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Old 03-23-2016, 02:54 PM   #11
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We have done just about all we can do to lower the nose. We have upgraded the rims and tires, our axles were already flipped and the spring shackles are in the lower holes, and our pin box and hitch are maxed out of adjustments. Having said that, we are still about 5 to 6 inches nose high. Our bed rail clearance is between 5 to 7 inches. We're planning to have a sub frame added to boost the rear about 6 inches next month. While we're at it, we'll go ahead and upgrade the suspension hardware with the Dexter heavy duty wet bolt and shackle kit.
I wonder how much difference the slightly longer wheelbase and heavier pin weight of the 28.5BHXB might make? I'm hoping to be no more than an inch or two nose high.
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Old 03-23-2016, 03:33 PM   #12
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I think the weight and wheel base would be very close. It depends on your TV. If you're going to use 1/2 ton truck, then your trailer would be more leveled. But, if you're going with a newer 3/4 ton heavy duty truck, the nose will be higher. You can try lowering the nose, but then you'll run into clearance issue of the bed rails. You still going to need 6 inches minimum!

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I wonder how much difference the slightly longer wheelbase and heavier pin weight of the 28.5BHXB might make? I'm hoping to be no more than an inch or two nose high.
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Old 03-23-2016, 03:35 PM   #13
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I ordered mine with the 16's. Larger rim with a better tire for that kind of money was a no brainer for me at the time of ordering. I hate to have to buy something after I just bought something new that should have come with it originally.
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Old 10-24-2016, 05:04 PM   #14
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I bought my 28.5 BHXB from dealer inventory, it had all of the options we wanted, save for the 16" maxxis tire upgrade. We managed to get a really good price on it, so I'm not too concerned about putting a set of 16" wheels and tires on it, in a couple of years.
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Please make sure you do your research on the tires that you have now. There are several threads here, where folks discuss certain tire brands to avoid.

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I bought my 28.5 BHXB from dealer inventory, it had all of the options we wanted, save for the 16" maxxis tire upgrade. We managed to get a really good price on it, so I'm not too concerned about putting a set of 16" wheels and tires on it, in a couple of years.
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Old 10-24-2016, 06:31 PM   #16
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Please make sure you do your research on the tires that you have now. There are several threads here, where folks discuss certain tire brands to avoid.
Oh, don't worry, I know all about the "China Bomb" experience, had the same thing on my previous fifth wheel when it was new.... These wont be in service for more than a couple of years at the most. I'll be going to 16s and LT tires.
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I just went through all of this with our new 28.5 RSTS HT. It had the 15" tires and rims on it when I bought it. After our maiden voyage of 160 miles, I bought 16" wheels and Maxxis 8008 E rated tires for it. After the dealer lowered the spring hangers and the install of the 16" wheels and tires we are a lot closer to level than before. Still running a little nose high but not bad. It was a no brainer for me. The trailer pulls great with the 16" tires and the peace of mind knowing we have some of the best trailer tires available back there was worth the extra $$.
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