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Old 08-28-2012, 08:21 PM   #11
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definition of ignorant is uneducated, so, here's my ignorant question and trying to get educated on this subject.
what brand of air bag system for the F250 would someone recommend so i can price them. i presume they're worth the money as i would want to eventually install the system. are they hard to install or should it be professionally done? thanks for all replies and insights! don't know what WD is, but my Reese 5th hitch in the back of the truck is what i got. sorry i don't know the lingo yet.
X2 on the AirLift brand of air bags. Using the same set on 3 different trucks with an onboard compressor and no problems. Still working great after 15 yrs.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:40 PM   #12
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The OP does not list what truck or what trailer is being used, and I can't tell from the avatar photo whether it is a 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton truck.

In most cases, if the WDH is set up correctly, the truck should not need airbags. Air bags on a 3/4 or 1 ton truck with a 5th wheel to level it out.....yes. But in the case of a truck pulling a trailer with a WDH.....there needs to be some adjusting done. I am not a firm believer in using air bags on a 1/2 ton truck.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:53 PM   #13
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Question is, when you level the ride height at the rear using airbags, does that have the effect of reducing the load on the WD springs?, or does it just level ride height without having any effect on weight distribution?
IMO If your WD hitch is not set-up correctly after you install and inflate your air bags, then Yes it will reduce the load on the WD springs. To me it seems as if it the same as using your jack to lift the truck and the TT tongue to reduce the load on the springs to hitch-up or un-hitch.
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:36 PM   #14
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Do the air springs replace the shocks or are they in addition to the shocks?
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:37 PM   #15
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Old 10-18-2012, 02:04 PM   #17
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....In most cases, if the WDH is set up correctly, the truck should not need airbags. Air bags on a 3/4 or 1 ton truck with a 5th wheel to level it out.....yes. But in the case of a truck pulling a trailer with a WDH.....there needs to be some adjusting done...
Like I mentioned earlier; Set up WD hitch properly, load gear in bed of truck (I often throw a quad and lots of stuff int he bed, hence 5th wheel need not apply), inflate bags to bring truck back up to level it was without gear in it.

In this case, you are simply using the air bags to compensate for the added load in the bed of the tow vehicle without negating the effects of the WD hitch.

Air bags have a use on a truck that uses a WD hitch and that's to maintain the tow vehicle in the proper orientation to maintain the beneficial effect of the WD hitch.

Now, if you're using the bags to level the truck and trailer instead of proper setting up the hitch......
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