Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-09-2015, 02:35 PM   #1
Senior Member
Red Wolf's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Austin
Posts: 273
2015 RAM vs 2002 truck bed height

Howdy all -

I'm considering trading in my old '02 RAM 2500 for a new/used 2014/2015. One thing I noticed today at the dealership was how much taller the new rigs are over my old one. All of the rigs were 4x4, where my is RWD, not sure if that is why they are taller or not.

How do you adjust for the added height with a 5th wheel? My current rig tows the trailer level, I don't want to see the trailer tilted nose up with a new truck. I know my hitch has some minor height adjustment, but I don't think it's going to cover the difference.


Big Bad Wolf - '15 Dodge Ram 2500HD 6.7 CTD / Reese 15k Pro
Wolf Den 3 - '14 Rockwood Signature Ultra Light 8280WS
Nights camped 2015: 25
Red Wolf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2015, 07:11 PM   #2
Senior Member
Jim34RL's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Oswego il
Posts: 792
I would suggest that you check out Turbo Diesel Register.Com. Several members have dealt with this issue with the new trucks and they might be able to help you.

Jim W.
2016 34RL CC; 2008 Ram Mega Cab 2500HD, 6.7L, 68RFE 6 speed, 4X4, Smarty S67
Jim34RL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2015, 08:44 PM   #3
Senior Member
drittal's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: E. MT
Posts: 314
Axle flip is one method. If the trailer axle is mounted on the top side of the axle, I believe you can buy kits with the equipment needed to mount the axle on the bottom side.
drittal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2015, 07:51 AM   #4
Moderator Emeritus
MtnGuy's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Virginia Blue Ridge Foothills
Posts: 9,272
Originally Posted by drittal View Post
Axle flip is one method. If the trailer axle is mounted on the top side of the axle, I believe you can buy kits with the equipment needed to mount the axle on the bottom side.
Be careful with axle flipping if the camper is already at the 13'6" maximum trailer height. Many 5th wheel trailers with a front AC are close to that.

Chap , DW Joy, and Fur Baby Sango
2006 Ford F150 Super Cab 4x4
2008 Surveyor 263
MtnGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2015, 08:24 AM   #5
Head Rambler
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Southwest Alabama
Posts: 3,283
Depending on how much clearance you have between the bed and overhang you may have some adjustment in the pinbox also.

They jack those 4x4's up so they look good when you're cruising the local Mickey D's!
Salem 29RKSS Pushing a 2500 Mega-Cab CTD!
Gotta go campin!
Bama Rambler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2015, 08:43 AM   #6
Senior Member
steelpony5555's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 132
I worried bout that too when I went from my old 07 Dodge to this 2010 4x4 dually with bigger then factory tires. I have my hitch at it's highest height and my trailer is level. I have about 6-7 inches clearance. The only problem I have had is the park I am in now, the lots have a pretty good hump I have to back in to. Bed came close enough to wipe off one of my clips that hold the bin door open. I highly doubt I will ever encounter a hump higher then this one...If I do we ain't going there lol lol lol
From Central Texas
2014 Cedar Creek Silverback 29IK
2010 Dodge Laramie 3500 Dually
My Steelpony....2007 HD Ultra Classic...done up in a memorial to the 343 firefighters who died 9/11
Never Ever Forget....yes I was a Volunteer FF for 20 years........
steelpony5555 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2015, 08:47 AM   #7
Senior Member
mud yapster's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,193
I have the new 2015 Ram 3500 4x4 and it was taller than my old F350 4x4 so O lowered the 5th wheel hitch in the bed of the truck to its lowest setting. The 5er is fairly level now. Here's a pic from my last trip when filling up. The drive way at the pump was at a incline or hump at the pump but here's a pic anyway to give you an idea. I measured from the top of the A/C unit to the ground and I'm at 13'5".

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMAG2637.jpg
Views:	144
Size:	242.9 KB
ID:	95888

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMAG2638.jpg
Views:	136
Size:	242.2 KB
ID:	95889
2014 Palomino Columbus 3650TH
435AH 12V VMax Charge Tanks, 520 watt Monocrystilline Solar Array, Morningstar MPPT TS-60 CC,Morningstar Remote,Cotek True Sine Wave Inverter,Cotek Remote Controller,50amp Progressive Hardwire Surge Protector
2015 Dodge 3500 6.7L 4X4
2011 CanAm Commander XT 1000
mud yapster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2015, 11:32 AM   #8
Senior Member
Jack350's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Central New York
Posts: 115
Installed the Correct Track alignment kit which raised the rv 2 inches. Also gives me the ability to align the axles if needed in the future. Towed all of last season with great results and a level rv.
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_2169.jpg
Views:	117
Size:	377.0 KB
ID:	95909

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_2171.jpg
Views:	125
Size:	349.9 KB
ID:	95910
2012 Crusader 26RLD, 2000 F-350 4X4 7.3.
Hayes Autoformer, Correct track, Maxxis 8008E,
Andersen Aluminum hitch.
Jack350 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2015, 11:50 AM   #9
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 43
I have a 2012 Ram 3500 4X4 and when i first purchased it i had to lower my fifth wheel hitch a notch,i too went from rear wheel drive to a 4X4 there are also adjustments on the pin you can clearance gap on my 5th is about 6"....hope this helps....
Save a beer for me!!! Happy Trails....Be Safe....
sunnyinfla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2015, 12:12 PM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 488
I was able to get shorter mounting hardware for my pullrite hitch then lowered pin box

Harkerr is offline   Reply With Quote

bed, truck

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:58 AM.