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Just following up. Have you made the trip yet? If so, let us know how she towed!
Actually it got pushed up a couple of weeks and I'll be leaving next weekend. I got my BakFlip F1 and toolbox installed the other day and love it! The bed extender and air bags are hopefully going on today. Just need an oil change and I'll be ready for the trip...

Speaking of mileage, I did about a 2200 mile round trip to Georgia and got almost 18 MPG on the way down...and 15 MPG on the way back. I thought my foot was a little heavier on the way back but jeesh! 3 MPG loss?! If I can manage a solid 8-9 MPG with that trailer I'll be psyched. I know the key is keeping the speed down, and you really can't be in a rush to drive 2600 miles!
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Actually it got pushed up a couple of weeks and I'll be leaving next weekend. I got my BakFlip F1 and toolbox installed the other day and love it! The bed extender and air bags are hopefully going on today. Just need an oil change and I'll be ready for the trip...

Speaking of mileage, I did about a 2200 mile round trip to Georgia and got almost 18 MPG on the way down...and 15 MPG on the way back. I thought my foot was a little heavier on the way back but jeesh! 3 MPG loss?! If I can manage a solid 8-9 MPG with that trailer I'll be psyched. I know the key is keeping the speed down, and you really can't be in a rush to drive 2600 miles!
when I went down to FL from VA i got great MPG down and lost 2-3 on the way back. I don't know why. It was raining on the way back, don't know if that matters.

my step dad would say "it's because your going UP the earth, not down, get a Globe I'll show you" what a smart ass.
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Actually it got pushed up a couple of weeks and I'll be leaving next weekend. I got my BakFlip F1 and toolbox installed the other day and love it! The bed extender and air bags are hopefully going on today. Just need an oil change and I'll be ready for the trip...

Speaking of mileage, I did about a 2200 mile round trip to Georgia and got almost 18 MPG on the way down...and 15 MPG on the way back. I thought my foot was a little heavier on the way back but jeesh! 3 MPG loss?! If I can manage a solid 8-9 MPG with that trailer I'll be psyched. I know the key is keeping the speed down, and you really can't be in a rush to drive 2600 miles!
I have towed my TT over 25000 miles with my half ton and averaged 9.3MPG. Make sure to use tow/haul to save your trans.
Are you sure your bed extender will clear the trailer hitch in tight turns? I dont have that much clearance.
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when I went down to FL from VA i got great MPG down and lost 2-3 on the way back. I don't know why. It was raining on the way back, don't know if that matters.

my step dad would say "it's because your going UP the earth, not down, get a Globe I'll show you" what a smart ass.
I'm almost gonna have to agree with your step-dad...it makes sense...I think...any physicists on the board? Where's Sheldon when you need him!

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I have towed my TT over 25000 miles with my half ton and averaged 9.3MPG. Make sure to use tow/haul to save your trans.
Are you sure your bed extender will clear the trailer hitch in tight turns? I don't have that much clearance.
I'm actually flipping the bed extender inboard to assist with storage/cargo organization. I don't think I'd actually ever use as a bed extender with the tailgate down...

I added the airbags and tailgate extender yesterday and had a question I hope someone has an answer to...

With the bags fully aired up to 35 psi, the rear is 3.5 inches higher than the front. When I'm fully loaded out for the trip and everything settles, I'd like the rear to be about a 1/2 inch higher or so than the front. Normally I like perfectly level but when towing I wanted to have a little wiggle room/travel...maybe I need more than a 1/2 inch then...?

ANYWAY, I was wondering with the airbags and the WD hitch...how would you set it up? I'm trying to set my ball height compared to hitch height and don't know if I should max the airbags out and use those measurements or air them down to 10 psi and then add air to get the truck and trailer to level out properly. I was thinking if I did my measurements based on the bags being fully aired up I couldn't go wrong as compared to not having enough lift in them if I do the measurements with the bags starting off at 10 psi. I can always take air out (down to the 10 psi minimum) but I can only go to 35 psi max...

I've been driving myself nuts thinking about this and don't have a lot of time to figure it out! Thanks in advance for the helpful replies...
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http://www.ehow.com/how_2094696_setu...ing-hitch.html

this link will help you in setting up the hitch. You must have tongue weight on the back of the truck so the setup will handle properly at highway speeds. Setting everything up to have the rear of the truck up in the air will usually create bad handling problems.
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http://www.ehow.com/how_2094696_setu...ing-hitch.html

this link will help you in setting up the hitch. You must have tongue weight on the back of the truck so the setup will handle properly at highway speeds. Setting everything up to have the rear of the truck up in the air will usually create bad handling problems.
That link is perfect, exactly what I'm looking for, thanks! I'm gonna have some weight in the bed too and following that guide I should be able to get everything dialed in pretty good. I know that both the size and weight of my trailer is on the upper end of being a handful so I wanna make sure I do this by the numbers!
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Per instructions from airlift always air up first then release air. They work by creating force on the coils so they don't compress. They don't push upward they push outward.
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I s'pose almost 3 months is better late than never...
The bottom line is the truck did exactly what I needed it to do. I can't complain about the mileage, which went as low just under 7 MPG to just over 9 MPG (all hand calculated). Overall for the trip was 7.8 MPG. At nearly 2700 miles and gas averaging around $3.60+/gallon (used premium 91/93 or 89 if premium wasn't available) it was an expensive trip I'd care not to take again anywhere in the immediate future...

Obviously my fuel range was very limited, and having previously been spoiled by my diesels it was VERY irritating to have to stop at sometimes barely two hours into the trip (on fumes!) to gas up. I brought 3 5-gallon cans along with me for emergency purposes and fortunately didn't need them.

No question I could not have done the trip without the AirLift bags. I was able to dial in my load equalizer hitch and the bags perfectly and that part of the equation was the least of my worries...

Bottom line is I missed my diesel(s) tremendously on this trip...but not for my everyday driving. Keeping that in mind I'm still a pretty happy Ram owner!
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I filled up my gas tank about 10 days ago in YUMA Az
with mid grade, $3.499 a gallon
i see the prices are rising again, schools out & people are traveling

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