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Old 04-07-2013, 12:07 AM   #11
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Have you checked the spring mounting shackle on the camper to see if the spring in mounted in the lowest hole as there's sometimes more than one mounting hole.

You said that the hitch is in it's lowest setting and the pinbox is moved all the way up, but it still looks like you have lots of clearance between the truck and camper overhang. You can't more either any more?

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Old 04-07-2013, 12:54 AM   #12
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Changing you trailer tires 15" to 16" is only going to gain you 1/2 an inch cause it's overall diameter. Changing your truck tires will be the biggest gain and your tire dealer should be able to tell you how much you are going to gain. Be careful about your tire size as it will throw things out like speedo and eat up clearances in the fenders...make sure there is enough room.

I like the other ideas about spacers or flipping axles. Make sure you have enough room at the back end of the box where the trailer is going to be the closest to touching.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:13 PM   #13
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Changing you trailer tires 15" to 16" is only going to gain you 1/2 an inch cause it's overall diameter.
For the wheel that is correct, but not necessarily the same for the tire. My 16" tires were 3.7 inches taller than the 15" tires I took off.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:07 PM   #14
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Have you checked the spring mounting shackle on the camper to see if the spring in mounted in the lowest hole as there's sometimes more than one mounting hole.

You said that the hitch is in it's lowest setting and the pinbox is moved all the way up, but it still looks like you have lots of clearance between the truck and camper overhang. You can't more either any more?

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Max'd out, Dave. No holes left on the hitch or the pin!! In fact, the pin adjustment left no room to reinstall the pin fairing (fiberglass piece that Crusader puts over the pin box).

Haven't checked the spring mounting shackle. I'll do that next week when I take it out of the storage lot...

I appreciate the picture Helmsey put up. Looks like quite a bit of difference between those 15s and 16s. That might do the trick. Really don't want to swap out the truck 20s for 18s unless I have to...
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:35 PM   #15
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Correct Track II

Here's something that might be worth checking into, although I'm not sure if it will save you any money versus swapping tires (unless you do the install yourself). Although this is an alignment system the shackle kit lifts the trailer 2" according to the dealer I spoke with. There is a dealer locator option at the bottom of the page. Camping World is also a dealer of this product but I found both locations here in the D/FW area to be of little assistance in answering any questions about this product. I was quoted an install price of $1000 this week by a different dealer but that included the laser alignment and labor to install. I'm sure it would be much cheaper if you have to ability to install the shackle kit yourself.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:48 PM   #16
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I have 16" tires on the trailer (factory originals) and the hitch as low as it goes, and the pin box as high as it goes. I have about 7 inches of bed clearance. I am about 1-1/2 inches high overall. I have decided that I can live with it... it tows fine and does not look that bad on the road. I am just going to be a little snobby (nose in the air)...
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With the trailer about two inches or so high in front, does it place more weight/strain on the trailer's rear axle? I guess that is my major concern...
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With the trailer about two inches or so high in front, does it place more weight/strain on the trailer's rear axle? I guess that is my major concern...
I think that will really depend on the suspension, the only way to know for sure is a trip to the scales. Have each axle on a different scale pad and that will tell the tale.
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. it tows fine and does not look that bad on the road. I am just going to be a little snobby (nose in the air)...[/QUOTE]


LMAO...
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With the trailer about two inches or so high in front, does it place more weight/strain on the trailer's rear axle? I guess that is my major concern...
If you have spring suspension, no.
If you have rubber torsion, yes, although it probably wouldn't be much.
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