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Old 07-14-2009, 11:36 AM   #1
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raise 5er or lower truck?

OK I have looked through a lot of posts and even got in on some but realy need some experienced help more specific to me. I have a stock Dodge 06 cummins 4x4 with air bags in the rear, and an 08 32 qbbs wildcat fifthwheel. I did not have the air bags when I bought the fifthwheel and can not rememeber how the 5er road level or nose high. The problem is that now I am nose high, the measured difference is about 4 and a half from front most frame versus rear. I have played with the air in the bags and still it sits nose high, right now I have pretty equal weight on both truck axles so I like that. I lowered my 5er hitch and this made a little difference but still have the 4 and half, I am now down to 5-6 inches of bed clearence (short bed/slider hitch) and do not want to go any lower. I real want to get it lower. I do not have a extra holes in the springs to lower that way so do I raise the camper some way or lower the truck or forget about it?
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Old 07-14-2009, 01:38 PM   #2
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On another forum people have talked about successfully having a riser welded between the trailer axle and the frame. I'm not sure about how much rise they got out of it but I have some recollection that square or rectangular stock was used in the process. If you are interested, I think that this was the group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scampers/
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Old 07-14-2009, 05:56 PM   #3
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Raising the trailer has been done successfully by many.

Lowering the Axles - raising the trailer

How to Flip an RV Travel Trailer Axle

Axle Flip, not to bad

It may take anywhere from a couple hours to half a day to do the job.
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:24 PM   #4
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Just curious because I have no experience with this matter---
Why do you care??
Is the rear of the trailer low enough that you are worried about
dragging pipes or rear jacks on a driveway?
Or is it purely aesthetic-- it just looks funny with the nose high?
Just wondering.
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Re Mike's Post:

Applies to trailers with a spring suspension. They were pretty hard to come by in 08.
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My '08 'Cat rides nose high also...........no big deal.

I have a TPMS and the nose high doesn't make the rear tires get any hotter than the front, so there isn't much of a weight difference from front to rear. If it pulls good, don't worry about it.

Our axles are already under the springs, so you can't do an axle flip.....
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Old 07-15-2009, 01:21 AM   #7
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2008 Wildcat we have the same set up truck and trailer. Thanks for the info, it looks like the only way to raise our trailers is with longer shackles or adding steel under the frame, seems scary.
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