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  1. I would say that if you have the time and opportunity, visit TLCentral (TorkLift) in Kent. They are pretty straightforward and know their stuff. I was happy they were local when I needed both my 2003 and 2008 set up for hauling my campers. They aren't cheap, but they do stand behind their products. They will always make it right. Doug
  2. Very easy 15 minutes. There is a nut on the top, just unbolt and remove. I haven't looked at the StableLoads so not sure how they are set up. But I have used a lot of their other products and have been quite pleased. It's a local company for you folks up there. Stop and chat with them if you can. Doug
  3. With the 2017 Ram 3500 I would start with a set of extended bumpstops. I found that by having all four corners of the overload springs engaged the sway was greatly reduced. Add just enough air to the bags to raise it a bit but still keep the overloads engaged. I found with my Lance camper that due to the weight difference from side to side it was best to inflate one side, measure the distance from the top of the tire to the wheel well then add air to the other side to get the same distance. One side always took several more pounds of pressure to get things even. But once done, it rode very well. Doug
  4. Too much air in the bags can be a bad thing. I am not familiar enough with the suspension on your GM rig so I can't say what exactly I would do. But I will say that if there is no load on your springs, then you need to get them in contact. I know a lot of folks have used the TorkLift Stable Loads to help get rid of the sway. Perhaps check them out? Doug
  5. I had that Atlantic Blue 2003 3500 SRW. To that I had added the extended bumpstops, airbags and a thick sway bar. With just the camper it wasn't too bad if I got the airbags just right. The boat pushing it was just too much. With the dually there were no white knuckle moments. Even when some jerk cut me off in traffic on I-5 in Los Angeles. The look on his face as I came at him was pretty good. He got off at the next exit. I'm thinking he has to clean his seat. Doug
  6. My old Arctic Fox 990 and towing my 20' Sea Ray was the reason I bought my 2008 dually. One trip westbound over Stevens Pass was all it took to convince my wife. I did put on the Firestone air bags and extended bumpstops but that was all it needed. When I upgraded to the Lance 1160 all I needed was a longer hitch extension. Put a lot of miles on with that setup up and down the west coast a few times and then our big trip cross country from Washington to Massachusetts towing a 7x14 enclosed cargo trailer. Never a problem and the wife was quite happy with it. One upgrade I did that I thought made a difference was replacing the stock disk rotors with dimpled/slotted ones. Doug
  7. Had to replace the downstream NOX sensor a couple months ago. TIme and need were critical so I had a dealer do it. Big $$$ bill. Learned my lesson and have resources to get it done myself now. Can't have any issues as we have state inspections here in Massachusetts so any warning light or anything will get a failure. Still loving the truck so I'm not planning any changes for a long time. Doug
  8. I always schedule for the maximum allowed maintenance window, usually 6 hours. Most times I can be done in less than 3. Setting the expectation and getting it done well under makes you look a lot better. Now if they go beyond their time then folks tend to get a bit upset and you don't want that. Signed, Doug, the guy that it is timing his retirement to coincide with having to be versed on cloud computing. I cannot comprehend the virtual world!
  9. I may have to adjust mine. Since I put in the 9011 bulbs I am constantly getting flashed by people thinking my high beams are on. I know the high beams are not on as I have the auto dimming dimming feature and it definitely works. Finally got an opportunity to use it on my trip to my brother's place in rural upstate New York. Doug
  10. I actually found replacing the filters on my 2016 was a lot easier than my 2008. The fuel filter at the rear axle is not difficult to do with the right wrench. It's just that you will get soaked. The front filter is easy enough with socket extensions and the correct size socket. The oil filter is just a slight pain as it can only be reached through the passenger side wheel well. Just enough room to get the filter wrench in there and then slip on a ziplock bag after breaking it loose. Oh, and get the filter plug! No dripping when removing or installing. Doug
  11. Haven't had it through a winter yet and other than a few mud puddles at campgrounds I haven't been in the mud. I'll know better come spring. But so far I haven't had to clean off any mud. Doug
  12. It is a 2016 2500. It has the auto level rear suspension. I would never have ordered it but I have found it useful when hooking/unhooking the travel trailer. I feel fortunate to have found such a clean used truck here in Massachusetts. I had been looking at trucks all over the country and this one popped up. Original owner was from Minnesota but I'm guessing he wintered elsewhere. Dealer said he traded it in because it was more truck than he needed to tow his trailer. What? Too much? Never!!! No sign of serious exposure to salt or other ice treatments. Short or long trips, it is really comfortable. Doug
  13. Yeah, me too. Wasn't really considering a mega cab, but it was about all that was available with my preferences in the area. Being in the Northeast I was really concerned about rust. Body is in great shape and I love the interior. With the back seat so big I have taken to calling it my limo. Doug
  14. What a clean look. Make me think of Chief Jack. Doug
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