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Old 10-11-2016, 11:14 AM   #11
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That's some extreme camping right there. But......having been to Alaska twice on hunting trips, I can understand the need for something that can take some abuse. It's definitely the Last Frontier and I love it up there!



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I can sympathize with the measures buffaloo took. My last RV was my 5'er. I was towing with a Ford F-250 LB. The first year I had the RV I had to lower the springs, do an axle flip and put 2 inch blocks between the axles and springs (I essentially gave my 5er a complete lift).
I tend to take my RV's into more places than most people are willing to go with an RV. By the time I was done with my 5er, I had skid plates protecting the BW and GW tanks and drains; welded new axle brackets so I could separate the axles by 2 more inches, and had 6 inch steel roller wheels at the back corners attached to the frame.
I have since gone back to a TT because I have found that while a 5er tows better, turns better and is usually easier to hook up, I do not have the vertical travel clearance at the hitch point in uneven terrain alot of the time.
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:30 PM   #12
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Another option that hasn't been raised at least yet on this thread is to put a sub frame on the trailer. It may be cheaper than new wheels and tires.
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Something I'll point out -> while I ordered with 16" wheels for the additional height, that was only half the story. The other half is having 16" wheels, so that when I need to replace the factory tires, I have wheels that will easily support me getting LT tires.

I'll never put a trailer tire on my fifth wheel ever again.....
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Old 10-11-2016, 02:53 PM   #13
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I talked to the Discount Tire folks and they will give me a prorated amount back on the 15" Maxxis tires I just recently purchased through them. He ask me about the bolt pattern of the wheels and for the life of me I couldn't remember if they are 5 or 6 lug wheels.

What are the advantages / disadvantages of LT tires vs. trailer tires? I know there is a big debate about which should be used on trailers. If LT are a better option, I would like to know.
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Old 10-11-2016, 04:20 PM   #14
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If you have the means go with a good E range LT tire because all ST tires including Goodyear Marathon are from China. I did put ST china tires on mine E range because before I went for my lungs I wanted to see how it worked out. Only cost $265 for all 4 shipped going on a 5000 mile trip next week so I will see how they work, first sign of trouble and LT go on.
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BTW you have 6 lug wheels
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I hope I can help. There are several threads about raising the rear and lowering the nose of a typical Eagle HT on this site. The owners of the model 29.5BHDS have many threads available, of which I've also contributed.

We have gone through all the issues you're having, and ended up having a sub frame installed. Our trailer is now leveled with our Ram 2500 HD. It would be good, also, if you post some pics of your trailer and truck, it would be helpful.


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I'm going to wait and see what it looks like after they adjust the springs before I make the call on larger tires. 16" Maxxis tires are an option on the 2017 HT so I assume there is adequate clearance for the larger tires and rims.
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Old 10-11-2016, 05:10 PM   #17
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Endless debate on LT vs ST tires. Everyone has their own opinion. Here's mine:

My old fifth wheel was a 285 Sandpiper bunkhouse that was 33' long. It came with 15" wheels and load range D tires that equaled the GVWR of the trailer. Had a few blowouts in the first couple years. Put E range ST tires on it thinking it would be better. After several more blowouts, got ticked off, bought some 16" wheels and bought some cheaper Dunlop LT tires. Put those on and never even had a flat for the next several years. I average 5,000 miles a year on the trailer.

There is always discussion about sidewalk strength, tire scrubbing, UV residence, etc.

For me, it's pure performance. Personally, I don't think trailer tires are made to the same quality standards as LT tires.
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Old 10-11-2016, 06:57 PM   #18
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Well.....my dealer raised the FW approximately 1 1/2" via the spring hangers today. I now have a good 6" clearance between the top of the tailgate and the FW. I also order five 16" Maxxis 8008 E rated tires. The extra 2" of tire height should put me in pretty good shape.
I'm running out of $$$$ for this FW deal, so I'm going to have to live with it for a while after this......good bad or otherwise.

I'll try to get some pic with the FW hooked up after the tires are installed. It will probably be this coming weekend before it gets done.
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Old 10-12-2016, 07:05 AM   #19
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You will only get app 1" with the tires as the height difference has to be split with the top of tire
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That is what I wanted to do, but I want to get all issues with NEW trailer fixed before doing that. Did you make that sub frame or buy it? I heard there is a shop in Indiana that makes them with hangers already on, but could not find out who. That looks like about a 4" frame, is it? I also have the Ram 2500 TD and they sit very high.
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