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Posted: 10/11/06 12:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your experiance shows the value of having the overloads in contact at all times. I have done that since day one with my truck and if I remove my spring slippers(pads, extensions, whatever you want to call them) I get the same result you had.


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FF1063 wrote:

Does anyone know the actual weight of 2 cubic yards of "Pea" gravel?


2 cy of pea gravel would weigh almost 3 tons.

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[quote=hbski]Well, it's not just the overloads that aren't being loaded. As you take more load at the airbag it unloads the main spring as well. This is exactly what's happening with air bags. All these trucks have progressive rate springs so when inflating the air bags to bring the truck back up to normal height you just put the main springs at their lightest spring rate plus if you have the camper/overload springs they are worthless at this point. Some have installed the extended bump stops which works great with the air bags. On my '02 Dodge I made my own spacers which are installed only when I'm going to have the camper on the truck. They contact as soon as the camper starts to load the truck and I only add enough air to bring the truck up to about 1.5" of the empty height which keeps the headlights aimed correctly. It really makes a big improvement in handling. Rich

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Posted: 10/11/06 09:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ok, here's another try at posting some pics:

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Posted: 10/11/06 11:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In the above pics you can see how much adjustment you can get from the airbags. Comes in handy.

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Posted: 10/12/06 05:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just maybe your problem stems from them fancy jacks you installed!! [emoticon]

Lots of Bears up there at Rustler's Camp. One of the nicest spots in Southern Arizona. Great hiking, too!!! Did you make it down to Cave Canyon on the east side? Cave Creek has the best fall show in Arizona. Take the trail up Cave Creek a few miles to Maple Camp.

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Kober wrote:

In the above pics you can see how much adjustment you can get from the airbags. Comes in handy.


Actually, I can't. I see your leveling blocks for the side-to-side adjustment. Are you talking front-to-rear?

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needsomefun wrote:

Just maybe your problem stems from them fancy jacks you installed!! [emoticon]

Lots of Bears up there at Rustler's Camp. One of the nicest spots in Southern Arizona. Great hiking, too!!! Did you make it down to Cave Canyon on the east side? Cave Creek has the best fall show in Arizona. Take the trail up Cave Creek a few miles to Maple Camp.


Yes, there are lots of great trails all over that mountain range. Cave Creek was our first TC camping experience right after we bought the camper. It was November and we had the whole place to ourselves. LOL! BRRR!!
This trip we started at Cave Creek but decided to keep going across because we had never camped at Rustlers before. We counted 13 deer in one hour of hiking. Didn't see any bears.
I can't wait to try to get up there this winter in the snow.

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