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Old 02-21-2011, 09:03 AM   #29
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Friday we just traded in out 2004 Expedition for a 2006 Ram 1500 with the HEMI. We hooked up with 19' Bambi and the truck just sank. We have an Equalizer Hitch set up, but it looks way too low for my confort. Really worried that this new TV just won't do it. ALl the reason we waited so long for a new truck. Any words of inspiration or ideas. Thinking about addind ajustable airshocks.
Have you re-adjusted the tension in the Weight Distribution system for the new rig so that the front wheel arch of the truck is at least returned down to its height when the trailer is not attached? After this, have you adjusted the towball height on the hitch to make the trailer horizontal? If you have done these two fundamentals, you have a firm basis on which to make finer adjustments before visits to the weighing scales.
(If you want advice on the desirabilty of adjustable airshocks for curing assumed problems with hitch settings, you could try asking Andy at Inland RV. Before you do, put on your visor, crash helmet, and fire-proof overalls.)

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Old 02-21-2011, 09:32 AM   #30
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(If you want advice on the desirabilty of adjustable airshocks for curing assumed problems with hitch settings, you could try asking Andy at Inland RV. Before you do, put on your visor, crash helmet, and fire-proof overalls.)
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:12 AM   #31
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Friday we just traded in out 2004 Expedition for a 2006 Ram 1500 with the HEMI. We hooked up with 19' Bambi and the truck just sank...
yo mama!


an Unmodified 1500 should be more than adequate for bambi...

unless u r hauling another bambi in the truck bed.

post a few pix, provide more info.

lots of possibilities but without more details 4 the readers here to consider...

help is gonna be vague.

all of the true things that i am about to tell you are shameless lies. l.b.j.

we are here on earth to fart around. don't let anybody tell you any different. k.v.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:26 AM   #32
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In the past 2.5 yrs, we have towed around 22,000 miles (camping 141 nights) with a 2004 1500 Dodge Quad Cab Hemi. Trailer tongue weight is 800lbs, and we load approx. 300 lbs of gear in the truck bed. I've weighed the rig twice at CAT scales, and the fully loaded trailer axle weight is around 6,000 lbs (while hooked). I use 1,000 lb. Reese round bars with the equalizer, and no other sway control.

We have been to each end of US1 (Key West and Maine), up to the far reaches of BC (Prince Edward Island). We have towed across Kansas with high wind warnings, through the mountains of NC and TN, the hills of Arkansas, and the steep inclines of Colorado. I have never experienced the first moment of sway (even in the middle of storms), and no popped rivets.

The only problem the truck has experienced was a transmission rebuild at 68,900 miles. (This problem was self-induced as I pulled 3,000 lbs of motorcycle trailer for three years without locking the torque converter with the tow-haul mode). The only modifications to the truck have been the installation of Monroe coil-over load equalizing shocks on the rear. I had experienced some "porpoising" on a few interstates, and the OEM shocks were probably worn out anyway. Either way, the installation of new shocks solved this issue.

Overall, I'm very pleased with the Dodge as a TV. I have been tempted several times (convinced by reading this forum that I didn't have enough truck) to test drive other models. I keep coming back to my old Dodge. It has served me well, and I still like it better than the new trucks.

Tires, on the other hand, are a whole separate issue. After last year's experience with GYMs, there is a set of Maxxis "E's" just waiting for installation. I know.....too much tire.....not enough truck!

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Old 02-21-2011, 12:51 PM   #33
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:15 AM   #34
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Talking Wonderful News!!

Thanks you everyone for all the wonderful information!! I so appreciate everyone.

Yesterday was quite an adventure. Made more calls that I thought was humanly possible; locate mechanics, specialized custom mechanic, trailer shop, local dealerships, the Corp offices of Dodge, Airstream, etc, etc, etc. Had both the desk top and laptop going at the same time. Good thing Im ambidextrous!

When hubby and I got home, we took all the measurements and started to take apart the Equal-izer set up and wow what a HUGE difference!!! Nickcrowhurst, you were right on it!! Hubby said he wanted to do this Sunday, guess I was not listening. Well it worked beautifully. Happy to say the Bambi was successfully pulled into the drive way. Good thing, hubby bonded with the new Ram, so it was staying! Well be testing out the ride on Friday to see if he still wants airshocks.

I was so excited, I completely forgot to take picture of the first hitching up. But I hope to post some pictures from this coming weekend.

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