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Old 08-16-2012, 09:25 AM   #31
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Nah we get it with our bumper tow as well.
If I was on the water in a boat I'd get sea sick.

Depending on the roads its bearable. I just started to install a Firestone Rite ride system but who ever it was that packed my shipment put in 2 right side lower brackets so I have one side on and I'm waiting now a week for the lower left bracket to arrive.

Does anyone know how to adjust the air bag set up once installed. do I attach the trailer loaded and thne add air to level the rig or is this something that is done before trailer is hitched?
After installation, I just tried trial and error, ended up using 20lbs on each side, provided best ride with my TT.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:48 AM   #32
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Beg to differ, the air bags do stop the humping effect on the truck and adding shocks on the trailer will eliminate it. I have both and no humping/dolphing or porpoising.

Run an experiment, hook up and do not put air in the bags and tow it on a stretch of highway and then pump the bags up and drive the same road and feel the difference.
jd-ford was talking about 'chucking', which he calls "humping".
nothing you do to the TV will eliminate chucking, as it does originate with the camper, as he stated.
Porpoising is almost exclusively due to an over-loaded TV, and can be helped somewhat by adding air bags. Of course, the TV is probably still over-loaded, but you will at least have a false sense of security.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:02 AM   #33
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Did our first trip with the air ride, when we left I had 7lb's in the shocks, and dropped a link in the wdh, big mistake, trailer swayed and ride was way to soft, I fought the set-up all the way to the campground. For the return trip, I put 10lb's in the shocks, and went back to 4 links in the wdh hanging, MUCH BETTER, felt like truck and camper were as one. Good ride, very smooth, think I have it figured out, and am alot more comfortable now, even ran 75 mph for a bit with no problems. 14 mpg, checked when I filled up the tank.
From my experience, there is a BIG difference between air shocks and air bags. Have had both and the air bags are the best!
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:05 AM   #34
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From my experience, there is a BIG difference between air shocks and air bags. Have had both and the air bags are the best!
Totally agree. Air shocks were great back in the 70's for jacking up our muscle cars, but they simply do not have the load-carrying capacity of air bags. And putting too much weight on the shock mounts simply means they will rip off sooner!
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:31 AM   #35
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Totally agree. Air shocks were great back in the 70's for jacking up our muscle cars, but they simply do not have the load-carrying capacity of air bags. And putting too much weight on the shock mounts simply means they will rip off sooner!
Used Gabriel HiJackers on my 72 El Camino and hauled a 1300# slide in pop up camper over 40,000 miles and never had a problem with the shock brackets. After about 2 yrs of carrying the camper full time, I found out that the old Chevy 1/2t truck rear coil springs would slip right in. Unhook the shocks, drop the rear end down, reach in and pull the stock springs and set the ˝ t truck springs in and buckle the shocks back up. Sold the whole rig to a fellow and he drove it over 50,000 miles and never had a problem. That little Camino went coast to coast at least twice that I drove it. In 1983 we decided we wanted another camper so I built a similar slide in to the 72 for our 81 El Camino. Complete with air cyl. To lift the all aluminum top. When we moved to NC in 2000 we sold it with 120,000 miles on it and it is still being used. Just used the HiJackers on it with around 90# - 100# in them.

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my 72 El Camino and hauled a 1300# slide in pop up camper over 40,000 miles
I bet the weight police would have had a FIELD DAY with that one. Love the slide in.
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I bet the weight police would have had a FIELD DAY with that one. Love the slide in.
Yeah they would, that's why I don't pay much attention to them!

Everybody has to have a 3/4t diesel to pull a popup.
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