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Username Post: load levelers while towing        (Topic#357161)
fander 
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fander
Loc: Hot Springs South Dakota
Reg: 04-28-12
07-09-19 09:16 AM - Post#2770284    

I am looking for a recommendation on air shocks or something similar to raise the rear end of my 62 when towing a trailer. Thanks



 


junky 
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Loc: Northeast CT
Reg: 06-27-10
07-09-19 09:28 AM - Post#2770286    
    In response to fander

I have the Delco air shocks on my 1962, and the valve to inflate them is located in the fuel filler pocket edge. You can purchase them from Rock Auto dot com.

ACDELCO 504511 {#88946598} Specialty; Air Lift; Sold In Pairs $73.79
Specialty; Air Lift; Sold In Pairs

Designed for temporary situations, such as when a vehicle hauls a heavy load or tows a trailer, ACDelco Air Lift Shocks help maintain level vehicle height by adding or releasing air as needed.
•Have up to 1,100 lbs. (per pair) of leveling capacity*
•Help maintain proper ride height under loaded conditions*
•Adjustable air pressure (25 min-200 max psi)

(*Not to exceed vehicle GVWR)

The only difference that I can see between the two is that the application chart for the Gabriel has more cars brands/models listed.

GABRIEL 49131 HiJackers; Sold In Pairs $98.79

HiJackers; Sold In Pairs

Gabriel® Hijackers® are the original air-adjustable shocks, providing customizable performance and support that can be adjusted and readjusted to handle temporary towing or hauling needs. Hijackers inflate just like your tires – simply air them up prior to towing to help reduce the risk of bottoming out. Once you’re done, just let out a bit of air to return the vehicle to its previous state.
Durable and built tough, every Hijacker features a chrome-plated piston rod, 1-3/16” piston bore and superior wiper seal for extended life. A broad range of operating air pressure and a durable diaphragm provide reliability and performance you can only get from the Original Gabriel.

HiJackers do not increase vehicle payload. Do not exceed vehicle GVWR.
•Chrome-plated piston rod construction and deluxe wiper seals provide optimum sealing Ideal for temporarily towing boats and trailers or heavy loads
• Fully-adjustable air shocks help you maintain proper ride height
• Can help improve handling and reduce risk of bottoming out
• Custom-sized for a direct and simple installation and fit
• Easy to inflate at any service station, at home with an air compressor or with continued use of an existing onboard air management system
• Air pressure of 25 min – 200 max psi
• Sold in pairs and includes Gabriel Air Hose Kit when applicable




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Carl1962 
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Carl1962
Loc: Bungendore Australia
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07-09-19 11:33 PM - Post#2770348    
    In response to fander

  • fander Said:
I am looking for a recommendation on air shocks or something similar to raise the rear end of my 62 when towing a trailer. Thanks



When I tow our 15' camper trailer, I use Hayman Reece (Australian company) load-leveling bars that are attached from the trailer drawbar to the tow bar fixture on my Impala. The rear springs on the Impala are HD and the rear shocks are just regular KYB.

This is an auction on Australian Feebay for the same system that is fitted to my trailer and car. I presume you could find a similar system in the USA.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Weight-distributio n-hi...

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Cheers, Carl.

1962 SS Impala Sports Coupe

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junky 
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07-10-19 07:04 AM - Post#2770375    
    In response to Carl1962

That is a sweet looking trailer, and I like the use of the equalizing hitch. It basically makes the car and trailer a single unit, and eliminates most of the sway.

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
dcairns 
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Loc: Orange CA
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07-10-19 07:28 AM - Post#2770376    
    In response to Carl1962

Carl has it right. You don't want to level the car with something to push up the rear suspension. You want a weight distribution hitch. A weight distribution hitch will, as the name suggests, distribute the weight between the front and rear suspensions. A weight distribution hitch does not necessarily work against sway, although many are designed with an anti-sway feature built into them.

I use a Reese anti-sway / weight distribution hitch when towing with my truck (2003 Silverado SS). Without the bars in place, the front end feels light and the steering not as effective. With the bars in place, everything feels normal.

- Dave
1964 Impala 4-door sedan

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fander 
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fander
Loc: Hot Springs South Dakota
Reg: 04-28-12
07-21-19 07:56 PM - Post#2771258    
    In response to dcairns

Thanks guys. I went with the Gabriels for now as I only camp locally with this trailer. If I go very far for camping I use the pickup and fifth wheel.



 
Andy4639 
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Loc: Liberty, SC
Reg: 08-06-16
07-22-19 04:28 AM - Post#2771268    
    In response to fander

I used air lift helper bags in my C 10 and it rides like it's on air!

The truck is lowered and I have helper bags in all four springs. I'm telling you it rides great it never bottoms out and I can add air anytime I need it.

In fact I'm thinking about installing them in all four springs on my 64 also.
The ride is just unbelievable.

Air Lift 1000
Part No. 60713 for rear of 62,63, 64 Impala.


1956 Bel Air - LT-1/4l60
1964 SS Impala -350 crate/powerglide
1967 Ramp truck - 350/ 4 speed
1971 C 10 - 6.0 LS / 4l80e 4:10 gears 30 years owner
94 Elderado
2000 S-10
2008 LTZ Tahoe
2011 Treverse


 
threeimpalas 
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Loc: Central Iowa
Reg: 02-21-02
07-22-19 07:19 PM - Post#2771345    
    In response to fander

Instead of using air shocks, I'd suggest using the Air Lift helper bags as mentioned previously. I've used them on a late model (1994) Impala to tow a boat with good success.

Here's a link to the #60713 bags.

https://www.airliftcompany.com/shop/60713/

Mike
'58-62s and 348/409s


Edited by threeimpalas on 07-22-19 07:20 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 


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