What truck with leaf springs that you had before rode better than the 1500 Ram? I'm just curious because I had 3 different 1/2 ton GM leaf spring trucks in the past, and none of them rode as smoothly as the coils on my Dodge. And leaf springs or not, I had to put airbags on all of them to tow a travel trailer. Most 1/2 ton trucks are going to need assistance with any towed item that has any decent tongue weight. Are you saying you towed your 6500 pound boat and trailer with a 1/2 ton pickup without any spring assistance? That would be impressive, especially if it rode as smoothly as you described.
Since you asked, my last three 1/2 ton trucks (over the past 15 years) have been Fords ....99, 02 and 06 models...All 4x4. NONE, in stock form
, needed rear spring help when towing or hauling near their payload capacity. Sure, they sagged but the trucks, in stock form, are higher in the back than in the front..common. Well none of my leaf spring equiped trucks MOTORBOATED under that kind of load...they sagged, but only to level at the most.
My RAM's a$$ was all but dragging the ground with 1200lbs!
YES, I towed my 6500lb dual axle boat trailer without spring assistance. That is untill I put front leveling spacers on my 2006 FX4. At that point I did add some bags because it would motorboat a little under ANY load, due to being leveled. I put an air ride auto leveling kit on the rear end and it was sublime..to say the least.
So no..the coil spring cant hold the leaf spring's jock when it comes to hauling. And the "smoother" ride is still a mystery to me, I cant tell a differnce what..so..ever.:doh:
Please read...I NEVER said leafs ride BETTER than coils. I just said, I cant tell any difference.
Bottom line...personally, I cant have this happening when I want to haul or tow, so yes, I'm getting bags.
FWIW, Even with the leveling spacers on the front and the leaf springs didnt sag THAT much. Here's a picture of my 06 F150 FX4 (with front spacers
) looked under load before the bags inflated:
Heres what it looked like after they inflated back to the set level I liked.
MAN, I miss THAT truck!