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JimK-NY

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Posted: 07/08/18 07:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With all the explanations and comments, I have decided to do the Torklift brackets myself. If I can figure out how to move the 7 pin connector I might try that. Otherwise, I will do the pigtail so my camper wiring will make it to the connector behind the wheel well.

If all goes well and the ride is not too bad, I am done. If not, I would try Stableloads. Assuming the overload spring is drilled that sounds easy.

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Be careful with the bolts on the front brackets.
On my 16 Ram 3500 LB I thought the bolts were all the same but there was a shorter bolt for the front. I didn’t realize this and almost smashed a brake line.
Read the instructions and check clearances.
Good choice on the Ram.


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If you're plugging in to the bumper 7 pin you may want to have a couple of cable ties to secure the cord to the bumper. I make a loop in the cord at about halfway of its length to take out some slack and maybe prevent the cord from snaking itself out the back of the truck.


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Thanks, but the wiring is different. I am buying a truck that had a 5th wheel option with a connector behind the driver side wheel well. My camper wire will not fit but a 3 ft pigtail should do it.

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JimK-NY wrote:

I thought the brackets clamped onto the frame and there were no bolts into the frame. I guess I need to study the documentation before I decide to tackle this. I am just have modest mechanical skills and not experience with this.
Jim , if you decide not to tackle the install yourself there is no need to drive to NH . Any mechanic worthy of the title should be able to do it .


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With the longer cable to get to 5th wheel connector, just be sure to not sit camper on cable. With my 990 I have to plug cable in truck side first, than lay it on top of fender until camper is loaded. Sit camper on cable 1 time and cable will get crushed.


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Thanks, I will tie is back under the truck rails.

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JimK-NY wrote:

Thanks for the replies. So far I have 2 recommendations for sway bars and 1 recommendation each for timbrens, bump stops, airbags and stable loads.


As a former Timbren owner, I'll vote against the Timbrens unless supplemented with upgraded anti-sway bars. Might be different on a Dodge, but the Ford version mounted inboard from the springs; increasing rather than decreasing sway. They did help to keep the headlights on the road.


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Steve, thanks. I am not surprised about the Timbrens. They seem to be very similar to airbags and my experience with airbags was horrible. Too much sway even with Rancho shocks cranked up.

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^^good info. I had Firestone bags on a Class C and hated them.

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