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Old 09-20-2015, 08:48 AM   #11
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I have owned 3 fifth wheels and You learn the new dimension, UP , when towing them. There is no substitute for hooking up on a level surface and actually measuring the height of the highest point on your rig. It's easily done with a straight edge, level and tape measure.

One thing we found is that large units with the optional front ac are taller than the factory specs. Also as already mentioned, bridge clearance may not be what is posted on the bridge due to repaving over time.

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Old 09-20-2015, 04:51 PM   #12
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Thank you all for the responses. I believe the power line to be just over the 13'6 height, Box Trucks and triple axle dump trucks have made it under without issue. We really like the 29.5BHDS floor plan and can hopefully find a local dealer to work with soon. Thanks again.
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Old 09-21-2015, 04:33 PM   #13
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Just a tip, if your using a ram 2500 they are tall. You will have to raise the trailer, change trailer tires etc.. the HT can be pulled by a 2500 but don't buy a tall ram diesel.

I have a 29.5 bhds, with a 2015 diesel 2500 ram. It's big and I am no where near level even after raising the trailer.
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Old 09-21-2015, 05:02 PM   #14
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Trackermi - please excuse my ignorance, fifth wheels are a new dimension to me. If I were to order the 29.5 bhds with the 16" tire option, what other options exist to get it near level? Is it all adjustment on the hitch after that?
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Mine has 15" , wish I waited for a 16". The other option you have is to lower the leaf Springs to the bottom holes which raise the trailer. The problem with a ram being so tall and still getting clearance over the bed. I use a Reese 20 k elite hitch designed for the pucks in the factory prep. If you use rails on the hitch or use a B&W your problem will only get bigger as the hitches add even more height.
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If your trailer is NOT level, or nearly level, you NEED to do something to correct that situation. I cringe every time I see a TT going down the road with 12 or 18" difference front to back. Most of the time, it is front high. The front axle and tires are carrying very little, and the back axle and tires are likely VERY overloaded!!!
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Old 09-22-2015, 01:49 AM   #17
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If your trailer is NOT level, or nearly level, you NEED to do something to correct that situation. I cringe every time I see a TT going down the road with 12 or 18" difference front to back. Most of the time, it is front high. The front axle and tires are carrying very little, and the back axle and tires are likely VERY overloaded!!!
Well he won't be 18" of difference, more like 8", which is still alot. Raising the leaf Springs gives him 3" . And his tires I would assume are already 1" more than me, so he will probably still be 4-6" high still.

Agree in regards to it needs to be level as possible, that's why I wanted to make him away of what this 29.5 BHDS will bring with it. I was also new to a fifth wheel and the dealer measured nothing, I had to learn the hard way. Then they gave me a B&W hitch with a min height of 17.5". They took that back, I put in a Reese and then raised the leaf Springs (putting bolts in lower hole). Now I need to do tires.

It's either that or get another trailer, which has crossed my mind giving all the issues this trailer has. The trailer is at the dealer with a list of 10 things to fix.

Anyways, I hope he just does his homework upfront. Or his dealer cares to ask and help. Mine gave a crap less.
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My dealer was not as concerned about my truck as I was. Before I signed anything, I took my truck to the lot and backed it under the fifth wheel to physically check the clearance. Turned out all was ok but I had to know before we went any farther.
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Trackermi - I thank you very much for this additional information to consider. It is all a learning experience and this is the knowledge I was hoping to gain by joining the forum.
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Old 09-23-2015, 07:51 AM   #20
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Our Jayco dealer set up our new 5th wheel hitch by hitching up to an identical unit on his lot. I knew before hand we were going to be pretty level when we got home and hitched up.
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