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Old 11-06-2012, 05:39 PM
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Why do they squat so much?

Currently own a 2004 Chevy Duramax and will be trading in the future. I pull a 32 foot Newmar fifth wheel that weighs app 12, 700 lbs. I noticed many new Fords in the campground this summer and they were really squated down with average size fivers on their back. Do they all need air bags?
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:05 PM
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Yes they need air bags if you don't want to look at the sky while towing. I have a 2012 F-350 DRW FX4 CC with the camper pkg and the truck sits on the overloads while it is parked and empty. When you put a trailer on the B&W hitch it squats an additional 2-2.5". It is disappointing when you spend $60k for the so called best truck on the road and then you still have to spend more money to make it tow level.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:49 PM
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Both my 2011 and 2012 F350 SRW don't squat like that. Here is my truck with a JD 450 Dozzer estimated around 36K pounds total with trailer on it.





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Old 11-06-2012, 08:06 PM
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My truck drops a couple of inches when I hitchup a trailer, But I don 't feel like its squatting.



Granted my horses are out of the trailer in these next photos, So I don't have the full 13,000lbs hooked up like when I'm fully loaded







8,000 lbs of hay on a tilt trailer that weighs a couple thousand itself. and still no real sag in my bumper
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:36 PM
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There is a big difference between a F350 dually and a SRW. The SRW has a 4 inch block between the rear leaf springs and the dually has the same block as the F250(2.5") which makes no sense to me.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:44 PM
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I prefer to have to spend 200$ on air bags to fix a minor squatting issue than have a truck that rides like horse **** unloaded like chevys.
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:26 AM
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I have noticed the 250s seem to sag way more *** than the 350s. I pull my 8500 lb boat and the truck drops about an inch when I hitch them. prob about 450 lbs of tongue weight.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:34 AM
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There are only two rear leafs on the 2011 and up trucks now, the tried to give it a smoother ride but it makes for a weaker spring.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:39 PM
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If you plan on getting a F250... you need airbags... this was mine the day I picked up my trailer... bumpstops the whole ride home...

Once I put the bags on... no problemo.

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Old 11-07-2012, 06:54 PM
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i miss my dodge
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