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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:25 pm 
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Hello, I need some assistance/recommendations. I recently had to downgrade to a new truck so now I have a 2018 F150 with max tow package. I have a 2014 Open Range Light 297RLS. I am wondering what the recommendations are for the rear suspension? I have seen timbren rear suspension enhancement system and the firestone airbags. I would like to keep it reasonably priced as we are in the process of purchasing land (which is why I had to downgrade). I am also going back and forth about getting a gooseneck (not sure how difficult it is to convert to include the safety chains) or Anderson ultimate hitch. I appreciate the feedback.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:47 am 
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It all depends on your needs. Will this truck be your everyday driver when NOT pulling a trailer?

For example, I have a 2010 Ram 2500HD. This rig is also my primary vehicle. I tow roughly 25% of the time. I have a B&W under the bed gooseneck setup mounted.
I opt'd for the Timbrens as they are more practical for my day to day use and towing when tow. They replace the rubber bump stop at the top of the frame adding additional load leveling capacity, reduces sag and sway, helps stabilize loaded ride. Airbags must mount to top and bottom for securement which also requires air at at 5psi (depending on setup) at a minimum when not towing.

I have 25ft horse trailer (gooseneck) and my OR 5'er. I use a Convert-A-Ball Adapter as it has a cushion/airbag built in to the receiver for a smoother ride.

Again, everyone has a different different need.

Goodluck!

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2010 Ram 2500HD, 4x4, Quadcab, Long box Hemi 5.7L SLT
>>B&W Gosseneck Turnover Ball 30k GTW / 7500 TW
>>Convert-A-Ball" 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter 20k GTW
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:53 am 
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A while back I had a 2011 F150 that I used to tow my 1st 5th wheel (SOB). The suspension was so soft that any weight in the bed would sag a lot. It did ride like a car though. I 1st added Hellwig overloads and they helped stiffen the ride and reduced some sag. Then I added Timbrens and they really reduced the rear sag. I like the simplicity of the Timbrens. They are there when you need them and normal ride when unloaded. Although, I have felt them when hitting large bumps in the road - it's like hitting the bump stop.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:51 pm 
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Thanks for your recommendation. Do you have a picture of the concert a ball? That’s going to be the next project but, I am not sure what to go with or where to mount the safety chains.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:28 pm 
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bryfor76 wrote:
Thanks for your recommendation. Do you have a picture of the concert a ball? That’s going to be the next project but, I am not sure what to go with or where to mount the safety chains.
The Convert-A-Ball mounts to an existing 5th wheel king pin. Once secured and adjusted properly, you can couple it to a gooseneck ball hitch that is in your truck bed. Most GN hitches are secured to the frame of the vehicle under the bed. These types of hitches come with tow hook attachment ability.

Here is a video of the Convert-A-Ball and how it works.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2xOOLqa85Q

Here is a link where you can purchase it. I bought mine from this site. Hopefully I am allowed to post this, lol.
https://goo.gl/fcQ4V5

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2010 Ram 2500HD, 4x4, Quadcab, Long box Hemi 5.7L SLT
>>B&W Gosseneck Turnover Ball 30k GTW / 7500 TW
>>Convert-A-Ball" 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter 20k GTW
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