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Replace or Upgrade Shocks for Towing a Travel Trailer

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by BuilderBee, Mar 9, 2024.

  1. Mar 9, 2024 at 5:07 PM
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    BuilderBee

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    I have 2017 SR5 TRD 2WD Double Cab, I recently purchased a travel trailer to tow with my truck. Suspension is original with 120,000 miles. I would like to know if I should stick to original shocks or is there an upgrade to help with added weight and possibly give the truck a little more stability while towing our travel trailer around the country.
    I do have a weight distribution hitch to assist with weight and towing of the trailer. The trailer with cargo and water weight is approximately 5700 lbs. I am also considering a road active suspension from this site:
    https://activesuspension.com/products/toyota-tundra-1999-2020-hd.

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  2. Mar 9, 2024 at 5:16 PM
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    I dunno.

    I got 220k miles truck. im on my second set of factory shocks.

    I have air bags to help with the load and run E rated tires. The ride is going to be choppy when running empty no matter what shocks I run.

    It's a truck . When shocks go bad, I'm replacing them.

    I don't do any off roading, so $1200 King shocks would be a waste of money...and I'm not sure they would ever ride $1k better than factory @$250.

    I've never installed a rear sway bar, so I can't offer any input on this, except I'm towing. Performance handling is the last thing I give a shit about. I'm going slow, so I'd think a handling bar would be wasted money for towing.
     
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  3. Mar 9, 2024 at 6:02 PM
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    Appreciate your input. What air bags do you have?
     
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    I added the Ironman 4x4 880lbs leaf springs on my truck due to towing heavily weighted trailers. It helps with the sag. Not sure if just shocks will help.
    I also have blisten rear shock and trd sway bar.
     
  5. Mar 9, 2024 at 6:12 PM
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    I got these off Amazon. They were an easy install.

    TORQUE Airbag Air Bag Suspension Kit for 2007-2021 Toyota Tundra 2WD 4WD Rear Helper Bag Spring Towing 5000 lbs (Replaces Firestone Ride Rite 2445) (TR2445) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W7MDKL6
     
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    I have the RAS HD set on the lower disc setting. I am not being hyperbolic when I say it is amazing. Improved ride and handling both loaded and unloaded. Acts like an anti-sway bar on pavement but still articulates off-road.
     
  7. Mar 12, 2024 at 3:13 PM
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    My trailer is pretty close to that @ 5,500 lbs.

    With a properly set up WDH you should be good to go, providing your suspension isn't worn out (We don't know if it's hauled heavy loads or what) If you roll off a speed bump fast enough to let the wheels drop off so you compress the shocks... does it just compress/rebound and that's it, or does it bounce a 2nd time?

    I towed mine with my 1st gen with Bilstein 5100's for years, and now with my '19 with the TRD Package (4600's) and it's fine. 5,700 lbs. is pretty light.

    I do have sway bars, and I do think they help with stability when towing.

    I hear good things about the RAS system, but I also hear they can make the ride a little harsh when empty - no load or trailer.

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