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Old 04-02-2012, 10:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Leveling out 5th wheel

I just got my first fifth wheel and while hooked up to my truck it sits high in the front ive heard of "flipping the axles" what is this? would it help my problem? Where can i get it done at? Truck is a 08 6.4l trailer is a older prowler 26 ft long.
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It is kind of strange it's called axle flipping. They're not actually flipped, but what happens is the axles are removed and spring pads are welded to the top side of the axle and then reinstalled to the underside of the spring pack (as opposed to the top side...like yours). The trailer will sit around four inches higher. A lot of the newer model trailers are now made with axles under the springs due to the newer trucks being taller than the old ones.

o) = "non-flipped"
)o = "flipped"

Have a look in "my photos" and you'll see how I adjusted to pin box to lower the front of my fifth wheel. Some are adjustable while others are welded solid. I really didn't want to flip my axles, as it would raise the trailer more than I wanted. It doesn't sit quite level but I'm happy with it. I even thought of adding a two inch tube, between the frame and the shackle mounts, like my neighbor 's trailer.
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The axles on my fiver are flipped. Certainly helps to level the trailer out and also give me more ground clearance under the tanks and valves for when we are looking for that perfect spot off of the beaten path.
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The axles on my fiver are flipped.
Me too, I flipped mine years ago before I ever used it. Not too bad of a job, drop one end of the springs, unbolt and slid each axle ass'y out, weld on new spring perches on top of each axle and reinstall. I left the old perches on in case I wanted it back to original height come resale time.
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Have a look in "my photos" and you'll see how I adjusted to pin box to lower the front of my fifth wheel. Some are adjustable while others are welded solid.
Mine's a gooseneck conversion that's adjustable but I can't lower it because my top bed edge to trailer subframe clearance is already only about 4" and my horse trailer is just as bad.
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I have the opposite problem,
my dealer installed my 5th wheel hitch too low so my trailer puts too much tongue weight on the rear axles...

I'm over the gawr for the rear !

tried to move all my 'stuff' to the rear of the 5er, but hard to find 700 lbs to move...

any ideas ?
going to look at firestone bags tmo to lift the rear end a bit and hopefully spread some of the weight out...
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From your picture the trailer is level. That big a trailer is going to put a lot of weight into the bed anyway you adjust it.
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JohnboyII, Your trailer does look a bit big for your truck. Being a shortbox, is your pin further back from the center of the axle than a long box would be? If it is further back, there would be more leverage created thus "lowering" the trucks rear. The trailer does look level in the pic, so if you raise the rear of truck with air bags or springs, that will change and it will handle totally different. It is a beautiful looking trailer I have to say.
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