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Old 05-27-2016, 10:35 AM   #15
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I've got Firestone airbags on my F250 because I carry a lot of weight in the bed, including up to 91 gallons of diesel in an auxiliary tank. The bags are very versatile in handling big loads and keeping things straight on a pickup.

A few years ago I installled a front hitch to allow me to drive the trailer into really tight spots when needed. After I installed the hitch, I decided the hitch wasn't going to be used enough to justify it just hanging off the front end like that, so I bought a platform that fits into the 2-inch receiver. On that platform, I installed a metal, lockable tool box. In that box I put maybe 200 pounds of tools I like to keep with me when on long camping trips.

So, with all that weight hanging off the front end, I discontinued using the weight transfer bars when using my trailer, saving maybe 20 pounds of bars and a few greasy spots on my pants each trip. Besides, half a ton of diesel engine up front with the tool box is surely enough weight to keep the steering straight and true even with 800 pounds of tongue weight hanging off the back end. It is.
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:50 PM   #16
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Thanks folks for the feedback - It's a 'Go' for using the WDH. My interests were primarily along the lines of physics and safety, but I did find one article that may be of interest to some:
http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/tow...still-needed/#

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Thanks folks for the feedback - It's a 'Go' for using the WDH. My interests were primarily along the lines of physics and safety, but I did find one article that may be of interest to some:
http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/tow...still-needed/#

Regards and safe travels.
Good for you.

Air bags lift weight, but they do not transfer weight.

Using air bags with a load equalizing hitch, is a bad idea, in that the bags depending on the inflation pressure will progressively defeat the purpose of the hitch.

IF air bags are on a vehicle, then the system MUST BE deactivated and the pressure must be dropped to the minimum, when using the load equalizing hitch.

Any truck scale would prove that in a heart beat.

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Thanks, Andy.
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A friend has factory AB's on his TV....what works for him.

Deflate bags completely, set WD to transfer the needed weight with a LEVEL rig.

He then inflates the bags 'til the tongue just starts to lift then drops a few psi back to LEVEL.

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Ron - I don't qualify as a towing expert so take with a grain of salt.

If you think you should, just do it. You don't want to spend hours on the road worry about when something might happen that you're not prepared for.

Like any safety device (seat belts, breakaway switches, etc.), you never need them - until you need them. It's not the 999 miles things went well but the one mile all hell breaks loose that you'll want the help a good setup provides.

Set it up and have a safe trip!
Well said and great advice IMHO!
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