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Old 01-25-2016, 07:52 PM   #41
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Air Lift 5000 air bags really do a great job of leveling our Excursion when we tow our 31 ft. XLR. I don't even use the bars on my weight distributing hitch anymore and couldn't ask for a better ride or tow. i love to tick the DW off by inflating the bags with the trailer unhooked. It makes her Excursion look like my Road Runner did back in the seventies when I would pump up the air shocks. I wonder if she would let me put some L70-15 tires on the Excursion like the Road Runner had? Nah, they couldn't handle the load.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:56 PM   #42
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Air bags (bought and installed by my son-in-law) were the best answer for leveling and traveling issues.
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Old 01-30-2016, 03:13 PM   #43
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I have both air bags and helper springs. They work great.
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Old 01-30-2016, 09:37 PM   #44
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Wireless on board air and Firestone Airlift 5000 bags. Works like a charm.
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Old 01-31-2016, 08:46 AM   #45
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I have both air bags and helper springs. They work great.
Looks like in your pic. you have two sets of springs? Which one is the helper springs and I don't see the air bags
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:09 AM   #46
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Looks like in your pic. you have two sets of springs? Which one is the helper springs and I don't see the air bags
The lower set of springs is the main leaf pack, the upper set is not really helper springs, but are factory overloads. Those 2 terms have become inter changeable now. What oems did was use 2 spring pack instead of one so when not towing/hauling heavy the ride was nicer. Then when towing/hauling the weight caused the second set of springs to contact the upper spring perches and act like one large spring pack.

The air bags are inside the spring right under the fram
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Air Lift 5000 air bags really do a great job of leveling our Excursion when we tow our 31 ft. XLR. I don't even use the bars on my weight distributing hitch anymore and couldn't ask for a better ride or tow.
And that's exactly what air bags AREN'T for.

I have the Airlift 5000 ultimates on my F350. Easy load leveling and no degradation in ride when empty. Even better now that I got the WirelessAIR compressor kit from Airlift installed. Very happy with the whole system.
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The lower set of springs is the main leaf pack, the upper set is not really helper springs, but are factory overloads. Those 2 terms have become inter changeable now. What oems did was use 2 spring pack instead of one so when not towing/hauling heavy the ride was nicer. Then when towing/hauling the weight caused the second set of springs to contact the upper spring perches and act like one large spring pack.

The air bags are inside the spring right under the fram
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Old 01-31-2016, 09:45 AM   #49
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And that's exactly what air bags AREN'T for.
I agree. Quick Google search brought up the following:
Weight Distribution Hitches vs. Airbags
https://www.etrailer.com/question-9834.html
https://www.etrailer.com/question-90387.html
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So my 12 Ram 2500 CTD has 2176lbs of payload capacity. If I add Firestone bags that add 5000lbs more weight carrying ability does that mean I can carry 7176lbs in the bed of the truck. My tires can handle 6830 lbs as I upgraded to some 18" 275/65/18 BFG KO2s. So I'm guessing my real limit would be the tires at 6830lbs does that seem right? With my empty rear axle weight of 2950lbs that means I could load 3880lbs in the rear. So the wife and I are light weights and total weight is around 270lbs, add in the 5th hitch of 175lbs that would leave us with a 3435lbs for pin weight. So realistically a pin of 3000lbs would be feasible.
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