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Old 07-22-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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Air bags on a dually?

Does anyone have/need airbags on their dually with a pin weight of around 3k?
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:44 AM   #2
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What kind of truck is it? All models tend to handle weight differently. With 3k you may need/want them but a lot of that may depend on what truck it is.

The quickest and easiest way to find out is if the truck sags beyond level with the weight. To bring it level and be the safest airbags or other load assist devices are always a good idea.
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:59 AM   #3
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I have them on our DRW to level the truck, our trailer has between 3200/3400 lbs of pin. They also really help the ride when loaded.

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How old is the truck? Any late model dually can handle 3k of PW fine.
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The truck would be a 2011 Chevy Duramax DRW 4WD.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:16 AM   #6
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I had a 2001 F250 2wd Crew Cab, I put on 5000lbs air bags and it handled my 36 foot Mobile Suite. I sold my truck and purchased a 2002 F350 4x4 Dually Crew Cab and have been pulling my camper for over a year now. I have been thinking of buying a set of 5000lbs air bags to put on this truck also. The trucks just handlle so much better and my camper make my 1 ton squats a little bit more than I like it to.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:22 PM   #7
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I have them on my F-350 diesel/dually because with 40 lbs of air when towing the truck rides so much better. I don't need them for height because my truck only goes down 2" when hooked up without them. My pin weight is 3,400#. When not towing I keep 10# in them and they seem to also help the ride. They make a big difference when going over a washboard road.
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Long response - I had an `05 F-350 dually that squatted quite a bit when hooked up (pin weight about 3400#). I put the Firestone air bags in. Took about 2 hours to install as I had to modify one of the brackets to fit. But they certainly worked to keep the truck level.

Short response - go ahead and put them in, they work.
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3400 pinweight on Dodge 3500 dually. NO air bags, sits level, rides great.
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:32 PM   #10
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We have 3400 Lb Pin weight on our 2012 GMC 3500HD DRW and it sits level and rides great.
We pulled the same 5er with a 2500HD with Air Bags, it did good for the weight we had on it, but now with the 3500HD I see no reason to add the Air Bags.
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Thanks for the input, we are stepping out of a 2007 GMC 2500 CC 4WD and stepping up to the One ton DRW. I am leaving my air bags on the old truck and hope i will not regret keeping them for the dually. Am excited to know that I am within the weight limits now instead of over the weight limits for the camper that I pull.
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Thanks for the input, we are stepping out of a 2007 GMC 2500 CC 4WD and stepping up to the One ton DRW. I am leaving my air bags on the old truck and hope i will not regret keeping them for the dually. Am excited to know that I am within the weight limits now instead of over the weight limits for the camper that I pull.
You are good on the weight but you might change your mind about the bags. The springs are real HD on the 3500's and hit a washboard road like the one going into New Orleans that goes for 25 miles and you will wish you had them. That's why I got my Air Lift bags because on that road I had to go 25 mph so I didn't break the truck in half. Another bad road is I-81 which will bounce you off the road. The bags help to stabileize the rear and the 5th and give you a smoother ride.

I suspect the guys saying you don't need them have never had them on their trucks. That's why all the class 8 trucks have air bag suspension. Congrats on the new truck!
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MRBB we avoid I 95 and trvel I 81 because it is so much smoother. We get on in Tenn and off in Md.
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MRBB we avoid I 95 and trvel I 81 because it is so much smoother. We get on in Tenn and off in Md.
Try I-81 in PA and NY.... Hold on tight!
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