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Old 05-14-2013, 09:46 AM   #1
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WDH, air bags or nothing

Greetings,
I have a 2013 Tacoma 4WD, dbl cab non TRD as a tow for a 19 on order. Having read past posts some are using WDH, some air bags and some nothing. Reading the Tacoma forums they like air bags and the service bulletin which adds a leaf spring and shocks. They are towing anything from boats, to utility trailers and everything in between.
Having talked to Reese, he didn't think I would need anything, however Tacomas are known for a soft rear suspension. I am a total novice to towing anything so have no preconceived notions. Some have mentioned that it feels better towing with a WDH.
Any throughs or suggestions on what you're using and how you came to that decision would be appreciated.

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Old 05-14-2013, 11:02 AM   #2
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When we first got our 19 I was towing with the Tacoma much like yours except non 4WD. There was a huge difference with and w/o a WDH. I would strongly recommend using one mainly because, as you have noted the rear suspension is really quite soft on these trucks. Air bags may work as well but I do not believe they distribute any weight to the front axle like the WDH will.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:20 AM   #3
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I have an '09 Tacoma 4 door 4WD TRD with the tow package, and I did the TSB rear spring upgrade when my year qualified. Escape didn't think I needed the WDH when I picked up, and so far have not experienced any symptoms of need. Two weeks ago I weighed the Tacoma (both axles) w/o the trailer, and then with the trailer attached. With a tongue weight of 320 pounds (then), the trailer took 260 pounds off the front axle. I've got the tongue weight to 300 pounds now, so am reasonably comfortable. It would be good to see what a WDH would do, however!
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:51 PM   #4
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My husband tows with a 2003 Tacoma v-6 manual transmission. Research and then talking with Reace indicated we didn't need a WDH. He helped us figure out what was necessary due to the fact we would have the additional weight of a motorcycle and carrier on back. My husband has had no issues with handling when towing on several long trips.

Coincidentally, our Tacoma shocks were well overdue for replacement so my husband decided to install air cushions and new Bilstein shocks. Because he dry camps and the roads can be a bit rough, he figured it would be a worthy change. He's heading out fishing for a couple of weeks before meeting up with me at the Rally. Hopefully he'll have some feedback on the new set up. Toyota are notorious for saggy rear ends - just like many of us!
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I installed air bags on my Ram 1500 when I towed my Lance 22' trailer. With the Escape I it squats 1" @ 5 psi in the bags. With the FJ I bought an andersen w/d because air bags were not easily installed. Impressed with the andersen.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:16 PM   #6
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If you look, I bet you'll see 3 main rear leafs on your truck. My '06 Tacoma had only 2. I went with both air bags and WDH. If I had it to do over again, I'd go with Roadmaster Roadmaster Active Suspension Kits | Helper Springs | Overload Springs instead of air bags. Less hassle.

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Old 05-16-2013, 09:15 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone for the info.
Bruce, you are correct I do have 3 leaf springs . Having never towed would you folks recommend WDH for a better/safer towing experience ?
Jim I enjoyed your posts on the install of the Andersen WDH
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We have a 2008 Tacoma and use the WDH that Reace sells and we are more than happy with the setup.

We towed a similar Scamp with the same truck and with no WDH and I would never go back to NOT using it. With the WDH, the truck and the trailer seem to move together as one unit, sidewinds have less effect and the truck doesn't porpoise nearly as much.

To me the stability and ride improvement far overwhelm the brief setup the WDH takes when hooking up. For us, it takes less than a minute extra to hookup with the WDH.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:49 AM   #9
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Thoer,

Did you have the rear springs replaced when Toyota announced the service bulletin? The TSB initially affected only years 2008 and previous, but they found later the problem was present on the early '09s as well, and after a little badgering from owners, Toyota extended the TSB to cover the early '09s that were built with the older spring set-up.

This is an interesting discussion! I haven't experienced porpoising, but would certainly like to know how a WDH would feel on my rig.
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:20 PM   #10
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This is interesting. From what I have come to understand, those towing with WDH seem to feel their trailer is more connected or moving as a unit, as thoer stated.
The link Bruce provided to the roadmaster suspension system is very interesting. It seems to take care of the basic suspension sag plus other handling issues including axle wrap, porpoising, and roll. It is simple to install and nothing extra to hook up and store. Reviews I read are positive......Bruce, Would you use WDH with the roadmaster system?
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