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Suspension Lift Recommendation for 2014 Springdale Trailer to Allow it to Be Towed Level

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We have a 2014 Springdale 31’ overall, dual axle and dry weight of 7200#. The bed is 6.5’ so we’re using a sidewinder with a stationary Reese hitch. Works great except we upgraded from a 1500 to a 2500 which sits a bit higher and I only have 1 more notch to the hitch to. Right now there’s about a 4” difference from front to back of the rv and I’m thinking ping the hitch 1 more inch isn’t going to take care of the rise. I can’t lower the sidewinder pin box because the ears of the camper bracket below the sidewinder and will not allow for proper turning. I’ve read that if your camper isn’t completely level when towing, your tires on the back axle could run hot and blowout. Obviously we want to be safe when traveling but don’t know how to address this issue. Thanks in advance!

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You do need to make sure your fifth wheel trailer is being towed as level as possible and also that your trailer overhang is at least 6 inches to the bed rails of the truck so that you don't have any interference. Most likely your best option is to use an over under kit on the trailer to raise the suspension and allow it to be towed level.

The diameter of your trailer axle will determine the size of the parts that you will need to order. If your axle is 3 inches diameter, the Dexter Trailer Springs Over-Under Conversion Kit, # K71-385-00, would be a great choice and if your axle is 2-3/8 inch diameter you could use the Over-Under Kit, # K71-384-00. These kits can be installed without welding but the manufacturer strongly recommends having the new spring seat tacked in place on the other side of the trailer axle.

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