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post #1 of 13 Old 08-31-2013, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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How important is a level trailer?

So really, how important is a level trailer running down rode? My new horse trailer sits about 3-4" higher in the front than the rear. It's a 22' gooseneck. I have it adjusted as low as it will go, but it's still not quite level.

So how much better would it actually be if it were perfectly level loaded? Ride any better maybe?

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Guess I could just post a pic. So, any thoughts or leave it alone?


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Looks damn near perfect to me man?!

Is the 4" difference empty? Throw 4-6 horses and the front full of tack and I bet the 4" goes away?

I think its good.

Nice looking setup by the way

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Thanks bud. Ya 4" is empty, but it doesn't move any with 3 horses in it. My hitch is an above bed ball, so I would have to install an under bed ball or cut the trailer to get it any lower. So, I'll probably leave it alone. Haha

I'm just picky I guess. Everyone always says the closer to level to better, but didn't really know what difference it makes being perfect.

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Thanks bud. Ya 4" is empty, but it doesn't move any with 3 horses in it. My hitch is an above bed ball, so I would have to install an under bed ball or cut the trailer to get it any lower. So, I'll probably leave it alone. Haha

I'm just picky I guess. Everyone always says the closer to level to better, but didn't really know what difference it makes being perfect.
I don't think you could tell the difference in only 4". Should pull really good being that close to level

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Right on. Thanks!

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my brother truck is the same way. he has a gooseneck plate that hooks to the 5th wheel rails so it sits higher then normal. and his trailer is 3-4" higher in the front and it pulls fine even with 10,000lbs on it.

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The reason for everyone wanting perfectly level is so that the tires wear even, an the weight is better distributed over the axles, that much rake is negligible to the point, but gonna be a huge pain to get perfect, especially being a gooseneck, set up looks great tho and I'm sure it hauls just fine

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Thanks for the input guys. I will say I'm very impressed with how it pulls compared to my 14' bumper.

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You might gain an inch or so if your ball came through the bed instead of on top. Our trucks sit rather high so it's kinda difficult to make the gn sit level unless we lift our trailers. My trailer and truck have matching rake. After buying my 08 and hooking up the trailer I wished I would have bought on with the smaller wheels and tires. A friends 08 dually sits several inches lower than mine because of wheel tire size.

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