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Old 04-27-2012, 06:51 PM
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New camper is much heavier

Well we traded in our 26ft TT and caem home with a 35ft TT. While the truck pulls the extra 2500lbs easy, it is making my truck squat a little even with the weight distribution hitch set up. So my question is whats the best way to help out the rear? I was thinking about a leveling kit a couple months ago and am now wondering if I do go ahead and do that will an add a leaf in the rear stiffen up the suspension and help the squat? Or should I skip that and do helper springs or some type of airbags?
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:00 PM
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You should be able to set up the hitch so it won't squat. Did you get a heavier hitch for the heavier trailer?
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:26 PM
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Yep we got an equalizer E2 with the 1200 lb bars. I was wondering about that also. I think when I bring it home next week for our trip I will completely dismantle the hitch and start over from scratch using the instruction book. I dont think the dealer knew what they were doing.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:04 PM
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If that's the trailer in the sig, then you shouldn't squat. I'm assuming it's a 250?
Either way, those axles are decently far forward, so I'd suggest just setting it up again like you said. Then dropping more money on toys if that isn't enough
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:53 AM
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That's the trailer. Tongue weight is under 1000lbs. I hav e seen 250s towing huge fifth wheels that didn't squat that much. I think the hitch head needs to be raised too. I think that will at least level out the camper
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:58 AM
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Ya my fifth wheel is 10000 gross. Havent put it on the scale yet but it dont squat my 250 to bad. I think I only go down bout 2-3 inches. Just make sure its all set right and you should be good.
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:00 AM
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Mine is about 9400 lbs so I should be good
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Don't add any add-a-leafs to your springs, they will just give you a harsher ride all the time.

Get a set of Firestone Ride Rite airbags, that way you can add some air when towing or hauling anything heavy to level out the truck, then let most of the air out of them when not towing so your ride doesn't suffer!
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Don't add any add-a-leafs to your springs, they will just give you a harsher ride all the time.

Get a set of Firestone Ride Rite airbags, that way you can add some air when towing or hauling anything heavy to level out the truck, then let most of the air out of them when not towing so your ride doesn't suffer!
AIRBAGS!!!

You can go get a very reasonable priced airbag helper kit from FIRESTONE.
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:57 PM
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You don't need bags
If it's an improperly loaded trailer, or just effhing huge, yes. This one is neither.
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