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the problem I have with any of these is you are not increasing your legal payload. You increase the weight without sag, your rear axle is not that of a 2500. I pull a 29' travel trailer with a max load of 7500 lbs. I never get that close. Dry weight is 5480. I probably have at most 1000 lbs of crap in it. 625 lbs on the hitch, plus the weight of the weight distribution hitch, 2 kids, wife and some fire wood, it is real easy to hit max payload weight. I use an Equil-i-zer brand weight distribution hitch and it makes a hell of a difference. controls sway also. Any more weight, you are just asking for trouble in the case of a quick maneuver. I've seen several travel trailers turned upside down being pulled by too light a truck. (not to mention short wheel base).

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the problem I have with any of these is you are not increasing your legal payload. You increase the weight without sag, your rear axle is not that of a 2500. I pull a 29' travel trailer with a max load of 7500 lbs. I never get that close. Dry weight is 5480. I probably have at most 1000 lbs of crap in it. 625 lbs on the hitch, plus the weight of the weight distribution hitch, 2 kids, wife and some fire wood, it is real easy to hit max payload weight. I use an Equil-i-zer brand weight distribution hitch and it makes a hell of a difference. controls sway also. Any more weight, you are just asking for trouble in the case of a quick maneuver. I've seen several travel trailers turned upside down being pulled by too light a truck. (not to mention short wheel base).

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your tongue weight seems kinda low. A good rule of thumb on campers is a tongue weight equal to 10-13% of the trailer weight. With a 1000lbs of cargo in the trailer you should be around 700lbs on the hitch
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your tongue weight seems kinda low. A good rule of thumb on campers is a tongue weight equal to 10-13% of the trailer weight. With a 1000lbs of cargo in the trailer you should be around 700lbs on the hitch
I guess I should have clarified. That tongue weight was camper try weight. It is more loaded. You are correct, it should be a minimum 10% of trailer weight.
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I am also looking for support on my 2004 Ram 1500 QC. I would get air bags but trying to keep the cost down (vacation coming up). I was thinking of air shocks but can't find them anywhere for the 2004.
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I've looked for air shocks on my 07 but everywhere I checked, they don't make them for my year. I ended up snagging a firestone ride rite kit for a 99 f250 for 60 bucks. I couldn't pass it up. It came with everything and the brackets are 1/4 inch thick. I installed them in a couple of hours and with 7 inch wide air bags, I still have about 4 inches from the air bag to my tire. Plenty of room. Put them to the test a couple of times and love them. Even with a load/unloaded, with the bags at 35 psi, the truck rides pretty smooth
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