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Old 06-11-2016, 06:47 PM   #1
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Need to raise 5th wheel

Changed trucks and now RV is nose high. Found a lift kit from dexter that will raise the RV 2 1/2", that is about what it needs. My questions are, should I leave it nose high, is it safe to lift the RV, will a lift affect the frame, other than the additional hight is there anything else I should be concerned about, will handling change a great deal. I have 4k# dexter torsion axels, Dexter sells the bolt on kit to raise the frame. 8 bolts per axel doesn't look like too tough of a job. My trailer is the 2014 8289WS that's in my signature.
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Mine is lifted. Works great. The kit is bolt on, they did it in Goshen a couple years ago.
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Old 06-12-2016, 02:55 PM   #3
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Changed trucks and now RV is nose high. Found a lift kit from dexter that will raise the RV 2 1/2", that is about what it needs. My questions are, should I leave it nose high, is it safe to lift the RV, will a lift affect the frame, other than the additional hight is there anything else I should be concerned about, will handling change a great deal. I have 4k# dexter torsion axels, Dexter sells the bolt on kit to raise the frame. 8 bolts per axel doesn't look like too tough of a job. My trailer is the 2014 8289WS that's in my signature.
Ordered Lift kit from Dexter today. When I install it I'll let you know how it worked out with pictures.
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Old 06-12-2016, 06:54 PM   #4
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You will like the lift. My wife and me installed mine, it's easy.


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Old 06-12-2016, 09:13 PM   #5
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Does anyone have pics of the lifts? I needed to put one in for the same reason. I used the Correct Track system, it aligns the axles and lifts the trailer 2". Over all the camper came up 3 1/2" in the rear.
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Does anyone have pics of the lifts? I needed to put one in for the same reason. I used the Correct Track system, it aligns the axles and lifts the trailer 2". Over all the camper came up 3 1/2" in the rear.
The original post has torsion axles. The Correct Track kits I'm familiar with are for leaf spring axles. They're 2 entirely different mounting systems.
It's basically just a spacer between the frame and axle mounts.
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Old 06-13-2016, 01:39 AM   #7
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20 years ago I never would have dreamed I'd ever say this, but these days I would much rather lower my truck than raise my trailer.


...I am of at least average height, and I already struggle to reach things in the bed sometimes

...most modern trucks (4x4's anyway) have WAY too much space in the wheel wells already (my opinion)

...lifting the trailer will raise it's center of gravity (bad)

...lowering the truck will lower it's center of gravity (good)

...lifting the trailer will increase the distance to the first step when entering

...lifting the trailer will increase the distance needed for all leveling jacks/landing gear every time you set up


just sharing my thoughts is all
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Agreed.
I lowered my 2015 ram 3500.
Just the rear, about 1.5".
Lowered the hitch head too.
Now I have a level truck and trailer.


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Yep. Didn't realize it was a different system. I had put mine on leafs. Thanks for the pic though.
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Old 06-13-2016, 04:24 PM   #10
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I can identify with your problem and concerns. My F150 4 X 4, was extremely high in back. When I set up one time, I realized I needed to add an additional block under the front tandem tire. I jacked it up just a little, not even raising that tire off the ground while the back tire was off the ground already! It caused me to realize that by not being level, the torsion suspension caused much of the trailer weight to be carried on the back tire. The previous year, I'd blown a rear tire, shortly after starting the 1300 mile trip home. So, I headed for Harbor Freight and bought the tools and removed the "raising block" from the pickup. That brought the back of the pickup down 2". After I got home, I realized the combination still wasn't level so ordered a Dexter lift kit. I did make the kit work though my axles were the earlier Alco, or something like that. So, these two modifications greatly leveled the trailer.
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