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Old 01-12-2014, 01:02 PM   #1
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Question 5th Wheel tow height

Hi, I bought a used truck and 5th wheel setup and am confused by what I've been reading about the height of the 5er above the rail of the truck. I have a 2004 Wildcat 27RL with a 2002 F250 V10. I bought it from a widow that bought the 5er new as a upgrade and only used it 3 times before her husband passed. The problem is I'm not sure it is set up right. I've read that the trailer should be 5-7 inches above the truck rail when hitched to a Reese hitch. I've also read that the 5er should be close to level when hitched to distribute weight correctly.
Here's my issue I'm at 8 inches above the rail and still about 3 inches low of level.
The F-250 was bought to tow a different 5th Wheel in 2002. The 5er has all new rubber per Manufacturers specifications. Am I setup right or should I make some adjustments based on the experience that you have out there on the road.
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:07 PM   #2
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Is the 250 2 wheel drive?
What size tires are on the truck and trailer?
Do you have a side view picture of the rig?
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:21 PM   #3
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8 inches above the height of the box is more than enough room. In your post you never said which way it is out of level..?? Nose high or tail high..? You should be able to adjust your 5th wheel hitch in your truck and the pin box on the 5th wheel to bring it into a better level stance. Other things to consider, were your tires inflated to the right amount, do you have the correct tires on your truck..? Should you be adding a leaf or air bags to your truck..?
Like stated above pics would be great.
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:25 PM   #4
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Yes 2 wheel drive. Stock 16" tires on the truck and 15" on the 5er.
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:27 PM   #5
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I am nose low. The tires are all new and correctly inflated. Are you saying that I should be level even if it puts the 5er 10 - 11 inches above the rail?
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:42 PM   #6
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The 5-7 inches is considered a minimum is most cases. If raising to level raises above those specs, it's not a big deal.
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:52 PM   #7
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Sounds like you need to raise the front of the camper 1 1/2" to be level. You can raise the hitch in the truck or lower the pinbox or both to get the 1 1/2". Your clearance above the bed rails will increase which is never bad.

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What Dave said. Just curious what load range are your tires..?
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Was the truck back end low..? Did it look like you were trying to perform a shuttle launch..?
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All of my tires are load range "E" , When I set the 5er on the truck the bed only drops about 2" The ford has a very stiff suspension. There is no front end lift off I actually put a level on the truck rails when hooked up and I am slightly off level with the back end slightly high. That's why I was wondering about the hight over the rail. If 10 - 11" is not going to hurt anything road worthy wise then I'm going to raise the hitch and if necessary lower the king pin box.
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