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Old 06-27-2013, 12:18 PM   #1
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Would air shocks help?

06 Silverado 1/2 ton, 3.43 rear end, pulling 26' Grey Wolf TT....... TT new.

It pulls ok, but I am going to HAVE to get a 3/4 ton truck with a 4.10 rear end or so............Chevy, Ford, something. (no diesels, ugh). I think that will make all the difference.

In the meantime, when I hook up and look at the setup, it looks like the letter "V". Sunk on the tongue. It does drift a little, and porpoise a little, but neither is bad.......honestly, it pulls about like I expected it to, and I'm not really disappointed.

BUT, would air shocks help (or hurt)? Seems if I could get it back to level, once hooked up, it'd do better.

Never had air shocks on anything.......so don't know. Just seems to me to be a possibility for an interim fix till I can get a 3/4 ton.

Thoughts?
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:21 PM   #2
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Air bags.

How far does your fender measurement drop when loaded vs unloaded?

Is your wd hitch set up properly?


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Old 06-27-2013, 12:30 PM   #3
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air bags???? huh?

I haven't measured it. Way more than I'd like. Chains almost drag the ground. I will try and measure it next time I hook up.

I think it is. I don't know what I could do differently. I do understand it and believe I'm hooking up correctly. Not sure the question.......what would be done wrong to cause this???
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:50 PM   #4
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Air bags vs air shocks.


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There's a lot of adjustments to a wd hitch.
One being the weight rating on the bars.
They effectively take weight and move it to the front of the tv.

To heavy of bars puts to much weight on front.
To light of bars don't put enough weight on tv bars.

Best way to find out if your set up is right is by scaling your truck and tv.
With and without wd hitch hooked up.

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Old 06-27-2013, 12:51 PM   #5
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air bags will only help some, more often the hide a different problem.

What WDH are you using, and how is it set-up? With a good WDH, even with way more tongue weight than most trucks should ever have, they do not look that bad. Air bags are not going to increase load capacity and they will simply put pressure on other things.
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I pull a 35' TT with a 1/2 ton Ram (with WDH of course) and I installed a 'Total Load Control Suspension' system on my truck and it has made a huge difference in the pull and ride. The soft suspension that 1/2 ton truck usually have and using weight distribution hitches you still have a bounce in the rear over bumbs in the road. I hope you are using a WDH...this should level out the truck to trailer if ALL the variables are correct during install. Just research the TLC suspensions and see if this may help.
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I feel like a first grader here.

I didn't know what 'air bags' were. I had to Google it. Never heard of it.

I have a Husky WDH. At least that's the only brand name I can find on it. Here are two pics of it.





The vehicle is also my 'around town' truck.........and at times it pulls my boat to go fishing, no TT involved...........

Right now we are about to decide to compromise. Her Tahoe is old and she wanted another. But we may just let her drive this 1/2 ton truck and then get a 3/4 to pull TT with. That will work, she's a country girl!

I just wanted something to bridge the gap until I can get bigger TV.

The Total Load Suspension thing looks pretty neat. Not sure who would install it though (it won't be me!!!)......and not sure what degree it would help.
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I am guessing you probably still have a lot of adjustment with your hitch you won't even need air bags. You can probably go up more on your chain links and probably add more washers to your hitch and get it level and stop the bouncing.
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what size/weight capacity load bars are you using? And who set-up your hitch.

It is of course very hard to judge angles from pictures, but it appears your ball is very vertical. I would think you could adjust the angle quite a bit to get better load distribution. The point of a WDH after all is to distribute the tongue weight.

maybe some light reading:
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...450,bs.1,d.eWU

Husky WDH

A visit to a CAT scale.
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:38 PM   #10
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I appreciate all this.

I have four washers now. Is there a normal quantity that works, or is this about right?

Also, I have 3 more available holes to move the entire ball-shaft up quite a bit. I am pretty confused with all this, but it does seem that raising it would help, wouldn't it? I can raise the ball about 5 inches total.......shouldn't I try that, a little at a time?
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