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Old 03-09-2014, 08:40 PM   #1
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High centering?

Ok, I've figured our truck will pull the 355re safely, as long as we don't use the 3400lb cargo allowance. 2400lb limit.
Next question; we cross raised RR tracks coming into our neighborhood. When we went from 1500chev to 2500, the "bump stops" were bent on TT.
(What are they called?) Had to lower the ball. 5er is 40'. TT is 31'.
Anyone had trouble with their trailer high centering? There's another way in, but 2 miles extra travel. I'm a pipefitter by trade, but lots of geometry involved, not one of my strengths. Am I overthinking, as the boss says!
Any thoughts, other than try, eye, and back out if necessary? Very busy intersection.
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I'm confused. Your talking about lowering the ball then mention a 5th wheel. Not sure what you are referring to as "bump stops" on a trailer either.
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:54 PM   #3
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I'm confused. Your talking about lowering the ball then mention a 5th wheel. Not sure what you are referring to as "bump stops" on a trailer either.
Im guessing he has a goose neck adapter?

Unsure why he mentions tt and 5er either.



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Old 03-09-2014, 08:57 PM   #4
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Sorry. Trading 29' TT for a 40' 5er. TT bottoming out, bending triangular "bumpstops" welded to the bumper. Lowered ball 2". 2500 was taller. Now worried about longer trailer high centering, or dragging.
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oh, it get it now. The triangle pieces on bottom of trailer rear bumper? Is by any chance your new trailer higher off ground than old one? Most 5th wheels have fairly tall stance.
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Don't think so. Chose TT because of ground clearance.
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:12 PM   #7
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I've seen coaches with roller wheels on bottom of rear bumper. Since TT bumpers have no strength, maybe you could put something at very rear of frame rails, just in front of bumper. Just a thought. Most trailers don't have those triangle pieces on bottom of bumper. Maybe the absence of them will prevent you from dragging?
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:17 PM   #8
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The 5er goes 14500. Don't want to chance that. Don't know why I started this thread. I'll measure, do some math, maybe try it at a low traffic time. Didn't think about this til crossing tracks today, with thoughts on camper. Thanks!
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WOW, is that your empty weight? If so, that's a lot for a 2500, no matter how its equipped.
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Actual loaded wt is 15500. 3400lbs cargo wt. We'll never reach that wt, as tv will only pull 14500lbs by my figuring.
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