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Hi All: New to the forum, but have read the previous post. What a great resource and awesome contributors.

I recently purchased a fourwheel camper project M that is going to go on my 2018 F150 fx4 Powerstroke Lariat. In the research of the camper, I realized how diminished the payload is for my truck (~1,350 lbs) due to the heavier engine; which was a disappointment but nonetheless will still work.

The added weight of the camper (~500 lbs) is requiring that I purchase new (E) rated LT tires to replace the OEM (P) tires. Since I am replacing the tires and have 20" OEM rims I was contemplating going all in and getting a leveling kit and 18" or 17" rims. There seems to be a lot of mixed conclusions on spacer leveling kits, but my general understanding is that they are sub-optimal. I know Ford has a factory leveling kit made by Fox. Does anyone have any feedback on this kit? Or recommendations for a better option? From my reading, it seems like many folks go with Bildstein 5100. Also, with the added weight when loaded (camper, plus gear = ~1,000 lbs) do people think I will need air bags?

My truck is my daily driver and I primarily do a lot of pavement driving. I purchased it used with 13k miles and love it. The object of the camper is to do more camping with the family and get out on BLM land away from the hustle in our populated state of CA. So I need the new tires (and possibly level kit and rims) to create a more confident off-road set-up while maintaining the factory pavement ride quality and not having my truck look like a monster truck as I prefer the more subdued off-road look than the gnarly big foot one :)

Any guidance towards achieving this is greatly appreciated and desired.

Thanks in advance!
 

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I would suggest air bags. I have them on my Ram. Nice thing about air bags, run low pressure when empty, no effect on ride. I load the snot out of my Ram, get out my trusty tape measure and level it. I'd see if "Timber Grove" makes em to fit your F150. Doubt you will need much air to level with your camper. I've had my bed loaded with green maple firewood, didn't need much air.
 

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Do the bags, then you can tell if you need a shock upgrade.
 

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I have a rough country leveling kit works fine and I run 275/70/18 Nitto ridge grapplers no problem what so ever . As for the Fox 2.0 system could not get a straight answer from Ford or Roush who sells there version,I did like the Eibock leveling kit on my old truck half the cost of Fox .
 
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