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Old 03-25-2015, 01:05 AM   #21
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the manual may say as to how much weight per PSI is lifted. I have the Firestone's, and its 32 lbs of lift per 1 PSI. Would be a good starting point.

WDH should be set up with no assistance from the air bags, and then inflate air bags as needed.
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Old 03-25-2015, 02:42 AM   #22
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I just purchased the Air Lift 1000 Air Bags to tow a 2015 Salem 27DBUD. Since this will be my first experience with the air bags, I'm wondering if you guys can give me the low down on on three things;

1. air pressure (what psi w/wo TT)
2. if an on board compressor is the way to go
3. and if make modifications with your WDH (I use the Andersen WDH).

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Air Lift 1000s in our Dodge too. We run about 25 psi with the TT on the ball. We use little 12v compressor for top ups - quick and easy. There are plug in adapters avail at many RV sources that will allow you to access the 12v from the TT elect connection on the TV. Leave your WDH setup alone - it shouldn't require any changes. Many users of bags contend that you need separate air lines running to each bag to prevent air transfer from bag to bag when cornering. I've run these bags interconnected for three seasons and have yet to encounter this anecdotal phenomena.

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Old 03-26-2015, 01:31 PM   #23
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Can anyone help me with this, I read that air bag don't help with payload, is this correct? I would like a little more payload or be able to get more stuff in my truck, do air bag help with this?
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Old 03-26-2015, 01:38 PM   #24
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No, sorry, I wish they did. All they will do is level your truck and in some cases improve your ride. Pretty much the only way to increase your payload is to change the truck. A lot of guy's have done things to help manage load and maybe they will chime in.
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Old 03-26-2015, 01:43 PM   #25
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Thx Storm, that's what I've been reading............
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Have Air Lifts and an onboard compressor and can run up to 100# on them. Usually run around 45#or 50# unless we're coming back from FL and I will pump them up to 60#-70#.
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On my last truck I added a heavy duty shock from Monroe. In addition to the shock it had a coil for secondary support. It helped, but still dropped a bit, so this time (just got a newer truck) I thought I'd try the Air Lifts this time. Like OldCoot I got an on board compressor to go with it.
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Old 03-26-2015, 10:39 PM   #28
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Air bags do not increase the payload capacity of your truck. You are still limited by several factors such as: the sticker in your door jamb that specifies payload, the GVWR, the GAWR (axle maximum) tires/rims. If either of these is exceeded you are liable if you get pulled over and checked or get involved in an accident. It's best to weigh so you can get the best determination if you are over the limits. Air bags will help you keep your load stabilized, keep the front end pressure down on the pavement for steering if you are hauling heavy loads, help to offset some of the downward force on your rear springs/shocks by absorbing weight. They are not a legal substitution to exceed the manufacturers gross weight ratings however.
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Zolin, how in the world can it be proven that an overload of 100#-500# caused an accident? Never heard of a farmer being ticketed or held liable and they grossly overload on a regular basis. Same on most cars if you go by the stickers.
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Zolin, how in the world can it be proven that an overload of 100#-500# caused an accident? Never heard of a farmer being ticketed or held liable and they grossly overload on a regular basis. Same on most cars if you go by the stickers.
It is not hard to prove if a combination vehicle was overloaded at the time of a crash.
If it's a fatal, every avenue is taken to prove cause and fault of the crash. An ambitious lawyer and the greiving family will try at any expense in preparation for a lawsuit.
If one knowingly and purposely overloaded a vehicle, that as a result caused or could not avoid a crash, guess who's left hanging with the blame and a life changing lawsuit.
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