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Old 03-21-2015, 09:57 PM   #15
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I have 2 friends that installed them on their trucks (F350 & Dodge 3500). They were fine towing but when they aired them down to use their trucks as daily drivers they beat the hell out of them. The ride without a load & the bags aired down was really rough. They tried putting more air in them but it didn't help the unloaded ride.
I ran PacBrake bags on my 11 RAM 3500 Dually CrewCab longbed 5psi unloaded and it rode great! Even our Ford 350 SRW KR Friends commented on the nice ride.
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:36 PM   #16
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Airbags are for chevys or older dodges that go nose high when you hook up the trailer. The new dodge fixed their suspension problems I think, you shouldn't need them.
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Old 03-22-2015, 11:49 AM   #17
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That was just plain inaccurate. All three are great tow vehicles. While the air ride option may be good, you can put it on any of them aftermarket. Been available for years but not popular. Whether OP needs bags depends on pin weight. He will run out of tire capacity before springs.
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:02 PM   #18
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Whether OP needs bags depends on pin weight. He will run out of tire capacity before springs.
How do you figure? Air bags don't increase payload capacity, their only purpose is to prevent rear end sagging with heavy loads that max the springs ability. I've overloaded many a truck in my day to the point where the springs were maxed and sitting on the bump stops. Tires were still fine. Airbags in this situation will give you some suspension travel back.
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:10 PM   #19
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OP stated non dually. He only has 6kish tire capacity. Dually has 9700 and the dual tires take care of this.
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What does that have to do with airbags?
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Old 03-23-2015, 09:46 AM   #21
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ok. he don't need air bags. Why? Because his tires run out of capacity before the springs. On a 2500 this would not be so. But with a 3500 it has the more spring capacity but single rear wheel. Now one could get 17.5 H rated tires and that would allow more weight but still not enough to need air bags.
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I misunderstood what you were trying to say before. We are on the same page now I think, lol
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Old 03-23-2015, 04:21 PM   #23
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I just can't understand why a manufacturer would outfit a 1 ton truck, with almost the exact running gear as their same 3/4 ton truck. I don't think there is any difference between the Ram 2500 and the 3500 except the door jam sticker that says it as more payload capicity. Yes the 3500 has another small set of leaf springs. If your going to build a 1 ton, put the right frigging size wheels on it. Like 19.5's.

In all honesty, my 2014 Ram 2500 sat the exact same way as my new 2015 3500 DRW does.

I had the Firestone ride rite, with on board compressor, and it was pretty nice. I could level the truck with about 11 psi in the bags. It did make a difference.

I didn't like the ride pty however. I felt that even with the required minimum air psi (5lbs), the bags and the coil spring system rode worse than just a stock truck. The coil springs were a good ride though.

I went 8,000 miles with a 5er that weighed, 16k. When I got the next 5er that was 17.5 k I thought I needed everything I could get to level it out.

Ended up biting the bullet and bought a 3500 drw. Still isn't perfect, but it works a whole lot better, and is very stable. I'm broke now but I'm safer.
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Old 03-23-2015, 06:44 PM   #24
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When I decided to get a camper, hadn't picked anything up yet, I got a dually. Never considered anything else for towing.
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Just something else to go wrong, in my opinion.
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Old 03-23-2015, 06:59 PM   #26
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Well, the Dually was definitely the truck I needed, and in my opinion is the work horse of America . I say that because in my observation I see more hot shots running the same truck . It's not a scientific observation, just a head count of duallys running down the road while im on the road towing.

I also agree that airbags can, and will, at some point fail. Be it the bags themselves, an airline, or one of the connections. If there is no leaf spring to assist it, you might be dead.on the road.
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I have to disagree with the airbags and no springs, I have had the complete rear airride system on my truck for over 5 years and have replaced 1 air bag, that was due to a rub not the failure of the bag, and it didn't fail completely, just leaked air slightly, so the compressor ran more frequently. I ran air ride on my 10 wheelers for years and had very few failures, and they were due to rubbing and not the bag failure.
I agree with the auxiliary air bags if the truck doesn't set level with the 5er hooked up. As far as the sway and porposing, that depends on the truck and the pin weight. The 3500 and 13,500# GVWR trailer might not even be on the helper springs, if this is the case auxiliary air bags are not needed, but can be used to soften the loaded ride. A good set of aftermarket shocks like the Bilstein yellow will really help the unloaded harsh ride.
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As I said. You will have failures. What pickup did you have that had a full complete airride system? I didn't know there were pickups that had that system until the 2014 Ram's came out.

If your talking about a semi truck, those airbags are at least 3 times larget, and more heavy duty.
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