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nayther

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Posted: 01/29/12 11:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

so hooked up the new 2012 Silverado 2500 HD 4x4 to the 5er yesterday. Truck is still raked pretty good with all the weight on it (empty of toys but with full water). Measured at the rear bed corner I have 5 1/2". Triler is still pretty nose high, with old truck trailer sat perfectly level with about 6" clear and bed rails were parallel to the ground. I didn't measure up farther, closer to the pin but would guess it's close to 6". I really don't want to raise the hitch much more as I'll be even more nose high.

Thinking about my alternatives:
1. Leave it as is and be careful.
2. Install leveling kit on truck to lift the front about 2"-3" so the bed rails are parallel to the ground.
3. Flip trailer axles.
4. Raise the hitch/lower the pin one setting.

Flipping the axles is the least desirable as the trailer tows like a dream now and I really don't want to raise it up, I've never dragged it in driveways or in the dirt. As long as it doesn't affect the ride/drive raising the front isn't an issue, it's already too tall to go in some parking garages. Raising the hitch gets it up to almost the bed rail and will be ugly and might interfere with the tonneau cover I want to run and either way will result in even higher nose high stance.

What to do? What's the most "nose high" stance recommended? Driveway isn't perfectly level, but pretty close, so going to hook it up and pull it out onto the street and get it on a level surface.


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Posted: 01/29/12 11:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have my hitch and pin at max and flipped the axle's, I can go anywhere with no worries. My trailer has more tail swing and had close calls with the tail dragging. Ragen's sit pretty low.
I do have my truck level'd and that give's you a little more clearance on the far back top rails.



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I was about at 5" of clearance on my set up. The trailer was perfectly level. All was good until I found myself in tight spot in a USFS campground. I ended up scraping the underside of the fifthwheel as my bed contacted the trailer. I also jacked up my trim in the same event.

Lesson learned. My immediately adjusted my hitch to give me more clearance, but it put the front of the trailer up in the air. I was going to block the suspension of the trailer up. However I wanted the Chinese tires off anyway so I put a slightly taller tire on the trailer when I replaced them. That brought me up to almost level again. I am still slightly nose up but not enough that I am going to worry about it.

Its a little unsettling to see your pickup bed up tight against the bottom of your fifth wheel. 5.5 inches is not enough clearance, at least for me. I would correct it. I dont think you will see enough gain with just a leveling kit on the front of the pickup. Taller tires might help, or blocking or flipping the axles. I am with you, I really did not want to mess with the suspension either, but sometimes its the best solution.


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Posted: 01/29/12 12:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Leveling kit first of all, then see what if anything is needed.


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Please keep us updated on your results. Yesterday I traded my 2003 2500hd SB/CC for a 2011 4x4 version. This new truck has some high bedsides. I'm a little concerned about what I will find when I hitch up!


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I don't know about your GM truck, but Dodges have a block between the springs and axle on rear that can be removed if your truck has blocks that can be removed too this could drop the rear of your truck 2" or maybe more. I heard from my dealer that they have done this on a couple of trucks a few years ago.

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What is recommended bed clearance?


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The newer GM (2011 trucks +) sit up considerably higher than the 2010- trucks did. I am sure there will be a lot guys making changes to their RV's after upgrading trucks. While the increase in vehicle height is one thing, I could have done without the change in wheel lug pattern. Why they did that I have no clue.

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Thanks for posting. I'm interested to read what the solutions will be. I also thought of flipping the axles but hope there are other options. If my truck is angled nose down, the rear corner comes within an inch of the trailer. In fact, I nailed the undermounted utility light to the right of the king pin backing into a site with the truck angled down.

I have the hitch set as high as it will go. I'll have to look for the blocks that johntank was referring to. I had to buy a step ladder to keep in the bed of the truck just so I can reach the hitch pin and I'm 6'2". LOL! These Dodges are pretty tall lately.


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The very first thing I did was install the leveling kit.
I used the Rancho Suspension torsion bar kit, which "re-clocks" the torsion bars a little so you don't have to crank them all the way up to gain some front end height (which makes the ride very stiff).
It DOES effect the ride somewhat, but not as much as "topping out" the adjusters, which was what I did with the old truck.
This is what my local 4X4 shop reccommended and I am happy with it so far. I guess what I am saying is that with the Rancho adjusters I still have some adjustment left versus being "maxed out" with the stock set up. I am going to get some longer front shocks since I think I am "topping out" the stockers and think that might be part of the ride issue.

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