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Air Bag Problem

My son recently got a truck that came with air bags. Somewhere around a 2013 Ram. They do not tow with it, but I'm guessing the previous owner did. The truck has started to squat in the rear, I'm guessing a couple of inches at the tailgate below level. Pressure at the airbag gauge is 50-60 psi. If you blow them up to 90+, the truck will level, but be back the next day. So, I'm guessing there is a leak somewhere, but it goes down on both sides. Would think the air bags are independent??? Also, shouldn't the regular shocks keep the truck from squatting without a load?? So maybe new shocks are the answer? Can't post pictures as the truck is a couple of hours away. Thanks.
packpe89 10/28/20 06:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: What truck do I need to pull this trailer

Mine is a 2016.
packpe89 09/28/20 07:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What truck do I need to pull this trailer

I would definitely go diesel just for ease of fill-ups utilizing trucks stops instead of at the pump. Also cross country means mountains and it will pull better in the mountains. I just purchased a certified 2500 Ram diesel MegaCab Long Horn in your price range ($38K) with 50K miles, so you should be able to find something. I have owned or used all three and any will work well. I went with Ram because that is the best value I found. I would not worry about fuel capacity, all three brands will have large tanks and you will want to stop every now and then for a rest break. Again trucks stops are great! An 8' drw crewcab will be a beast when you adventure out, may want to consider the 6.5' bed. Good luck and have fun.
packpe89 09/28/20 09:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: My 2019 Ford F 150 towing

Try to get this back on track. You can add an after market brake controller or try and get a OEM controller added. I would prefer the OEM as they seem to me to integrate better. When you tap your brakes, the trailer will also brake and the trick is to get this feeling seamlessly, so they stop together and not the trailer stopping the truck. The OEM seems to be better at this, I think. The other things going on here are, look at the payload sticker on your driver door jam and get your payload. This will tell you how much your truck can legally carry, including passengers, hitch, and weight of the trailer on the hitch (Tongue weight). There are also some comments on if you have a tow package, which would add a transmission cooler among other things. May want to mention which motor and drive ratio. Good Luck!
packpe89 09/04/20 07:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help choosing tow vehicle

Agree with others, you'll want a turbo. F150 is great, another option would be the GM Canyon/Colorado twins, which you can get with a turbo Diesel or Ram or GM half-ton diesels, great mileage. You'll like the diesel when you fill up at the truck stop and don't have to fight the cars.
packpe89 08/26/20 12:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.7L Cummins Engine Brake

Thanks for the thread. Just got my 2016 CTD and have been wondering the same thing. From what I have gathered, full slows the truck when you lift from the pedal and auto when you actually brake. Is this correct. Love how t slows the truck, I'm sure will help save the brakes.
packpe89 08/25/20 10:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Picking Up New (to me) Ram 2500 CTD, a few questions

Yes, the 6.0 was not a good start into diesels... Glad to hear about the Bosch Plan to DIY the filters, Mopar or is there another good choice?
packpe89 08/21/20 07:37am Tow Vehicles
Picking Up New (to me) Ram 2500 CTD, a few questions

After debating 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton, came across a good deal on a 2016 Ram 2500 Mega Cab 4x4 with the CTD and only 50K miles. Picking it up this afternoon. My previous diesel experience was an '05 F250 with the 6.0. With that, there were all kinds of additives folks recommended, such as seamfoam, cetane booster or adding oil to the fuel tank and frequent oil changes and fuel filters. Looking online, I'm seeing oil changes every 6mo or 15K miles and fuel filter once a year. Is this good? Synthetic? My F-250 did not have the exhaust brake and the Ram does. Should I always use the exhaust brake or only when towing or only when towing grades? What else should I know or be ready for? Thanks
packpe89 08/21/20 06:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Newbie Tow Vehicle Help

Another Question, How long is the trailer? You may be fine on weight, but if you are over 28-30', then you'll be catching allot of air when trucks pass. The 6.5' bed will help with that. Also consider some stiffer tires. I went from P tires on my F150SCREW 6.5' bed to E loads and made towing better. Good Luck
packpe89 08/21/20 06:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Truck for New Empty Nesters

Looked at a Tundra yesterday, somewhat basic model and only had 1240# payload :/ Also went to check out 3.0 Duramax, but already sold :/
packpe89 08/18/20 06:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Truck for New Empty Nesters

Thanks for input so far, I've gone cross country before, with a 30' bunkhouse and F250. Don't plan on getting large trailer. The current TT works great for the two of us. More wondering can new 1/2 tons comfortably pull cross country. I will plan to keep this truck for a long time. Live on a farm (though I don't farm), but need to haul things around (farm has big trucks to haul big things, so don't need that). To answer a few comments, Yes, Titan XD intrigues me, since I plan to keep not worried about re-sale so much. I would not get anything with less than 1500# payload. Alaska will be when we full retire in a few years, so we plan on a long trip 4-5 weeks.
packpe89 08/17/20 08:19am Tow Vehicles
New Truck for New Empty Nesters

New empty nesters hoping to have more time to use our TT. Trailer is 26' and weighs 5500# dry. Plan to take long trips every 2-3 years(NC to Western US, maybe Alaska, Maine/Canada etc.), and local trips 2-3 times a year. Otherwise will be used as weekend driver (I have a company truck for commuting). I have no brand preference. Hope to stay under $50K and keep a long time. Live on a farm so 4x4 is a definite. Thinking about the following half tons, Tundra Crew Max, GMC with 3.0 diesel, F150 with 3.5EB or Ram with 5.7. Local Nissan dealer has a Titan XD with diesel left from '19. Could get a good deal there. Would also consider 3/4 ton, found a low milage Ram 2500/6.4 hemi, but think I would prefer diesel in that class. Thoughts and opinions. Tundra too old, or rock solid reputation make it ok. GM 3.0 gets great reviews and I like diesel for ease of fill-up when towing. Ford hate to buy now with new body coming out, but great motor. Ram like the new body. Nissan XD, ok to get even though they have dropped Cummins? Thanks Joe
packpe89 08/16/20 03:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Good truck for towing

Is the 30' total length or just the box. Getting close to dog wagging the tail. I would go with a 3/4 ton, and like diesel for mountains and for ease of fill-up (truck stops) while towing.
packpe89 07/21/20 06:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help with Long Term planning for Alaska

Don't really want to go the TC route, since we will still take trips locally with extended stays (NC/SC beaches and mountains). Sounds like 3/4 Diesel may be the way to go, and 4x4 is required here on the farm anyway. I am not sure about tire size on my TT, I assume you can upgrade?
packpe89 07/01/20 06:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Help with Long Term planning for Alaska

My wife and I plan to visit Alaska in a few years (2-4) but may start getting the pieces sooner, so want some advice. We currently have a 26'TT (5500# dry) I pull with a F150 3.5EB. I will likely get a new truck in a year or so. Is the 26' TT a good size for Alaska? If i get a new camper, would likely get a smallish 5th wheel and then a 3/4 ton for towing. Should I stay at half-ton? Thinking I will get diesel for mpg and ease of fill-up at truck stops and don't care about brands. Or...should I get a Class A or C for the trip and a smaller truck and tow it? We live on a farm, so having a truck is a must, but other than towing, don't really care about what size. So to summarize, which option would you choose? Or something else? A. Keep trailer and new half ton B. Keep trailer and new 3/4 ton C. Class A D. Class C E. New fifth wheel and 3/4 ton Thanks JB
packpe89 06/30/20 07:19am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Ford for a tow vehicle

I had the 5.3/6speed ('07) and now have the 3.5 ecoboost ('14) also with a six speed. The ecoboost has much better power, no struggles in the mountains. I also have a 5.7 hemi in my work truck. It's power seems very similar to the ecoboost. Agree with others the 10speed would help. I would suggest watching tfltruck. They have good towing reviews of all these engines. Good Luck.
packpe89 06/05/20 07:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle Advice For Newbie

6.0 Diesel from the 2003 to 2007 or so.
packpe89 05/08/20 08:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle Advice For Newbie

Another question is where do you plan on towing. Being from eastern NC myself, I've made several trips to the NC mountains with a 1500 Chevy (5.3) pulling a 28' Bunkhouse (6000#). That's border line in my opinion. That combo in the flat areas going to Myrtle Beach is fine. When I took a cross country trip I up-sized to an F-250. My current TT is a 26' (couples trailer now that kids are out of the house) that weighs 5500#. I pull it with a F-150 3.5EB (long wheel base). I would not go any bigger than that for a long trip on a half ton truck. Agree with others, find the camper first. Also think you should be headed to looking in the 3/4 ton area. I've had them all (Chevy, Ford and Ram) and they are all good. Stay away from a few bad apples (Ford 6.0 for example). A few more thoughts: Long wheel base (Crew with 6.5' bed) tends to lessen the sway and will carry your motor cycles better, but can be a pain in the a$$ to park in some urban areas. Gas vs diesel, it's always easier to pull into a truck stop and get diesel than to pull up at a station a fight for a good spot at the gas pumps. Larger tanks - Ram and Ford can be found with 35+/- gallon tanks in a half ton, helps in the previous issue. Watch the payload, with growing kids, your payload will increase (as will the need for room in the back seat). Another 3/4+ ton benefit. Good Luck
packpe89 05/08/20 08:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chrysler UConnect

I had similar problems on my 2018 Ram. Would kick out of blue tooth, but still display the song on the screen and no longer connect to the phone. When I stopped, it would keep playing the radio for up to 30 minutes with out the key or anything. Finally got the head unit replaced and its better. Still kicks out of blue tooth occasionally, but none of the other issues and re-connects after re-starting the truck.
packpe89 02/26/20 12:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Newbies RVers

Diesel if you plan to tow anything, much easier going in and out of trucks stops at the diesel pumps.
packpe89 02/13/20 06:59am Beginning RVing
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