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Old 08-05-2022, 08:14 PM   #1
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High lift axle spacer on the E5.0

RE: 5.0 Is the high lift spacer block removable or is it welded in place?
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Old 08-05-2022, 11:01 PM   #2
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It's a bolt-on spacer, can be removed.

But, having said that, it's always prudent to verify directly with ETI that such things which are important to you haven't changed when you place your order. They're constantly making changes to their components and procedures, often things unexpected and sometimes surprising.

Noting this is your first post: Welcome to the forum, Happy Shopping!
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Old 08-06-2022, 06:49 AM   #3
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This is what has been used but I agree to double-check with Escape

https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Lea...SABEgLWbPD_BwE
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Old 08-09-2022, 10:01 PM   #5
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My question is if I buy a trailer 5.0 without a lift kit,, number one. will I need it for a 3/4 ton F250 ?and number two,, If I do buy a 5.0 without the lift How doable is it to add?Thanks in advance Gary
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Old 08-10-2022, 06:08 AM   #6
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Gary,
You may want to contact the factory with these specific questions for an accurate answer.
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Old 08-10-2022, 09:11 AM   #7
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My question is if I buy a trailer 5.0 without a lift kit,, number one. will I need it for a 3/4 ton F250 ?
Your first best resource for evaluating 'fit to your vehicle' is provided by ETI here: Escape 5.0 Towing Compatibility Guidelines Document

I suggest that you not only consider 'rail clearance' but also hitch-height; you may (with the mentioned truck IMO likely will) find the lift beneficial to ensure you are within the height-adjustment range of your rig so you can ensure the trailer rides 'level'. That evaluation obviously requires knowledge of your particular hitch, its height relative to your truck bed / the ground and its adjustment range.

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... and number two,, If I do buy a 5.0 without the lift How doable is it to add?
Addition (or removal) of the lift kit is very "doable" but of course much depends on your mechanical skills and tools.

Look at the e-trailer webpage for the Dexter Lift Kit linked by rubicon327 in his post above. There's installation instructions and videos on that e-trailer webpage, taking the time to review those should give you a good basis for deciding if it's something you would want to undertake yourself, or, if not, it's quite "doable" by any competent automotive mechanic or RV service facility.

Personally, I followed the advice of my '5.0 mentor' (forum member David Murphy) to order my 5.0 with the lift kit installed. David suggested that at some point in my towing adventures I'd appreciate the clearance even if not strictly required for my truck in 'normal' situations. IMO / IME David was correct, I'm glad I followed his advice, no regrets whatsoever. YMMV.

Final thought just for your consideration .... if you order with the lift kit you will have the best possible clearances and height-adjustment range for your F250; it's much more desirable to remove the kit later if you decide that's prudent than to suffer an unfortunate physical conflict immediately upon taking delivery of your new 5.0; IMO getting the lift kit from ETI would be the 'conservative' approach for your situation.
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Old 08-10-2022, 10:18 AM   #8
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Thank you for the quick reply I am not asking about a new trailer. I am considering a used one,, which does not have the lift .Problem is I don't want to drive 700 miles and find out I can't tow the thing out of there. Thanks again,
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Old 08-10-2022, 09:59 PM   #9
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Hi Alan Again thanks for the reply I saw the space kit and I'm pretty sure that's something I can do My next question Does anybody tow a 5.0 with a 3/4 ton pickup.. there's got to be people that are doing it? The problem I'm having is Even after installing the spacer kit I believe I would still need four more inches approximately to get the trailer to ride level. Does anybody know what the kingpin level is from the ground to the puck This will help me immensely. I was told it's 43 in I'm hoping it's a little bit higher than that Any help would be Greatly appreciated Thanks again Gary
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Old 08-10-2022, 11:37 PM   #10
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thank you ,,this site is priceless,, I've been able to get enough information where I think it's What's the drive I'm going for it Thanks again,
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