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Old 05-06-2012, 08:27 PM
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what to do to keep the rear end from sagging...?

I towed a light 5,000lb bumper pull camp trailer this weekend. The trailer makes the rear of my truck sag about 4 - 6 inches. What can I do to keep it from sagging. Would add a leafs work? I also need to lift the rear end about 1". Thank you.

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Old 05-06-2012, 08:51 PM
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Is the trailer loaded correctly? With a 5000lb trailer you shouldn't have much sag unless its loaded bad. remember ~10% tongue weight. Your truck should barely sag if at all with about 500lbs tongue weight
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try a set of air bags under the rear.
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I have had 6500 lb on my truck and it didn't sag an inch, it's all about how you load it
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As others have mentioned, air bags would be a good choice.
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Air bags are relatively inexpensive to purchase($250) and a very simple one man job to install. I took around an hour for the first one and less than 30 minutes for the second one. I do not have a compresssor on mine so shraeder valves were used.

It is incredible the amount of weight my truck can carry level now. I hook my 5er up and then air my bags til its even, usually no more than 60lbs air.

I recommend firestone bags. The instructions were very precise and it was an easy job.
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4-6" of sag seems like alot! I put a set of Firestone bags on mine after I leveled the truck. My toy hauler squatted the truck about 2-3". And it weighs alot more than 5000#.
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4-6" may seem as more if he has lifted "Leveled" his truck. Air bags i think are the best option unless you tow everyday. With airbags you can change the PSI for non towing days VS towing for ride comfort, the springs are always there which results in a ruff ride while not towing. Good luck with whatever you chose.
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