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Old 07-06-2019, 04:34 PM   #1
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Lowering Truck with Shackles

Has anyone used lowering shackles to get more clearance between side rails and their Fifth Wheel? When Morryde installed the IS they leveled my trailer when hooked up to my 2016 Chev 3500 DRW. To do this I had to lower my hitch 2" to maintain the 13' 6" overall height of the Redwood. I have just six inches between the truck bed and the RV and would like more if possible. Looking for advice.
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Old 07-20-2019, 05:13 PM   #2
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I had same issue. Choose to not lowering the suspension because it would make the road much rougher. Instead, I replaced the truck bed with a Utility Bodywerks' Elite Hauler. Kind of expensive, but my truck generates lots of conversation. A less expensive way is to replace it with a CM bed and have it modified to any special needs. Could be done for less than $7000 installed. Traded in my 2017 F-350 DRW bed for $650.
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Old 07-20-2019, 05:23 PM   #3
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Is the ride rougher because the overload springs make contact sooner or for some other reason?
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Yes. Ford said regardless of manufacturer, should never lower for clearance due to possibly cracking the axle, especially for Alaska type roads. Recommended getting Elite hauler or CM type bed.
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Old 07-20-2019, 06:08 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. I have 7,500 miles on trailer/truck combo without a problem so I will leave it as is and just continue to be careful.
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