and swap to a Low Profile and go from there.

Thanks again!!

To add to the conversation: Yes, I can fairly easily modify the ceiling of my carport to accommodate but I am more concerned with hitting low branches or bridges.
Not to be argumentative but I'm sure you had to watch for branches even with the motor home. Federal DOT regulations: Vertical clearance: The minimum vertical clearance under overhead structures, such as bridges, is 16 feet (4.9 m), including both paved shoulders and an allowance for extra layers of pavement.

There are exceptions grandfathered and if you buy a Truckers Atlas they are listed, most are on the east coast. The are other sources on the web to obtain heights on your route. I'm sure you have seen over size loads on the big rigs way over 13'9". They will at times exit just before a low clearance and reenter on the other side. At 3" over I wouldn't be concerned on the roads, storage when not in use yes.


Believe me I watch heights.
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