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Old 09-03-2013, 03:45 PM   #11
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I seen that after posting that these will not be in contact all the time. This being said that they are hanging just above the overloads means that if you hit a bump and it is severe enough to move the axle the inch or so of the gap you will instantly apply 100% of the overload spring. By doing this you spike the spring rate and will JOLT the truck. This is in the unloaded situation. Now load it to where the spring is compressed some and it will be smoother but still stiff.

I HIGHLY suggest air bags. $300 is relatively cheap in comparisons to your $50K truck and assuming $50k trailer. I personally would forgo the on board compressor as you only really need to adjust pressure when you hook up, so maybe once or twice per trip, and the volume is next to nothing.

I purchased a small hand bike pump to fill mine up... Takes maybe 20 pumps per side for me to reach the 15-20 psi in the bags to level my ride.

Air bags will give you a much more controlled ride as when you hit bumps and go up and down with the rear end you have the same spring rate at all times where with the bump stops you will be engaging and disengaging the overloads with each bump. sending the spring rate up and down.

You will be money ahead with a bag system. I installed bags and a hellwig big wig rear sway bar on mine as well as my dads 2012 cummins and we both love them and wont tow heavy without. My father pulls a 2013 columbus 40' with 2200LBS of tongue weight when loaded and rides incredibly smooth!

My $.02 is buy the bags!
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:52 AM   #12
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SO, I picked up the camper and everything rides fairly level so I am going to leave it stock for now.
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Old 09-08-2013, 11:48 AM   #13
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Looks great!
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Looks great!
Thanks..............love it so far. Spent the day building shelves for the basement and installing tv's!
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Nice rig! That does appear to sit pretty nicely for you!

I don't feel that your 1 ton will have any stability issues with the camper in tow. If it does start to get kind of squishy feeling in the back I'd suggest air bags, but I am doubting you'll have any trouble there!

Again beautiful!
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Now the camper is loaded, so we will see what the extra pin weight does. At this point, I looked at a couple options for bags and found that most will not work with the installed custom Reese fifth wheel brackets. So, here's hoping I won't need them!
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