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Old 07-18-2016, 08:19 AM   #1
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How level

Just purchased my FIRST FW - pulling it with a 2016 Chev. 2500 HD 6.5'
bed. Wondering how level must the FW be when attached to the truck ?
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Old 07-18-2016, 09:36 AM   #2
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It depends on your hitch. Some will tilt (left/right) quite a bit but you bed rails need to clear too.
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Old 07-18-2016, 09:41 AM   #3
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The FW is about 1" high and the rail clearance is 5 1/2 " to 6"
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Old 07-18-2016, 09:45 AM   #4
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Typically you would want to be a little closer to level I think, but doesn't sound like you should mess with it due to being at the lower end of desirable rail clearance.
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:09 AM   #5
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I say anything within an inch is good, unless you have towing problems. I worry more about rail clearance and you are at the minimum.
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:20 AM   #6
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Just watch the rails on tight turns. My hitch was a little low and I hit the side rial on a tight turn in a campground.
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:44 AM   #7
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1" high in the front isn't a problem.
5-1/2"- 6" of rail clearance shouldn't be either unless you get into some serious uneven terrain.
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Old 07-19-2016, 03:16 PM   #8
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One inch is a little high. There are adjustments in many 5th wheel hitch's and pin boxes.
I would try to get it level. Good Luck
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Old 07-19-2016, 05:31 PM   #9
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Do you mean your trailer is 1 inch higher in the fron than the rear? If so, I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 07-19-2016, 06:15 PM   #10
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Do you mean your trailer is 1 inch higher in the fron than the rear? If so, I wouldn't worry about it.


Yeah, chasing 1" is silly. An extra case of beer will change that! (I am of course exaggerating to make a point. Your load will affect things... and chasing after 1" will just drive you crazy.)

A 1" difference between the front and rear means around 1/2" change at one end... because lowering one end raises the other end at the same time. And vice versa.

You also have to make sure you are on a 100% flat surface. If not, minor variations can give you your 1". The closer you get to level, that last little bit becomes futile. The next time you hitch up and measure, it will be different!

All of this is not to say run obviously high or low. Just trying to say, after a certain point, close really is good enough.


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