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juzplanekrazy

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Old 2008 Unloaded 55" to top of truck gate/bed rails.
New 2017 Unloaded 59" to top of truck tail gate/bed rails.
Old 2008 Unloaded 34 1/2" to top of truck bed.
New 2017 Unloaded 37" to top of truck bed.
Jim @ VIP seems to think a axle flip will give me 4"/5". I think that’s all I need.
I'm going to hook it up this weekend and see what I get with the pin weight on it. That will be the deciding factor of what I need in the end.


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juzplanekrazy wrote:

Old 2008 Unloaded 55" to top of truck gate/bed rails.
New 2017 Unloaded 59" to top of truck tail gate/bed rails.
Old 2008 Unloaded 34 1/2" to top of truck bed.
New 2017 Unloaded 37" to top of truck bed.
Jim @ VIP seems to think a axle flip will give me 4"/5". I think that’s all I need.
I'm going to hook it up this weekend and see what I get with the pin weight on it. That will be the deciding factor of what I need in the end.


4-5" is still real tight. I think I'm at 6" and it gets close on occasion. had the same issue when I went from 2005 Duramax to 2012. All the new trucks are taller and have deeper beds but not sure why. I assume newer trailers are taking this into account. My BIL just got a new 30' non TH fifth wheel and it fit his truck but was so low he couldn't get it in the driveway, had to actually lower the axles via a subframe, it's a little high but not too bad.


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If normal on the road travel, 4-5" is fine.
Off road, going through culverts, lots of articulation etc, I would want nothing less than 6".
I have 7.75" between my bedrails and trailer.
I have come close once, but I was just crawling so I was watching it closely.


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I hit with my Dodge and don't want that scenario again. It was a nasty drop off at a campground. This is my golden years rig so going across the country will see major changing road conditions.
I've got to see a sweet spot somehow.

* This post was edited 09/08/17 05:28pm by juzplanekrazy *

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I have entered many gas stations where 4 inches would not make it.

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Yes Sir,

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I have entered many gas stations where 4 inches would not make it.


Friday night, Mojave, CA Carl's Jr. very steep driveway out of trailer parking in rear, I just make it with mine and that's at an angle.

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nayther wrote:

RCMAN46 wrote:

I have entered many gas stations where 4 inches would not make it.


Friday night, Mojave, CA Carl's Jr. very steep driveway out of trailer parking in rear, I just make it with mine and that's at an angle.


Funny. We finally quit going to that CJ's for that very reason. We stop at Jack-in-the-Sack in Rosamond. There's a nice big dirt lot right next to it for oversized parking.


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dedmiston wrote:

nayther wrote:

RCMAN46 wrote:

I have entered many gas stations where 4 inches would not make it.


Friday night, Mojave, CA Carl's Jr. very steep driveway out of trailer parking in rear, I just make it with mine and that's at an angle.


Funny. We finally quit going to that CJ's for that very reason. We stop at Jack-in-the-Sack in Rosamond. There's a nice big dirt lot right next to it for oversized parking.


if I remember i park on the street but the lot in the back is so convenient!

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A update to my repairs and bed height issues. All repairs are done, and I'm very happy with the work VIP RV did to the trailer. Jim and his guys do great work. I didn't go with putting the axles under the springs. We only raised the springs to the lower spring block holes, which got me an extra 1.5". Flipping them would have been too much and on his recommendations I went this route. In the end I have 7.5" after adjusting the hitch head, pin box and springs. I'm happy with that.
They reinforced all the hanger blocks, did a brake and bearing service, some electrical repairs, fixed my AC unit and a few other odds and ends.
I highly recommend VIP RV service. Thanks guys for sending me to him.
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