Sagging Truck - 2005 Ram 1500 with 41000 Miles

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by statman, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. statman

    statman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    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?
  2. EMJ

    EMJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    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.
  3. rfed32

    rfed32 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Hatboro
    Messages: 679

    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
  4. IA_James

    IA_James LawnSite Silver Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 2,592

    Have you got a weight distributing hitch? If not, that would help.
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    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.
  6. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,028

    Get a real truck for starter's.
  7. ECS

    ECS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,733

    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.
  8. ATL Lawn

    ATL Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    sorry for the dumb question, but what are "air bags" ? and how much? i also have 1500 02model
  9. EMJ

    EMJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

  10. gmcplowtruck

    gmcplowtruck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 174

    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

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