Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-30-2014, 01:07 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
gpscotty's Avatar
 
Vintage RV Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Texas 76036
Posts: 120
Air Bags or Springs

I am towing a Avion 30p with a F150 ecoboost and all is within the trucks weight limits. I would like to stiffen the the rear of the truck just a bit and wondering if it would be better to add a spring leaf or use air bags. All thoughts are welcome.gps PS empty ride is great so do not want to effect it any more than I have to.
__________________

__________________
gpscotty is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 12-30-2014, 01:45 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Outdoors RV Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Nowhere, now here. Freedom!
Posts: 2,999
Big rigs have been using air bags for decades. Springs sag, air bag systems level the load on the axle. When I buy a new truck next year, I will be seriously looking at the Dodge 2500s and up for the factory available air bags on the rear axle. When heavily loaded, the air bags suspension can feel a little harsh, but I don't believe the ride is as bad as steel springs that are compressed under heavy load.

You'll like the ride without a load, too.
__________________

__________________
ORV 19B Full Timer, '14 Ram 2500 Diesel and a GSD. This signature updated, May 1, '17.
Currently funemployed in Vancouver WA de K7NOL 146.52Mhz Safety? (CLICK ME!)
1bigmess is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2014, 01:51 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Randyman1's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 705
When I had my fifth wheel, I added SuperSprings to the rear leafs. Google it and check them out. Really easy to install or take off, probably a little cheaper than going the airbag route as well. They really do work like they claim. I added them on a 2008 Ford F250 Superduty and didn't notice any ride quality loss when driving unloaded. Randy
__________________
Randy & Kathy-n-Auggie
07 HR Navigator 43PBQ, 525hp Cummins ISX, 17 Ford Supercrew Ecoboost King Ranch 4x4
Randyman1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2014, 11:25 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Muscle Shoals, AL/Helen, GA
Posts: 968
My 2003 F250 diesel has AirRide airbags on the rear. When unloaded, I keep 10 lbs. pressure in them, and I like the way the truck rides. It seems with a little pressure in the bags, I can feel the front end suspension a little better.

Air bags are a worthwhile addition to any pickup if it's going to be used to tow RV's or if heavy loads are going to be experienced in the bed.

My only problem was pre-assembling the air bags prior to mounting them on the axle to the frame. AirRide's instructions are written in some unknown English, and only looking on UTube.com allowed me to figure out the assembly. AirRide should sell'em only assembled.
__________________
Bamaman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2014, 12:14 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 2,203
Most add a leafs will raise the rear of the truck when empty. Bags won't if you keep the min 5psi in them. Timbrens will do the same as both and the ride will be like stock when empty.
__________________
Cumminsfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2014, 02:35 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Dasmoeturhead's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Planet Earth
Posts: 1,003
Like the Firestone bags on my truck. I got the cab controller as well. Makes it so easy. 5psi when not towing. Rides good.
__________________
2017 Forrest River Salem 32bhds TT
2015 Ram 3500 4x4, CTD, DRW ,MC ,AISIN , 4.10's,
Six Burning Six Turning ! ,RVM 104
Dasmoeturhead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2014, 07:11 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
OB-One's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 321
Air bags! I've used them on all my pickup trucks for the past 20 years. Never had one fail.
__________________
OB-One is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2015, 03:24 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
gpscotty's Avatar
 
Vintage RV Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Texas 76036
Posts: 120
Cumminsfan: Do your Timbrens make your truck ride hard or jolt a lot when you are setting down on them? I have heard this complaint, but that was years back. Thanks in advance gps
__________________

__________________
gpscotty is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
P32 Air Bags ewg1022 Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 1 09-02-2014 08:09 PM
Jounce Bumper to air springs? Chaffeekid Freightliner Motorhome Chassis Forum 4 07-19-2014 11:27 AM
Air springs vs. air bags Geneandea Freightliner Motorhome Chassis Forum 6 04-28-2014 02:18 AM
Air Bags deflating zzjea Spartan Motorhome Chassis Forum 7 07-19-2013 07:57 AM
Air bags not deflating when putting jacks down '03 Phaeton michelb Tiffin Motorhomes Owners Forum 7 06-28-2013 06:05 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.