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Old 06-24-2012, 11:25 AM   #3851
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Hey R...

From years of towing, if there seems to be a little more tongue weight than your truck likes - we put Air Lift bags in all our tow vehicles. They are relatively cheap and you can adjust them to the load. Leave them at minimum psi when the truck is driving around town and then add the proper psi to keep the hitch height equal to what it was before you attach the trailer. This help A LOT in stopping power. You know the old thing (for the vehicle part) 80% of vehicle stopping is the front brakes. If you unload the weight from them in the rain, they lose a lot of their capacity and steering. Anyway no biggie just something to consider.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:52 AM   #3852
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Nice! You're gonna think you're in a Cadillac!
Maybe, that trucck is pretty nice... With the coil springs, it already rides like... well not a caddy... but nice...

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From years of towing, if there seems to be a little more tongue weight than your truck likes - we put Air Lift bags in all our tow vehicles. They are relatively cheap and you can adjust them to the load. Leave them at minimum psi when the truck is driving around town and then add the proper psi to keep the hitch height equal to what it was before you attach the trailer. This help A LOT in stopping power. You know the old thing (for the vehicle part) 80% of vehicle stopping is the front brakes. If you unload the weight from them in the rain, they lose a lot of their capacity and steering. Anyway no biggie just something to consider.
I was talking to Glen at Planet Pickup and he mentioned the high density closed cell foam deals that act like a soft early bump stop...

I revisit these options and go with the best ideas of people that know...

I was talking to several of the guys out here that tow stuff all the time... There were several recommendations and this was one of them... airbags was another... and getting a smaller trailer or a bigger truck was also mentioned...

Trailer, I'm settled and it's partly paid for, and being built... Truck, it's already WAY more than I intended to buy when I went shopping for a beater... It's rated for 11200 lbs towing capacity so I'll address what I need to make it safe and carry on... I figure the trailer, tools and the Camaro will weigh in close to 8000... and hoping for a bit less... there was some guessing going on about the weight of the trailer amoungst the several vendors I talked with... 2490 to 3000 on the trailer weight..with the box...and the trailer is 28 feet long...

Thanks for the Input... It's beena number of years since Ive hauled anything on a regular basis... and a lot of that was in a tractor trailer... though I did quite a bit when I was managing the ranch as well...
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:20 PM   #3853
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I have a 3/4 ton, but this works for any open trailer & truck:

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Don't use a bumper/ball setup, use a good class 4 receiver hitch and a drop that lets your trailer sit just a little bit nose high unloaded.

Electric brakes are the greatest if it's in your budget!

With your unladen pickup, measure the rear bumper static ride height. Then with your fat @$$ standing on the bumper, measure it again. That should give you a general idea how much 250 lb tongue weight will look on your truck.

With the trailer hooked up and fully loaded, move the car forward or back till your static bumper height is about where it was (or a bit lower) when you stood on the bumper.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:24 PM   #3854
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I have a 3/4 ton, but this works for any open trailer & truck:
Hmmm... sounds like a plan, and one I can certainly follow...
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:50 PM   #3855
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Hmmm... sounds like a plan, and one I can certainly follow...
Sweet! aaand I was just guessing at your weight

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Old 06-24-2012, 05:58 PM   #3856
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Sweet! aaand I was just guessing at your weight
Getting a little personal are we???
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:30 PM   #3857
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Getting a little personal are we???
Your ban hammer don't sk-sk-skeer me

Besides, everyone knows at your age the @$$ shrinks and the belly goes from 6 pack to keg ... don't ask me how I know... I just do
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:08 PM   #3858
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Your ban hammer don't sk-sk-skeer me

Besides, everyone knows at your age the @$$ shrinks and the belly goes from 6 pack to keg ... don't ask me how I know... I just do
I never even pulled the ban hammer out of the closet for that comment, just curious...

And I''ve seen your skinny self... Keg...??? what ever... maybe a pony keg...
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Not so skinny anymore... I discovered a wonderful new invention... called Crisco!
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:32 PM   #3860
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Somebody say keg?

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Old 06-24-2012, 07:37 PM   #3861
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If you consider that a new invention, then you must be what... Methusalas's dad...
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:14 PM   #3862
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Somebody say keg?

Yup, have your cup of beer and pass out... Your legal now...
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:54 PM   #3863
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Yup, have your cup of beer and pass out... Your legal now...
Come on now...been legal for almost a year....

Or can you not remember back that far?
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:13 PM   #3864
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Are you still legal???

Then you're legal now... I never said you became legal yesterday..

College kids these days... Jeeezzzze....
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