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Old 05-23-2013, 11:32 AM
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Been a month that I bought my new Travel Trailer (Jayco Jayflight Swift 264BH).* The only issue I have with pulling it is that when I go over a bump or hole on the road the back of the truck is sagging/bouncing.* And just so you know I have a WD hitch and a sway bar installed.* There is about 500 pounds of weight on the hitch and once the TT is attached to the truck the back drop for about 3/4inches and the front lift for about 1/4inches.

The truck is a 2012 RAM 1500 sport, with the 5.7...



Wondering other than the airbag in the coil spring (airlift)...* is there something else that could be done to stiffen the back of my truck???* Could heavy duty shock make a difference?

Would like to do the changes really soon as in July and august I'm going in long trip with the TT.

Thank you,
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I have towed my 7500# jayco for about 25000 miles now. You will have sag under load but double check your WDH setup to minimize this. Because I tow alot I went ahead and put the TLC system on because I was getting uneven tire wear. If you dont tow alot I wouldnt worry about it. Most st tires are rated for 65 MPH. Thats the fastest I tow because of safety and fuel milage.
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Hi,

Been a month that I bought my new Travel Trailer (Jayco Jayflight Swift 264BH).* The only issue I have with pulling it is that when I go over a bump or hole on the road the back of the truck is sagging/bouncing.* And just so you know I have a WD hitch and a sway bar installed.* There is about 500 pounds of weight on the hitch and once the TT is attached to the truck the back drop for about 3/4inches and the front lift for about 1/4inches.

The truck is a 2012 RAM 1500 sport, with the 5.7...



Wondering other than the airbag in the coil spring (airlift)...* is there something else that could be done to stiffen the back of my truck???* Could heavy duty shock make a difference?

Would like to do the changes really soon as in July and august I'm going in long trip with the TT.

Thank you,
Martin

Try this: Increase your rear coil rate by 50% from stock; no sag and you can do it in your driveway in less than an hour!

http://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index....125&x=116&y=18
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The Air Lift 60818 1000 Series Rear Air Spring Kit $94.51 delivered will cure what ailes you. (Amazon)
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Airlift 1000's, TLC or stiffer coils - all will accomplish what you need. I would suggest the Airlift or the TLC (depending on your budget) since they don't deteriorate the ride when they're not loaded. Stiffer shocks might lessen the bounce but not the sag.
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Thank you for all your answer...

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Monroe makes shocks that will help level loads, should be a coil over shock called load levels. They're not cheap, as airlifts will be cheaper and probably easier to install. I have airlifts and they work great for hauling but I lower pressure when pulling my trailer, sprinter 266rbs about 7500#. I would first find a cat scale and see how much weight is being added/reduced/transfered once hooked up. This will let you know how well your wdh is working. For that much trailer you have very little sag in the rear but you have a decent amount of lift in front. W/o wdh hooked up I have about 2 inches sag in rear and 3/16 lift in front. I would get the real numbers before buying additional products. It looks to be hooked up good worst is now you know for sure.
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If you are getting that much sag in the rear and lift in the front, your weight distribution may not be setup correctly. The first thing to do is make sure that is done right.

Have you weighed the trailer on scales yet? The Jayco site says your dry tongue weight is 500, but once you load up with propane and gear, Id be willing to bet its quite a bit higher than that. You very well may need the air bags in addition to the proper setup of the WDH.
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I think you needto tightenup your wdh. front when set prklerly should retur to the same as unloaded, rear about 1" drop. try that and see if it works. if it doesnt airlift, then hd shocms, the lt tires
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