Here's what you need to know. Trailer Sway Control Trailer sway control is a nifty feature that helps you control your trailer and prevent it from swaying excessively, which could lead to bad news. The camper you will carry will be determined in large part by the truck you intend to put it on. I am not advocating you overload your truck. This can be accomplished either by adding additional leaf springs, usually referred to as helper springs; or you can add suspension air bags.
What you will find however is that many truck campers will weigh more than 3400 lbs loaded and that the total weight on the rear axel will be more than 6084 lbs. Tires are probably the weakest link in the suspension system. This means that your scheduled maintenance will have some items that need special attention. I am simply relaying the same information available in countless threads on this forum. In 1989, Ford produced three truck models: the F-150, F-250 and the F-350. There are two main approaches for shock absorber upgrades. A tow package can give you all the features you need at a good price.
By understanding the basics of this modification, you can be more assured of a. Chickenhauler, Thanks for the info. The 1989 F-Series pickups all came with a towing package, which included a heavy-duty cooling system and a 2-qt. How do I avoid trailer sway? This air pressure can be adjusted depending on your load conditions, and when the camper is off the truck, all of the air can be emptied to restore your ride to a softer condition. What are you wanting to tow? Air bags adjust to the load by the amount of air pressure inside. With either the helper springs or the air bags, you need to buy a product that is rated for the weight of your loaded axle see Truck Campers- Axle Weights. ¾ and 1 ton trucks usually come with E rated tires, but not all E rated tires have the same load rating.
What have other owners done? By - November 2, 2014 This article applies to the Ford F-250, F-350 Super Duty 2005-2014. . When an extra load is applied to one tire, the twisting force in the anti sway bar pulls that load up and puts some force on the opposite tire. The shocks that came with your truck will undoubtedly not be up to the task of carrying a camper, overloaded or not. Clearly, who will be the passengers in your specific case will vary. Suspension air bags are connected between the truck frame and the truck axle directly. I had to log on to get to the data.
Here is how to prevent it or fix the problem. On this truck, the maximum load on the rear axel would be 3,484 lbs. This answer can vary depending on the weight of your truck at the time and. This easy to implement modification can be accomplished in a relatively. Both the trailer and your truck should be flat and even. I would expect the diesel to be higher than the gasoline, although some of the difference might be the year. When you are doing work related stuff it is a whole different ball game.
I am a new member and have just purchased a 1988 f250 diesel with an axel code of 39. In general, a vehicle can tow 35 lbs. If you were alone when you had the truck weighed and you weigh 150 lbs the math would work out perfectly. Keep reading and find out what you need to know before you tow. I have tried their site in the past but did not log on. The advantages of self-adjusting shocks are obvious, but the disadvantage is you cannot change them if you find they are not quite working well in the driving condition you experience. Also, thanks for the link to the Ford website.
How much do you really know about towing in regards to your Ford F-250 or F-350 Super Duty? To calculate your maximum towing capacity, simply multiply 35 by your truck's horsepower rating, then subtract the total weight of the trailer you want to tow. They are susceptible to load, changing air pressure, heat build up and they contact the road where hazards abound. For example, Ford recommends more frequent service on certain components. The advantage of the adjustable shock is that you can find the setting that works best for you; the disadvantage is that they are either adjusted at the shock itself, or require the installation of an expensive in cab adjusting system. Diesel engines are not listed in either book.
Make sure heavier cargo is at the front of the trailer. In addition, transmission fluid should be replaced every 30,000 miles, and transfer case fluid every 60,000 miles. All campers will make most trucks sway more than the truck does unloaded, but if the sway is excessive, you probably do not have an anti sway bar. If you are pulling something other than a camper or boat, the answer gets a lot harder. Make sure your tires are inflated properly and don't exceed the towing capacity of your truck. For example, the typical ¾ ton truck will weigh about 6,200 lbs unloaded depending on manufacturer and optional equipment.
Please read the Guidelines, it will help you to navigate through and understand this site. Why did weighing the camper determine that you should be able to carry a 2600 lb camper? Emergency kit, flares, flags, fire extinguisher. Most own their truck first if you plan to buy a new truck and a new camper, determine the camper you want first. These numbers will vary based on what year, model, and make your truck is. The glove box sticker is usually assuming that your truck has all seats filled with 150 lb adults. The typical ¾ ton truck will have a front axle allowable weight of around 4500 lbs, and the rear axle limit is usually 6084 lbs. Seems like a lot more info is available if you log on.