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Old 06-04-2014, 12:09 PM   #1
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Rear suspension setup for towing?

Ok guys, I have a 2013 PreRunner with the factory tow package rated for 6500 lbs. I am not going to lift the truck, and plan on using it to tow a camper in the near future. I have towed my share being retired military, but with a larger truck.

I have read the towing bible, and will be buying the proper WD hitch, and break controller.

Also, I'm not going to be off-roading, just some light trails when I hunt.

Anyway. I'm am thinking of adding some support to the rear end to help with sagging, here are my thoughts:

Timbren's to replace the factory bump stops. Also have been told they don't effect the ride when not loaded.

And a sway bar, but not sure which brand.

Is this overkill?

What are your thoughts?
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:18 PM   #2
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Sorry, looking at getting about a 21 to 23' trailer around 4000lbs empty
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air bag the rear and you will be way happier.
just use a bike pump to air up and down
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With airbags, could be a lot of maintenance I would guess... I'll check out the warranty on them also. I was wanting a set and forget approach.
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My Timbrens work great.

The rear does have to sag a little to settle on them but I have had no feeling of instability while using them before I had my WD hitch.

I hate the sag and have been considering a HD spring pack to offset the weak stock springs. OZ has presented the Wheelers HD spring set as a good alternative to the other spring packs that will give you a considerable lift.

I may be wasting my money but I am buying a Toytec AAL just to give it a shot before I spend $500 on new springs...
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Thanks, ant one have a rear sway bar on a PreRunner?
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Sway bar didnt make much of a difference on mine. IF you get one, I do not recommend addco
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I just bought a 4100 lbs 21 foot travel trailer. I do not use airbags. I do have a high end W/D hitch and brake controller. My truck rides perfectly level and I don't feel out of control with it even at 65 mph.

The S/C does help a lot though, even though it consumes the gas when towing.
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I tow a 4300 lb travel trailer(dry weight). I have a blue ox weight distribution hitch that works great. I installed firestone ride rites prior to getting the trailer and love them. I don't off road with my truck so over articulation was not a concern for me. The ride rites have worked well and I've had no issues. I inflate them to between 30-35 pounds when I'm going to be pulling the trailer. Unloaded I leave them at 10psi. I use a bike pump to air them up as stated above. I would recommend the ride rites without hesitation. Good luck
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I have a tendency to prepare for the worse case. It seems airbags are preferred and not much on sway bars. Thanks for the info on the Wd hitch.
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I just had Firestone Ride Rites installed on my 2014, DCSB 4X4 w/tow package yesterday. I measured the distance from the ground to the top of my hitch prior to the install - 20 inches. I find that 5# of air has the hitch at the same height as before and I can tell no difference in the ride. When I had it a 10# the hitch was at 21 inches and the ride was a tad rougher. I expect that when I put my bed cover back on I will bump it up a couple of pounds.

I leave to pick up my new camper from the factory in a two weeks. I will let you know how it goes.
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Cool, I'm looking forward to hearing how it goes ArnieSea
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