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Old 03-24-2013, 02:34 PM
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Question Load control: Air bags or Timbrens?

I need to reduce the amount of sag when towing. I plan to move the axle of my trailer forward a bit but want enough tongue weight to assure safety. Thus... I need, or more rather my truck (Chev 1500 4x4), will need a little extra boost.

I can go either with air bags or Timbrens. Bags being more adjustable but also almost twice the cost. As in $180 or so for the Timbrens and over $300 for the bags.

Either way, unloaded ride will be "factory" smooth. Only loaded will there be a difference.

What say ye... Bags or Timbrens?
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:02 PM
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All I can say is, I had air bags on a Ram 1500 - absolutely loved them, no issues, installed them myself. I did not add on on board charger. I routed the lines out the rear - actually used the valves as license plate bolts.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:17 PM
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I have a F150 and just found air bags for it for about $250 at SDtrucksprings.com
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:25 PM
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I like my air bags and have zero complaints. Have had them on my last two 1/2 ton trucks.
We pack a Palomino Bronco (pop up) camper in the box as well as towing duties.
Definitely feel the bags are worth the expense.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:33 PM
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Put 'bags' on My 1997 1/2 ton Chev. shortbox, I carry a 6' Phoenix popup camper, and tow my 2075 around quite a bit in the Summer. The bags are entering thier 12th year of service and still going STRONG...
If memory serves... they are the "AIR-LIFT" brand.....
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:36 PM
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It may be easier to move the boat back on the trailer a few inches, if that is possible. I used to tow a 28' Searay with a Bronco. I had to move it back 5 inches, but that made it tow level.
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:05 PM
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T Mac and Jim did you guys go with the air pump for the truck or not?
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My 09 Dodge crew has coils in the back so the air bags just slip inside the coils. I also installed a compressor and gauge so i can add or decrease the air right in the truck. only way to go. Wiredog
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:35 AM
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I just put the Timbrens on this past fall when the other guys at the launch told me my truck's rear end was sagging too much.

Works like a charm and tows much nicer now too.

No complaints here.

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Timbrens here for the last 4 years. I use them for a slide in camper and my boat. Probably about 1/4 of the time to install versus air bags. For just tongue weight of a trailer, air bags are overkill.
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