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Old 07-27-2015, 06:16 PM   #1
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Question Air Bags and Helper Springs?

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I'm new to both Truck Camping and this Forum. I will be ordering the NL 8'11 QSE with Generator and have spent a lot of time reading the posts on this great forum with regard to vehicle loading and load control. In many cases I find that folks are installing both air bags and helper springs i.e. Super Springs / Hellwigs. I guess I'm wondering why you need both? Any help / advice would be appreciated. By the way, Great Forum! :P
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Welcome to the forum. Honestly I have never see a situation where you would need to use booth springs and air bags. One or the other should be enough for your truck. Springs are great, but they can give you a bit of a harsh ride. With air bags you can let the air out of the bags while you are not towing and maintain your factory ride.

Let me know if you have any questions at all.
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Old 07-30-2015, 04:27 AM   #4
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I have the air-lift air bags along with the wireless on-board compressor. I put between 45-55 psi in bags with my truck camper on. Camper off I keep about 5-10 psi in bags for a smoother ride. Truck is GMC 2500 HD 4X4 with the Z71 suspension. I am very pleased with the performance.

Another advantage is if your camper is a little off side level, you can do a minor level by deflating one side and inflating the other side. On-board compressor is really neat to accomplish this!

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Thanks for the replays. I will stick with only air bags and if necessary add a sway bar once I see how the truck handles. Would you guys recommend a sway bar based on your experience?
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I recommend the Hell-wig sway as I have that also. Additionally, I have the rancho adjustable shocks all around and a set of Timbrens on the front lower wishbone.
I removed the stock 26 gallon tank and installed the after market 52.2 gallon to extend my range and take advantage of states with cheaper diesel.
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x2 on Hell-wig sway bars!
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