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Old 06-20-2014, 11:56 PM   #1
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Hi all, I just bought a Z-1 218TD, and I pull it with a 2014 Ram 1500 with the Hemi and have no issues with power. I do however have an issue with the tongue weight. I installed airbags, and the trailer sits perfectly level with the deck empty, but as soon as I put 1 quad on it, my truck sits right down. Has anyone else had this problem? Thanks
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:13 AM   #2
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:19 AM   #3
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I have a '14 Ram 1500 too and just air bagged the rear coils with a set of the airlift 1000. We pull a Sunset Trail ST270BH and I'm estimating I have about 850-900# of tongue weight now. Airbags set to 25 psi helped to level this right out, no problem. We have no issues with pulling power either, it's a workhorse.

What brand of airbags did you install and what psi are you setting it at?

I see that your unit has 604# of dry tongue weight. Add propane (40#), add battery (50#), add wd hitch (100#); now you are almost 800#. Add percentage of weight of your quads and voila, you are well over 1000#. I don't know how heavy quads, but I know they can be heavy. You may seriously want to invest in tongue scale to know where you are at.
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if it squats ....tighten up the chains or what ever system you have ..should not need air bags. If you sit level without quad , mark that link , then add quad and see what link you need ...might be 2 more links than before..and you are good. mark both so you know which .
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So what was the final outcome? I am a new owner myself of this same model. Will be delivered on 2/25/2015 to my house. I have a 1998 K1500 chevy with the 350 motor. I still feel that when I will have it fully loaded with 2 quads on front that I will need a bigger truck. What I will do once weather is better around here is do a mock run to the CAT scale and let others know what the outcome is of that scenario. I will end up towing with a 2500 chevy, and WD hitch as well to keep things safe on the road. Once I hit the scales I will know what size WD hitch to get.
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Hi all, I just bought a Z-1 218TD, and I pull it with a 2014 Ram 1500 with the Hemi and have no issues with power. I do however have an issue with the tongue weight. I installed airbags, and the trailer sits perfectly level with the deck empty, but as soon as I put 1 quad on it, my truck sits right down. Has anyone else had this problem? Thanks
I pull my 2014 with an '06 Ram 1500 with no problem. I do use an equalizer hitch. I've never towed anything without a weight distributing hitch and can't imagine doing so. I load up my Suzuki Boulevard on the trailer and a smaller bike in the back of the truck and, with the hitch, it's always level.
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:15 AM   #9
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on your ram 1500, what does it say on your receiver as far as maximum weight with a WD hitch? And do you know exactly what your weights are on your deck? I have done plenty of homework on mine and what I put on it. a 1500 will not cut it for mine, I have an '01 2500HD that I use.
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Old 04-17-2018, 05:32 PM   #10
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I'm thinking about buying a 2015 218. I will be hauling dirt bikes. My truck is a F250.
This looks like a nice unit. Anyone have any advice on this? Will I need a wd hitch?
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