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post #1 of 36 Old 06-21-2013, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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when you have a heavy load in the bed or towing a heavy trailer, how does it work using airbags to level? or does it come to level? I have a 3500lb camper thats in the bed and then tow a 5500lb boat on a 36 inch extension. I want to put a leveling kit to get bigger tires but I don't know if it will look level even if I blow the bags all the way up.. Boats tongue weight is about 550lbs.

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I just pulled my 31ft travel trailer. I aired the bags up to 30psi. It sat and pulled good. I didn't have to use my old distribution bars, just the sway bar. Pulls 20x better than the X. I also saw on the info screen it has some sort of electronic sway control built into truck.

Ether way it pulled straight no sway when's swinging by the big rigs.

I don't have an inboard air compressor so I use my shop one.
I hooked up trailer then aired it up to a point that looked good to me.

If I'm putting a heavy load in bed (flag stone, sod) ill air them up prior to picking up.

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alright, but does the truck look level when you have all the weight on it?

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alright, but does the truck look level when you have all the weight on it?
If you are that worried about it looking level with a load, this is what I would do.

Lift the front 2.5" and the rear 1". Or just lift the front 1-1.5".

What tires do you have now? If they are stock tires, all I want to know is your rim diameter.

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alright, but does the truck look level when you have all the weight on it?
Yes it looks level

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If you are that worried about it looking level with a load, this is what I would do.

Lift the front 2.5" and the rear 1". Or just lift the front 1-1.5".

What tires do you have now? If they are stock tires, all I want to know is your rim diameter.
They are stock tires/rims. I believe 20 inch.

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I called and talked directly with Icon about this very thing. I told them that I'm a full-time RV'er and tow a lot. Wanted to get their leveling kit but still wanted a little rake. They told me to change out my 3+" rear blocks for some 5" rear blocks and I should be fine. Getting the leveling kits, 5" rear blocks and new wheels and tires put on next week so we'll see. Worse case ill add some airbags as well.


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I called and talked directly with Icon about this very thing. I told them that I'm a full-time RV'er and tow a lot. Wanted to get their leveling kit but still wanted a little rake. They told me to change out my 3+" rear blocks for some 5" rear blocks and I should be fine. Getting the leveling kits, 5" rear blocks and new wheels and tires put on next week so we'll see. Worse case ill add some airbags as well.


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When your all done would you post pictures up? I'd love to see how it looks with your truck.

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When your all done would you post pictures up? I'd love to see how it looks with your truck.
Definitely! I haven't seen any pics of this setup so I'm hoping it gives me the useful lift I want. The 4" lifts are just too impractical for me, I think they look great but the cons outweigh the pros for my particular situation.

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exactly, my profile picture is what I haul. GCW is about 18,000lbs roughlyl.

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