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Old 03-24-2015, 07:50 AM   #29
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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.
Have you reviewed the Ram Body Builder's .com website to support this claim?

Depending on the model year each truck has the appropriate tire/wheel combination on them to adequately support the GARW of the front and rear axles. This applies to the average user who will go out and buy the truck to pull what ever size trailer they intended to use up to the maximum GCVW of the truck.

For trucks built between 2004 and 2012 the axles, frame, powertrain. driveline and brakes for both the SRW 2500 and 3500 are the same. The only difference is one leaf spring that is added to each rear axle spring packs on both sides. After 2013.5 MY the trucks have had a slight divergent from being very similarly built other than the spring pack they are totally different now.

The reason for air bags on any truck is to allow the truck to retain the stock body ride height when a load is applied to the rear axle regardless of which model is chosen; thus eliminating spring sag under loaded conditions. These do not allow for a higher load capacity of the truck just the ability of leveling the load.

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Old 03-25-2015, 07:32 PM   #30
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I have a 2010 Dodge Dually and tow a 2010 36FWS Cameo. I just put on a set of air bags and glad I did. What a difference it made. The ride is smoother when towing and don't feel the jarring I use to when I went over railroad tracks. One of the best investments I made.
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I have a 2010 3500 Dodge dually and I tow a 2010 36ft FWS Cameo. I just recently put on a set of airbags and I am glad I did. The ride is much smoother and when going over railroad tracks I don't get the jarring like I use to plus with the bags filled to 50psi the truck is sitting level. Wish I would have done it sooner.
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:50 AM   #32
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IMHO the 2015's should be capable of handle the loads that you are trying to tow. Ive been researching 5vers and trucks myself and a one ton srw should work. Even the new 3/4 tons would haul that unit from the factory. The "weight police" will say to make sure that you are within all limits of your truck and I do agree so you don't tow beyond your capabilities or your own personal safety limits.

Sorry about the ramble but about the air bags I would only have them installed if I was towing at max payload all the time. Again just my humble opinon.
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Old 03-26-2015, 04:37 PM   #33
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When I had my 2014 ram 2500 with the after market air ride yes it would level the truck just fine. The ride was a little better, but when you level it with bags it puts more weight up front doesn't it? My experience was when we hit large bumps, that extra weight up front made for some nasty sounds up front in the suspension. It didn't happen all the time, but an when it did it adequate cringe. That 2500 pulled my current trailer just fine, and got better mpg, than my new 3500. However I was really stressing the suspension, tites,wheels, transmission, and the poor little 3.42 gears. I'm so glad I decided on the dually.
Yesterday's 270 trip was a total piece of cake. Now I can enjoy the ride and my awesome 3500 drw. It's such a pleasure to drive.

And a side note, I've always wanted a Dually, but really didn't need one. I've also always thought they were bad A $$ lookin trucks. I like how they look. I really like the new ones the best. To me (the gearhead), and long time truck nut, ( and buider of a few custom pickups), but they are the Hotrod of the pickups. Especially the new short bed Duallys. I've had many admirers, wondering when they came out with the SB drw. I would have had no problem with a longbed, but I really like the custom looking SB DRW. Just my humble opinion, and I went way off the subject matter here. Oh well!
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Old 03-27-2015, 08:45 AM   #34
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When I had my 2014 ram 2500 with the after market air ride yes it would level the truck just fine. The ride was a little better, but when you level it with bags it puts more weight up front doesn't it? My experience was when we hit large bumps, that extra weight up front made for some nasty sounds up front in the suspension. It didn't happen all the time, but an when it did it adequate cringe. That 2500 pulled my current trailer just fine, and got better mpg, than my new 3500. However I was really stressing the suspension, tites,wheels, transmission, and the poor little 3.42 gears. I'm so glad I decided on the dually.
Yesterday's 270 trip was a total piece of cake. Now I can enjoy the ride and my awesome 3500 drw. It's such a pleasure to drive.

And a side note, I've always wanted a Dually, but really didn't need one. I've also always thought they were bad A $$ lookin trucks. I like how they look. I really like the new ones the best. To me (the gearhead), and long time truck nut, ( and buider of a few custom pickups), but they are the Hotrod of the pickups. Especially the new short bed Duallys. I've had many admirers, wondering when they came out with the SB drw. I would have had no problem with a longbed, but I really like the custom looking SB DRW. Just my humble opinion, and I went way off the subject matter here. Oh well!
Did you every weight the truck and then the camper together on a CAT scale? This would tell you if you were stressing the truck or not. Ram has designed the newer trucks to tow/haul heavier loads with the SRW truck and the DRW trucks than ever before.

For the model year 2014, 2500 Truck with a Cummins and the 6 Sped Auto with 3:42 gears; the max towing weight is 17,490 LBS with a GCVW of 25,000 LBS. I doubt you were stressing the truck to its limit with the 3:42 gear set.

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Never did weigh it. It did a good job pulling. It braked fine, and got good mpg, but with 80 psi in the trucks tires they were bulging pretty bad. I had the stock Firestone Transforce A/T's on it, and I thought those were pretty good tires. I didn't like that. Really didn't want to put 19.5's on it either.
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Also those 3.42 gears didn't work to good above 70 degree F while going through stop and go traffic. The trans would get up to 220+. Not good. Dliw getting on the hey too.
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Also those 3.42 gears didn't work to good above 70 degree F while going through stop and go traffic. The trans would get up to 220+. Not good. Dliw getting on the hey too.
Slow getting on the highway too.
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2014 ram tradesman 2500 ctd crew cab 4x4 shorted capabilities = 17,160 lbs max trailer weight, and max gcwr 25,000 lbs
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No to air bags. You have a lot of truck. No need for them.
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You guys that believe the manufacturers hype on maximum trailer weights need to look at real life weight slips. There is NO WAY that a 3/4 ton truck can tow a 17,000# 5er and be within its RGAWR or its GVWR. Your truck weighs over 8000#, probably closer to 9000# ready to go on a trip. Then add over 3000# pin weight and you do the math. 9000 and 17,000 equals 26,000# where I went to school, and bingo you are over manufacturers specs.
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Yup! Overloaded way before max trailer weight comes into play. The new Ram 2500 is a beast of a truck, but the cargo wt stinks. It's to bad, cuz it actually worked great towing a very large 5er.
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Gross weight of the truck doesn't get added to towing weight. A 3/4 ton truck weights under 8000. If you can tow 15000, that is what you can tow. It isn't 15000 minus 7600 lbs for a trailer of 7400 lbs.
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