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Old 02-16-2019, 09:50 PM   #1
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Towing with the new truck

Well, I finally got the trailer out for a good run today. I had to get it inspected (Texas), so I figured I would take a small run with it to see how it handled without airbags (my last two trucks really benefited from the airbags). Good news. It pulled wonderfully. It still has a bit of the bounce, but recovers easy enough. And with the camper package on the truck adding an extra leaf, the truck actually levels out perfect. This was a trip of only about 40 miles (a quick trip up the road), but it gave me good roads (mix of concrete and pavement). So as of right now, I cannot justify the cost or need for airbags. Which is a good thing. I of course will get a better feel on a real trip, so wish me luck.

At the inspection place, waiting for the guy to come check my lights (the sum total of the "inspection).

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Old 03-10-2019, 10:43 PM   #2
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If you ever decide you need rear suspension help I bought aircells from airlift for just around $100 took 20 minutes to install in my 2016 f350 and only work when weight is applied
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Old 03-11-2019, 08:44 PM   #3
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If you ever decide you need rear suspension help I bought aircells from airlift for just around $100 took 20 minutes to install in my 2016 f350 and only work when weight is applied
Interesting, but these seem to be more for something that is a constant load. It may not be the right thing for me as I am still a "weekender" for camping. And I don't get out quite as often as I used to, so the truck is not loaded most of the time. But it is something to keep in mind.
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Actually I got them because they donít work until the truck squats the distance between them and the axle on my 350 I believe that was around 1/2 inch. They work like a Timbren or Sumo spring. By the way nice rig
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Ah, got it. Well, I found out today, I will likely not need anything beyond what I have. I towed the camper up the road a bit (120 miles or so...two hours). And it towed perfectly. Roads were a mix of concrete, paved, and country roads (FM and State Hwy). Nothing really bad, but some good test roads (fairly rough and bumpy). There was very little of the bounce that my previous trucks had. I believe the extra spring for the camper package negated any need for the airbags. At least for my trailer. I am good to go.
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Well, I finally got the trailer out for a good run today. I had to get it inspected (Texas), so I figured I would take a small run with it to see how it handled without airbags (my last two trucks really benefited from the airbags). Good news. It pulled wonderfully. It still has a bit of the bounce, but recovers easy enough. And with the camper package on the truck adding an extra leaf, the truck actually levels out perfect. This was a trip of only about 40 miles (a quick trip up the road), but it gave me good roads (mix of concrete and pavement). So as of right now, I cannot justify the cost or need for airbags. Which is a good thing. I of course will get a better feel on a real trip, so wish me luck.

At the inspection place, waiting for the guy to come check my lights (the sum total of the "inspection).

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That's a good combo. I actually bought bags for my truck and they didn't come in time to install before i picked up my trailer. After hooking it up the bags weren't needed. Shipped back. Out that money. But my 5er doesn't even level my truck
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I'm towing a 5er with my F250 without any suspension modifications or add-ons. Tows perfectly.
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Old 03-15-2019, 10:39 PM   #9
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I'm towing a 5er with my F250 without any suspension modifications or add-ons. Tows perfectly.
Your camper is a little bigger than mine, but the weights are just about the same. And I agree...it tows perfectly. I am so glad I don't need the airbags this time around. I'm getting too old to do all that work!
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