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Old 02-19-2015, 06:21 PM   #1
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air bags?

Just wanted to confirm what I told my neighbor. Also show him what other people's opinions are. The RV dealer told him that if he adds air bags to a half ton truck this would increase his payload. I responded that the air bags help to stabilize the truck and help level the truck out.

Also I've talk to him about towing capacity. He is looking at a 5er loaded weight at 9400lbs or so with a dry pin weight close to 1500lbs. My opinion was they due make a ecoboost half ton with a max payload along with a max tow that could have enough to do it but said mostly likely that one would be hard to find used. Told him he would be better off finding a 3/4ton truck.
Please feel free to give me your opinions and I will pass the info forward.
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Sorry for any typing errors, I am using a phone..
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Fyi I was excluding the 2015 trucks he is in the market for 2012 or 2013
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Just my opinion but he needs a 3/4 ton. Airbags don't increase payload. They can however give people without enough payload the misconception that they can tow more than they should.
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Just my opinion but he needs a 3/4 ton. Airbags don't increase payload. They can however give people without enough payload the misconception that they can tow more than they should.
2X. Air bags will help level the TV, they do not increase payload.
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In all probabilities, he is at the limit on towing capacity and will definitely be over capacity on pin weight by the time he adds the hitch weight, passenger(s) and gear in the tv plus whatever weight he adds to the 5er. I was in a situation where I towed a 5er that was over on pin weight and it made towing a constant "white-nuckle" situation for me. Since then, I downsized my 5er and am now way under tow and pin weights and never worry about towing. It can be a problem not having enough truck but it's NEVER a problem having too much truck
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Tell your friend that no matter what he does to that truck it will be unsafe to put his family in it.. There is much more than just one item to safe towing.. besides springs, or air bags, there is fame strength, brakes, cooling, axle strength, transmission etc etc etc
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The RV dealer wants to sell him the 5th and to seal the deal would tell him his 1965 VW would tow it just fine.
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The RV dealer wants to sell him the 5th and to seal the deal would tell him his 1965 VW would tow it just fine.
DEALER- "Yep, your VW will tow this gem of a trailer just fine!"

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DEALER- "Yep, your VW will tow this gem of a trailer just fine!"


That's not a '65, I told 'ya a '65.
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Need a bigger truck. You can't increase the capacity. Don't bet your family on it
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