Auto leveling on tow vehicle

Discussion in 'Tow Rigs and Trailers' started by justjeepin86, Mar 24, 2019.

  1. justjeepin86

    justjeepin86 Well-Known Member

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    So my wife just got a new to her Infiniti QX56. I've have towed with our Expedition previously. It has a lot more balls than the ford did, but the auto leveling makes it ride like poo when my equipment trailer is attached. Any suggestions?

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  2. a_kelley

    a_kelley mister mechanical fixer

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    Use a different tow vehicle? Sorry I had to... Too simple of a solution, I know. (Or keep the expedition for yourself?) Maybe ditch the auto leveling and convert to standard suspension?
     
  3. justjeepin86

    justjeepin86 Well-Known Member

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    That's not going to work out. Sold the Expy since we bought a car I could tow with. She wanted to keep a full size and I can't justify having a separate tow vehicle. I have not put a car on the trailer yet, so I don't know how it will do heavy. Just pulled a pallet of pavers. Maybe 4k total. It pulls like crazy, just have to figure out the suspension. Thinking to maybe unplug the compressor before I hook up the trailer, or pull the fuse. It just depends if it leaks down or not. At least it would keep it from going up. I have a WD hitch that I can use to help with the tongue weight.

    There has to be someone that tows with a suburban or tahoe that has auto air ride. Curious if they have to do anything.
     
  4. redneckjeep87

    redneckjeep87 Landscaper Extroidanaire

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    Bought the wife a 08 Range Rover l322 that has auto air. Had it for over a year now and like the suspension when I hook a trailer up. Perhaps the Brits figured something out....they sure screwed the pooch on other things lol. When it comes to air on domestics I have no idea
     
  5. a_kelley

    a_kelley mister mechanical fixer

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    So what exactly does the auto leveling do while the trailer is hooked and loaded that is undesirable? Did it try to adjust constantly as the tongue weight changed over bumps or something?
     
  6. justjeepin86

    justjeepin86 Well-Known Member

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    It levels it, no matter what. It makes it too firm and bounces really bad. When you hook up, you hear it pump and level the back. It sounds great, in theory, but it rides like a brick sh$t house.
     
  7. LBarr2002

    LBarr2002 Well-Known Member

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    Weight distribution hitch will probably help a lot.
     
  8. justjeepin86

    justjeepin86 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I have one and have not used it with this car yet. But, I can't use it when there is nothing on the trailer. It still rides like a covered wagon empty. It may help loaded to keep the rear lighter, idk.
     

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