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Old 07-30-2013, 02:02 PM   #1
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2009 Flagstaff 8528RKSS Looking at New Trucks

I have a Flagstaff 8528RKSS.
With my current truck I have almost 6" of clearance between the bed rails and the trailer.
This is with the Pin box adjusted to it's lowest position.

I am looking at a new 3/4 or 1 ton truck.
I have noticed that the bed rails of these new trucks are significantly higher than my current truck's rails.
This causes me great concern and I do not want to be in a 'nose high' towing situation with less clearance than I have now.
So here is my question;
Is there a way to raise the height of the trailer?
I have Dexter torsion axles so I don't see a way to do an axle flip.

A new fiver is still a few years away so I need to come up with a solution for now.

Any ideas?

Many thanks.

Bill
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:59 AM   #2
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I would think that you are looking at 4 wheel drive trucks? I went with a RWD 2011 F250, CC, diesel, long bed and that was one of the reasons for the RWD. I didn't want to flip axles to get the fiver higher. Good Luck
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:20 PM   #3
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I would think that you are looking at 4 wheel drive trucks? I went with a RWD 2011 F250, CC, diesel, long bed and that was one of the reasons for the RWD. I didn't want to flip axles to get the fiver higher. Good Luck
Nope. Looking at 2WD trucks. All of the new trucks have a bed rail height higher than the truck I have now.

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Old 07-31-2013, 12:22 PM   #4
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Have you compared the truck bed height to ground on these new trucks vs the Tundra? How much difference?

They already have 2x4 and 2x2" steel tubing between the frame and the axle mounts plus 4x4 cross-brace on mine. You could add another 2x2 or 2x4" steel spacer along with an additional cross brace if you had to. Rockwood/Flagstaff used to sell a riser kit which is basically, what I described...I think it's still available.

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Edit: FWIW, I went from an '05 Ram 1500 RWD to a '08 F250 RWD and now have about 1" more clearance than before.
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:36 PM   #5
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Have you compared the truck bed height to ground on these new trucks vs the Tundra? How much difference?

They already have 2x4 and 2x2" steel tubing between the frame and the axle mounts plus 4x4 cross-brace on mine. You could add another 2x2 or 2x4" steel spacer along with an additional cross brace if you had to. Rockwood/Flagstaff used to sell a riser kit which is basically, what I described...I think it's still available.

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Edit: FWIW, I went from an '05 Ram 1500 RWD to a '08 F250 RWD and now have about 1" more clearance than before.
Hey Dave,
I have not measured them yet but my Brother-in-laws 2012 GMC 2500's bed rails are quite a bit taller than the rails on my truck.
I need to go by a dealer and use my tape measure but I don't want to get coral-ed by a starving salesman.

I'm pretty sure I would go nose high by 5 or 6 inches as my trailer sits now.
I will look into the riser kit. I hate to do that but there is no way I can afford a new truck and trailer at the same time.

Thanks for the comments Dave.

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Old 07-31-2013, 06:58 PM   #6
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I think the best fix would be to get the 2014 Tundra !!!
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Bill, You should take the Tundra to the dealer that has the truck you want. Take the two trucks and back them up to each other with the tail gates down. You will most likely find that the beds are about the same height. Then just compare the heights of the side walls and you should have a pretty good idea how much room you will have.
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Bill on my pin there is some bolts for adjusting the pin. On mine there is not much more room to raise the camper. But I could get another 1" or 2 out of it. Not sure if you have the same set up.
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The clearance of the camper over the truck's bedrails when the camper is level is the height of the overhang minus the height of the trucks bedrail at the axles minus the compression of the rear suspension...probably only be 1" on a 250/2500 series truck. The hitch or pinbox adjustments should be adequate to maintain that clearance.

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Old 07-31-2013, 10:13 PM   #10
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I have a 08 tundra. The bed sides are 25" high and I have a dimple on both sides from trailer/truck contact. The sides should be lowered on several of current model trucks. I wrote Toyota about it in 2011. Still waiting to hear back. Yeah, right.
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