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Old 10-21-2008, 08:25 AM   #15

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The first thing you might try is softer bars, with the TV (forum speak for tow vehicle) you have you could probably use the lightest available.
Keep that Airstream perfectly level.

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So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:44 AM   #16
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We tow our 27ft Overlander with the truck indicated on the lower left corner. We have a old style Reese Straightline Dual Cam, the bars are 550 lbs bars or 1" square. We get a very soft ride on both truck and trailer. We have no problems with rough ride. I run 6 links under tension cause thats all the links there are. I have tried 5 links under tension the ride is really bad . REMEMBER the TAIL IS IN THE SCALE. Weigh your truck empty and then the combo spliting each axle to find where the weight is . The results may suprise you.Damage like U are showing I'm sure is the product of an over HITCH situation. Of course I would not rule out some design flaw.

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Old 10-22-2008, 09:08 AM   #17
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This has been discussed before and as we have progressed the 250 and 350 series trucks with diesel power have been the choice of the forum. It has also been well warned by Inland Andy and other experts that for most of the Airstream line, a properly set up modern 1/2 ton truck is all that is needed for our rigs. I have a reese dual cam with 600lb bars on 5 links and the test is very simple. When all set up jump up and down on the rear bumper. If you do not have at least 3 inches of travel, then you are over rigged. I was parked next to similar 28 on this last cross country voyage and he complained of all the damage he was having with appliances etc. He had a 2500 HD GMC and a Hensley. We left at about the same time and i jumped on his back bumper. Could not move it! He jumped on mine and the whole rig went up and down like on a cloud. Needless to say, it was obvious.

Another test is a wavy road. At times it feels like the whole rig is floating. The trucks suspension is working hard and not sending shock to the A/S. I know you guys love your diesels, and for some reason many think taking a gasser up to 3500 rpm is hurting it on long grades. I submit to all that is not the case, and a new gas 1/2 ton set up for the job will be a great daily driver and tow your rig cross country like I have over 4 times in just over 1 year with no long term issues. Maybe for the 34 triple axle rigs it is required, even then, check your trucks ability to absorb the bumps in the road.
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Old 11-01-2008, 10:18 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Silvertwinkie View Post
I am seriously considering getting one of those air hitches before the start of next season, even though I only have a 2500. It's been said these can help reduce the harshness of ride, but one of my concerns is that the hitch rides on an air bag. Though I believe these are heavy duty air bags, I question if the bag could ever blow or leak making the hitch unusable?
Check out the rear end of a semi-truck sometime. Most of them ride on air, and with the trailers. They have a very good reliability record.
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Old 11-02-2008, 05:44 AM   #19
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If I were you I would do a trial run without the bars. You really do not need them. Equalizer 1000 pound bars are much more rigid that Reese bars of the same rating. If it is still to rough, look into lowering the spring rate of the truck. The easy low cost way to run the experiment is to drop the spring rate of the tires by lowering the pressure for a trial. If you are running the 70 psi recommended pressure for the tires on the dually, drop the pressure ten pounds (check the website to make sure your still within load rating of the tires) and rerun the trial. If you find there is a signifigant improvement, it is your choise to either continue to run the lower pressure or buy some lighter weight rear springs.
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:25 AM   #20
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After repairing front end separation from the previous owner I installed a Class 5 Air Hitch, dropped the E-350 dually tires to 60 psi, changed out the 1000 lb reese dule cam bars to 700 lbs.

60,000 latter all is well.
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