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Old 08-18-2012, 08:41 AM   #1
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Air Bags & WD Hitch

I have been reading threads about air bag suspension for TV's and am a little bit confused (Keep in mind, I'm a bean counter by trade so not real good understanding the physics)...

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?

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Old 08-18-2012, 09:39 AM   #2
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It is dependent on which one and when you set it up. Frame will be moving up on both ,bags & W/D. Youroo!!
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:54 AM   #3
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I have an Expedition with the about leveling air suspension. I use the Reece Dual Cam HP hitch. I set it up before the airbags level the truck. Then let the compressor come on and let it add air. I made the mistake of doing it the other way around when I first got the Expedition. The air bags leveled the truck after lifting the tongue jack. Then I hooked up the bars. There wasn't enough weight on the bars and I got too much sway from the camper.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:25 PM   #4
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Thanks everyone.
Sounds like the air bags work simultaneously with the WD hitch. I'm thinking they would be a good investment. I was looking at Timbrens rubber springs for my truck, but am thinking that air bag levelers are a better way to go for towing.
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the way I was told to use the bags is as follows: 1-measure to top of ball on the unloaded TV. 2- load TV for the trip. 3-fill bags with enough air to bring back up to measurement in step one. 4- hook hookup trailer and sway bars.

all that is assuming the camper/tv have already been set up with the sway bars properly.
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I set up my WD hitch to manufacturers specs and it results in about an inch drop in the rear wheel well height.

Then we load up the truck and I give the bags a couple shots of air to level it all out.

Ends up being around 20 psi, where I run 10 psi on an unloaded truck....
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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.
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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.
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Firestones on my GMC...bolt on installation using existing holes....
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thanks for the replies! quick internet searches revealed that a system for a Reese/F250 is going to be ~$1,000. sounds like a good investment for my truck and my TH. thanks again!
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