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Old 03-17-2016, 11:35 AM   #21
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I used roadmaster active suspension coiled helper spring on my F150 when I towing my Wildcat fiver. It improved unloaded ride immensely and virtually eliminated squat when 1250 lbs of pin weight was placed on the hitch.

I'm going to get the same suspension for my F350 to make it handle curves better when unloaded.

I agree with others, you need to measure heights to confirm that weight is being distributed to the front axle so it feels more stable.

Several valuable points made in this thread:
(a) Don't trust dealerships regarding a tuck's tow capabilities...salesmen are usually clueless.
(b) Don't trust an RV maintenance shop to install a WDH correctly. 3 of my neighbors with new campers all had improperly adjusted WCH's and I helped them correct the isssue.
(c) Don't trust an RV salesman when he says a 5th wheel is 1/2 ton towable without checking the math yourself.

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Old 03-19-2016, 12:20 PM   #22
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My TV is a 2004 F150 FX4 and our TT is a Passport 3220BH that weights in right around 7500lbs and a TW of 950 lbs, my hitch is the Reese dual cam with 1200 lb bars. If my truck was stock, when loaded for camping, the rear would be about .5" higher than the front, but I put a leveling kit in the front to raise it 2.5", which is fine until I haul or tow something then the rear end squats and it looks horrible IMO. I ran a D range tire and now an E range (to get the size I wanted) and I installed Firestone Ride-Rite bags to level the truck back out when hauling or towing. For normal driving I run 10 psi in the bags, with the camping hooked up truck bed loaded with the normal items I run 35 psi and this levels the truck back out. My setup feels rock solid going down the road, even when passing or getting passed my semis, no loose feeling at all.

Two things that I would do and should make a huge difference, get 1400 lb bars or completely new 1400 lb hitch setup and also up grade to LT tires.

TT-2013 Passport 3220BH
TV-2004 F150 FX4, not exactly stock...
nights camped:
with 2001 Kodiak K215: 2010-10, 2011-12
with 2012 Grey Wolf 26BH: 2012-19, 2013-24, 2014-11, 2015-6
with 2013 Passport: 2015-13, 2016-15 booked
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Old 03-24-2016, 07:46 AM   #23
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We have a 2016 wildwood 30kqbss. 6980lbs dry and I pull it with a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 Hemi.
I had a lot of the issues you speak of, so here is what I did to correct my set up on a slim budget

Monroe Load Leveller shocks in rear (coil over shocks) rates for 1200lbs

Cooper discoverer ht plus tires (cheaper than LT tires but has reinforced sidewalks) truck needed new tires anyway

Then the Equalizer 4 pt system. Since my Ram sits high in the back naturally and about another inch for the shocks, I am at the lowest holes on my eq shank and run 7 washers

my front fender measurement is the same whether I am hooked up to TT or to nothing
Rear drops 1.5 inches when I am hooked up with weight distribution

For me and our situation this has worked out good.

Marty, Carla, Gabby and our ankle biter Rocky
Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Big Horn 4x4 Hemi 5.7
Forest River Wildwood 30KQBSS

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air bags, equalizer, hitch, towing

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