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Old 04-12-2018, 06:40 PM   #1
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Towing fifth wheel with a front end level kit

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i want to level the front end of my truck, is it good or bad for towing a fifth wheel??

let me know your thoughts

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Old 04-12-2018, 06:58 PM   #2
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Most of the newer trucks, are set up low in the nose , so they run level when loaded.
Leveling kit usually doesn't effect the handling of the truck when empty , but if the weight of the fiver raises the nose above the rear , there may be issues when towing.
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Depends on why you want to level the front. Trucks are designed to be lower in the front. When under a load, your rear suspension will compress and somewhat level out the truck. With a front level kit, your truck could be nose up under load with your headlights lighting up the trees. If you're concerned about a level truck, invest in a self-leveling suspension in the rear. I had Kelderman air bags installed on front and back with the rear bags being self-leveling.
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Your truck with be level towing with it's current rake.

When you add the leveling kit, you'll end up nose high.

Looks stupid to me. *Shrug*
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WHY are you considering this?
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WHY are you considering this?
Like he asked..... I donít understand why you would do that?
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The trucks look a lot better leveled when empty, which is how "most" people drive them usually.

I get it. It looks good. Looks stupid when your working the truck though...

It's a big thing over on the Ford forums.
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i want to level the front end of my truck, is it good or bad for towing a fifth wheel??



let me know your thoughts



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Leveled, no problem, make sure to adjust your headlights. Just remember your going to be nose high when towing, donít try and ďlevelĒ the truck when your towing
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My 2012 Ram 2500 had a 2" leveling kit installed when I purchased it because the dealer put 35" tires on it and needed the clearance. I've long since removed the big tires and put a smaller size on it but I never removed the leveling kit.

I spent a lot of time sizing our 5th wheel before buying it to ensure we weren't overloaded. While we are well within the gross weight limit, we do tend to sit slightly nose high on the front, but it is minimal. Not even enough to require a headlight adjustment. The truck still handles perfectly fine and honestly most of the time I don't remember that I have it installed.

It's really going to depend on the pin weight of the camper. If you were to choose one that pushes the limits of the truck you would probably notice a difference quite a bit.

I think it's personal preference and while I wouldn't have installed it myself it isn't bad enough to justify the effort to remove mine. YMMV.
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Old 04-12-2018, 09:42 PM   #10
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I specifically have not bought a leveling kit for my truck because I tow.
Save the $$$$$ and spend it on a step. These trucks are so tall to the bed now you can not get in them without a step.
My new truck at factory height is 60in at the rear corner of the bed wall.
That same height as a friends 2015gmc with a 3in lift.
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Get some air bags and go for it. Normally truck rears are 2-3" higher than the front. Drop a 5er pin in the bed and the rear drop 2+" which will make the truck level with the front of it. If you start level then you'll be low in the rear when hitched. Air up the bags to raise the rear up to level again. Easy peasy. Only thing you have to deal with is getting the 5er level. You don't want to be nose high when towing, so I'd make sure you'll have the bed clearance and can get the 5er level when hitched.
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Old 04-13-2018, 11:20 AM   #12
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hello

i was thinking about doing a level kit , just wasn’t sure how it would affect my ride when towing.
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I pulled ours with an 07 Ram 2500 4x4 that I leveled because I hate the raked look. With the fiver attached, it did raise the nose a bit, but nothing crazy. I will be doing the same thing to the super clean, low mile 06 I just replaced it with. Both have air bags, so it is easy to level the truck out with weight on the rear.

The big problem is Ram 4x4's sit so high to begin with, it's tough to get the trailer level, so I yanked the 15" China bombs and added taller 16" Goodyear Endurance tires which raised the trailer a couple of inches. Below are pics of the two trucks with the fiver attached with roughly 1500 lbs tongue weight and 10lbs air in the bags....

2" Leveled 07



Unleveled 06....

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