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RE: Truck too tall for 5th wheel

Help requested. Newbie just getting setup. Got a Durango 1500 5th wheel and a 2014 F-350 LB crew cab. I figure the truck is too tall for the RV. Have a Reece 15K Pro Series hitch not yet installed per rails. I see four ways to fix: 1. raise RV at axel, 2. go to 16" tires, 3. level truck, 4. change king pinbox. Anyone have other solutions? Thanks First off, I haven't seen a new FW in several years that didn't already have the axles under the springs, or "flipped". That being said, some mfrs install spring hangers with adjustment holes for this purpose. Check and see if the springs (and equalizer) have extra holes lower than the springs. With a LB truck, you shouldn't have to worry about the rear of the pin box contacting the bed sides, but =do= check. 16" tires will get you =maybe= 0.5 to 0.75 inches of lift. Much beyond that and you can run into wheel well clearance issues. Assuming you have a stock truck (no lift), check to see if you have blocks in the suspension that can be removed to lower the truck. Some people would install the Correct Track alignment system, which gives a 2" lift to the FW, but I believe they are no longer being made, so may be hard to find. If you're still 2-3" nose high, and have a minimum of 6" of bed clearance, I'd say go camping. That little bit off level really won't hurt things, IMO. I towed close to 4" nose high on my old Komfort for 13 years and the fridge worked fine, wheel bearings showed no significant wear (front or rear) after 10 years and I had no odd tire wear on either axle. Remember, too, that your truck will squat some, so that will also reduce any nose-high issue. Lyle
laknox 02/05/20 08:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: double towing

I know that in AZ you can tow doubles if: 1) first trailer =must= be a FW; can =not= be a GN. 2) distance from front bumper to rear axle can not exceed 65', however a 10' "overhang" is allowed (rear axle to rear bumper), for an OAL of 75'. After reading and re-reading AZ Revised Statutes, I can't find anything about licenses, truck capacity or weights. All this being said, I've seen plenty of GNs and other utility trailers doubled to another utility trailer or implement, like a welder or mixer. Lyle
laknox 02/03/20 08:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Store up on leveling jacks?

Just got a 5W, had a TT for 8 years prior to this. I have a concrete pad that my friend is letting me store my trailer on, but it slopes left to right across the trailer when I have it parked on it. None of the manuals talk about how to store a 5W in terms of on tires or on jacks as a best practice. Is it best to use the Auto leveling jacks when in storage and level out the trailer on the jacks? Or leave it on the tires and leave it out of level? The slope is enough that the tires on the right side of the trailer are off the ground when level by 2”. If I store on the jacks, should I push all the jacks up so that all the tires are off the ground so the leaf springs are all out of compression? Thanks for the help! I auto-level my KZ in storage. Why not? Admittedly, my covered storage is pretty level, but if it weren't, I'd still level it. Just cover your tires to help protect them a bit. When I have my FW at home, prepping for a trip, I have to add a block under the RR jack or it will run out of travel due to a fairly high crown on our paved street. When I do, the curb-side tires are completely off the ground. What I've noticed is that the LCI auto-level system always seems to level =upwards=, never down. I'd love to have the option of dropping the entire FW down X inches, while level. Lyle
laknox 02/03/20 02:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chucking - trouble shooting

I’ve found a few strings in the forum on this topic. I’ve come to the point where I’ve concluded there isn’t a silver bullet to resolve the issue unless I want to spend several thousand on a TrailSaver hitch in the truck - which only eliminates the feel of the chucking, not necessarily the chucking. That being said, I’m looking for advice on where to start the process of elimination to first minimize the chucking coming from the trailer, and then the steps to minimize the impact at the truck. 1) Fill the trailer/truck so its loaded similar to how I will be camping and use that as a baseline for the chucking. 2) Add equalizers/shocks to the leaf springs on the trailer 3) Upgrade the factory king pin on the 5W to a MorRyde type rubber pin box 4) If that doesn’t eliminate 95% of the chucking on the truck, then I may have to look at getting an air system hitch on the truck. For those that will ask; I have a 2019 2500 Duramax, pulling a 2020 5W Keystone Cougar 1/2 ton 29MBS. I’m within all charts/weights/etc. King Ping weight is 1,700lbs. Tire pressures are as spec’d (even though I don’t agree with the people on the forums that this matters with chucking). I added B&W gooseneck hitch to the truck frame and bought the Andersen Ultimate hitch in the truck bed along with the locking plate to the king pin box. The trailer has a front bedroom, middle bunk house, and kitchen in the rear. Cougar has stock “Road Armor” suspension system on the axles. I’ve only towed it so far completely empty from the dealer and to the storage facility. The chucking was miserable. 1) Make sure you're towing level. 2) Quick 'n dirty way to weigh down your FW is to simply fill all the holding tanks, then drive 40-50 miles on various roads to see how it handles. A lot of what you're feeling is simply trailer bounce, especially if you don't have shocks, because you're empty. I know that when I bought my KZ and drove it home from the dealer, about 70 miles, it wasn't a real comfortable trip. After I loaded it up with stuff, even the little we normally carry (no more than 500 lbs, mostly in the front storage), it rode some better. When we went to our annual family boondocker, it towed =really= nice with 61 gallons of fresh water in the tank. I know that, if we are ever to take a =long= road trip, like thousands of miles, I'd seriously consider adding the Joy Rider shock system, at minimum, or their Liberty Rider spring/shock package. The Liberty Rider changes the standard springs to "slipper" springs, where there's only one end of the springs that's bolted on; the other end is free to "slip", giving more play to the spring. I know that our 30' GN trailer has triple axles with slipper springs and it rides pretty darn nice, even empty. Lyle
laknox 02/03/20 02:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: spring chickens...

Hey, maybe this should be a sticky, but to keep it from being overloaded, maybe a sub forum of FWs. Lyle
laknox 02/03/20 01:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: spring chickens...

Nice pic of you Gary, and a nice rig behind you! Thanks for posting! How bout a pic of you Chris, and both of the Cummins 2014, and 12V98? I'd like to see a pic of my forum friend Old Biscuit, after sharing messages many times. I could name many forum friends, Rob, Howard, lots of others I'd like to meet visit with/camp with. Hope Lyle posts a pic, if the old fart, ever gets out of bed. Most of these guys are FW owners, so kind of forum appropriate. No matter the rig choice though, all are welcome to post. Jerry Is there more'n one Lyle here? Not so old that I didn't spend 10 hours on a backhoe digging a trench this weekend! :B I'll see what I can dig out. Lyle
laknox 02/03/20 01:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: King pin stabilizer ?

On my old 5th wheel it had just screw down jack in the rear and I used a king pin stabilizer and it did help with the 5er movement. Our new 5er has the auto leveling which puts a lot of weight on the jacks at 4 points. So my question is those with auto leveling do you use and if so are there much improvement using a king pin stabilizer? I have a 4-pt system and factory JT Strongarms. It's so stable with only the 4-pt down, that I sometimes forget to lock the JTs and hardly notice it. :B Lyle
laknox 02/03/20 01:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Thor subsidiary to use European manufacturing methods

IMO, introducing automation to the build process can only be a good thing. No hungover, methhead gutter scrapings building RVs will certainly help quality. (cynic mode=off) Lyle
laknox 02/03/20 01:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: riding nose high

I'm looking into getting a Grand design Reflection: 150 Series 260RD. My truck is a 2018 Ram 2500 4x4 with the diesel. Presently I own a Keystone Sprinter. It rides nose high, which puts a lot of strain on the back axle which will probably wear out the bearings prematurely. I'd like to reach out to someone with a similar setup and whether or not the truck-trailer rides level? How much nose-high? I towed my old Komfort for 13 years 4-5" nose-high, and when I had the bearings replaced, they showed no significant wear. Just sayin'... Lyle
laknox 01/31/20 08:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Evergreen RV records

I think you'd have better results if you knew who the selling dealer was when new and ask them. Have no clue who that is. Lyle
laknox 01/30/20 09:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Evergreen RV records

I have a 2014 Lifestyle fifth wheel. Evergreen was the parent company. Anyway, inside a kitchen cabinet door is a build list including colors specific to my fiver. Thanks. I'll check it out when I get to actually see the thing. Actually, I'm moving and storing it for my son-in-law's mother and prepping it for sale. Lyle
laknox 01/30/20 09:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Evergreen RV records

This may help with overall design but if you are looking for appliance numbers etc, then no help. Brochure. Thanks. Looking for options list specific to that VIN. Lyle
laknox 01/30/20 11:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Turning Point Pin Box questions

I've had a TO Ball/Companion combo since 2004. Not once have I had any movement of my Companion, towing or not. Would I love to have a Companion on pucks? Hell yeah, but that pesky $80 grand for a new truck sorta gets in the way... Lyle Hey Lyle...first off, you don't need all the bells, electronic gadgets, etc. You could easily go get a new 3500 SRW, with what you actually need/use for a mere 50-60K. :C Jerry On the Ford Build and price site - Basic, 2020 -Crew Cab, 4X4 , 6.7, LB, SRW, 5ver prep kit, XLT package MSRP is-$60,485.00.. less incentives, and dealer deduction... No reason to believe that cant be had for under 50k OK, step-dad. You and Dad can split one for me! :B Lyle
laknox 01/30/20 11:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Turning Point Pin Box questions

Here are some hitches you can't use: Andersen, Pullrite Super Lite, B&W companion with turnover ball mount. Someone may comment if you can add factory pucks. If so, the Companion for the puck system would be a good choice. I would stay clear of all single point attachment hitches with a gooseneck ball mount as they may rotate in the bed some. I've had a TO Ball/Companion combo since 2004. Not once have I had any movement of my Companion, towing or not. Would I love to have a Companion on pucks? Hell yeah, but that pesky $80 grand for a new truck sorta gets in the way... Lyle Did you use your Companion with a Sidewinder or Turning point hitch with a lock-out capture plate? B&W specifically says to not use the turnover ball hitch for these applications in their instructions. Their rule, not mine. You can access the instruction manual on their website. I have only ever had standard pin boxes, so, no. I did call B&W and ask about this, though, and they stated that ONLY the TO Ball mounted Companions were subject to the "rule" about not using a Sidewinder, etc., pin box; puck mounted Companions were safe to use with those types of pin boxes. B&W's # is (800) 810-4918. Lyle
laknox 01/30/20 11:04am Fifth-Wheels
Evergreen RV records

I know that Evergreen RV shut down in '16, but didn't know if anyone had acquired their records. Just want to see if details on a Tesla FW can be found by VIN. TIA... Lyle
laknox 01/30/20 10:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Turning Point Pin Box questions

I've had a TO Ball/Companion combo since 2004. Not once have I had any movement of my Companion, towing or not. Would I love to have a Companion on pucks? Hell yeah, but that pesky $80 grand for a new truck sorta gets in the way... Lyle Hey Lyle...first off, you don't need all the bells, electronic gadgets, etc. You could easily go get a new 3500 SRW, with what you actually need/use for a mere 50-60K. :C Jerry Diesel, 4x4, crew cab? Sure be nice...Dad! :B Lyle
laknox 01/30/20 08:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Turning Point Pin Box questions

Here are some hitches you can't use: Andersen, Pullrite Super Lite, B&W companion with turnover ball mount. Someone may comment if you can add factory pucks. If so, the Companion for the puck system would be a good choice. I would stay clear of all single point attachment hitches with a gooseneck ball mount as they may rotate in the bed some. I've had a TO Ball/Companion combo since 2004. Not once have I had any movement of my Companion, towing or not. Would I love to have a Companion on pucks? Hell yeah, but that pesky $80 grand for a new truck sorta gets in the way... Lyle
laknox 01/30/20 08:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Turning Point Pin Box questions

I've seen many people here (and elsewhere) allude to aftermarket puck kits that can be installed if you don't have OEM pucks. The upside to pucks is that some hitches, B&W Companion for one, actually give you a higher rating with pucks than with their Turnover Ball. For me, I have a GN trailer, so needed the GN, thus giving me dual hitching capability. Not sure if there is an aftermarket GN kit that's a replacement for the OEM GN prep. Yes, B&W makes the TO Ball and there have been various other kits (I had a folding ball years before I got my FW; it sucked), but as for a straight OEM replacement, I've not seen or heard about one. Lyle
laknox 01/30/20 08:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram too high?

I'm looking into getting a Grand design Reflection: 150 Series 260RD. My truck is a 2018 Ram 2500 4x4 with the diesel. Presently I own a Keystone Sprinter. It rides nose high, which puts a lot of strain on the back axle which will probably wear out the bearings prematurely. I'd like to reach out to someone with a similar setup and whether or not the truck-trailer rides level? My old Komfort, with 11,360 GVW rode probably 4" nose high for the 13 years I owned it and, when I had the bearings and seals changed out, the mechanic said I could easily have reused the old bearings as there was no significant wear on them. For the price, a set of new Timkens wasn't going to break the bank. Dexter 5200 lb axles with E tires. =shrug= Lyle
laknox 01/29/20 09:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New used truck

Why do people who drive TRUCKS expect them to ride like CARS? Just sayin'... Lyle
laknox 01/29/20 09:03am Fifth-Wheels
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