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Old 06-23-2015, 07:32 AM   #1
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possibly adding air bags

Hello I have a 2015 Sunset light 270bh which is being towed by a 2011 F150 Ecobeast Maxtow with a Equilizer 4k hitch and I seem to squat in the back of the truck and the ride is really rough with a lot of sway. When I measure the height of the truck it appears to measure good when hooked up. So I am considering air bags, what are your expert opinions and then what do I do with this fancy hitch?
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Do you know what your tongue weight is loaded?
If you have max tow, and max payload, factory brake and sway control, it seems odd to me you would be having to much trouble if the hitch is setup correctly.

Do you have the 17 in. E rated tires? If so, what are you running for air pressure?
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Old 06-23-2015, 07:57 AM   #3
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Unfortunately I do not know my tongue weight. I have 18" e rated Michelin LT tires running 50 psi.
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Old 06-23-2015, 08:58 AM   #4
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does your front end lift when connected, or is you back end just squating. if your front end hight loaded is higher than unloaded you need to readjust your hitch. tilt the head down and raise your brackets up to put more pressure on the bars. this will also help with sway as more pressure meanes more friction for anti sway. your truck actually has a 3in rake. rear is 3 inches higher than front, so if the rear squats a couple of inches when all is said and done trailer and truck should ride level. I did add firestone workright spring helpers (similar to Timbrens) to my F150, to help keep some of the factory rake, but it is not required.
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Are you sure your tires are 18 in.?

What's printed on the side wall for max load at max air pressure, and what does it say for max air pressure?

Reason I'm questioning you is I have the same truck as you say you have, and mine came with LT245/75R17 E rated tires.
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:47 AM   #6
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Yes Lloyd my tires are 18's Lt275/65r18, with an 80 psi max pressure.
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OK. That's good to get that verified. I guess when I got my truck I don't think they were an option.

Now. next time you hookup, put about 70--75# in the tires. That should help.
Next follow what cw3jason posted.

Find a scale that you can weigh on so you know what you have. Other wise you're just shooting in the dark. For all you know right now, you could 3000# on the hitch, or maybe only 100#.
Get everything figured out as to what they are before spending any money on air bags.
If you want to spend a little money right now----get yourself a tongue scale.

Amazon.com: sherline scale

It's cheaper then air bags. Then you will always know where you are with the loading for a trip.
In my opinion, you shouldn't need air bags if you get it set right.
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:41 PM   #8
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I am in the process of trying to talk the rent-a-cops (overpaid security guards with huge ego's) into letting me weight the trailer at work on a scale that is hardly ever used. Otherwise hopefully I can talk a local grain mill into letting me use their scale.

I leave next week for South Dakota and hope to have this figured out.
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Sound good. I weigh locally here the same way.
Try and get as many different weights as possible.
truck alone
truck & trailer
front and rear axles on the truck with and without trailer
trailer alone
trailer only while hooked to truck
Do all of this when the trailer and truck are loaded the way it is when you go camping.
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Running higher pressure in the tires will help. When towing I would be running 75 to 80 lbs in load range E tires.
Getting it weighted will help to determine if the hitch needs adjusting - bar tension-load /position.
Remove the OEM shocks and install Bilstein shocks.
Air bags will help with the sag and ride.
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