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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-13-2012, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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leveling the truck.

Hey guys. I have a 2009 f150 5.4 with a towing package. I have a 21 foot camping trailer, around 2800lbs. I would like to level my truck. While towing, would I light up the night sky or is that not an issue at that weight?



What do you do if you're knee deep in mud...get back in the truck.
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I don't know about the headlights but if your looking at leveling kits have a look at Canuck Motorsports that's where I bought mine and he had really good prices and he's Canadian

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Hey guys. I have a 2009 f150 5.4 with a towing package. I have a 21 foot camping trailer, around 2800lbs. I would like to level my truck. While towing, would I light up the night sky or is that not an issue at that weight?



What do you do if you're knee deep in mud...get back in the truck.
does the back end of your truck sink when your towing as it is?
You will light up the sky if your back end sags at all. I'm pretty sure it will sag even more.

With the leveling kit your actually transfering some of the weight from the front to the back. might not seem much, until you load up the back. the front will get higher and back will lower even more.


maybe add some sort of load helpers? air bags? spring helpers? to keep the back from sagging so much?
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if the back is stock height, timbrins are an option. You could also go with a ride rite type of bag kit. Any kind of adding a leaf for strength will add to the height as well. Some guys have run something called a super spring in place of stock springs, but i think the truck still sags as the progressive rate super spring builds resistance. I have only ever run bags, and not the air lift/ride rite style so I cant say which would be your best option.
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Hey guys. I have a 2009 f150 5.4 with a towing package. I have a 21 foot camping trailer, around 2800lbs. I would like to level my truck. While towing, would I light up the night sky or is that not an issue at that weight?



What do you do if you're knee deep in mud...get back in the truck.
What is your tonque weight and do you use a load leveling hitch? Properly set up load leveling hitch should level it out.

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What is your tonque weight and do you use a load leveling hitch? Properly set up load leveling hitch should level it out.
From what i have seen on the weight distribution hitches. it moves some weight forward.. but the ass of the truck will still sag. if your putting 1000lbs on the truck the springs will compress one way or another.

My old man has a '09 and tows a 19ftTT (i think) empty it's about 6000. fully loaded it's about 7600lb max. tongue weight is about 800 i think He uses a weight distribution hitch with crank bars. his truck will still sag about 3-4" I've tried talking him into air bag assist. but no go.
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pretty sure you can adjust those hitches to lift the back tires off the ground... its not the desired effect, but shows the torsion of those hitches
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With a 2800 lb trailer his hitch weight will be under 500 lbs. My trailer is 7000 lbs loaded and I can lift the back tires almost off the ground if I use the right link on my chains. In fact that is why has to be set up properly so you don't wear the hell out of your back tires by spinning.

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general rule of thumb for tongue weight that I use is about 1/10th the trailer weight. That gets me in the ballpark anyway.

so using the 2800 he'd have about 280lbs on the ball
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21ft camping trailer and only 2800lbs??

does that seem off at all??
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