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RE: Do I need airbags?

I took my FW out for the first time with the new shocks and new air bags. On the way there I had the bags pumped up to 45psi and it rode with the rear a few inches higher and made for a very jerky ride. When I got to the CG, I let the air down to about 7 psi so the wife cold take the truck into town. I left it at that psi when hooking up to come home and the truck was perfectly level and the ride was amazing! I also didn't realize how much I needed new shocks. I went with OEM for $98 on all four corners from Rock Auto. I really don't think there's anything wrong with my suspension. My only issue now is the FW tows nose high. I have the Mor Ryde Kingpin with the Andersen Ultimate Hitch. I have one more hole left in the Kingpin to adjust the nose down. It looks like the Mor Ryde kingpin makes the nose a little higher, or at least it looks that way. I've never towed with out a Mor Ryde before. Are they worth it? I need the nose down about 3-4 inches and don't really want to do the axle flip. Anyways, that's the follow up to my first trip out with airbags and new shocks.
davisenvy 04/17/16 12:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do I need airbags?

The third post took care of my weights so I didn't further elaborate. I installed new struts and air bags this weekend. I'm going on a short trip this next weekend and I'll report back on my experience. Jayco Eagle HT 29.5bhds I didn't give Cat Scale weights, I didn't give the model of the FW, I didn't tell what kind of tires are on my truck because I didn't ask if those items were in check. "Get a new truck", "Get a smaller trailer" aren't an option or realistic advice. Thank you to those who actually answered my question. After reviewing many pages of "Your Rig" it seems that my truck doesn't squat any more than most of the pictures I saw, including the DRW trucks. I guess they need a bigger truck!;) As stated before, this is my first FW, this is all new to me and I'm not used to the rear squatting at all. Just looking for a little help, not an overall evaluation on what YOU would've done with MY money.
davisenvy 04/11/16 02:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do I need airbags?

Post a pic hooked up. Would help tremendously if more took the time to post a pic. Can only do so much with a description that keeps changing. How does it keep changing? No pic is needed, it's pretty simple. Truck sags in the rear when my fifth wheel is hooked up. Do I need airbags?
davisenvy 04/06/16 11:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do I need airbags?

I am not trading in my truck for a DRW pickup. I don't buy the argument if you need air bags you are overloaded. My dad needed air bags on a DWR 3500 Crew Chevy and a DWR F350 Crew with a Lance slide in. I'm not wanting air bags to help towing. I was wanting them to bring the rear end up some. The new shocks isn't for the sag, but the reason the Timbrens rode rough. My thought( and maybe the Moderators also) is that bad shocks would allow the rear suspension to travel faster and further than it would if the shocks were in good working condition allowing the Timbren to come into contact unloaded.
davisenvy 04/06/16 09:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do I need airbags?

How old are your shocks? Exactly what I was thinking. They're pretty old. I'm trying to decide on going back with OEM or Bilsteins. Maybe I'll order the airbags and shocks and just make a day of it. New shocks might fix the Timbren problem, but not my sag problem, right? Remember, I am coming from a TT with weight bars. I am used to seeing my truck perfectly level when I tow.
davisenvy 04/06/16 07:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do I need airbags?

Jayco Eagle HT 29.5 BHDS. Pin 1550, dry weight 8,800. The FW is pretty much unloaded.
davisenvy 04/06/16 07:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do I need airbags?

Howdid the timbrens ruin your ride when they are just a overload stop not in use unless towing?:h Timbrens don't engage until the rear is loaded. If they are contacting the axle unloaded, they are installed wrong. I love my timbrens. There isn't much to install. I really don't think they were installed incorrectly. They looked just like the pics on etrailer.
davisenvy 04/06/16 07:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do I need airbags?

Maybe the truck doesn't sag that much, but it does sag. I have the front leveled a little bit so that makes it look a little worse than it is. There is still a 1.25 in rake. The Timbrens were installed without the spacer disc provided. Without the disc installed there was a 1.5 in space for suspension travel. When I would hit a bump or a bridge expansion it would feel like the truck was bottoming out on its frame. The truck is a 2006 with 120k mi. Could my leaf springs be worn out?
davisenvy 04/06/16 06:28am Fifth-Wheels
Do I need airbags?

I just purchased my first FW last week. When hooking up, the rear of my truck squats around 4-5 inches. I have towed the FW on a short camping trip and the FW towed very nice, but the rear does sag quite a bit compared to my last TT set up. I bought some Timbrens and installed them earlier on this week. They absolutely ruined the way my truck drove unloaded so I didn't even try to tow with them. How many on here are running air bags? From the pics in the "Your Rig" section everyone seems to be pretty level in their towing. Do they ride rough when towing?
davisenvy 04/06/16 05:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do I have to use water regulator

Ask the camp about the water pressure at your site, or even better use a gauge like we do. Its a simple 0-100 # gauge adapted to hose thread. Might cost you 10 bucks to make one. If the camp pressure is less than 60 psi, skip the regulator. You see, the problem with most regulators is that they also restrict flow, so you get a weak shower if the pressure is within acceptable range, less than 60 psi. You could spend the money for a Watts adjustable pressure full flow regulator, but why bother and spend the money when its so simple to just check it out beforehand? We have seen parks with pressures from 25 psi (la state park) - 110 psi ( Tx pvt.) . Our State law requires a minimum of 25 psi with a flow of 2gpm. This is exactly what I was wanting to know. I need to get a pressure gauge. I think some of the places I camp have low pressure and the regulator just makes it worse. Thanks for the replies.
davisenvy 04/01/16 07:04pm Fifth-Wheels
Do I have to use water regulator

I have been using a water regulator on my hose for years. I would love to do away with it and have a normal shower. Do I really need to use a regulator, or is the plumbing in my FW strong enough to handle more than a dribble.
davisenvy 04/01/16 05:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen Ultimate and in bed fuel tank

I should have clarified - I wasn't intending to argue with you. When I bought mine, I emailed with Andersen on a few things, orientation of both the frame and the kingpin adapter box, installation over a bed mat, etc ... and I "thought" I recalled at that time they said the orientation of the frame was a recommendation but it was ok to reverse for clearance ... I will go thru my old emails tonight to see if I can find it. Just curious, what was their answer about the hitch being over a bed mat?
davisenvy 03/29/16 03:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen Ultimate and in bed fuel tank

Whew! You're a life saver. Thanks for the reply.
davisenvy 03/27/16 04:16pm Fifth-Wheels
Andersen Ultimate and in bed fuel tank

I just purchased my first FW and choose to with the Andersen Ultimate hitch to go on my existing gooseneck hitch. I had a brain fart and didn't even consider the fuel tank in my bed which was perfect for my TT and tonneau cover. Here are the dimensions. Width 50 in Height 9 in Front of bed to back of tank is 20.25 in. Center of Gooseneck ball to back of tank is 14.5 in. The I know the Andersen can be flipped, but I can't find the dimensions once it is hooked up either way. Is Anderson Ultimate still an option? If not, what are my options? Link to my aux tank http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200306747_200306747
davisenvy 03/27/16 03:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Making the TT to FW Leap

I forgot I have a aux fuel tank in the bed. I'll make another post. Sorry.
davisenvy 03/27/16 03:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Making the TT to FW Leap

Ive already purchased the Anderson aluminum hitch for the gooseneck. Thanks for all the feedback. I'm one to worry about the unknown.
davisenvy 03/27/16 01:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Making the TT to FW Leap

I pulled the trigger on the Jayco Eagle HT 29.5bhds on Friday. I'm going back this next week. I'm a bit nervous because I have never pulled or tried to back up a FW. I consider myself above average in towing/backing a TT, hut I'm hearing the FW is a totally different animal. Other than that, I'm extremely excited to get started.
davisenvy 03/27/16 06:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Will 15k AC cool a 30 ft FW

It wasn't "rule of thumb", it was my experience with my TT in 95 degree heat in FL. The FW says its a 29.5, but is actually 34 ft overall length. Not sure if that makes much difference.
davisenvy 03/25/16 07:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Will 15k AC cool a 30 ft FW

Rig in sig has a single 15K A/C that does a good job in keeping the coach cool during the summer. All shades are down, awning out, A/C flow diverter switched to "Quick-Cool", temp set at 75. I keep the 2 roofs vents in BR and BH cracked a smidge to let excess heat out. In the BR, we run a 16" oscillating fan as well. If the dinette window will be in afternoon sun, I have a reflective pad I put behind the shade to aid in keeping sun out. Not wired for 2nd A/C. But like others have said too, al lot depends on insulation, going in/out. Start out running A/C 1st thing in morning to give it a head start. While traveling and it's warm/hot, we open the roof vents (4) to allow internal heat to escape (MaxxAir covers over them). This is what I do in my current TT. It doesn't bother me that much and the TT is cooled down enough in time for bed time. It seems that 20 degrees cooler than the ambient temp is the norm. This situation wouldn't bother me, but I surely wouldn't want it any worse.
davisenvy 03/25/16 05:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Making the TT to FW Leap

Great responses! I was also curious about the Anderson hitch. I'm looking forward to the extra room with a more enjoyable towing experience.
davisenvy 03/24/16 06:35pm Fifth-Wheels
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