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Posted: 03/06/19 03:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm familiar.
Before we brought the 5th home I had the dealer remove the spare and put it in the storage bay. I had lumber to throw in the valley where the drive meets the street, but didnt need it. I'm OK but I always back into the drive at an angle. The rear levelling jacks just kiss my drive. So far, so good.
I would talk to the dealer and see if the leveleing jacks could be raised 1 or 2 holes up. Remove the underbody spare if you have one. Build some ramps. Maybe just some 4ft length of 2x6 to throw under the tires at the worst spot.


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Thank you to everyone for your feedback! Sounds like the sloped driveway issue is not uncommon. When getting my truck, I plan on renting a 5th wheel around the 35' length and try backing it in. If needed, will place the wood boards/planks many of you suggested. Thanks again and very much appreciative for your feedback!!!

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Jim&Sharon wrote:

Yeah, planks to raise the rear up was my first thought also. But since the trailer see-saws on the wheels, that would lower the front of the trailer, hitting the truck rails maybe.
Sorry, I've got no answer but to try it.


Actually, planks will not induce a see-saw effect as it raises the pivot point.


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Is there any reason as in an ordinance or pouring concrete out into the street area and raise it like a ramp to make the driveway less of an angle? It would be semi-permanent and could be removed, but you could change the entire slope in a day with a few guys a few forms and a little concrete.


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I do not know how big your lot is but is there any possibility of adding a second driveway that might be more manageable?

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TxGearhead wrote:

I'm familiar.
Before we brought the 5th home I had the dealer remove the spare and put it in the storage bay. I had lumber to throw in the valley where the drive meets the street, but didnt need it. I'm OK but I always back into the drive at an angle. The rear levelling jacks just kiss my drive. So far, so good.
I would talk to the dealer and see if the leveleing jacks could be raised 1 or 2 holes up. Remove the underbody spare if you have one. Build some ramps. Maybe just some 4ft length of 2x6 to throw under the tires at the worst spot.


Problem is, if your jacks are electric and you raise them, you could lose the ability to move them manually if the motor cr@ps out. I was thinking I might have to do the same thing, but I have about 2" of clearance getting in and out of my storage. I've seen some really short jacks, but they telescope. I've also seen some that fold away.

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Posted: 03/07/19 01:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Consider an air hitch, mine has around 4 inches of vertical adjustment from full inflate to total deflate. You can then use air to raise and lower the rear of the trailer as needed. 4 inches of drop on the pin is going to be pretty close to 4 inches of rise of the rear. Best part, you get to enjoy the hitch the rest of the time when towing.

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Word of caution!! Anytime you are backing up a steep incline, the transmission can get really hot. Torque converter never locks and the fluid connection will build heat quickly so if you are having a hard time getting it positioned and taking an extremely long time you may want to let the transmission cool some. Leave the shift selector in N (neutral) while you fast idle the engine. I don't think transmissions will circulate fluid if in P (park). You should allow transmission to cool down before continuing.

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Above is a good thing to keep in mind. On pavement, once rig is closer to straight, I shift to 4wd low, to take strain off from transmission, when backing uphill. This is even more important in a situation such as OP, that requires very slow uphill, stopping to check, restarting, and adding/removing boards, if needed.

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MFL wrote:

Above is a good thing to keep in mind. On pavement, once rig is closer to straight, I shift to 4wd low, to take strain off from transmission, when backing uphill. This is even more important in a situation such as OP, that requires very slow uphill, stopping to check, restarting, and adding/removing boards, if needed.

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Excellent point!! I also use 4Lo to back up over a curb, over a horse trail and into my driveway to get a straight shot at my gate. Truck and trailer just slowly crawl along with virtually no resistance. Using 4Lo causes much less slippage of the torque converter thereby reducing heat. Same goes for backing into campsites where it takes multiple shots to get it right.


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