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Old 04-09-2019, 07:56 AM   #1
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Question 5th Wheel Height RAM 2500 vs 3500

We currently have a 2007 RAM 2500 2WD and are looking to upgrade to a 2017 or 2018 RAM 4x4.

My question, will I have issues towing our 8289WS level with either of the 2500 or the 3500?

Also is the 3500 higher than the 2500?

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Old 04-09-2019, 08:22 AM   #2
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I have a 2014 8289WS pulled with a 2014 Ram 2500. When I went from a 2008 truck to the 2014 I had to raise the RV 2-1/2" for it to tow level. Don't know if the 3500 is any higher than the 2500, have not compared them. looking at the same year trucks for Ram specs they look the same. Difference would be the rear suspension, the 3500 would be more stiff and hold the RV taller in the front.
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Old 04-09-2019, 08:40 AM   #3
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Got to measure!

Sometime in the not so distance past all hd trucks got higher! Around 60”. Part of I think is higher rails. Not a truck guy. English sports cars.

Many fiver manufactures just ignored the change. Still do. Just tow them nose high. Some have only 55” clearance over the rails and tailgate. Some 63”. Like mine.

Several manufactures make fivers for only 1 truck. Not a hd. Open range light was on my radar. Did not make the cut. Had to order a special Ford.

Usually a 4wd is a little higher than a 2wd.

The manufacturers love to put on off road 20” tires that raise the truck an inch. Overpriced option.

What I observed is dually’s seemed To be lower.

This plagued me during the buying process. I am an engineer. When I call a manufacturer I want answers. Ignore salesmen and clerks. Generally they do not know.

One salesman told me all the fivers he sells go out nose high. I bought elsewhere. Mine is near level. We can park and sleep.

Ask questions. Expect to talk to the ignorant.
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Old 04-09-2019, 08:48 AM   #4
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By the way. Raising the trailer height must be approved by the trailer manufacturing’s engineering department in writing or the warranty is void.

Changes the center of gravity.

One I talked to refused to even discuss this. Would also not approve taller tires.

I doubt it is a big deal. They are ok being out of level I guess. I am not OK with that.
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Old 04-09-2019, 12:34 PM   #5
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It shouldn't really matter. Most all hitches are height adjustable . Just takes some time and patience but shouldn't interfere with buying a new truck.
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Old 04-09-2019, 01:30 PM   #6
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It shouldn't really matter. Most all hitches are height adjustable . Just takes some time and patience but shouldn't interfere with buying a new truck.
They're talking about fifth wheels, not pull-behinds. How easy is it to modify the height of a fifth-wheel hitch? What happens if it hits the tailgate? Suppose you take the tailgate off and then make a turn and the trailer hits the corner of the fender? Could be talking some expensive body work here.

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Old 04-09-2019, 01:37 PM   #7
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My fifth wheel hitch is a curt Q20. Remove four bolts then lift or lower the hitch head to the proper height and reinstall the bolts. You can also install an air ride system to improve your ride quality and adjust your height.
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Old 04-09-2019, 01:38 PM   #8
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Most pin boxes are also adjustable.
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Old 04-09-2019, 01:43 PM   #9
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I did that to my 5th wheel before totaled. Put air ride and adjusted both the pin box height and the 5th wheel in the truck bed. rode level. still have the air ride if anybody is interested.
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I bought a 2018 Ram 3500 with "Ride Right" air bag system on it. We have a 2017 Forest River Wildcat 5th wheel that is 42' long. Had to raise B & W hitch by one notch. Have 10 in clearance from bed rails and the truck adjusts the ride height on its own and it is always almost dead level. Pulls like a dream, like 5th wheel is not even back there>
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