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Old 07-26-2014, 02:34 PM   #1
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I have recently purchased a bumper pull travel trailer and makes my 01 supercab 5.4 f150 sag witch I am not a fan of also the bounce of hitting a bump is almost scary any advice on fixing sag and helping with bumps would be awesome
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Previously I used supersprings and highly favor them.
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You don't mention whether you are using a weight distribution hitch. If not, that should be your first move.
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as above..a wdh helps transfer rear load back to the front...




then add a leaf kits or bags or helper shocks(monroes-58629) for mild lift
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I use a Reese Strait-Line dual-cam weight-distributing (WD) hitch on my 7,000-pound cargo trailer, and a ProPride WD hitch on my 5,600-pound travel trailer. The properly-adjusted WD hitch is all I need to have truck and trailer level with the world when towing.

But If I were overloaded with more rear-end sag than the WD hitch could handle, and couldn't afford to trade for more truck, then my next step would be RideRite air bags.
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I have not done a wdh ive never heard people talk about them kinnda figured wasnt worth the money but my father in law has one i can try so if the helps but doesnt sovle all the issue my question would be leaf assit kit or heavy duty shocks
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I have not done a wdh ive never heard people talk about them kinnda figured wasnt worth the money but my father in law has one i can try so if the helps but doesnt sovle all the issue my question would be leaf assit kit or heavy duty shocks

A WD hitch when properly adjusted should transfer (distribute) 40% to 50% of the trailer's tongue weight from the rear axle of the tow vehicle to the front and trailer axles of the rig.

Don't even consider a cheap weight-distributing (WD) hitch you can buy on-line for less than $500. Insist on a Reese Strait-Line, or an Equalizer, or a Husky Centerline. Note that both Reese and Husky also sell cheap WD hitches, so insist on a Reese Strait-Line or a Husky Centerline, not the less expensive WD hitches sold by Reese or Husky. Then with a good WD hitch, if you cannot adjust the hitch to level out the rig, you are severely overloaded and shouldn't be on the road with other traffic.

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Then with a good WD hitch, if you cannot adjust the hitch to level out the rig, you are severely overloaded and shouldn't be on the road with other traffic.
X2. Much of the time, rear spring helpers are a crutch for a bad situation.
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A WD hitch when properly adjusted should transfer (distribute) 40% to 50% of the trailer's tongue weight from the rear axle of the tow vehicle to the front and trailer axles of the rig.

Don't even consider a cheap weight-distributing (WD) hitch you can buy on-line for less than $500. Insist on a Reese Strait-Line, or an Equalizer, or a Husky Centerline. Note that both Reese and Husky also sell cheap WD hitches, so insist on a Reese Strait-Line or a Husky Centerline, not the less expensive WD hitches sold by Reese or Husky. Then with a good WD hitch, if you cannot adjust the hitch to level out the rig, you are severely overloaded and shouldn't be on the road with other traffic.
The trailer is 2300 lbs under my max tow limit so by saying if my truck still sags after the wd hitch doesnt mean I shouldnt be on the road it simply means my old leaf springs need help or hd shocks I was just wondering witch way I should go to get most bang gor my buck so wd hitch I will get and see where it leaves me however witch next step should I take if more improvement is needed thanks guys
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