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Old 06-08-2019, 02:31 PM   #11
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If lowering the hitch isn’t an option then definitely look into the lift kit. I would also suggest you consider upgrading your trailer tires to Load Range E for more safety margin. Maxxis M8008s are great trailer tires though.
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Old 06-08-2019, 03:10 PM   #12
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If lowering the hitch isnít an option then definitely look into the lift kit. I would also suggest you consider upgrading your trailer tires to Load Range E for more safety margin. Maxxis M8008s are great trailer tires though.


The tires are actually Load Range E, but Iíve just been running them at the pressures that Maxxis advertised for achieving a D-rating. I may raise the pressures for a little more safety margin. The camper originally had Cís on it, which barely met the max load rating for the camper.
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Old 06-08-2019, 08:42 PM   #13
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Could I ask what hitch you are using and height setting ?? I am going to be picking my new 5er up next week, similar to yours. Do you know your tongue weight? Could I also ask how high your bed rails were before hookup and how much did it squat?

Hi. Jimer. Iím in Winter Haven Fl. I bought a Curt Q20 slider hitch and fyi. I dislike Camping World. But they had and believe still have any install for $59 labor. Total job w tax out the door was $1200. I tow with a 2019 f250 6.2 gasser 6ft 3/4 bed. Tow a Jayco 32 ft 5th wheel and I have 6 inches between bed rails and Rig. Now I added Timbrens. Look them up easy remove 2 nuts take out Factory stop and install timbrens. Total weight around 11,000 lbs only squats 1.5 inches. Hope this help. Thanks Jim M
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Old 06-08-2019, 09:32 PM   #14
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With the torsion axles, when you turn tightly it puts a lot of force on the inside wheels. Forrest River built them w/ light material in the cross reinforcement bars. The unlevel condition will put even more pressure on the rear axle and tires. I would look into cost of blocks to level, if available. I would also tow an hour on the highway next trip. Then pull over and shoot tires w/ an infrared temp gauge ($15). Check if rear tires are getting warmer and how much warmer, to give you a better idea of potential stress and problems. Also good to check bearings lube or condition. This would make me more confident and comfortable, as FR puts tires on that are at the bare limit of weight class.
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With the torsion axles, when you turn tightly it puts a lot of force on the inside wheels. Forrest River built them w/ light material in the cross reinforcement bars. The unlevel condition will put even more pressure on the rear axle and tires. I would look into cost of blocks to level, if available. I would also tow an hour on the highway next trip. Then pull over and shoot tires w/ an infrared temp gauge ($15). Check if rear tires are getting warmer and how much warmer, to give you a better idea of potential stress and problems. Also good to check bearings lube or condition. This would make me more confident and comfortable, as FR puts tires on that are at the bare limit of weight class.


You and I think a lot alike! I used IR thermometers and gauges a lot when I worked. That would be a excellent way to check loading without scales.

I just went through the bearings a couple of months ago, and I did do the ďtouchĒ test of the hubs when I did my test run, although it was pretty short. Iíll pay a lot of attention on my next run (always check at every fuel stop anyway).

Iím already looking at the leveling kits, which appear to be pretty easy installations. I noticed there were slotted bolt holes in the pics. How likely is it that an alignment issue will develop if I install one?
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Old 06-09-2019, 07:19 AM   #16
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When purchasing a new fiver 18 months ago I discovered that in 2010 or so pretty much all 3/4, 1 ton trucks got higher rails,

Most of the smaller fiver manufacturers did nothing to raise the fronts of the fiver to allow the use of 3/4 ton trucks.

Unfortunately, half ton trucks are really not designed to tow that much weight.

A trailer salesman said. We will not sell fivers to anyone with a half ton truck. All the fifth wheels go out of here nose high.

It does put added weight on the rear fiver wheels.

Raising the suspension in any way voids the warrantee. And raises the height of the unit. I discussed this with one company. Obviously did not buy theirs.

I specifically bought a Cedar Creek Hathaway because I could tow it level with a hd truck.

It must be ok to be 6Ē nose high, I guess. I have seen some really neat 2Ē deep grooves in asphalt near camp sites because of this. That must be ok too.
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Raising the suspension in any way voids the warrantee. And raises the height of the unit. I discussed this with one company. Obviously did not buy theirs.



Mine is a 2015, so itís way out of warranty, but I am a little reluctant to raise something that is 12í+ high already. The other option is lowering the rear of the truck some, but it is still under warranty, so Iím not too keen on doing that either.
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Old 06-09-2019, 08:23 AM   #18
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If it were me

Likely tires are sort of needed. I would put the tallest highest rated available. Measure carefully. All kinds of potential issues

Then I would add the center spring lift system

That should lift 2-3 inches

All interstates accommodate trucks up to
13 Ď 6Ē. Then be careful on side roads. Not that hard
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Old 06-09-2019, 08:35 AM   #19
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Likely tires are sort of needed. I would put the tallest highest rated available. Measure carefully. All kinds of potential issues




Already have almost new Maxxis E-rated tires. Just need to raise the air pressure to 80 psi to get that rating.
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Old 06-09-2019, 08:54 AM   #20
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This RV when stock towed level with my Tundra. When I traded for the HD truck it looked very much like the photo ti OP posted. I added a 2-1/2" lift to the torsion axels and leveled it almost perfect. 6+" of bed clearance.
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