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Old 05-20-2019, 09:31 AM   #1
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New Tow Truck -2018 Ram 2500

Was getting close on my payload with my Ram 1500 and decided to upgrade to a 2500. My hitch weight is about 850# with my travel trailer (Hemisphere 282 RK) and now have about 2990# payload. I can now carry a generator in the truck bed if needed, and not worry about overloading the truck!

I have a Husky Centerline WDH w/ 1200# spring bars - the truck sits up in the rear, as you may know, and after hooking to the trailer w/o the spring bars, the truck only sits down about 2.5" ( it is almost level at this point, but still raised in the rear a bit)

My question is: while the trailer is almost level... i'm thinking i will need to lower the spring bar brackets some, as I don't need to transfer much weight
to the front axle of the truck... am i thinking right here??

Thanks for your thoughts.....

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Old 05-20-2019, 09:45 AM   #2
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I would start from scratch and go through the steps needed to properly install and adjust the Husky WDH. I would guess that includes level ground, level trailer, measuring hitch heights, ball heights and before and after fender to ground distance changes.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:52 AM   #3
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Isn't it great to not have to worry about payloads and weights? That was always a huge part of my preparation and it was stressful.

For WDH, upflying nailed it. Just go through the process from scratch. I just did this myself. It took me about 30 minutes.

Adjust the hitch head on the shank to get the trailer level (front to back).

Truck standing alone ... truck with trailer on hitch and no WDH ... measure how much the front rose ... truck with trailer on hitch and WDH connected. Adjust WDH to get the front at least half way back to normal (no trailer connected), but don't ever exceed (front should never be lower than normal).

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Old 05-20-2019, 10:00 AM   #4
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Agree with others.

You may need to purchase a longer shank as a result. I know I needed a couple of inches with my f350.
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Old 05-20-2019, 11:54 AM   #5
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As others have said, I went from a 1/2 ton ecoboost f 150 to a new Ram 2500 in 2017. The only adjustment I made was getting a longer drop shank. The truck was an extremely stable platform. I transferred the same shank over to my 2018 3500 and its a little off. Must be a very slight height difference between the 2500 and 3500. But none the less you certainly should be able to achieve a level tow fairly easily. And Yea our prior camper was right on the limit for my particular 1/2 ton, and I could have bought a more expensive hitch, etc.. But it sure is nice simply attaching the camper, and throwing all the crap in the truck you can and not worrying about it! Congrats!
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Old 05-20-2019, 12:29 PM   #6
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I have a Ram 2500 diesel, long bed 6 speed manual. The only adjustment I made when we ought the new TT was to not reinstall the WDH. Three year later, it is still not installed.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:08 PM   #7
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If you use the WD, donít let it be higher in the rear loaded versus unloaded. You should be putting weight on the rear, getting that truck to drop an inch or two is good if you can with that trailer. If you canít get the truck to drop at all,like these others have said maybe you donít even need it for that trailer.
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:48 AM   #8
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I have a Ram 2500 diesel, long bed 6 speed manual. The only adjustment I made when we ought the new TT was to not reinstall the WDH. Three year later, it is still not installed.
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Thanks for this post, it's one of the answers I was looking for in this thread.
Here's a secret, I have a deposit on a new Ram 2500.

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...-185052-5.html
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I would start from scratch and go through the steps needed to properly install and adjust the Husky WDH. I would guess that includes level ground, level trailer, measuring hitch heights, ball heights and before and after fender to ground distance changes.
Exactly. Our TT is lighter than the OP's, and prefer the handling with the WDH installed.
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We upgraded from a RAM 1500 to a RAM 2500. As others have said, it's been great having excess pulling capacity & better control of the TT with a heavier/stronger tow vehicle.

The 2500 sits several inches higher than the 1500 did. I found a heavy duty adjustable drop shank on-line that works great with my weight distribution/anti-sway system.

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Old 08-30-2019, 09:42 PM   #11
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I have a 2016 Ram 2500 6.4 tradesman. We just bought a 2020 251RKS surveyor. We love our Surveyor and the Ram pulls it no problem. Don't even use the WDH. Didn't have any problem with squat or sway going to the Outer Banks on our maiden voyage.
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We sure like our 251rks TT - it is the perfect size for us. I am fortunate to be able to park it inside our RV garage.

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Old 08-31-2019, 03:48 PM   #13
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I almost upgraded from my current Chevy 1500 to a 2500 recently and am kind of regretting not doing it. While my current 1500 tows my trailer fine, Iím always concerned about weight and engine/trans temps when towing over mountains and in summer heat. It would be nice to have that extra peace of mind.
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