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Old 10-13-2016, 10:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The rear of my 04’ Ram 1500 sags quite bit when I hook up my 19ft travel trailer to the hitch….even with the load distribution bars being fully torqued down. I think some of the problem might be that my truck has been “leveled”, so the front sits a little higher than a stock truck…..witch makes the rear squat look that much worse. I’m sure some of the problem could just be that the rear springs are old, and worn out.

I’m looking for some options to stiffen the rear suspension up a little bit when I’m towing my camper and boat. From what I’ve seen…I have a few options. Either an air bag kit, or some helper springs (firestone assist springs).
Are there any other options I should look at?

What’s the best option?


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I'd go with the bags. But that's just my opinion. Had them on my last 2 trucks. What I like about them over the add-a-leafs is they're adjustable and don't stiffen the ride at all. I feel it actually rides smoother when empty. Just keep 5psi in the bags when you're not towing.

EDIT: Just went back and re-read your post. I see you said assist springs, not add-a-leafs. I have no experience with their assist springs. I'd probably still go with the bags though. IMO.


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Bags for sure! I had bags on my Tacoma and they were great. I've ridden in trucks with helpers and it's way to stiff.


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i gots both.firestones and supersprings.had the supersprings,then added a level,then needed the bags to even it out when the camper's on and never bothered to remove the supersprings.they're a progressive so they don't affect the ride without a load.
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Love my bags in my 01 1500.


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I agree..go with the bags. You can't adjust helper springs to suit your needs, load or unloaded rake. Bags are adjustable.


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Bags are the way to go. I have had 2300lbs in my bed with 90psi in the helper bags.
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I used helper springs before.... NVR again stiff ride

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Originally Posted by IQRaceworks View Post
The rear of my 04’ Ram 1500 sags quite bit when I hook up my 19ft travel trailer to the hitch….even with the load distribution bars being fully torqued down. I think some of the problem might be that my truck has been “leveled”, so the front sits a little higher than a stock truck…..witch makes the rear squat look that much worse. I’m sure some of the problem could just be that the rear springs are old, and worn out.

I’m looking for some options to stiffen the rear suspension up a little bit when I’m towing my camper and boat. From what I’ve seen…I have a few options. Either an air bag kit, or some helper springs (firestone assist springs).
Are there any other options I should look at?

What’s the best option?
No, the problem is that you have basically car suspension on a truck with a 1500. It's designed to pull bass boats, not real loads.
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Originally Posted by Bullitt5339 View Post
Bags are the way to go. I have had 2300lbs in my bed with 90psi in the helper bags.
I've had 5000 Lbs in a 2005 2500 and it dropped maybe 3 inches if that from original sitting position.

We have a 2003 3500 with helpers that have had 7000+ in the bed and it did the same.
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