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Old 02-03-2013, 03:17 AM   #1
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Installed a fifth airborne sidewinder and wound up nose high with no adjustments left. The hitch is at its lowest and axle already "flipped".



Only option left is to weld subframe to lift trailer, quoted at $700-$1000.



Anyone else run into such problems.



With a 2008 truck and a 2010 trailer, even stock, the trailer was a bit nose high.







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Old 02-03-2013, 03:33 AM   #2
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I think just about everybody is running into that problem with the new trucks. Seems like the bed is higher, and the sides are higher not good when we are trying to get a 5er to run level.

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Isn't there another hole in the spring mount so the rear can be raised about 2"?

What is the danger in towing nose high? Isn't it too much weight on the RV's already crummy Chinese tires?
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Isn't there another hole in the spring mount so the rear can be raised about 2"?

What is the danger in towing nose high? Isn't it too much weight on the RV's already crummy Chinese tires?




I think that not running level causes one axle to take on
more weight.


I am also tempted to use those spare holes for the spring
shackle. This should raise the RV for towing level.


Has anyone tried doing this??
Thank you in advance .... Kamper Dave



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Old 02-04-2013, 12:53 AM   #5
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"What is the danger in towing nose high? Isn't it too much weight on the RV's already crummy Chinese tires?"



It puts more weight on the rear tires and they will run hotter because of it. And yes if you have the cheap factory China bombtiresthere is a much better chance you will blow one of them out due to the extra heat generated.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:30 AM   #6
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"Isn't there another hole in the spring mount so the rear can be raised about 2"?



What is the danger in towing nose high? Isn't it too much weight on the RV's already crummy Chinese tires? "





Yes,thereis a hole which will raise it 2" and that would work, however that does not lower the equalizer which will run the springs "out of plane". I questioned the place that is going to do the subframe if theycould just lower the equalizer bracket just2 inches but gave me some kind of mumbo jumbo that I don't believe but not much I can do about it. Can weld in a whole subframe but can't just lower the equalizer? Oh well.



I don't know how much heat it puts in the tires nose high, but you can get a lot of jerking from running nose high with less weight on the pin.



I had a '98 23ft fifth wheel and had the axles flipped and it had only about 1" less clearance than the Cruiser did with the standard pinbox. A gain of 1" in 12 years? Someone is not paying attention somewhere.



I am just happy that I can afford such nonsense!!
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I had dealer move springs to the other hole to raise it up and then what i found that equilizer was always at a angle. One spring higher than the other. On one of the two trips it going back to the factory I complained about that and I was told that eguilizer had to be replaced with a longer version, which they did and all was good after that. Not sure how much a new set of equilizer would cost.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:39 AM   #8
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"... and I was told that eguilizer had to be replaced with a longer version,..."



I will check that out but didn't see one on their website.





"Not sure how much a new set of equilizer would cost. "



I'm sure it's cheaper than the $700=$1000 they want for the subframe.







I replaced the slider base with straight legs and gained(lowered) 2.25".

If I could gain 2" from the shakles, it would put me close to where I started,

although not level, but liveable.
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