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Old 04-27-2012, 11:19 PM
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I have ordered a travel trailer and its going to be here in a few more weeks. It is 32' hitch to bumper, hitch weight is 630lbs, gvwr is 7500lbs it has the axles set 1' farther apart than a normal set up.. I have a 1200lb dist hitch for it. I have a 2011 outdoorsman crew 4x4, 3.92, hemi. The numbers I get seem to work out for over all truck and trailer weight but the charts and different formulas that seem to be out there make it a little confusing-trailer axle to hitch distance not over twice the WB of truck, 10-15%total weight of trailer on hitch and so on. So a second point of view would be great, I think its getting close to the limit for weight and the length is maybe a bit to much. We plan to camp close to home and only move it a few time a year no more than 100kms each way.
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Ya your pin weight should be just OVER 10% of the trailer weight. The problem with all trailers is that their weight when you get them home and loaded up is alot more than they tell you on the plate.
So anyway, the trailer has a GVWR. Thats the Maximum the trailer can be fully fitted and loaded. I foresee you having problems not going over that with all your stuff... But anyway again, If yours is 7500lbs., you should be fine with around 800 lbs. +/- on the tongue and with your weight distributing hitch. The part about length is another issue because of the leverage of the long trailer and the sway it can try to push your truck around with.
32' is definitely long.

I have never used a Hensley Arrow, but I have heard nothing but great things about them... other than price.


Mine is 21' long and about 10K when I leave on a trip. I was Meticulous setting up my hitch height and bars and have never used any type of sway control. But even though it weighs a lot, it's only 21' which is about the same overall length of my truck...

Oh ya, GET AIR BAGS. they not only help fine tune and carry the load, they really do help with sway also if you don't tie the airlines to the bags together. (so air pressure cant move from one bag to the other)
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I did actually get some air lift 1000's. I haven't put them in yet, thanks for the heads up. I didnt even think of the bags trying to balance with themselves when tied together. I will definatly have to pay attention to my speed and the cross winds with that length, so the" tail wagging the dog" doesn't get me in the ditch.
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I have a 30' travel trailer with a 650lb hitch weight and a GVWR of 7000lbs. I dont have a WD hitch yet but I do have the AirLift 1000 bags and they help TREMENDOUSLY. I had to spend my WD hitch money on new tires for the trailer
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Canuk,

In case the air bags you have don't work out, please consider TotalLoadControl™ air suspension. You can read about TLC™ on the Z vendor forum or our website.

We have more than a few customers who bought those "other" air bags in the coil but found the performance lacking and they switched to TLC.

One thing for sure - 9" diameter air springs have much more power than air springs inside the coil. Also, TLC's patented system surpasses any other air suspension. Yes, its more expensive - but for only a few hundred dollars more, its well worth it.

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First and foremost, Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Josh and I have ALOT (I do mean alot) of experience towing and hauling heavy loads. Having been in the army, and on 3 combat tours, for the better part of a decade now, I have seen and driven just about everything there is to drive, from tanks, to Route Clearance Vehicles, to pickup trucks. Some are VERY heavy, and some are bone stock trucks guys like you and me drive everyday.

You have already noticed your coil springs will collapse under the weight of a heavy trailer, and while that does not pose a problem to your truck immediately, it can, over time. Towing a load as heavy as this with the 4th gen Ram requires some additional help, due to the smooth riding coil spring Multi-Link rear suspension. Coils were put in the ram because they ride smoother, but they are your worst enemy when towing/hauling heavy. Thats where the good folks at Total Load Control Suspensions come in. They will not only hook you up with great customer service, but Ramforumz members even get discounted pricing on their kits. Right now they are having a spring sale, and the shipping is always free to the continental US and Canada. This system is designed and patented specifically for 2009+ Ram 1500's. It will work in conjuction with your coil springs to improve load handling, reduce wear and tear on your coil springs, and even helps with unladen ride comfort and stability.

Shoot TLC John, or myself a message, and we can get you on your way to comfortable and safe towing. Happy Travels!
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