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Old 07-23-2017, 07:14 PM   #1
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Rear end drop on ram 1500

My 2014 Ram 1500 rear end drops a little more than I like when my Coachmen Freedom Express is hitched up. Looking for ideas or what you guys have done to correct this issue. Air shocks....beefier springs etc. Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-23-2017, 07:18 PM   #2
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Do you have a weight distribution hitch?
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Old 07-23-2017, 07:19 PM   #3
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EQUAL-I-ZER SWAY CONTROL HITCH. Guess it's not a load equalizer hitch.
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Old 07-23-2017, 07:20 PM   #4
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Lifting the Ram

I installed Airlift 5000 air bags on mine. My Wildwood made the Ram squat pretty deep. the airbags did the trick along with a weight distribution hitch. I got them from etrailer.com. I ordered the ones with a compressor and a remote. Once I found the right amount of lift the remote has a two setting memory - I set one for normal driving (5 lbs.) and one for towing the trailer - 10lbs. Hope this helps.
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I use Air bags on my truck to level my truck. There are two different manufactures of these, such as Air lift and Firestone. I have the Air Lift 5000 with the wireless remote and the on-board compressor a little pricey. but will worth the cost as you can adjust on the fly.
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Old 07-23-2017, 07:25 PM   #6
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My 2014 Ram 1500 rear end drops a little more than I like when my Coachmen Freedom Express is hitched up. Looking for ideas or what you guys have done to correct this issue. Air shocks....beefier springs etc. Thanks in advance.
What cab is your truck? And what's the weight, and tongue weight, of your trailer?

I'm currently looking at travel trailers and would like to know if some sort of airbags are in my future. Thanks.
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Old 07-23-2017, 07:28 PM   #7
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These solved all my sagging and WD issues when I had my Ram 1500 with 1000 lb tongue weight:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Cheap, simple and no air lines/bag failure etc. to worry about.
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What cab is your truck? And what's the weight, and tongue weight, of your trailer?

I'm currently looking at travel trailers and would like to know if some sort of airbags are in my future. Thanks.
Ram 1500 HEMI crew cab short bed 2 wheel drive. Tongue weight is 705 lbs. Drop is several inches. EZ hitch installer claims installation is correct and recommended some sort of airbag system to correct.
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Old 07-23-2017, 07:53 PM   #9
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Ram 1500 HEMI crew cab short bed 2 wheel drive. Tongue weight is 705 lbs. Drop is several inches. EZ hitch installer claims installation is correct and recommended some sort of airbag system to correct.
That's the same configuration I had. Mine was a 5.7L Hemi 8 speed with 3.21 gears (Lone Star/Big Horn package)
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Old 07-23-2017, 08:10 PM   #10
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That's the same configuration I had. Mine was a 5.7L Hemi 8 speed with 3.21 gears (Lone Star/Big Horn package)
I have the same configuration on my Dodge. I added the 5000 air bags, $90 from amazon. They insert inside the rear coil springs. I just add air before I tow. It doesn't leak down. I can add a compressor later if needed, but I've not seen the need. Economical solution.
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I have the same configuration on my Dodge. I added the 5000 air bags, $90 from amazon. They insert inside the rear coil springs. I just add air before I tow. It doesn't leak down. I can add a compressor later if needed, but I've not seen the need. Economical solution.
Thats a great price! When I was looking, I found most were $200+ range. With onboard air and controllers I was looking at $600+.

Mostly, I didn't want to add another system to the truck that could potentially fail out on the road. (Though the 5000 bags you have are made for HD applications). So I went with the load shocks and was happy. Made my Ram perform like a truck and not a grocery getter.

I eventually went to an HD truck as I was maxed out payload and close to tow max. We found that we love RV'ing so we're on the road alot.
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Old 07-23-2017, 08:51 PM   #12
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I have a '14 Ram 1500....I installed airlift bags....best purchase ever on my truck.
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Thats a great price! When I was looking, I found most were $200+ range. With onboard air and controllers I was looking at $600+.

Mostly, I didn't want to add another system to the truck that could potentially fail out on the road. (Though the 5000 bags you have are made for HD applications). So I went with the load shocks and was happy. Made my Ram perform like a truck and not a grocery getter.

I eventually went to an HD truck as I was maxed out payload and close to tow max. We found that we love RV'ing so we're on the road alot.
HD shocks are always a good option. I'm not concerned about air bag failure as they are just a supplement, not a replacement, to the factory suspension. If they were to fail you still have the stock suspension system supporting the load. The air bags don't bolt on, they just sit inside the coil springs.
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Rear end drop on ram 1500

Timbrens also help
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Been transporting TTs from Mfgs to dealerships with my 1500 ED for 340,000. Get axle to frame bags to supplement your WDH. Best for ride, suspension dampening, & control. No more wallowing in campground rain wash out dips or bad roads. Aftermarket springs, cheap in coil bags, or a Timbren bump stops work but not nearly as well.

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The answer to what can my 1/2 ton tow; Generically whatever TT has a GVWR less than TVís max tow rating. Specifically is found on CAT scale via weight distribution with TV TT & WDH. Best motor & gearing all 5 Mfgs within specs IE safe & stable normally to 8k but passengers & bedload reduce this. RAM 1500 ED max tow 9,200, max axle ratings 3,900, max 09-18 CVWR 15,950, axle weights me & gear 3,240 steer 2,560 drive
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:27 AM   #17
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My 2014 Ram Quad Cab with no addtions/modifications to the rear suspension sits perfectly level with the BX SwayPro with 750# spring bars. Tongue weight is 560# measured at CAT scales. I'm guessing your WDH is not adjusted properly.

When trailer is unhitched and is perfectly level, what is the difference between the measurements of the top of the ball mounted on your truck and the top of the trailer's hitch tongue? The BX instructions say it should be the same or the ball could be as much as 1" higher. Check your hitch's installation instructions and start with the ball height instructions. Once the correct ball height is achieved, then you can start adjusting weight distribution.
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Airlift kit. 100 bucks. I put one in my 1500 two years ago and haven't looked back.
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Old 07-24-2017, 07:14 PM   #19
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My Silverado 2500 didn't squat but i put ride rite air bag system on just to improve ride and stability. Purchased from Amazon for around 250 has air pump so you can adjust pressure as you drive.
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Windsurphdog's instructions are spot on assuming the bars on your WDH are sufficient. I don't know what your trailer weights or what weight bars you have. I do really like axle to frame bags as a supplement but you still want the right bars for your tongue weight. If your tongue weight is 1,100 or 1,200 pounds and or combination of bed & tongue gets heavy is when you really appreciate what the right combination set up well at a scale can do.

One guy is white knuckle unsafe all over the road. The next guy can set up the same truck and load with the right support & a Cat scale & have a safe solid stable setup.
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The answer to what can my 1/2 ton tow; Generically whatever TT has a GVWR less than TVís max tow rating. Specifically is found on CAT scale via weight distribution with TV TT & WDH. Best motor & gearing all 5 Mfgs within specs IE safe & stable normally to 8k but passengers & bedload reduce this. RAM 1500 ED max tow 9,200, max axle ratings 3,900, max 09-18 CVWR 15,950, axle weights me & gear 3,240 steer 2,560 drive
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