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Old 09-19-2016, 04:33 PM   #11
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I am actually thinking about removing my Kwik slide and going with stationary legs as I know I can get another few inches that way. My rig has the contoured nose and I've never even come close to using the slider.
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Old 09-20-2016, 01:36 PM   #12
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I just got off the phone with Jason at Andersen. He's going to swap out the base with one made for flat bed trucks. This will lower the nose 2 3/4 inches (approximately) which will give me slightly more than 6 inches of clearance between the bed rails and trailer. I hope it's enough. More to come.
When I purchased our SRW 2006 F-350 new, it was too high in the rear. I had the dealer drop the rear 2". There was a TSB from 1999 that still applied to the 2006 model. That was enough to level the 5W. It is important to have 5-6 inches clearance above the truck bed rails (below the front of the 5W) for both turns and entering/leaving fuel stations, etc.
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Old 09-20-2016, 01:40 PM   #13
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Another thought - towing the 5W nose high (or low) puts undue weight on the rear or front axle of the 5W. Weight not part of the design of the trailer frame / axles.
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Old 09-20-2016, 02:30 PM   #14
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over height

Truck manufacturers keep building trucks taller to fit bigger tires for better fuel mileage. they don't think about someone wanting to pull a fifth wheel. I chose to lower my truck because it became to unstable . I like it low and slow , much better ride and handling.
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I just got off the phone with Jason at Andersen. He's going to swap out the base with one made for flat bed trucks. This will lower the nose 2 3/4 inches (approximately) which will give me slightly more than 6 inches of clearance between the bed rails and trailer. I hope it's enough. More to come.
That should help a lot and 6" is still OK for rail clearance.
That's about what I have and haven't seen it get close yet.

Remember dropping the nose will also raise the tail so if you come down 2.75" inches in the front the back is going to go up too. Not always 1:1 because of axle placement but you might wind up pretty level.
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That should help a lot and 6" is still OK for rail clearance.

That's about what I have and haven't seen it get close yet.



Remember dropping the nose will also raise the tail so if you come down 2.75" inches in the front the back is going to go up too. Not always 1:1 because of axle placement but you might wind up pretty level.


That's what I'm hoping for.
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Another thought - towing the 5W nose high (or low) puts undue weight on the rear or front axle of the 5W. Weight not part of the design of the trailer frame / axles.


That's why I'm try to get the rig level.
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Old 09-20-2016, 03:27 PM   #18
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Another thought - towing the 5W nose high (or low) puts undue weight on the rear or front axle of the 5W. Weight not part of the design of the trailer frame / axles.
Mine rides slightly nose high and I was concerned about stress on the rear trailer tires. Using a laser thermometer, I've found that the rear tires consistently run about 5 degrees (F) hotter than the front. Interestingly, while on interstates, the tires on the sunny side run 8 to 10 degrees hotter than the shady side. So far, no problems, but I did replace the load range Cs with Ds.
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The 235/85 tires would have raised the trailer almost 1".
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The 235/85 tires would have raised the trailer almost 1".


Maxxis does not make a tire in that size. I looked into Sailun tires, but no one carries them around here.
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