Whats better Polyair or Level Riders for towing

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 04, 2002 at 00:00
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Camper trailer (jayco Swift off road) creates angle when hooked up to my 4WD. Weight of the camper pushes down springs on my Rocky about 5 to
7cm. I'm considering fitting Polyair Bags to level camper trailer by lifting the back of 4WD.
Whats the advantage of level riders - would it raise the back of 4WD or just level camper without
giving any support to standard suspension.
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Ray - Thursday, Apr 04, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Apr 04, 2002 at 00:00
Hi, I used to have a pajero and jayco eagle off road. Went around OZ 35000kms.
Level riders worked perfectly: DO NOT use them when travelling OFF ROAD as
they operate in conflict to trying to keep as much wheel grip as possible!

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Follow Up By: Ray - Friday, Apr 05, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Apr 05, 2002 at 00:00
Yes, I agree with Jim. I wasn't considering Gunbarrel or GRR as OFF ROAD, but where it
needs to be done ; river crossings washaways etc.

We wish we had the opportunity to do it again!
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Follow Up By: Rodger Tremlett - Wednesday, Apr 10, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2002 at 00:00
Hi, I have Prado and a Goldstream Camper (Like the Jayco). The Prado has BUM bags fitted and work great. We travel off road with no problems. So if you intend on going off road then they are the way to go. And you can let them down (to 5psi) when not towing so you can still get a comfortable ride. We have done several trips now with no problems.
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Reply By: Jim - Thursday, Apr 04, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Apr 04, 2002 at 00:00
Use "weight distribution Hitch". Talk to towing specialists such as Hayman reese. Background is that the weight on the towball reduces weight on the front wheels, interfering with steering and braking. Using weight distibution gear puts weight back on front wheels - much safer. Take off in rough stuff only if necessary for clearance - eg some creek crossings. I towed a Jayco Penguin to Innamincka, birdsville, Maree, Dalhousie springs, Old Andado, then down the Gunbarrel from Warburton & via the Heather highway, having previously taken it down the Gibb River Raod, into the Bungle Bungles, Tanami & Plenty. It was infrequently necessary to remove the gear. Use Polyair bags to maintain normal towball height when vehicle loaded for trip before hooking up & use weight distribution hitch to restore towball height after hitching up. Emjoy your trips!
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Reply By: Steve - Thursday, Apr 04, 2002 at 00:00

Thursday, Apr 04, 2002 at 00:00
Have used a pair of Polyairs on back of Landcruiser to level the back while carrying a load and find them fantastic. Suggest you phone Heasmann's in Sydney for advice as they make the bags ! 02-9519-9774

steve
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Reply By: Andrew - Friday, Apr 05, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Apr 05, 2002 at 00:00
Thanks for your reply. I thought that I can get away with either Polyair Bags or levelrides but it looks like combination of both is required.
I have already ordered Polyairs to be installed on Monday.I opted for suspension aid because I believe it will work better with my standard coil suspension.
Do I need both ? I heard that level rides stop trailed from jumping around when it's being passed by eg road train.What are the traffic rules regarding this.
Andrew
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Follow Up By: Jim - Sunday, Apr 07, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, Apr 07, 2002 at 00:00
I assume that your level rides and my Weightdistibution hitch qre the same item of equipment. I doubt if they help sway. Re the traffic rules - Qld has a traffic regulation that states a leveller is required above a certain towball weight. I think it's about 130 - 150Kg. Your local DOT could help. Weigh bridges can measure your towball weight, or maybe a towbar specialist can help. Jim
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