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Old 06-23-2015, 05:57 AM   #1
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Air Bags ?

Thinking of adding some basic coil spring air bags to our 2013 Ram 1500 to get rid of the little bit of squat still left with WDH. Looking at these on Amazon, price is rite, considering my very limited funds currently, easy to install, and not a lot of bells and whistles. Just looking for opinions as to whether they will do what i want.

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I have air bags on my F250 superduty. Love them. I did a lot of towing, our 5th wheel rv, and a 5th wheel goose neck trailer. Ours included the compressor and auto leveling. Debated for hours about spending that extra money. Great decision. No mater what I did, goose neck empty, gooseneck with load of lumber, gooseneck with tractor, haul the 5th wheel camper............ the truck was automaticaly level. Doing them by hand would have drove me nuts, and resulted in running around with them not set up properly. Money well spent. Imagine you hook up the rv, air up, tow the the park of choice. Unhook, have to air down, spend your time there running around in the truck, then hookup to go home. Time to air up again,,,,,, etc. If you run the empty truck with aired up bags, it will ride like a buckboard.

And yes, handling was improved, ride was better. I went with US air brand. 10 years after purchase the relay for the pump went bad. Called them up for tech support to confirm that was the problem, they sent me a new one free of charge. Awesome service!

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Thanks Llyod

Just check into the wireless air controller for the air bags, $500 ,
think i will spend the few minites to adjust the air , heck i got my cordless air compressor, a few minutes here and there, $500, i got the time !!!
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I put manual Air-Lift 5000+ bags on my F250. They work awesome and I only use the truck to pull the camper so I never have to re-adjust the pressure.
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I have those on my 2012 Ram. They work great. I didn't bother with the controller. Too expensive. I bought a nice little 12v pump at harbor freight for $12. Works like a champ. I don't think you'd ever pump up when you're hooked up anyway. You pump before you hook up. That's 7000# of boat at 30 psi in the bags.
I also have 2" riser in the front. I didn't like the "nose down" look.
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I put Hellwig Big air kit on my 14' ram 2500 with a wireless one controller and onboard compressor - all of that we installed in about 5 hours with a few friends. I ordered everything from suspensionconnection.com = did the whole job for around $650. They had the best prices from my research. Check em out
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Todd- Are they the Airlift 1000 you added ?

Just curious, do you air them up after hookup to level , or before you hookup?
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Usually I can get a WDH adjusted right to not need air bags on the 1500 w/coil springs.
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Todd- Are they the Airlift 1000 you added ?

Just curious, do you air them up after hookup to level , or before you hookup?
We normally suggest to air up first them hook up to your trailer. You can always adjust from there.
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I mounted Air Lift 5000's on my F250 when I installed Curt under bed custom frame mounts and the rails in my truck bed. Since I don't tow often with them, I just carry a $35 Harbor Freight air tank to make adjustments--a handy thing in any RV.

Since we have Air Lift chiming in, let me just say your Air Bag assembly instructions are like reading a foreign language. I finally found a UTube video for my exact vehicle showing how to assemble the Air Bags. The installation's easy after they're put together.
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We normally suggest to air up first them hook up to your trailer. You can always adjust from there.
May I ask why you suggest doing it this way?

I've always had better luck hooked first then setting the height just as it does with an automatic system.

Sorry don't mean to hi jack, just add info for the original question.
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I air up after hooking up. measure from ground to wheel well lip to verify level.
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Have bags on my 3500 dually.
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May I ask why you suggest doing it this way?

I've always had better luck hooked first then setting the height just as it does with an automatic system.

Sorry don't mean to hi jack, just add info for the original question.
Let me clarify, I was talking about the Air Lift 1000's that were mentioned in the previous post. The 1000 is a smaller style bag that goes inside the coil spring, it is better for bag longevity to inflate the bags with the majority of the air before adding the load. When using our LoadLifter 5000 or RideControl series air bags, it really does not matter if you add air before or after the load is on the vehicle.
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