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Old 04-10-2017, 11:39 AM   #1
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Adjusting hitch ???

What is the best way to level up hitch ? I am assuming that I want the 5th wheel to be as level as possible when hooked up.
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Old 04-10-2017, 01:04 PM   #2
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Yes, a level 5th wheel will distribute weight on the trailer axels more evenly, and should tow better. Not to mention, if you make one night stops and don't unhitch the truck, having the trailer level is more comfortable.

Most hitch pin assemblies are adjustable up/down in 2" increments. Not super hard to do, but the assembly is heavy. Some 5th wheel hitches can be also be adjusted up/down. My B&W Companion adjusts in 1" increments.

If you need more adjustment than what the above provides, there are other options.
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Thanks for the help. My hitch is adjustment.
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Old 04-10-2017, 04:43 PM   #4
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Did you adjust your hitch in the bed of your truck or the king pin on the fifth wheel itself? If you adjusted the king pin what torque did you use on the attachment bolts during reassembly? Need to raise my king pin on my 2011 Denali 262rlx but don't know the correct torque.
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I haven't done either yet.
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Ok, I'm confused... is the bed of your truck/tow vehicle not a level surface on which you're mounting your hitch? And I can't even think of a reason why the king pin wouldn't be mounted in the correct (aligned) holes. Or am I missing something completely different here?

While you want the hitch-king pin link to be flat & level, we're not talking about ľ" tolerances here... or are we? If so, I guess I'm just not that anal.
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I am talking about when the rig is hooked up the RV is as level as possible.
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Tom, Our Trailer was nose high. When I replaced the Lippert pin box with the MORryde one, I used the opportunity to move it up (lower the Trailer nose) so it was more level when towing. The B&W Companion was already in the lowest position.
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I am talking about when the rig is hooked up the RV is as level as possible.
OHhh... ok, I get it now. You mean RIDING level. DOH!

For some reason, I was reading this as you were wondering about the actual hitch in the bed of your truck... as in, well, never mind.
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I got the hitch in and it is in it's lowest position and the pin box is at its highest I am within 3 inches. I will have to call that good. Should pull fine, I hope.
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