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statman
06-06-2007, 10:36 PM
My trailer makes my truck sag. Will new heavy duty shocks help? Someone told me I can add a leaf to my spring. Any ideas?

EMJ
06-07-2007, 08:34 PM
Put a set of air bags in it. Or lighten up your tongue weight. I believe it is suppose to be around 10% of the trailer weight.

rfed32
06-08-2007, 07:25 AM
the air bags work awesome i we have a set on my truck at work....its got a fully loaded utility cap and i have the bed loaded with 2x4s and a skidsteer and the truck did not sag...i have the cap on all the time if i were to put them on my personal truck id get them with the little compressor so u can fill and empty them when u need to

IA_James
06-08-2007, 10:51 AM
Have you got a weight distributing hitch? If not, that would help.

Gravel Rat
06-08-2007, 01:15 PM
The key word here is half ton so don't expect it to do the job of a 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck. Dodge is known thou to underspring their trucks. If your truck is sagging already get new springs installed or have the dealer fix the problem.

I personally would have new spring packs made I wouldn't add a extra leaf to a already sagging spring pack. You can have the factory springs re-arc'd and add bags as a different option or buy a 3/4 ton truck like you should have had in the first place.

neversatisfiedj
06-08-2007, 01:30 PM
Get a real truck for starter's.

ECS
06-08-2007, 10:56 PM
Air bags are the best.
Adding a leaf will work, but will give you a rough ride without a load.

I put the air bags on my Dodge 2500 when I had my cabover camper. The camper went on the truck by Memorial day and came off in November. The camper weighed 2400 without all the crap I had in it, and I had a lot in it. When we wnet camping, so did my horse. Horse trailer was 2500 lbs, tack area had close to 400 lbs in it and two 1000 lb horses. During hunting season add in 700-800 lbs of hay (on the camper floor), 15 cases of beer, 3 coolers full of ice and food, fridge in camper maxed out, gas grill, 3 cans of propane, enough clothes to last a month of changing due to weather, extra saddle, many extra guns, 20 gals of water and the list goes on. Truck never sagged with the air bags. When I got done and camper came off, I let the air out of the bags.

Extra load on the trailer, add some air and you are set.

ATL Lawn
06-14-2007, 08:08 PM
sorry for the dumb question, but what are "air bags" ? and how much? i also have 1500 02model

EMJ
06-14-2007, 08:41 PM
Check this link for all your answers http://www.suspensionconnection.com/cgi-bin/suscon/scan/fi=products/st=db/co=1/sf=category/se=Firestone%20Air%20Bags/op=eq/nu=0/sf=veh_make/se=Dodge/op=eq/nu=0/sf=model/se=Ram%201500/op=eq/nu=0/ml=25/tf=category/to=x/tf=veh_make/to=x/tf=model/to=x/tf=description/to=r.html

gmcplowtruck
06-14-2007, 09:00 PM
put a set of hellwig helper springs on i had #1500 ones on my chevy 1500 and i got #2500 lb on my dodge 2500 there around $250 my truck doesnt sag a bit i can put 2 ton in it and it looks a little lower then stock

ADMIREDLAWNS
07-07-2007, 05:29 AM
I have an 01 Silverado with airbags on it, I bought the kit that came with that sloowww push botton compressor that took about 3-5mins to fill the bags up. I went to a custom shop that put on a 3gal air tank, a 150 psi compressor, air gauge & since I already had the tank I told them to put 2 sets of train horns on the truck for the jerks that like to cut of trucks towing trailers.

I can let my truck ride in a bulldog stance (20psi) or carry a loaded tandem trailer plus weight in the back of the truck (80psi) with a quick touch of a switch.

zedosix
07-07-2007, 08:52 AM
Come on guys, use the right truck for the job, leave the 1/2 tons to the week-enders who need to get their sea-doo to the lake.

Lawn Enforcer
07-08-2007, 10:10 PM
I have a '05 Ram 1500 w/ 32,000 miles on it, and it has yet to let me down. Put some Timbrens on it, that's what my uncle did when his '96 Ram started to sag, solved the problem.

statman
07-10-2007, 11:14 PM
What are Timbrens?