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Old 09-23-2014, 04:17 AM   #1
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Bed Rail Height

My RAM is set up for a heavy truck camper (sold unit). The truck bed rail is 60" high unloaded. I'm very concerned about the clearance of the 36RL overhang and the bed rails.

For a 36RL, can anybody tell me what the height of the overhang is from the ground when the RV is level?

I have two extra leaf springs on the main spring pack for the old camper. Plus the overload springs were re-bent to contact the overload contact points. I'm thinking that I'll have to go back to the spring shop and have them remove the extra springs and get it back to stock height. I think I'll need 5-6" clearance between the RV and bed rails.

RAM owners - - - Can you tell me how much sag you get when a 36RL is attached? In fact, I think the pin weight is pretty much the same for all
RW's. The answer for any floor plan should be about the same.

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Old 09-23-2014, 08:11 AM   #2
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Just had IS put on my 36RE and they raised the trailer 2" to tow level with my 2014 Ram DRW 4x2. I think going back to stock will still leave you 3+" nose high.
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Old 09-23-2014, 12:45 PM   #3
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Just had IS put on my 36RE and they raised the trailer 2" to tow level with my 2014 Ram DRW 4x2. I think going back to stock will still leave you 3+" nose high.
Many thanks for the information. However, it is discouraging.
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Old 09-23-2014, 01:28 PM   #4
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How much did the changes for your truck camper increase the height ? do u recall ?

I wouldn't change a thing until you test it - go to the dealerships and just try to drop one on the lot onto your truck (carefully) and see how it sits...
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Old 09-23-2014, 01:39 PM   #5
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You will tow fine at stock height. I was towing with a 14 Ram 2500 4x4 and it pulled fine a little nose high.
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How much did the changes for your truck camper increase the height ? do u recall ?

I wouldn't change a thing until you test it - go to the dealerships and just try to drop one on the lot onto your truck (carefully) and see how it sits...
I don't recall. Each added leaf is about 1/4" x 2. But without a load there is just no sag. The RAM sits higher anyhow than my old '08 Ford 350 4x4 DRW. But I don't have a number.

A couple numbers that would be useful from the group would be:
1. The 36RL overhang height from the ground.
2. The amount of sag on a '13 or '14 RAM DRW 4x4 with the RW pin weight.

When looking at 5ers this last weekend I noticed quite a variance between brands. One was 65". That would work. I think that was a Montana. But another was only 60". That would be a big problem.

I don't have a hitch installed in the truck yet. Entertaining the Andersen hitch that secures with the Gooseneck ball. Kind of difficult to go to a dealer and drop their RW on my truck.
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Old 09-23-2014, 02:48 PM   #7
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RL can be pretty nose heavy, depending on options and how much you load in the basement. Loaded for long term travel we're around 4K on the pin of our 36RL.
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Oops ! I assumed (incorrectly) you had an rv already

good luck then ...
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RL can be pretty nose heavy, depending on options and how much you load in the basement. Loaded for long term travel we're around 4K on the pin of our 36RL.
Do you know how much your height dropped when connected?
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Also depends on whether or not you have the tri-glide pin box. That pin box is very tall compared to the standard pin box. Our hitch is at the bottom setting, and pin box up as far as it will go, and I still have almost 12" between the rail and Redwood. I set level, actually have to pump it up a bit with the airbags.

I know its a Ford, which may be different.
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