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SweetLou

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Posted: 12/30/17 06:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just get some Tibrens. They only go into use when truck has weight on it. Research it and you will see that they are better and less expensive. It won't change the ride when empty either


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I put air bags on my 2010 GMC 1500 crew cab I tow a 27'T/T around 6500# loaded. with the trailer hooked up and my bars set my truck and trailer are almost completely level. in this stance the truck is not yet down on the heavier springs of the tow package. it tows great but I got a lot of up and down at the rear. the air bags at about 20# cured most of this and made a much better ride. when i'm not towing I drop the bags down to a pound or two and i'm back to my normal smooth ride.
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SweetLou wrote:

Just get some Tibrens. They only go into use when truck has weight on it. Research it and you will see that they are better and less expensive. It won't change the ride when empty either


While I like Timbrens and have used them in the past, as they are one of the most economical "solutions", their downside is they are extremely stiff once engaged. Kind of a not for all situations solution like airbags are.
To the OP, I cannot imagine the need for airbags on your truck and setup unless there is a specific need, like you're hauling another 2-3000lbs in the bed with the camper in tow.

You haven't replied as to why you think you need them as you're already running this truck and trailer together. What are you trying to accomplish?


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Grit dog wrote:

SweetLou wrote:

Just get some Tibrens. They only go into use when truck has weight on it. Research it and you will see that they are better and less expensive. It won't change the ride when empty either


While I like Timbrens and have used them in the past, as they are one of the most economical "solutions", their downside is they are extremely stiff once engaged. Kind of a not for all situations solution like airbags are.
To the OP, I cannot imagine the need for airbags on your truck and setup unless there is a specific need, like you're hauling another 2-3000lbs in the bed with the camper in tow.

You haven't replied as to why you think you need them as you're already running this truck and trailer together. What are you trying to accomplish?

I agree with what you are telling the OP, however my experience with Timbrens on my former 2005 Dodge DW was not what you are saying. The ride wasn't stiff at all when engaged for me. The added benefit is that when running empty the original set up is not altered. With airbags it is constantly connected and you must run the appropriate amount of air at all times.

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Grit dog wrote:


To the OP, I cannot imagine the need for airbags on your truck and setup unless there is a specific need, like you're hauling another 2-3000lbs in the bed with the camper in tow.

You haven't replied as to why you think you need them as you're already running this truck and trailer together. What are you trying to accomplish?


Hi Grit Dog,

He did answer. It just may not have stuck out as it was inserted text in a replay of mine. See here. His reply was the post above it.

http://forums.trailerlife.com/index.cfm/........d/29517566/gotomsg/29518959.cfm#29518959


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I have airbags on mine and it makes the ride a little better when loaded but mostly helps keep my headlights pointed in the right direction. I've also had the Tembrens on another truck and didn't like them because they made the truck ride like a log wagon when loaded! Felt like susp was bottomed out.


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it looks like the tembrens work just like an air bag only not adjustable.
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it looks like the tembrens work just like an air bag only not adjustable.
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They are basically longer bump stops...maybe different material n innards


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Air bags when used properly help keep your truck level. They do help with a travel trailer. The first thing I noticed was that I wasn't blinding everyone I met when the headlights were needed. With your truck and trailer level you have more control and a much better ride.


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