Suspension Air Bags
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- A quick, fast, cheap, and easy-install solution for some towing applications, especially for those pulling a 16' (or smaller) Casita
.There are many, many models and manufacturers of these air bags, for about all applications, all designed to keep your rear end up! The reason: they can keep as much as 1,000 pounds of your rear up!!
So, for those towing the lighter weight
16 foot Casita
, consider suspension air bags for your tow vehicle. Once installed it is ever so simple to fill them with just a short blast or two of compressed air to adjust your camper tongue to a near level trailer position. This is a simple (and cheap) solution for those towing with smaller vehicles, when tongue weight
begins to sag the rear of their tow vehicle...
I wish I had known about them before my massive-mile trip this past summer from Florida up to the ALCAN, through much of northern Canada & Alaska, and around much of the north country on those frost-heaved & deep-dimpled, pock-marked roads. My Jeep has coiled spring suspension in the rear and when I returned home the constant bouncing had about flattened them. I bounced so much that at times I was airborne. In fact, the batwing antenna had slapped down upon the roof so many times from the ups and downs that it actually slapped the end of it completely off! As I neared the end of the four month trip the Casita
tongue had begun sinking lower & lower to the ground upon the hitch. I had to begin twisting the chains, just to keep them from dragging the ground. Still, there never was any indication of sway. I was using just a single sway bar. But it was not a pretty sight when I pulled into my driveway back home in Florida, ~13,500 miles later. It just looked bad, like a deep "V" forming between the Jeep and Casita! Even unhooked, the nose of the Jeep kept pointing slightly upward, because of the weaker, flatter coliled rear springs, rather than pointing slightly downward.
All was repaired with a simple fix - with new coiled rear springs and new air bags nesting inside them, installed for $350 CASH! The estimated price was for $450 but Cash Talked for a sizable discount! Side note: Always offer it AFTER you get your first estimate. I could have saved half of that with air bags installed BEFORE the trip!!..
I don't use a WDH and have never needed one with the 16' Casita. It's towing weight
is only about 2500-2800 pounds, with just about ~300 or less pounds on the tongue. There might even be some situations where these cheaper, easier to use, air bags would suffice for some towing applications rather than using the harder to use WDH. But, that would be up to you to decide.
I don't have the heavier 17 footer model so I can't opine how air bags would work with them, nor would I hazard a guess. But in my application, as well as for others with smaller trailers, I see them about as handy as sliced bread! I wish I had known about them years ago. My kayak would have ridden better on the vehicle's roof and I could have saved the cost for the new rear coiled springs on the Jeep. And, my Alaska trip would have been so much easier! Its so much better now towing with those air bags in place, even with just ten pounds of air in them. Now the two together even look better.