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Old 07-04-2016, 04:11 PM   #21
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Stiffer tires in plies and air pressure. No air bags should be needed with distribution hitch on that Combo. Load trailer like you always did ...if anything a tad heavier to front and camper level when hitched. Surprised you felt air bags were needed. Are you hauling more in tv? I know some newer suv's are softer but camper is not that heavy.
Takes a lot of trial and error to get set up but I think air bags are the problem.

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Old 07-04-2016, 05:59 PM   #22
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Thanks for all the input - it definitely gives us things to check and double check on our 2013 Suburban, trailer weight, WD hitch set up, etc. One thing I will mention - we did not add the air bag system right away on this truck, only after hauling our trailer last summer and the issues we were having. We were looking for answers then and was told an air bag system would solve the problem - which it has not….. That is why I posted on this site to get the information you are all offering. Thanks again!

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Old 07-05-2016, 04:09 AM   #23
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Please post a photo of your airbag system if you have it installed at this point or already have a photo handy.
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Old 07-05-2016, 05:42 PM   #24
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For those that have asked about our tires on the Suburban they are Michelins LTX M/S P265/70R17. Max load of 2535 lbs.

The air bags systems is Air Lift brand - if you want a picture I can get that tomorrow.
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:31 AM   #25
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Hello Redteddy76:
I have pulled an assortment of trailers with the following "Suburbans" or Yukon XLs or Escalade ESVs ( 1997, 2001, 2003 and 2007 and all essentially 1500 models) The 1997 and 2001 had trailer packages but really the packages were more for extra cooling capacity rather than significant suspension improvements. The 2003 and 2007 had no claimed trailer packages as such. I only ever used WD hitch assemblies. And like you I continued to used the same trailer and WD hitch through a vehicle change. In 2007 the factory trailer hitch assembly was mounted integrally into the bumper assembly for an outside appearance improvement but then the ball height increased substantially. Several people's postings on this topic have mentioned ball height. I am curious if you have dealt with the ball height?
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Old 07-16-2016, 06:26 AM   #26
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Yes we did lower our ball down to accommodate for the higher hitch. We can actually drop it one more spot- then it would be in the lowest position possible.

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