Fifth Wheel Ground clearance

Discussion in 'Intermodal Trucking Forum' started by nubster, Jan 5, 2022.

  1. nubster

    nubster Bobtail Member

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    I have a 40ft chassis with a 40in ground clearance at the kingpin rub plate. Can the 5th wheel on a semi be lowered enough to couple to this kingpin height?
     
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  3. dchawk81

    dchawk81 Light Load Member

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    Does this chassis not have a cranking landing gear?

    Your tires are going to be the limit of how low you can go even if the plate can drop further. 295/75R22.5 are among the shortest at 40 inches.
     
  4. nubster

    nubster Bobtail Member

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    The chassis has a landing gear system that can raise it higher. Was just concerned about a worst possible condition since I read somewhere that 48in is the limit. I appreciate the response.
     
  5. Magnolia379

    Magnolia379 Bobtail Member

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    If I’m understanding your question correctly, just need to crank the landing gear a turn or two. I had this problem when I first started hauling Intermodal. I was 13.8 with the container and I had to crank a few up higher just to be able to get underneath and hookup. Also had to buy 22.5 insteady of the 24.5 I always ran. Low pro 5th wheel can help too. Can actually pick one up at a semi truck junk yard for pretty cheap.
     
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