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Air Bags or not

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by 86pete, Jul 14, 2018.

  1. Jul 14, 2018 at 9:24 AM
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    86pete

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    I have a 2017 Tundra TRD SR5 4whl dr. Just bought a 34' Imagine travel trailer it's light weight is 7295lbs and hitch weight is 795lbs. It came with a weight distribution, sway bar bar and chain assembly. When I hook it up my truck stills sags a couple of inches. Would I be better off doing away with this and and going to air bags for the extra lift help?
     
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    Dont ditch the WD hitch. You can add air bags or maybe timbrens or sumo springs to level it back out, but you wanna keep the hitch for sure.
     
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    Not a fan of air bags. You will eventually run into issues with leaks and could be a very expensive repair. Had a Tahoe with air bags that were nothing but a money pit and headache, replacing motor, air lines and bags....there are a lot of people that love them though. To each their own but I would go with the stiffer spring set up and avoid any unnecessary mechanical options that will fail.
     
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    Either the LDH isn’t set up right, not the correct one, the tongue weight is more than advertised, or a combo of all three.

    If you think about it, depending on how your LDH operates and if it has sway control, air bags defeat the sway control portion of the hitch.

    Hitches like the Fastway E2 and Equalizer style hitches are affected by airbags. (Trunnion)
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    Round bar LDH setups with separate sway control are not as affected by airbags due to design of the sway control. Now most of these style LDHs you cannot back up without removing the spring bars. Very inconvenient to say the least.
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  5. Jul 14, 2018 at 10:19 AM
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    I’m using Timbrens, this is the clearance I have unhitched. When loaded, they ride on them and there’s no porpoising. I also use a Blue Ox 1000lb WDH. I checked with a level on the side of my Diamondback and the bubble is 0 all packed.

    When not on trips, I remove the Timbren spacers, I need those as I have 1.5” shackles on the back. Some people on stock rear suspension complain when they hit the Timbrens over bumps/potholes (not towing) but I have extra clearance.

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