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Old 03-25-2011, 05:42 AM   #29
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CD, funny, i went buy the dodge dealership last night, nice trucks, they had 6 3500 crew cab, long bed duallys, only one 3500 crew cab, long bed srw truck, and probably 25 2500 crew cab short bed trucks, they did not have any used trucks. i hear good things about the dodge diesel engine. now if i could only find a used one to test drive?

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It would seem to me that you looked at the wrong truck. I get 12/13 towing and 15/18 on the highway. As for acceleration mine will set you right back in your seat. I don't think anyone will questio that yor present truck can tow your trailer and get decent milage but can it handle/stop it in any situation?

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Old 07-13-2011, 09:50 PM   #30
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I have a similar issue. 06 Ram 2500, 4door short box. 33' Sierra. The dealer replaced all 4 tires because I had them balanced and were told they are out of round. Replaced the Reese hitch with a Patriot model.Has jaws that wrap around the pin. The rails have been moved to be over center of rear axle.Dealer says I should consider some type of rubber mounted device between trailer leaf springs ?Morride,joyride,etc.trailer and truck sit level and all weights meet or are less then specs.Unit is good on smooth roads and BAD on rough roads. let me know what you came up with. Please.

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Old 07-28-2011, 09:27 AM   #31
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I don't have enough experience to make any suggestions on this issue. But if you decide to install air bags, I can share that experience with you. I have a short bed f250 and installed Firestone air bags myself. The install was easy. I just followed the instructions. You don't have to be a mechanic to do it. I kept it simple by running the fill tube out to near the rear license plate and I use a bike pump to fill the bags. Once I found the right PSI to level the truck and 5er, there has been no need to change the PSI. It made it easy to level the truck and 5er and I have no chucking. It shouldn't cost anywhere near $600 if you do it yourself. Without spending any money you can download the install instructions from Firestone to see if it's something you can do yourself.
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:49 AM   #32
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Towed a 5th wheel for years then decided to move up to DP. Since you have a toy hauler have you weighed the trailer and tonque. Your tonque weight should be in the 20% range. I have a F250 4x4 short bed and I added air bags and velvet ride shackles. Bucking will occur on certain situations, but should not happen all the time.

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Old 07-28-2011, 10:55 AM   #33
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Before you do anything load up your camper like you were going for the weekend and see how it does. My 5th wheel chucked empty but once things were loaded, most of the chucking stopped. I have towed to Alaska over 5,000 miles and the chucking has been minimal. Now if they could fix all the frost heaves life would really be good
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:51 AM   #34
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sorry guys, been working alot and alot has changed since i started this thread. SO, here is the update, sold my 2006 F 250, bought a 2007 F 350 Dually cc 4by4 long bed 6.0 turbo diesel, 4:10 rear gear, this truck pulls the 5th wheel just fine, not much "bucking" at all! fuel mileage is 8 to 10.
Yep, i said i would not own a dually, but thats what i needed to pull this 5th wheel and be within the weight capacity.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:25 PM   #35
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As noted, an air pin box will help...we used the 5th Airborne model.
X2........... we also added "AirLift" air bags, and at times we don't even know that the 5er is there. One of the best changes that we made.

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