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Old 05-28-2015, 02:00 AM   #1
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Lifted Trucks and 5th Wheel Trailer

Want to hear from anyone with a 5th wheel Jayco what your thoughts are on towing a 5th wheel with the tow vehicle lifted at all and what issues you may have had?

I have a 2011 F250 Crew Cab Diesel. Its stock now and I have always sworn I would never lift another truck, but this truck would look really nice with 4+ inches of lift and some bigger tires. The biggest concern I have is whether this will kill my ability to tow my 5th wheel (an Eagle 31.5 FBHS). I'm not concerned about the handling or weight as much as the difference in the ride height and whether it would affect how close the bottom side of the nose of the trailer gets to my bed rails when going through dips and in tight cornering, etc.

Does anyone have any experience towing a 5th wheel with the tow vehicle lifted?
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Old 05-28-2015, 07:36 AM   #2
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I'm not sure how it could even be possible unless you lift the trailer as well. An inch or two maybe but 4" is a huge difference on a fifth wheel. You need 5 inches minimum between the trailer and the bed rail. I assume everything sits level now? Good luck and post some pics if you successfully accomplish this.

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Old 05-28-2015, 03:49 PM   #3
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Unless you plan to change your ring and pinion gears larger tires could really mess up your tow capacity.. I know guys with 44's that had to go with 5:12 gears
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Old 05-28-2015, 04:11 PM   #4
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I struggled with this same dilemma, not for a 5r but just towing in general. I opted for slightly larger tires (245 vs 285) but didn't lift it because I would have had to get much bigger tires to look good that would have had a disastrous affect of the final drive considering 3:73 rear end and 305+ tire size.

I suggest looking around on some of the diesel forums. I found a lot of discussions that swayed me on those sites.

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My concern would be raising the front of the TT to the point that your transfering more or most of the weight the the rear axle. Just my .02
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I was wondering the same thing however I have a travel trailer not a 5th wheel. My truck is raised 6 inches, and the shank I have for my hitch was able to be adjusted one more hole .The trailer isn't 100% level but I did tow it 20 miles to see how it reacted and all went good. I would like to find another shank that drops maybe 2 more inches and I think I will be golden..The 52 year old in me reminds me I only live once and time is running out!!!!!!!

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Going to be very hard to transfer weight,to your truck frame,if you are using load levelers , when the hitch is setting 4/6 inches below the actual truck frame ....
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Going to be very hard to transfer weight,to your truck frame,if you are using load levelers , when the hitch is setting 4/6 inches below the actual truck frame ....
I Agree.
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My 2007 ram is raised at least 4 inches and still sits level with the Jayco Eagle 5th wheel. No problem at all.
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