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Old 11-18-2015, 10:44 AM   #1
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Towing with Timbren's

Hi all,
New to the Forum & RV Camping. We recently purchased a 2016 28BHBE and intend to tow it w/ our 2013 Ford F150 FX4 w/ Ecoboost & 3.55 rear end.

In preparation for getting the trailer I have upgraded the front and rear shocks / Struts to Rancho 9000Xl (rear) & Rancho Quick Lift 9000 (front). I also added the Timbren SES to the rear.

My question is has anyone towed using any of these parts, I've heard the Timbren's make a world of difference. They were also considerably easier / cheaper than an airbag system.

Thanks in advance everyone.

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Old 11-18-2015, 12:14 PM   #2
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The benefit of the Timbrens is that it significantly reduces sag on the rear of the vehicle. It does tend to make things in the truck a bit "bouncier" in my experience.

I honestly haven't used them very much yet, just one short trip with them, but they do the job. I don't really have anything to compare them to at this point, however.

Careful with your weights. That's a heavy trailer for a 1/2 ton...

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Old 11-18-2015, 12:55 PM   #3
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I have Timbrens on my truck and they do not affect the ride except when towing.

Not to start a feud but none of what you mentioned will increase the towing capacity of that truck.
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Old 11-18-2015, 01:18 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by ecksdude View Post
Careful with your weights. That's a heavy trailer for a 1/2 ton...
The CAT Scale is your friend.

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Old 12-05-2015, 04:22 PM   #5
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Timbrens do not increase your towing capacity. That capacity is decided by the engineer that designed the tow vehicle. Capacity considers suspension , engine and braking. Timbrens only function is to help level the vehicle.
The Rancho 9000 will help you keep from bouncing all over.
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:16 PM   #6
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The main thing you want to do is make sure you have a very good WDH with built in sway control. Read your owners manual for proper WD setup. You need to return the front of the truck to the proper ride height for weight transfer. Relying on suspension upgrades will do nothing if you don't set up the truck and TT right.
JMHO but that TT is almost too much for you F150. 33+' long and with a loaded weight of 7,500-8,000lbs I think you're in for a surprise when you hit some windy travel days.
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Old 12-05-2015, 08:18 PM   #7
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Rear Timbrens were the first mod that I made on my RAM 2500. I had them on my previous RAM 1500, as well! I put them on the 2500 long before I ever needed them, because I wanted to do it while the truck was new and the bolts hadn't rusted in place. The Timbrens in my 1500 only required 4 bolts. Three were easy, the last one took almost 4 hours, because it broke in the frame.....
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Old 12-06-2015, 04:45 PM   #8
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Welcome aboard and congrats on new TT
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I will echo the advice, visit the CAT scale with your trailer and some gear before you do too much, understand your payload and axle weights and be comfortable with them. Many articles here on that.

As far as my experience, if your still running P rated tires on the truck I think your best improvement for your money will be investing in some LT tires, I found a lot of the bounce came from squishy tires. Adding air to my P rated tires to near the max pressure on the tires gave a far better result than any of the upgrades to the rear suspension.

You might look into the Roadmaster Active Suspension as well, very easy install, and even has some cornering/handling benefits when unloaded. I went that route on my old truck as opposed to Timbrens as I didn't have a lot of squat with my WDH adjusted correctly.
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Old 12-07-2015, 07:36 AM   #10
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I have air bags so I really can't give advice on them. But what I've heard (friends), they work great. Hopefully, they work as good for you!

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