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Old 05-02-2013, 01:40 PM
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Leveling kit with towing

How does adding a leveling kit effect towing? I tow a 23ft boat and sometimes a 32ft 5th wheel camper. I like the look of a trick with a leveling kit but still need to tow allot of weight at times.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:41 PM
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put air bags on it to keep it level with a load.
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The truck sits tail high to level out under load. A leveling kit will make it nose high loaded, hence the air bag statement.

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x2 what those two guys said above. Even with air bags, a heavy 5th wheel can still cause it to squat a bit.
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:15 PM
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mine had a leveling kit installed when i bought it.
but i think the previous owner put a f350 block in the rear which is like 1 inch taller than the f250 block.
this raised the back up so it is slightly raked forward.
it looks perfect when i tow.
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I personally never understood this leveling fad with trucks, they are for loads and built that way, just remember to reaim (or have reaimed) your headlights as raising the nose up will put the headlight aim out causing you to blind people on low beam, and have reduced lighting (on road surface) when on high beam. just put a ride height adjustable airbag system on and it will keep the load a pre set perameters....just my $.02's
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mine had a leveling kit installed when i bought it.
but i think the previous owner put a f350 block in the rear which is like 1 inch taller than the f250 block.
this raised the back up so it is slightly raked forward.
it looks perfect when i tow.
I also installed the F350 blocks but mine was because it was slightly nose high. Now, it's perfect when driving around town, but when towing the 5er, it can make it squat pretty good. Air bags help, but doesn't completely eliminate my problem. I might need to bump up to 4 or 4.5" rear blocks, which will give me a slight rake when driving around town, but should eliminate the sag while towing.

My issue is slight, but it's driving my OCD insane...
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:25 AM
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I put a 2 inch lift on the front of my 01, knowing the rear squatted like a girl puppy with my 5th wheel loaded. I fought and searched what to do with the rear.. I was against air bags. The thought of having to put air bags made me mad. These truck should be able to handle anything with out mods to the rear..

After 2 months of searching all kinds of what to add in the rear I bought air bags.. OMG!! I LOVE THEM!!! The 5th wheel pulls a thousand times better!! I can't believe the difference. Even if I didn't add the front level kit I would put air bags on the rear. They are spendy, and not to bad to install.. and makes a world of difference.
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Bags made that big a change in yoru feelings on them ey? I cant decide between bags or 4 inch blocks. There are bags out there for 290 for a manual inflating set, or 4 inch blocks for 160 with ubolts.

I only tow maybe 15 weekends a year so not that much, and figure the blocks are cheaper, quicker install, but if bags really make it that much better may be worth it.
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The blocks dont do anything to help with extra weight but the bags will.
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