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Old 12-23-2015, 11:43 AM   #31
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:31 PM   #32
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My new Ram 1 Ton 4x4 was taller than my old F350 4x4 so I lowered my 5th wheel hitch in the bed of truck all the way to the lowest setting. I still have 7"s or so from the bed to the 5er. Total height of 5er is about 13'5" to 13'6". 5er is fairly level behind the TV.
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Old 12-23-2015, 04:21 PM   #33
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It's amazing how these threads can get so off topic. The OP was asking about difference between bed height....
I came back and asked about MPG, Scotty. 10-12 is what I get with my RWD Ram, so I guess the old wives tale about having a 4x4 means bad fuel economy, even when not using all four wheels.

Ok, y'all have convinced me that I can safely upgrade to a 4x4 if that's all I can find!

THANK YOU!

BTW - nice looking rigs in the pics!
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Old 12-24-2015, 07:07 AM   #34
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Thanks for getting us back on track Scotty. We did wander off topic a bit. Sorry.
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Old 01-10-2016, 07:34 PM   #35
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Ok, as of last Tuesday I have a great new Ram 2500 4x4 that I absolutely love. I bought the picture frame adapter to mount my Reese 15k Pro hitch to the puck system in the bed, and lowered the hitch to the lowest possible point (4" drop, as discussed here earlier).

Now the fun starts - If the truck goes nose down slightly, I have MAYBE 1.5" clearance between the tail and the trailer.

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It was harrowing towing it home the 2 miles from the storage lot, as I was watching that gap pretty closely.

Ok, so I put the hitch back up to the old position, and gain my clearance back.

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But the trailer is pretty unlevel.

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So...I guess my options are:
1) lower the hitch one notch (2") but that will reduce my clearance
2) See if I can find a height increase kit as someone mentioned here (I'll call Forest River tomorrow) to bring the trailer up 2" w/ the down 2" from 1)
3) See if Ram (or an aftermarket manufacturer) has an air kit that can go on to raise and lower the height of the truck.
4) Sell the trailer and go back to a bumper pull
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Old 01-10-2016, 07:35 PM   #36
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On the plus side, the truck pulled the trailer great, and the exhaust brake was darn cool!
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Ok, as of last Tuesday I have a great new Ram 2500 4x4 that I absolutely love. I bought the picture frame adapter to mount my Reese 15k Pro hitch to the puck system in the bed, and lowered the hitch to the lowest possible point (4" drop, as discussed here earlier).



Now the fun starts - If the truck goes nose down slightly, I have MAYBE 1.5" clearance between the tail and the trailer.



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It was harrowing towing it home the 2 miles from the storage lot, as I was watching that gap pretty closely.



Ok, so I put the hitch back up to the old position, and gain my clearance back.



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But the trailer is pretty unlevel.



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So...I guess my options are:

1) lower the hitch one notch (2") but that will reduce my clearance

2) See if I can find a height increase kit as someone mentioned here (I'll call Forest River tomorrow) to bring the trailer up 2" w/ the down 2" from 1)

3) See if Ram (or an aftermarket manufacturer) has an air kit that can go on to raise and lower the height of the truck.

4) Sell the trailer and go back to a bumper pull

Kelderman has # 3.


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Kenny, I looked at Kelderman's links when you mentioned them earlier in this post, and again today - they look like they only lower the rear of the truck, which would make the truck nose-high, would it not? That's what I got from the website, too, although it may be they have a fore and aft kit that can do both. I'll be calling them this week.

Luckily, I don't have any trips planned at the moment - new job as of January, so no vacation to burn yet! I have time to figure this out!
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If you do the rear systems, you can add the front for about $1500.

Then you have full, four corner air ride.
That would make for an awesome ride. Loaded or not.


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Old 01-11-2016, 10:24 AM   #40
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Red, Can you change out the tires and wheels to a 17" instead of the 18" that is standard on your SRW trucks. The DRW trucks have 17" tires and wheels as standard, so these will fit on your truck. You will lower the over all height of the truck by 1.3 inches, so this will allow the trailer to sit more level. You can purchase new wheels and tires for under $1,800 total and than you can have summer tires for towing and winter tires for the non-towing season.


This maybe the lowest cost of any options that you are looking at. Just a suggestion!
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