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New 2019 2500 Ram Too Tall for Gooseneck Horse Trailer
I'm really hoping someone can help me here. I don't know much about this stuff, and also if I'm not posting in the right category, please let me know that too.
I just bought a new 2019 Ram 2500 Diesel 4x4 because we are moving to Colorado where it will also be the snowplow. I have a 2012 Sundowner Charter SE Gooseneck 2H Horse Trailer that I have towed easily for the last 8 years with a 2008 Ram 2500 Diesel 4x2.
I was horrified to discover when my new gooseneck hitch arrived and I hooked it up that the new 2019 Ram 2500 is too tall for my gooseneck trailer. With the gooseneck column adjusted all the way up, the trailer sits nice and level, but the problem is that even on perfectly level ground I only have 1"-2" of clearance between the frame of the gooseneck and the top of the tailgate or sides of the bed (if I'm turning). When the trailer is just on a slight decline behind the truck I have less than a 1cm of clearance.
If I crest a steep hill or hit a bad driveway, the trailer is going to crunch into the top of the tailgate. I called the shop that has serviced my trailer for years, and they said that they are hearing this more and more, that the new trucks are being built too high for the gooseneck trailers. And they said they've had a lot of clients who have crunched their new trucks with their goosenecks.
They said I could have a welder try to "lift" the trailer, but that seems like a bad idea, because when towing you want all the weight as low and stable as possible and it will also make my ramp steeper for the horses trying to back out. The horses I tow weigh about 1,400 lbs each, so it's not a light load back there (2 horse trailer).
It seems like a much better idea to lower the truck than raise the trailer, but I have no idea how to do that. I saw that Belltech makes some "lowering kits" but it looks like only for 1500s that are 2015-2018, not for 2019s.
I called a suspension shop and they're looking into it for me, but he explained that the 2019 Rams have an "arced" frame or something, so he's not sure I'll be able to lower it much. It has at least a foot of clearance between the top of the tires and the wheel well, so it seems like there should be plenty of space to lower it 3"-5".
In googling around I've seen people talking about "flipping the axle" but I don't know what that means or if they are referring to the axle of the truck or the trailer.
When I called the dealer they weren't much help. They asked if my truck has the "leveling system" which it does not. I asked why they didn't tell me it was too tall to tow a gooseneck since I told them that's what I was buying it for, and they said they'd never heard of an issue. But the same complaint is all over the internet and the trailer service company says they're hearing it all the time.
Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I would really really appreciate it. I'm supposed to move (towing the horses) to Colorado in 3 weeks, and I have no idea what I'm going to do.
P.S. My truck came with the pre-installed Gooseneck/5th Wheel Prep Package, and I hate it. My old truck had a turnover B&W hitch which I loved. The Prep Package requires me to hook the safety chains onto the rear pucks which are over next to the back of the wheel wells, so now the chains run across the whole bed preventing me from putting other stuff in the bed between the hitch and the wheel wells.
The safety chain anchors for the B&W turnover hitch I used before were right next to the hitch, so I could put a bale of hay along each side of the gooseneck hitch and my tack trunk behind it. Now I think I'll only be able to fit my trunk at the center back and that's it. If anyone has a solution for this problem (less catastrophic than my main problem) I'd also love to hear it. Can I get safety chain anchors installed next to the hitch maybe so it's like the B&W?