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Old 05-18-2014, 01:26 PM   #1
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2014 Ram 2500 4x4 First Pull

550 miles, Norman, Ok to Des Moines, Ia. Very surprised at how well this handles. This has the new Ram rear coil springs. I don't see/feel any difference in the 2011 DRW D3500.

Need to get this set up to pull level. Biggest issue is this is 59" to top of tailgate vs. 3500 56".
Need to lower the truck or raise the trailer. Considering Kelderman Air Suspension for the truck, main concern is that this tows extremely well now and I don't want to mess that up by making a change.

I am calling Ram on Monday to see if the new OEM Air Suspension can be added aftermarket.
Talked to Mor/Ryde about IS, this would raise the trailer 2".

Will need to put the redwood on a diet. Pin weight is 4065 lbs. this puts me 500 lbs over rear axle weight rating.
Trailer axles weigh 12920. GCW 25,020.
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Old 05-18-2014, 01:45 PM   #2
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Got rid of Safety Hitch. Some very positive experiences.
Maneuverability is outstanding because this is a steering axle.
Clearing the bed of the hitch was great.

Braking should be substantially better by adding a truck axle with disc brakes. This did not prove to be the case. Trailer must be equipped with disc brakes as the in cab controller does not work with Safety Hitch Elect/Hyd system with electric on the trailer. Trying to run 2 different systems off the same controller will not work.

The huge drawback is traction. When you basically move to a bumper pull and remove the weight from the rear axle, you generate a traction problem. On the DRW 3500 on wet pavement I would spin the rear tires.
If you lose traction under acceleration, you are also losing traction under braking and this proved to be an extremely dangerous situation on wet pavement. Truck anti-lock braking kicks in while safety hitch locks up!

I represent Titan Tire Corp. at RV Rallies & Shows displaying Electric/Hydraulic Disc Brake Systems and Safety Hitch uses our actuator in the hitch. Because of this relationship I did not pay for the Safety Hitch and was to represent them at RV shows. As they are a customer I felt I needed to try to make this work.
This is how I ended up with a 2500
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Old 05-18-2014, 04:21 PM   #3
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The kelderman air ride that I have allows me to raise or lower the rear of my truck while traveling down the road. I didn't pay the extra money to do the same on the front axle. On the front axle, there are ports for inflation like a tire. They do put 6-way adjustable shocks on the front so you can adjust as you see fit.

With this system, Ginny can read a magazine(which she does all day) while going down the highway with the Redwood hooked up.
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Old 05-18-2014, 06:53 PM   #4
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Ron, glad to hear you made it but sorry to hear about all the difficulties. The picture you show of your rig makes everything look fairly level. Is that just an illusion? Can you tell us what type of MPGs you got with that first long pull?
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:18 PM   #5
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Got 9.9 mpg running 65-70 mph. Very little wind.

I have the Curt/Ram Hitch in the bed and can lower it 2". I will be changing this before next pull to Denver. This should take the trailer to level but the truck is squatting about 2". So, if I can lower the truck front and rear 2" with the air suspension, I should be just about right. Then I can re-weigh and see where I am at.

Thinking about adding some tool/box storage around the receiver hitch to move weight from the front compartment to the rear. Thought about a custom armoire for my wife but didn't have the guts to suggest it.
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Old 05-19-2014, 01:37 AM   #6
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Hopefully that mpg will increase as the engine gets broke in!
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Old 05-19-2014, 04:05 AM   #7
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Very interesting on that Safety Hitch - I would have never thought of the weight issue being removed from the rear! I had on overloaded SUV pulling a 30' TT and if I raised the equalizers to level, there was so little weight on the rear axle of the SUV it couldn't pull away from a stop sign if there was any sand on the road, it would just spin the tires and I had to switch to 4WD to leave the intersection. I ended up with a regular 3/4 ton pickup.
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Old 05-20-2014, 10:17 AM   #8
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Dave,
Have you had any issues with the Kelderman air ride? How long have you had it and how many miles? I find this setup vey intriguing, just hard to find any first hand reviews of it.

Titan Guy,
Nice setup. When will you be in Denver? We're in Fruita, CO now for a month. Will be passing through Denver at the end of June on our way back to OK for a few months.
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Old 05-20-2014, 11:59 AM   #9
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I am heading for Denver in a week. Need to be in Nephi, UT by 6/10 and may stay in Grand Junction area. Friday I have an appointment at Kelderman in Oskaloosa to have the Rear Air Suspension installed.
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Old 05-20-2014, 02:29 PM   #10
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Titan,

The Fruita State Park there in Grand Junction is a nice stay if you haven't already picked somewhere! That's my signature pic.
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