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08-05-2019 10:00 AM
mizterwizard
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Originally Posted by AreliusChev3500 View Post
Towing a lifted 5RV is not a big deal. I recently purchased my 1st 5th wheel and it's previous owner did a great job of lifting the trailer to match the lift that was on his truck. Which was around 6" lift. I run the Cognito 7-9" de-cranked to a 6" lift, 35's and 22's and it hooks up level and tows just fine. So you need to put some thought into it and set the trailer up right to match your rig. But so far so good on my end. We just finished our own Oregon coast road trip from SLC, UT. Hauled the trailer just about 2000 miles, and no problems. Like whenever you tow something big and heavy, you just need to be smart and careful. Good luck to you. Some pics of the truck and trailer out doing our thing.
How do you get that much dirt on the front of a 5er that is over the bed?
08-05-2019 02:23 AM
407driver
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Originally Posted by JimmyD View Post
x3. I am at 13' 4" at the front AC as well with a bone stock dually with entire tow rig level.
X4............I too am at 13'4 at the top of my front A/C unit with a stock height suspension RWD 2500. The only thing elevating mine is the 285/75R16 tires that add an inch or so, but also add additional weight bearing capacity over the stock 246 tires
08-05-2019 01:24 AM
mizterwizard
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Originally Posted by Full Time RVing View Post
Those that put after market wheels on your SRW trucks when you pull a 5th wheel and go around a corner the rear wheels get extreme side load on them. The rear axle on your truck is forcing the 5th wheel to turn putting heavy side load on the wheel. I have seen where the wheels break the spokes at the hub and roll the truck on its side. If possible see what the wheel is rated for for side load. The trucks that are lifted have a greater chance of this happening. I know some will say "I don't have a problem". Just giving you some information that I have came across.
Many things are possible and reasonable to do, if you know what you are doing. The problem is, the further you get from stock the less you can rely on the factory engineers and the more you have to take responsibility for your own actions. If you are confident that you have it all under control then good for you. If you have doubts then maybe it is time to reconsider. There are many ways to go wrong and the further from stock you get the more likely that one of them will surface.

Don't get me wrong. I don't think I've ever owned a stock vehicle, at least not for long. I just think caution is warranted.
08-04-2019 05:08 PM
Full Time RVing Those that put after market wheels on your SRW trucks when you pull a 5th wheel and go around a corner the rear wheels get extreme side load on them. The rear axle on your truck is forcing the 5th wheel to turn putting heavy side load on the wheel. I have seen where the wheels break the spokes at the hub and roll the truck on its side. If possible see what the wheel is rated for for side load. The trucks that are lifted have a greater chance of this happening. I know some will say "I don't have a problem". Just giving you some information that I have came across.
08-04-2019 04:49 PM
AreliusChev3500 Towing a lifted 5RV is not a big deal. I recently purchased my 1st 5th wheel and it's previous owner did a great job of lifting the trailer to match the lift that was on his truck. Which was around 6" lift. I run the Cognito 7-9" de-cranked to a 6" lift, 35's and 22's and it hooks up level and tows just fine. So you need to put some thought into it and set the trailer up right to match your rig. But so far so good on my end. We just finished our own Oregon coast road trip from SLC, UT. Hauled the trailer just about 2000 miles, and no problems. Like whenever you tow something big and heavy, you just need to be smart and careful. Good luck to you. Some pics of the truck and trailer out doing our thing.
07-25-2019 10:18 AM
West1134 Many have already stated it, but I had the same decision to make when I was looking to lift my truck, because I wanted that look. I ended up just leveling it, putting 33's on it and calling it a day. Its a happy medium for me as far as the look of a lifted truck, but still functional to tow our 5er. Mine still rides a little nose high too, but its not too bad, and I plan to play around with dropping the hitch, as I want to add bags to it as well for balancing out the load.

My advice, like other is to ditch the lift (or go smaller block in back and crank down front) and get whatever 5er you want or keep the lift and just find a travel trailer you like. I personally still want a big lifted truck, but I think for that to ever happen I'll keep my aging Duramax to pull, and buy a Raptor or new Sierra AT4 package 1/2 ton to lift and daily drive or something. (PIPE DREAM LOL)

Here's an example of why you want the clearance though. I had to go down a steep but short hill to enter a place we were camping (a buddies property with river access, not a campground) and it was close to the bed rails, but still room to clear. However, once the truck flatened out I ended up dragging the bumper of the trailer for about a foot before I got clearance again. Ultimately, I should've drove the trailer tires up onto boards to give it a tiny more height to clear the bumper, but I was with friends who don't have the mindset to notify me of these kinds of things as I was behind the wheel.



07-25-2019 07:43 AM
6686L
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Originally Posted by skw774 View Post
You have to get the rig level. Not sure how with that lift but a unlevel set up is dangerous.
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What the heck is the matter with you - wasting this guy's time like that. Why would he be interested in either his own safety or co-users of the roads, when it is so important to people like that to "look cool".
07-25-2019 05:15 AM
Tonkatoy77 I live in North Plains. Itís about 30 miles west of Portland.


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07-25-2019 04:43 AM
DurtymaxLineMan Right on. That's an awesome drive. where in oregon are you from? I'm in Medford.

I had to replace all the tires on mine too, the factory tires are garbage.
07-25-2019 01:48 AM
mizterwizard Lifted trucks and 5th wheel trailers are not a good fit. They can be made to work but there will be compromises.

You can lift the trailer to match the lift on the truck. That makes the trailer more tippy and bouncy. It also makes it harder to get in and out. You will probably need a step stool to set beneath the steps for normal use. Depending on your 5er you may have height problems but not necessarily. Mine is right at 13 feet and I still worry about pulling it under a filling station awning. Perhaps I'm just a worry wart but that's how I feel.

A flat bed or at least a bed with reduced sides could be an answer but of course there is the additional cost involved. There are some utility beds that have sides that are only about a foot tall. That could work.

With a higher hitch point for the trailer there will be more sway on the truck if you have a tilting hitch. Hopefully you will not go rallying with this but you just never know when you will have to swerve around something in the road. Just something to consider.

What you have to ask yourself is whether the reasons you have your truck lifted outweigh the problems they create while towing. Perhaps the best solution of all is to return to stock height so that you will be working with a situation that has been engineered and is more known.

This brings up a new consideration. The 2020 trucks are MUCH taller than older trucks. I was watching a video about fuel economy on one and when it showed the guy at the pump the top of the bed was at eye level for him. I don't think he was particularly tall but I think the latest trucks are going to have a problem with 5th wheel towing. Another case of mine is bigger than yours.
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