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Old 11-18-2012, 08:33 PM
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I have towed my 23ft camper a few times with my 09 Ram 1500 and had no problems. I did notice that when I also load the truck bed and tow the camper the rear would set down a bit more than I liked. Adjustment of the weight distribution bars didn't help but it was a short run so we made out ok.
Later this summer we bought another camper, this one being 31ft. Some of the camper dealers we talked with were concerned with the towing capability of my truck, even though it came from the factory with a class IV hitch and towing package. Power sure is no problem with the 5.7 either. I did add a set of air bag "booster springs" inside of the rear coils and no longer have the tail sag problem with only 10psi in the bags. I actually had to put a bit more weight on the hitch, via the spring bars, than I did with the smaller camper and no bags. This was a very easy install and they work great. I got them from Rock Auto online and they were just about 100 dollars delivered.
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What was the Part # from Rockauto? TIA

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I would be careful with these air helpers. A friend of mine has had 3 sets of them from a local dealer in the last 8 months they keep popping. I went with Total Load Control and am installing them this weekend. I would be very careful this is the cheap fix not a solution.
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I also went with the TLC system. My main problem was with abnormal tire wear when towing. Leveled the truck and got rid of that problem. I have posted pictures on before and after on ramzforum if anyone cares to see them.
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I myself had the TLC with my truck for about 2 months. Was happy with them but did not like the way the truck rode with them on, and the fact they where air springs. I don't have them on the truck any more, cause I went with the Tuftruck 50% load increase springs and love them. They are amazing and only quarter the price of TLC.
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I myself had the TLC with my truck for about 2 months. Was happy with them but did not like the way the truck rode with them on, and the fact they where air springs. I don't have them on the truck any more, cause I went with the Tuftruck 50% load increase springs and love them. They are amazing and only quarter the price of TLC.
Thanks bstc! That's exactly what I was looking for! Do the 50% ride rough? They shouldn't since it's just a spring...anyhow, thanks for that info!
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They ride a little rougher then stock. I have had them on my truck for so long now that I don't remember what stock rides like
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TufTruck also has a 25% as well
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TufTruck also has a 25% as well
I saw that, might go with 25% and see how that works. I don't have a real heavy camper, only about 4500# loaded up; so the 25% might be the way to go for me. I haven't even tried towing yet, my camper is put away for the winter already
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Seanbeckaroo,
Sry to be so long getting back to you. The part # at Rock Auto is:60818
$111.79

These are rated for 1000lbs and are working fantastic for me. I suppose I could have spent 500 or so and gotten a whole lot better set but I just don't see how they would have worked better. Still trying to figger out also how these might cause unusual tire wear. The only thing you are changing by raising the rear is caster.............which has nothing to do with tire wear. I'll amend that by saying IF caster is causing tire wear then the nose is dragging. BTW, this is not just my opinion, I am retired........ASE Master Mechanic for many years. So I base my opinion on education and many years of experience in the field. I just wish we had the electronic control of engine fuel and fire years ago. I would really like to see what would happen to the old muscle car engines when you marry them to the electronics. Then again a 345cid putting out 390 horses is very stout in anyone's book and top that off with 410ft/lbs of torque, wow. This thing really is a horse.
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