ive ordered a slide in camper for my truck. with the tongue weight of the
trailer ill be towing along with the slide in camper, i think its time to
consider a set of ride-rite air bags. in the past i was against air bags,
but believe todays air bags to be safer than the ones ive used many years
ago. my camper dealer sells them for $275 a set, but im thinking i can find
them cheaper. anybody know the best/cheapest place to buy them?
www.truckspring.com has them. The standard ones are $229.95 and Super Duty
are $233.79. I think I'd spend the extra 4 bucks on the Super Duty ones.
They also have free shipping on Timbren springs. They are $199.95 for the
rear and $154.95 for the front. ;^)
While I profess ZERO experience here, a few recent weeks of intense
research and learning on this topic offers the following insights:
1) Unless all this is being hauled/towed with a dually, a set of G-rated
tires ($$$) on the back of the truck might save you from the expense and
inconvenience of tread-separation and catastrophic tire failure going down
the road someday.
2) Get the whole kit & kaboodle on a truck scale somewhere and make very
sure the total COMBINED weight of the truck & passengers & fuel & supplies
w/slide-in camper on it *AND* the fully loaded trailer with all supplies &
water, etc. does not total more than the truck manufacturer's maximum GCWR
rating number. The "GCWR" number is the one that will bite you. (GCWR Gross Combined Weight Rating)
As I begin to pursue this RV thing myself I'm learning a great deal of
info. Among those newly-gleaned tidbits is that the cops are not as dumb
as they look. Go rolling across Iowa, Illinois, Indiana or California with
an "obviously heavy" looking non-commercial vehicle (pickup truck) and the
STATE cops are almost certain to stop you and escort you to a weigh
station. I don't know about the other states, but in Illinois the fine for
being over GCWR is $2500 and you cannot proceed on your way until you shed
the excess pounds. I'm guessing this rule might be similar inother states.
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