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Old 12-16-2012, 11:26 AM   #21
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I'm by no means a suspension expert.., but installing a spacer block between the leaf springs and axles I wonder what kind of added torque/forces come into play during TV turns, especially on the longer u-bolts? Without some side-to-side reinforcement considerations will the increased distance between (ctr to ctr) the axle to the leaf spring shackles be an issue during TV turns?

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Old 12-16-2012, 11:32 AM   #22
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A humorous (sort of) observation. Excepting 4 wheel drive trucks, ya' ever wonder why the Big Three are building trucks with seemingly ever higher bed heights? Seriously, my '05 Ram (2WD) is so high in the back I run the risk of bustin' my butt every time I get in and out of it. I can't even imagine the aggravation it causes some 4x4 owners with their towing setups, even if they haven't had the truck lifted.
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:54 PM   #23
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A humorous (sort of) observation. Excepting 4 wheel drive trucks, ya' ever wonder why the Big Three are building trucks with seemingly ever higher bed heights? Seriously, my '05 Ram (2WD) is so high in the back I run the risk of bustin' my butt every time I get in and out of it. I can't even imagine the aggravation it causes some 4x4 owners with their towing setups, even if they haven't had the truck lifted.
Not trying to hijack the OP, but I agree with increased bed heights. I had to add a "sissy" step on my end gate that I bought at Cabela's so I could get my old, creaking bones in and out of the bed. Fortunately, the 2 Jayco 5Ws I've owned had pin box setups that matched my truck height for level towing (with added air bags on TV's rear axle).
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:11 PM   #24
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Do you have 20" tires on the trailer or TV? It seems to me that 20" tires on a fiver is not normal- If you have 20" tires on the TV, a smaller rim and tire would lower the tv and lower the front of the fiver- 20"tires on the tv doesn't seem normal-JMHO- DD
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Not much space between tires and wheel well, 20"tires.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:10 PM   #25
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I had assumed the 20" meant diameter of installed tire, not rim size, but I could be wrong. Boubou, can you clarify ?
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:59 PM   #26
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I had assumed the 20" meant diameter of installed tire, not rim size, but I could be wrong. Boubou, can you clarify ?
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It's rim size.

Can you imagine a truck with 20" tall tires?
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:01 PM   #27
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Fifth wheel leveling

20" on TV and not changing them, just got new tires on them.
I've seen quite a few unleveled 5th wheels due to high trucks. What else can be done?
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You must have a very high truck, or a very low trailer...

I have a 03 Chevy 2500HD 4x4 with a Jayco 255 and I did an axle flip on it but I also had to lower the hitch in my truck as the bottom of the trailer was 10 inches away from the truck box rails. When I flipped the axles I also has to raise the springs in the shackles and mounts as I didn't need that much lift which brought the trailer up exactly 4 inches. With lowering the hitch 1.5 inches and raising the trailer 4 inches it sits almost perfectly level when towing, I could maybe lower my hitch one more set of holes and make it perfect but it's so close now I can't be bothered.

As for stability, it tows much better now being level than it did when it was pin high.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:26 PM   #29
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You must have a very high truck, or a very low trailer...
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it's the normal Dodge Ram 4X4 on 20" 's hight. I was at the gas stating this aft (where else!) and a 3/4 ton 4X4 GMC pulled up. it was a lot lower than mine. The Dodge is pretty high. Anyways, I am not sure how that works but if the trailer was longer, would there be less of a drop in the back?
I know there is 4" drop because I measured it, but from looking at it, it looks pretty good.
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Fifth wheel leveling


and this one.
do you think it's bad enough to raise or should I just stop worrying about it?
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