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Old 09-19-2016, 03:02 PM   #1
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Fifth wheel tows nose high - need help

Ok, we just replaced the TT with a fifth wheel and it tows nose high. I have the Anderson ultimate hitch adjusted to its lowest position, and I have the lippert 1621 pin box adjusted to its highest position and there are no more adjustments available. I have 9 inches of clearance between the bed rails / tailgate and the 5er. I just got off the phone with lippert hoping they produce a pinbox that has a different angle that would lower the nose, but they do not.
What is available to fix this problem?

The tech said something about the correct tract system to raise the trailer higher at the axles, but all I can find is that it is for alignment purposes.
I've already replaced constancy oem tires with Maxxis 235/80/16.

Very frustrating.

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Old 09-19-2016, 03:12 PM   #2
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I am facing the same thing now. I went from my 2012 F150HD to my 2016 F350. The truck is much higher and is a 4X4. I am now 5" high on the fifth wheel front to back. I have looked at 3 options, correct track, axle flip (cannot do this; already 'flipped') and having something fabricated up to lift the rig. As of yet I have not done anything as I am only 5" nose high.

I will be getting to the scales to determine how much I am transferring to the rear axle though.

Let me know how it goes.
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Old 09-19-2016, 03:16 PM   #3
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Replace the 4 inch axle blocks with some 2 inch blocks off a 250 near the same year, should be a direct swap.

New from the dealer or used from auto salvage.

Advantage, slightly lower center of gravity.
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Ford Idaho, I had thought about that also (forgot to mention that in my post). I was hoping to avoid doing anything with my new truck.
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I'll keep you posted. Axle flip won't work for me either, it came that way.
I am considering switching to the flat bed version of the Anderson ultimate. I may have to research that some more.
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In my case the contributing factor was also that my truck came factory fifth wheel prep'd and I wanted to keep my existing Reese hitch so I opted for the Reese RP31056 adapter kit which raise the hitch head another 3" or so.
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Ford Idaho, I had thought about that also (forgot to mention that in my post). I was hoping to avoid doing anything with my new truck.
I can understand that.

Nearly had a heart attack when I dropped the 250 off at the dealers so they could cut four huge holes in the bed for the hitch.



Did not feel much better when I drilled four small holes for the tool chest.

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I can understand that.

Nearly had a heart attack when I dropped the 250 off at the dealers so they could cut four huge holes in the bed for the hitch.



Did not feel much better when I drilled four small holes for the tool chest.

Oh how I know that feeling. I am having its first Krown rust proofing done soon and I don't have the heart to watch them drill into my new truck
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Oh how I know that feeling. I am having its first Krown rust proofing done soon and I don't have the heart to watch them drill into my new truck
I'm with ya.

Local bed liner place asks the owners of new trucks to leave because of the scuff work they do to the bed before they spray it, I guess some kinna freak out.

Anyway look forward to your solution and good luck...
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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.
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