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Old 06-27-2013, 04:17 PM
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Got orders and need some advice! I first posted this in another thread, but i figured this would get it out to the masses! I don't tow often at all, but I got orders to Alaska and gotta make the move! I'm trying to decide on exactly what I need, Airlifts or WD. The trailer is a 18' car hauler with a 98 Vette on it. Comes out to about 5200 lbs total. What'd you think? I have a brake controller, class IV hitch, Crew Cab Hemi with 3.55s. I was thinking all I'd really need is the Airlifts, is a WD hitch really needed at 5200 lbs? If I get the hitch, do i still need the bags? All the forum searching has just made me more confused on necessities.
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I would just get the Airlift's and call it good. You don't really need a WD hitch for that set up, but that being said it doesn't necessarily hurt to have one especially for the distance you'll be going.

I haul my dad's race car on a flat deck car trailer and all I have is the Airlift 1000's. Works great for me. They definitely help keep the truck level and stable. Here's a link to my thread about the haul: http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=142443
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:32 PM
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Thanks for the advice. That's the way I was leaning but wanted to have a warm fuzzy before the trip... Oh and for those of you who love the pictures, Here is the way she sits now. I'm gonna move the car back slightly to balance it out more, but she sagged way less than I expected!
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Thanks for the advice. That's the way I was leaning but wanted to have a warm fuzzy before the trip... Oh and for those of you who love the pictures, Here is the way she sits now. I'm gonna move the car back slightly to balance it out more, but she sagged way less than I expected!
That's not sagging bad at all actually, airlift 1000's are the best $100 bucks you will ever spend, easy install and they do what they claim. Good luck on your haul!
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I would get Timbren springs for $200 and get yourself 2 spare tires for the trailer....

I have used Timbren's on my 2007 and 2011 Ram 1500s and they worked great.
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It looks good & close to level as it sits
test drive it & see if you have too much sway
if you do you may have to move the car either forward or back a bit

make sure that you grease the trailers axle bearings

most States have the same speed limits for cars, semi trucks & anything pulling a trailer
Out here in California, if you have a semi truck or are pulling a trailer, the speed limit is 55 MPH only, truckers hate driving in California
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All states from what I've seen "have" a law, but like here in Oklahoma, no one follows it.

If you only have so much to spend, spend it on spare tires.. You'll be glad you did should the need arise. You really don't need a WD hitch for a car hauler as you can redistribute the load to control sway/sag. With a Travel Trailer, you're pretty much taking it as it is.

The issue you would run into with the WD hitch, is that you would have to adjust it every time you moved the car more than a few inches one way or another (It changes the weight on the hitch causing it to lift, or sag).

Airlifts are a cheap upgrade for a 1500.. I'm not sure what I'm going to do for my 2500 yet.
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I have a Big Tex 18' car hauler and tow heavier without any additional help so I think you could as well. If you have holes in your pocket and you want to protect both of your babies why not rent an enclosed car hauler you can drive to transport both vehicles? Load the Vette inside and tow the truck. I'm sure you have extra military travel expense... they did when I served. Though your truck is certainly capable Alaska is a long haul. BTW, your Ram looks pretty sharp hooked up in tow with your Vette..
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airlifts and call it good, just dont add too muchto the truck bed, otherwise I wouldmadd the wdh too.
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Thanks everyone for all the help and advice. I've decided to grab the bags for some piece of mind. I'm out of here the beginning of August and I'll update ya on how it went. As for getting the enclosed car hauler, it's a good idea and i thought about it hard but I used that extra money to get this trailer. Lol. Renting was going to cost way more than buying, plus I could sell it for profit in the Last Frontier if I wanted. Thanks again, and if anyone has any more tips... my ears are always open!
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