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Old 04-17-2018, 06:46 AM   #6 (permalink)
slowmover
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2004 CTD - '04 DODGE RAM 2500 SLT
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Height is the killer of MPG. Before all other factors.

After freebeard, then suspension. Torsion flex worth the expense. Widens track out to wheel face versus (with leaf) the spring axle attach points. This is stability.

“Easy to tow” us the right combination of features.

You’ll also need an infinitely height-adjustable hitch ball. On an ACME screw. (Masterlock used to sell one; wrench to adjust height). Use a level on roof to find barest nose-down. Just off bubble.

Load should be heaviest items just ahead of axle on floor. Not against front wall.

If I were to go out and buy a trailer, the 6x6x12 UHaul is the ideal after suspension change. BUT, notice that spring attach point is congruent with outer wall. If leaf, then this is acceptable. (Second problem with leaf is short wheel travel; trailer hop).
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2004.0 DODGE Ram QC/LB 2500 2WD/NV-5600 305/555 ISB. 7,940-lb. Stock. 200,000 miles/5000-hrs @ 40-mph average.
1990 35' Silver Streak TT 7,900-lb.
8-cpm solo & 11-cpm towing; 21-mpg average past 54k-miles
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