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Old 11-10-2009, 09:45 AM   #1
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Truck help

I know I don't have the right TV but it's all I got. 1994 F150 4x4 302,AT.
20' Road Ranger 5th wheel. I haven't found any serious problems towing but I'd like to get ahead of anything down the road. I'm thinking about adding Helwig helper springs. Anyone have expierence with these? Or maybe some advice on what you think I should do.
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Old 11-10-2009, 02:12 PM   #2
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How is your weight on the rear axle/tires? Helper springs/air bags will level the PU better but won't help the capacity of the tires & axle.


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Old 11-11-2009, 07:37 AM   #3
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I had an '04 SCab 4x4 302 that I towed a 24' tt around a lot--no problems. Never had a fifth wheel on it.
If you aren't having any problems now, then suggest you keep up with brake and engine maintainance religiously and go camping.
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You first of all MUST load the truck up like you normally have it loaded for camping and go to the scales. Then hitch the trailer up and repeat the weights. Now look at the numbers compared to your weight ratings. Tires, springs, wheels, axles are all very likely over loaded. Once you have some accurate weight numbers you then need to decide if it is safe or not based on good solid information, not conjecture by others.
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Tires!! Make sure they are newer, have the proper air and load rating for the weight (plus some) you are at. Do you have a tranny temp guage? Are the brakes capable? There are so many things to consider as mentioned above.
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