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Old 08-29-2013, 10:38 AM   #29
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Thanks Andrew! That's a great test video. I would like to see the new Dodge 1500 with the coil and air bag performance. And the new Chevy has done a lot of upgrades to their frame too.
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It is a great video to illustrate what happens I am not sure that it is a great way to compare trucks. Bumps half the size with the trucks going twice as fast would be more realistic but darn hard to see.

You'll notice the test was done at 28 MPH which is a rather random speed when you think about it. Things like the inherent frequency of the chassis etc can affect the result. So maybe the frequency of the Ford frame is pretty good at 28 MPH and others look better at 33.

Having said that Ithink the F150 has a very solid frame just not a strong as unit body vehicle, not that it would be easy to make a unit body 8' pickup box. The one that amazes me is how solid the mustang convertible we tow with is. It looks like a fraction of the F150's steel underneath it yet it flexes very little.

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All vehicles flex.....................
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New to all this always have been an RV guy. Retiring and we are looking for our Airstream now. Have 05 Dodge 1500 with Hemi. Will this work with 27 or 28 foot? Have trailer brakes and thought about beefing up rear suspension - better off just getting 2500? Just wondering welcome all ideas.
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Your Dodge will nicely handle any Airstream. You only need to beef up the rear spings if you are going to tow a slide-out modle or are carrying something heavy in the box. If you have 17" wheels 245/70R x 17" Load Range "D" Yokohama Geolanders will improve performance mileage and handling with a slight ride penalty. These tires are rated to carry 65 PSI but 45 is what you want for towing 35 is fine solo.

If you have the original shocks they are done installing Munro Sens A Tracs would be a good idea. Or Bilsteins if your feeling flush.

We would set that up with an Eaz-Lift Elite model 1400 pound weight distribution system with 2 Fridction bars. Prodigy or Direct Link Brake Control.

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