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#11 shear

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 09:21 PM

Also curious roughly what psi you’d recommend on a Tacoma with a fleet? I’m at around 88 right now.
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#12 MarkBC

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 09:24 PM

Also curious roughly what psi you’d recommend on a Tacoma with a fleet? I’m at around 88 right now.

 

I based my inflation pressure on whatever made the fully-loaded rig level.


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#13 CraggyMan

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 10:49 PM

I've had a set of Rite-rites on my 09 Tacoma for about 11 years. Always just inflate via a bicycle pump which I always bring along with our kit. With my beefed up rear springs and shocks I only need about 30-35 #s to bring the vehicle back to level, measuring to top of wheel well plumb through the center of wheel hub from garage slab. I also use the airbags to level the vehicle in some campsite situations and just have to remember to air back up before moving on.

Before I redid the rear springs I would usually have to put 60-65 #s so the 88# inflation sounds really out of whack.

 

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Posted 07 June 2021 - 03:29 AM

Also curious roughly what psi you’d recommend on a Tacoma with a fleet? I’m at around 88 right now.

 

Too hard can cause problems too.  I had 60# in the back while loaded for a week, with bikes and 5 gal gas behind the camper.  We hit a vee shaped deep rut with a bit of required momentum in DV and the airbag jumped out of its lower mount.  The next day it popped, ten miles beyond camp and 40 miles from pavement.  I had to remove it in the field and drive out with only one bag.   Now I use 30-50psi.


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#15 rubberlegs

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Posted 07 June 2021 - 05:30 AM

We use Sumosprings. No pumping required.
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Posted 07 June 2021 - 07:44 AM

We use Sumosprings. No pumping required.

No adjustability either- which for me is priceless... 

 

My loads vary tremendously- for my F150 I can have nothing in the bed, or a 250lb RSi topper with or without a bunch of "stuff", or a loaded up ATC Panther...or even a Panther and a 16ft Camplite travel trailer.   Or just the CampLite....

I adjust air pressure in the bags to bring the truck back to original unloaded level whatever the load.

 

I once (20 years ago) had a huge Jayco extended cabover slide in camper that I hauled in my F350- probably 3000 lbs plus-  many truck campers are way heavier on the left side since all the appliances are on the left side.

Being able to independently adjust left and right leveling as well as front to back leveling was very nice.


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Posted 07 June 2021 - 03:26 PM

Yeah I’m thinking I need to air them down some. I have a fleet shell and it’s not terribly loaded down. Dry weight is 900 and we use a 7gal water jug. 20lbs of propane for a he added stove.
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