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Old 10-05-2012, 11:00 AM   #21
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Re: Towing capacity question

Tammy gave me a number, 21" I remember for the correct hitch height, which is slightly higher in the front. If your tow drops below this then you may need a w/d hitch or helper springs/air bags to bring it to the correct height.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:02 PM   #22
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Re: Towing capacity question

Dbailey, Your points about obtaining the correct hitch height are excatly why I like having air bags on the rear suspension of the tow vehicle, as with out them it can be dificult to get the right height. For example, if the load in the back of the tow or in the trailer for that matter is different from one trip to another the drop or rise in your hitch reciever may not be right. One option is to have a reciever with a adjustable height and the use of a weight distribution hitch can help as well. But it is awesome to hook up the trailer reach down to the air compressor control button and add some air untill the back of the tow vehicle is at the correct height, so with that said one must have the right reciever height with the tow vehcile height correct. I am always amazed at how many poorly set up tow/trailer contraptions i see every summer on the roads.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:44 AM   #23
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Re: Towing capacity question

What psi are you using in your air bags? I leave mine @ 5 all the time. The max on my firestone bags is 10 if I recall. But adding air does not raise nor lower my receiver hitch, the bags merely keep it firmer so it does not drop any.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:27 PM   #24
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I believe they're supposed to have a minimum of 5 psi at all
Times and I ushually ran about 30 in my old truck . I thought the max was around 75 psi
I have just got the ones that go inside the coils on my Yukon and I am
Not sure what the max is on these
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:07 PM   #25
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according to the booklet 5-35 psi, and I have never used more than 10 psi with my Escape, course I do not have a motorcycle in back, but I do have a cap and maybe 200# stuff in the rear.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:29 PM   #26
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I just checked the max pressure on my new bags and it is 35 psi as is yours, but this is the style that goes inside the rear coil springs. Havn't got them in yet so not sure in the results yet, my old bags were the ones for use with leaf springs and their capacity was much higher. Doesn't the your Dodge have rear coils with the bags inside them?
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:37 AM   #27
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Yes, I had them installed when I was pulling a heavier 22' trailer 2 years ago. Since then I have gone smaller and lighter and now to the Escape 19'. I find 10 psi is all I need. If you make the bags too stiff/hard I found you will have more scattered things inside the unit. Finding that happy medium will give you good towing and less loose cannons inside.
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