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Old 09-30-2020, 04:38 PM   #1
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Ram 3500 air ride

I'm currently researching a 2020 Ram 3500 dually to replace the 2017 SRW Ram. A couple of vehicles I've seen have the rear air ride. I did a search on this site and it brought up a few postings going back a few years. My truck has right at 4200# in the bed with the trailer pin, aux fuel tank, and B&W hitch. The SRW squats too much and I'm right at RAWR and have very little fresh water on board. In the past here I recall posters making negative comments about the air ride when towing and hooking up a 5th wheel.

Most of the trucks I've researched don't have the system and I suspect that for my load they are not need or desirable. The system has been out a few years now so the question is how would you rate the system? Is it really needed or a solution to a problem that doesn't exist?
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I'm currently researching a 2020 Ram 3500 dually to replace the 2017 SRW Ram. A couple of vehicles I've seen have the rear air ride. I did a search on this site and it brought up a few postings going back a few years. My truck has right at 4200# in the bed with the trailer pin, aux fuel tank, and B&W hitch. The SRW squats too much and I'm right at RAWR and have very little fresh water on board. In the past here I recall posters making negative comments about the air ride when towing and hooking up a 5th wheel.

Most of the trucks I've researched don't have the system and I suspect that for my load they are not need or desirable. The system has been out a few years now so the question is how would you rate the system? Is it really needed or a solution to a problem that doesn't exist?

I currently have a 2020 ram 3500 drw with the factory air suspension.. is it needed no not in my opinion. Would I recommend it ,, yes. The truck rides better empty, the rear height of the truck is lower then one with out air ride. There is zero sag with a load in the bed. There is 2 positions of the rear ride height to select from while loaded. And the rear can be lowered 1.5" while parked.. the best feature for me is the zero sag while towing or loaded..
The ram without air will sit approximately 3 to 4" higher in the back. When loaded the weight will determine the squat.. with air when a load is after to the bed it will air back to the oem ride height, or you can select alt ride height to lower the rear 1" to make the truck sit almost level.
I use the alt ride height to pull my 5er.. it seems to ride better.
My previous tow vehicle was a 2018 ram 3500 srw. The ram 2020 dually is a better pull vehicle in every way.. just not the 70k sticker price.
I pull a grand design momentum 350g, 15k loaded with the can am x3. Hope this help you with your decision.
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i am not a total expert in this but i have a 2015 with the factory air system. i second what has been said above. there is no sag with a load in the bed. the air system keeps the truck bed in the same position as if there was not a load in the bed. if fact when we hook up our fifth wheel we put the air system into the alternate height mode to actually lower the rear an inch so that the fifth wheel tows level.
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2019 Ram 3500 dually here w/factory air. IMHO it's a better ride without a load vs the standard springs. It does a great job of leveling with my heavy truck camper and rides great. When I was shopping factory air and the surround cameras were must haves.

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