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Old 05-07-2020, 03:43 PM   #1
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2014 SF270BH Bumper Receiver

We are looking at purchasing a 2014 SF270BH, looks like a good floorplan for our family. I have towed lots of trailers but this will be out first 5th wheel.

Two questions:

I have a 2019 F350 crew cab short box, unloaded the tailgate height is almost 60 inches, I meant to measure the height of the SF270B overhang to see if I have room to keep it mostly level when towing as I don't want to be too far nose up. Does anyone have a measurement on this?

I am also wondering if anyone has added a receiver the back of the trailer frame to tow an atv/utility trailer or boat? I have seen many 5th wheels with another trailer behind them on the highway just not sure if this frame is built for it.

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Old 05-07-2020, 05:26 PM   #2
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I have pulled my boat behind my 2 5th wheels. My current trailer came with a frame mounted receiver hitch. I took my first 5th wheel to a weld shop and had a frame mounted hitch install. I would not pull anything off of the stock tube bumper. Just my 2c worth
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I have had receiver hitches welded to the frame on several campers. DO NOT ATTACH TO THE BUMPER! `And i ask the person welding the hitch on if they have a wife and kids. Why they ask and i tell them i want it storng enough that if your family were behind me you would not worry about it coming off. I believe in over building.
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Old 05-07-2020, 06:57 PM   #4
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We are looking at purchasing a 2014 SF270BH, looks like a good floorplan for our family. I have towed lots of trailers but this will be out first 5th wheel.

Two questions:

I have a 2019 F350 crew cab short box, unloaded the tailgate height is almost 60 inches, I meant to measure the height of the SF270B overhang to see if I have room to keep it mostly level when towing as I don't want to be too far nose up. Does anyone have a measurement on this?


Thanks!
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The back end of my f150 sits about 55 or 56 in. off the ground. I had trouble getting mine to run level. I can't answer your question regarding the rig you are looking at. But, if I had to make a guess I would bet you will have trouble trying to get it to run level. Maybe you should find out how high a hitch will sit in your truck, then go over to the rig you are looking at, back under it and do some measuring.
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Old 05-07-2020, 08:46 PM   #5
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Thanks for the towing info, I would never tow with the stock bumper haha it barely holds that spare tire let alone a 3,000lb boat.

I am going to the RV dealer again on the weekend so will measure the used SF270bh they have there and see how it looks, will also check the hitch height in the back of my truck and do some calculations. Good idea to hook up before the final purchase that could save some hassle down the road.

As for the overhang height, curious for any of the SF270bh owners out there if they are towing with a 2017+ F350 if they were able to get it level?
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Old 05-08-2020, 09:49 AM   #6
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Good that you noticed the height thing.

We discovered this issue in 2018. The first two fifth wheelers we picked out were 7" too low.
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Old 05-08-2020, 12:00 PM   #7
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When we bought our Sunset Trail I sprang for the dealer-install on the weight distribution hitch. I've worked with them before on other campers and trucks and usually got them set up OK but I figured this time I'd see what the pros could pull off.

I'm glad I did. The guy was there about two hours, measuring all the wheel heights, adjusting back and forth, lather rinse repeat until it was perfect. I ended up having to buy a much taller shank than the kit came with but they credited me for the shank in the kit so it wasn't a big price difference.

I'm not saying this is what others should do - I'm a DIYer by nature myself. But it was educational watching the guy go at it. He spent a LOT more time measuring (with a tape measure) vehicle heights at all four wheels while hitched and un-hitched and component alignments than I've ever done. I usually just eyeballed it until it looked pretty level. So just sharing that detail, I guess.
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Old 05-08-2020, 12:02 PM   #8
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I've been reading quite a bit on it, one solution is to lower the back end of the F350 by swapping the leaf spring blocks from the stock 3.5 inch F350 ones to the 2 inch Dually ones, Ford part# 6C3Z-5598-A They say its a simple way to get a couple inches drop, but if you need much more than that then its an issue as the fifth wheel needs to be raised which is $$$.

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...ear-end-3.html
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Old 05-12-2020, 08:04 PM   #9
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I was able to measure the fifth wheel:
Overhang Height 61
F350 Tailgate Height 59

Assuming 2 inches of suspension compression that is still only 4 inches of clearance. I did notice the leafs on the trailer were in the upper hole, so I could move them to the lower and gain another 1.5 inches trailer height. If I also change the F350 rear leaf blocks as per above that would give another 1.5 inches.

I suspect that after both of these changes I should be very close to the 6-7 inches of bed clearance that is needed. I may try swapping the blocks in the F350 and see where that gets me first as I have read mixed reviews on raising the 5er and it causing handling issues.

Any other thoughts??
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Old 05-17-2020, 04:55 PM   #10
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2014 SF270BH Bumper Receiver

I pull a 2011 Crossroads Cruiser 29RL 5th wheel. I traded trucks last year, and obtained a 2019 F350 as a new tow vehicle. I also had concerns with the bed height on the new truck. I did two things that fixed the issue for me. I made sure the truck came with 18 inch tires and wheel, this dropped the bed 2 inches from the standard 20 inch wheels. I installed a Reese hitch for the Ford puck system, and had the dealer set it at the lowest setting. It was time to get rid of the cheap trailer tires that came with the unit, so I installed new 16 inch wheels with Bridgestone Duravis R250 LT Tires, which raised the trailer an inch. The new trucks have a bit softer 1st leaf for better ride, so it will settle about an inch more than you think it might. When done, the trailer rides about 3/4 to 1 inch high on the nose, but I have 6-8 inches of bed clearance, and it pulls great. I have put about 9000 miles on it in the last year over all kinds of roads including Colorado and Utah mountains and forest service campgrounds, and so far have been extremely pleased with the setup.
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Old 05-17-2020, 05:52 PM   #11
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Here is picture of truck and trailer. Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the info Jim, we pick up the fifth wheel on Tuesday so we'll see what it looks like at that point and I have a few options now to lower the truck if needed. I'll post my findings soon!
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Picked up the fifth wheel today, looks really good other than being about 7 inches nose high. This was dry and unloaded so once we get it filled up I am hoping the pin weight will help me a little. Hard to believe the back end of the truck only went from 59" to 58.25" with the 1,200 pin weight on it. I was hoping for 2 or so inches.

However I realize its not going to be that simple, I will need to also drop the leafs on the trailer to get another 1-1.5 inches, then put the shorter blocks in the back of the F350 to get another 1.5-2 inches. I will see where that gets me and if I need to go further then we'll need to look at other options. I do have good box clearance, 9 at the front and 7 at the back, I suspect that will grow even more as I raise the trailer and lower the truck.

Any advice or other options to add in to my plan?
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Any advice or other options to add in to my plan?
I have the same trailer with the same issue. Here are links to a couple of posts about things I have done to resolve my issue. Mine tows about an inch high now.

https://www.crossroadsowners.com/for...tml#post123859

https://www.crossroadsowners.com/for...tml#post138808
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Hi DavisK,

I was actually looking at your posts the other night, sounds like we are in the exact same situation with the same trailer so I appreciate you posting!

My trailer has the original (2013) tires on it so I was thinking its about time to get new ones anyways so I will be looking into the 16's as you mentioned since that would get me another inch. This is a great backup plan if the lowering of the truck rear blocks and trailer spring holes don't net me enough "levelling".

How does the trailer tow since you raised it and put the 16's on?
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How does the trailer tow since you raised it and put the 16's on?
It does fantastic. Last summer I towed it to Maine from Virginia. I took the long way around to avoid New York City, taking I-81 up through Pennsylvania. I was trying to keep up with the traffic and make as good time as I could because my first overnight stay was in Boston. On a few occasions through eastern PA, NY and Connecticut I looked down at the speedometer, and it was on the northern side of 80. It really tows well behind my Duramax.
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Perfect that's just what I wanted to hear! I ordered a wet bolt kit last night and also got the smaller rear blocks coming for the F350. Should have some revised measurements in a couple of weeks.
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