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Old 06-16-2016, 10:02 PM   #1
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2015 RAM 2500 4x4 6.7 + Air Lift 5000

IF you own a RAM 2500 with coil spring rear suspension, you REALLY need to spend the 280.00 shipped for the AirLift Loadlifter 5000 air bag kit. Took me a total of 1 hour to install and man what a difference ALL THE WAY AROUND!!!

For kicks I inflated bags to 80psi and went driving unloaded expecting to get beat to death-NOT!!!

Then dropped to 50psi and now all the harshness of a unloaded 2500 is GONE from the rear of the truck!!!

Hooked up the 5er and went for a spin and twisty roads and interstate at speed and now it feels as if I'm towing with a dually!

Long story short, dirt cheap mod, best mod you can do for your sanity and safety, and crazy easy install that only took me 1 hour! (I am fairly mechanically minded, but still really easy for anyone to install) -note-the ONLY reason you would remove rear tires is to simply give yourself more room to work. I did NOT remove tires to install mine.
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:16 AM   #2
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I used those bags on my last two 3/4 tons trucks and highly recommend them.
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Old 06-25-2016, 02:15 AM   #3
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Ram 2500, firestone 3500 Ride Rite Air bags

New to all this camping stuff..
But I noticed the stern of my Dodge would squat 3 or 4 inches when I connected the camper.. So, I ordered a set of Firestone 3500 Ride Rite Air Bag Helper Springs for my Ram 2500.. Wife said they came in last week and am looking forward to the install.. Only a few more days of pushing barges on the Big Muddy
and I'll be able to play with my new toy (Road Yacht ), Forest River Wildwood..
I have to say owning and maintaining a camper is very similar to running a tug boat.. It's all about periodic and preventive macitence.. Cause when something breaks or goes terribly wrong, it is not going to happen tied to the dock or sitting in your drive way.. It will happen in the worst place at the worst time..
So, a big thank you to all you guys that post all this much needed information..
Good stuff !!

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Old 07-16-2016, 11:15 PM   #4
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Hmmm. Never noticed a rough ride in my truck. Don't know if I really need them or not, but the price sure seems right. Have to think about that one for a while.
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Old 07-17-2016, 02:02 AM   #5
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Hi Guys
The Firestone 3500 air bags sure did make a big difference.. Feels a lot smoother on the highway and truck doesn't squat like it did before.. With out the TT hooked up I am running 18 LBS in the air bags and get a very comfortable ride in my Dodge 2500.. With the TT hooked up I fill the air bags to 36 to 40 LBS and it feels good to me.. It was definitely worth the money and the install only took about an hour.. Ps: I did not remove the rear tires..
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Old 07-17-2016, 06:40 AM   #6
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While I don't have a Dodge, I have been running the AirLift bags for a while.
I'd like to note, for those pulling a TT, that you need to set your airbag pressure prior to adjusting your weight distribution hitch, not the other way around.
If you adjust the hitch first, then add air, you are going to adversely affect the weight distribution.
If your truck normally sags three inches when the trailer is first connected, simply lift the rear of the truck two inches before connecting the trailer, then hook up and go through the routine of measuring the front bumper and adjusting the bars to bring the front back down.
Hope this helps.
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:52 AM   #7
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If air bags can put the truck's height back to normal height (before trailer hookup) would you need any weight distribution system? You could just install the friction sway control kit on the trailer tongue.
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Old 08-24-2016, 07:27 AM   #8
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If air bags can put the truck's height back to normal height (before trailer hookup) would you need any weight distribution system? You could just install the friction sway control kit on the trailer tongue.
The hitch itself is only rated for a certain weight (500 or 600 pounds usually). The tongue weight of most travel trailer exceeds this amount and still needs to be redistributed.
Most (if not all) truck manufacturers build in a certain amount of preload in an attempt to compensate for what they call a light load. Some are more successful than others. Airbags are simply a way to adjust the suspension to reduce excessive sag, they do nothing to redistribute trailer tongue weight. I do have one travel trailer with tongue weight below 600 pounds, for that one I use a regular draw bar hitch and add air until level. No need for antisway beyond what is built in to the truck for that one.
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:39 PM   #9
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Thanks for the review! I'm definitely interested. If I run the crazy/stupid door sticker pressures of 60/80 psi, the ride is rough and dangerous in the rain when empty.

Assuming you run door sticker pressure?
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Old 12-20-2016, 03:30 AM   #10
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You guys that are running air bag I'm planning on getting some but where are you guys putting your air fitting, are you running two out the back, I'm thinking a splitter and just running one I always load the load even so I should be good?
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