Nose high fiver with new truck
Hate to beat a dead horse but have a newer truck with an older 5th wheel and the truck height is a little taller than the old one. The fiver runs a couple of inches high in the front and just needed some information on running that way and if it will ill affect the fridge while on the road? When we park to keep the fridge level, I have to unhook overnight. Not sure I can raise the fiver before we hit the road on a trip so needed some input to see what the general thoughts are on this issue.
When connected, how much space do you have between your bedrails and the camper? Most say you should have 6 to 7 inches. If you have more, you can lower your hitch or raise your pin to help level.
What size tires are on the camper? You could go with taller tires.
Cut four pieces of 2X6 about 8" long. When you park for the night while traveling, put them in front of your tires and pull up on them. That will give you another 1 1/2".
Going to a newer truck with an older 5er, yo often find the truck taller, especially 4 wheel drive trucks. Many have added a 2" or 3" high sub frame to the RV to raise the RV.
Nose high while traveling will NOT affect fridge......coolant is bouncing/sloshing back/forth just from being in motion.
Now some overheating can occur whether level, nose high etc IF going up a LONG/STEEP Grade......cause fridge coolant stops flowing
Check Out the ARP Temp Monitoring/Control Device
Nose High CAN cause chucking issues due to lighter Pin Weight
Nose High CAN cause swaying issues
Nose High CAN place more weight on rear trailer axle/tires
Best to get truck/trailer weights (CAT Scale) and truck only
Then you can get actual Pin weights, truck rear axle/tire weights and trailer weights
While towing Nose High be aware of 'possible' issues and check if you are experiencing any
Most Nose High conditions typically require trailer sub-frame installs....usually NOT enough Pin Box/Hitch adjustments and still retain MIN 6" Bed Rail Clearances
LCI Correct Track Alignment Kit when installed results not only in being able to align your trailer axles BUT results in a 2" lift of trailer
Sub-Frames require removal of axles/suspension/spring shackles........welding of needed sub-frame tubing onto trailer frame (2", 3", 4' etc) THEN welding shackles back on, re-installing suspension and axle assemblies.
Not real expensive just labor ----find a good TRAILER Shop---not an RV Store/Shop
Thanks for the input. I have heard about Lippert correct track that aligns the tires and also raises the trailer about 2 inches. Will call my RV shop and see what they say about it. I appreciate everyone's input. At least I can do my trip without worrying about the fridge not working. I do have 6" of bed rail clearance which is good. I tried to lower the hitch to the next setting which made the trailer level but was too close to the bed rails.
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