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Old 03-04-2012, 07:37 PM   #1
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To Airbag or Not to Airbag ?

A few weeks ago I updated my 2004 Dodge 2500 2wd with:
Front 2-1/2" Daystar Level Kit
20" ATX Ledge wheels
Nitto Terra Grappler Load Range E
Rancho Shocks

I was wondering what the Loaded Pin weight on my 2004 Flagstaff 8528BHSS would be on the trailer; (Am I a candidate for Airbags?) As you can see in the picture with the Level Kit it Sags when hooked up. Would Ride-Rite Airbags be a solution to this problem? To me it seemed to pull fine.

Thanks in Advance for any comments.
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:50 PM   #2
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Looks like the rear could sit a little higher and air bags will fix that. The camper looks level now. If you raise the rear of the truck with air bags, you'll have to lower the hitch plate (or raise the pinbox) to get the camper level again. You'll lose some clearance over the bed rails.

Can't help you with the pin weight of your camper. You'll need a trip to the scales to know for sure.



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Old 03-04-2012, 07:51 PM   #3
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from the looks of the picture - the rear squats

Either Helper springs or Air Bags will help level you out - I would opt for the Air Bags

My parents used to tow a fifth wheel with there 2500 and had the same issue except they didnt put a leveling kit on it.
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:41 PM   #4
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I use Vehicle Suspension Kits - Timbren Suspension Enhancement Systems to level out the truck. My 1/2 ton squats about 1 1/2 inch.
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:22 AM   #5
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I think Dave has it down pretty well. If you can't raise the kingpin/lower the hitchplate, you may have to flip the axles on the trailer to get it level again. But you definitely need to raise the rear of the truck. I would opt for the air bags (I have them now and had them on my previous truck) mainly because they give you more choice in the leveling.
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