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Old 06-28-2009, 03:55 PM   #1
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Thinking about Air Bags

Is anyone using air bags on the rear of their pickups?
The ride on my 03 Dodge 1-T Dually could be better with the 5th on, and I'm wondering if air bags might help the ride. The pin weight in my 5th is about 4,000 lb. The springs handle it ok, but the ride is rough on those bridge ends. I don't want to spend the money and time installing them, if they won't improve the ride.
So some of you that are using them, give me some idea's about ride improvement.
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:49 PM   #2
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First of all, if your pin weight is as you say, 4,000 pounds, you are going to be pushing the rated capacity of that truck. Now, after all that is said and done, they will not help the ride one bit. Air bags are designed to supplement the load carrying capacity of the stock spring pack. Nothing more. I did use bags on my 2500HD Chevrolet to help keep the truck level when hitched to my too heavy fiver and they worked fine for that. But again it is not a good situation to be running in excess of load limits. Have you actually been across a scales to see exactly how much weight you are carrying on the rear axle?
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:51 AM   #3
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Dick,

I have air bags (Firestone) on mine. I recently traded my camper (Lance 1161) for the Toy Hauler. One thing the air bags will do is adjust your height on the rear of the truck. If your pin weight lowers your spring pack to the overload springs, your ride will be much stiffer. What I have found when carrying my camper and somewhat on towing the 5ver, if I get the weight off the overloads, the ride is much improved.

Weighing your truck (unloaded) and your towing combo is a great idea. I found it more realistic to weigh when the trailer/camper is loaded with my stuff rather than empty and dry. That way you get the truck weight empty and then exact weights for your load.

Hope this helps,

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i had bags on my `06 F350. they did improve the ride with the 5er hitched up. just make sure you lower the air in them when riding solo.
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Thanks for the replies. Your information was quite helpful.

Yes the posted factory pin weight is 4,000 and NEVER lie on the heavy side. I think I will go ahead and put on some air bags they are not real expensive and if they help, great.
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Dick,

Pleast post the results of your addition. Inquiring minds want to know.

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I've decided to give them a try,,but it's hot here in S.W. MO so it will probably be Fall before I put them on.
Getting old I guess, I don't like working in the hot weather. Next year I'm gonna go someplace cooler and spend the Summer. (I know it's got wheels on it, but the Kid's wanted us to do some babysitting with the "little darlins" for the next 60 days) and pulling those Duals at 1++ is not my cup of tea.
It will be cooler in the Fall, and I will post about the outcome of the ride
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