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Old 07-14-2012, 04:39 PM   #1
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5th wheel leveling while hitched up

How level front to back should the 5th wheel be when hitched to the truck?
Just weight it and 20% on hitch which is good but I had to load mostly in the back to keep the weight off the hitch. The fifth wheel sits lower on the back than the front.
This is for the short Eagle Superlite HT 23.5
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:11 PM   #2
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The fiver should be within 1 inch of level when hooked up- Measure from the bottom of the frame at the rear and from the bottom of the frame just to the rear of the front jacks- If the unit is high in the front, unnecessary weight and strain is placed on the rear axle and running gear- At least 5 inches of clearance is required between top of truck box and bottom of the fiver overhang- Less clearance creates serious problems when traversing uneven terrain in campgrounds and when entering and/or leaving fuel stops- There are various methods to achieve the desired level- JMHO- DD
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:31 AM   #3
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Ok thank you! I've got a little over 6" between 5er and rails. I'll measure as per your instructions and will get hitch adjusted if nescessary.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:01 PM   #4
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The fiver should be within 1 inch of level when hooked up- Measure from the bottom of the frame at the rear and from the bottom of the frame just to the rear of the front jacks- If the unit is high in the front, unnecessary weight and strain is placed on the rear axle and running gear- At least 5 inches of clearance is required between top of truck box and bottom of the fiver overhang- Less clearance creates serious problems when traversing uneven terrain in campgrounds and when entering and/or leaving fuel stops- There are various methods to achieve the desired level- JMHO- DD
In our case, it was necessary to "flip" the axles to achieve a leveled fiver, but Jayco has a patented system whereby the axles can be adjusted to achieve a level fiver- JMHO- DD
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Could you tell me how the axles can be adjusted? My fiver sits higher in the front and my rail clearance is at 5" now. I thought all I could do to level it was to flip the axles. Thanks.
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Could you tell me how the axles can be adjusted? My fiver sits higher in the front and my rail clearance is at 5" now. I thought all I could do to level it was to flip the axles. Thanks.
Jayco's patented suspension adjustment consists of spring mounting brackets with 3 vertical holes 1 inch apart- The springs are attached to the bracket in the lower holes to raise the trailer frame or in the upper holes to lower the trailer frame- To raise the rear of the trailer, the lower holes are used- JMHO- DD
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Just measured front and back and low 4 inches on the back. Will contact dealer this week for a fix.
Also, will having level 5th wheel make the hitch heavier?
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Lowering the front 2 in will transfer more weight to the front. It should tow better with the trailer level.
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Boubou - I agree with Diesel Donnie that you should have a minimum of 5 inches clearance above your TV bed rails, but IMHO, six would be better. An example would be the CG I just spent a week in, which had a railroad track crossing the entrance road. The track was about 3 feet higher than the road, with very short ramps up and down. When I went over it with my 33' 5er, the bed rails cleared by less than 1/2 inch, and I have 6 inches of clearance. 5 inches clearance would have bottomed on the bed rails. 5 inches would work most of the time, but you never know when you will encounter a need for more clearance.
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Just measured front and back and low 4 inches on the back. Will contact dealer this week for a fix.
Also, will having level 5th wheel make the hitch heavier?
Yes, leveling the unit may increase the hitch weight- The increase may be substancial but necessary to reduce strain on other suspension parts- In the long run, it's the only way to go- JMHO- DD
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