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Old 07-09-2014, 07:40 AM   #1
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Raising the Height of 5th Wheel

Hello everyone. I am looking to Raising the Hight of 5th Wheel. I have been searching for pictures and info but there is a lot on the FR site but have not found pics. Here is my issue. New Truck. 2500 Ram. Higher than the old 1500 Mega Cab. So only 4 1/2 inch clearnce between bed and trailer. So I am looking to lift trailer, I have an 8280ws. I do not have springs so I assume the are Torsion ? Not sure on technical terms. Has anyone without springs lifted their trailer and if so, since my back end sags, does it lift the trailer enough so I can raise the hitch hight by one bolt hole, to increase the clearence ? OR...do I need blocks / spacers ?
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:19 AM   #2
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We have a 2014 Ram and bought a B&W hitch you can adjust the height. It's the best hitch we ever had.


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Old 07-09-2014, 09:01 AM   #3
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Your 8280 probably has Dexter Torflex axles. Dexter sells lift kits.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:11 AM   #4
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Got a call back from Rockwood technical, they suggest to get the 2 inch lift kit. I assume because I do not have springs. They will only sell it to the dealer so that was my next phone message.
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:52 AM   #5
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Quick update - nothing done yet. Dealer called Forest River, FR first asked what kind of axels I had, then when gave that info, needs serial number or Tag # from the each axel to determine lift kit. Spoke to FR and manager went out on factory floor while I spoke to him to confirm where on axels to look. They do not keep a build sheet of each trailer to identify axels on each trailer. So, this weekend camping will need me to get under trailer with cleaning soution to reveal the axel id numbers. Kind of wierd no build sheet with that info
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:16 AM   #6
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I have a 2014 Ram 2500 as well and have a 2015 Sabre 33CKTS on order so I cannot check for clearance yet. I am planning on using a Reese 16K slider set up that does have some height adjustment capabilities. I really don't want to have to add a lift kit but if it is something I am going to need I would like to see if the factory could do it while in the build stage. Any thoughts/opinions?
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:14 PM   #7
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I think my issue is due to 20 inch tires. I use to have 17 inch and although the 2500 is a bigger truck I should have been fine. The 20's came with the truck on the lot so I never thought twice about it. What I would do in your case is call FR and ask them 3 questions: can you add them after if needed, what is there opinion and can they please tell you what axels are put on the trailer and provide the serial / part # for the axels.
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Have you hooked up the trailer to your truck? Some of the new trucks settle quite a bit...
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Hooked up, 2 trip's so far, another this weekend. Its not ugly or anything but just noticable and clearence at 4 - 5 inches makes me really cautious. The plan is to lift the trailer and then maybe move the hitch back up a bolt notch for more clearence if possible. This Ram 2500 HD now has 5000 km (3100 miles) so not sure when it will settle a little. Its a stiff truck and get the impression it will stay that way for awhile.
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