Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-22-2015, 10:34 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Lansing, Michigan
Posts: 19
Air Bags / WDH

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).

TV is 2012 Ram 1500
3.92
__________________

__________________
sheehast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2015, 10:55 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
fast murray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: SD
Posts: 439
1. I'd use a little trial and error to see where you like the loaded psi. I ran mine at 65-70 when towing our Wildcat with a 2008 Ram 1500. I'd run 10-15 unloaded as the instructions on the bags said to run at least 10 which is unnoticeable.


2. I didn't have an onboard compressor and can't say I missed it. I aired up when I hooked up to go and aired back down when I unhooked at home. I had the air valves by the rear license plate which was pretty handy.
__________________

__________________
2004 Wildcat 28BH
2012 Ram 2500 CCSB 6.7CTD
fast murray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2015, 11:06 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Lansing, Michigan
Posts: 19
fast murray, did you just fill up with air compressor at home? I have a smaller pancake compressor. I was thinking the same as what you did as well about running the lines to the license plate.
__________________
sheehast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2015, 09:55 AM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 25
Look at the air lift instructions. I had them on my 2009 Ram 1500. I believe max psi was 35. I ran 35psi in the bags when hooked to the TT. I ran 5-10psi unloaded.


2014 Coachmen Catalina 303KDS
2014 RAM 2500
__________________
Miller303KDS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2015, 01:07 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Lansing, Michigan
Posts: 19
Does the normal WDH you have play into this at all? do you hook up in one order or another.
__________________
sheehast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2015, 09:20 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
fast murray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: SD
Posts: 439
Yes I did it at home. Your pancake compressor will do fine, there's really no volume there. They air up really fast, way faster than a bike tire.
__________________
2004 Wildcat 28BH
2012 Ram 2500 CCSB 6.7CTD
fast murray is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 12:51 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Alabama
Posts: 189
I would not bother with any auto inflator. You will likely not need much air with your setup. I would guess your TW is less than 600-700 lbs so your WDH should accommodate this. I installed firestone bags on my 2010 f150 4x4 20 inch wheels. As it turns out, the 980 lbs of my tongue and 100 lb hitch still does not require much more than 20 lbs of air to raise it 3/4 of an inch. The more air you put in, the less load your bars will have, at least that's what I read. I run my bags at the minimum of 5 psi when unloaded, but then again I don't carry much in the back anyway.
__________________
Zolin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 08:09 AM   #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Lansing, Michigan
Posts: 19
Zolin, do you notice much help then from the air bags?
__________________
2015 Salem 27DBUD
2012 Ram 1500 3.92 ratio
Andersen WDH
sheehast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 08:45 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Independence, Kansas
Posts: 619
I had an f150 that I pulled a fifth wheel with. I added air until the truck was level, didn't take much. Kept the headlights out of the trees.
__________________
comfun1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2015, 09:17 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
lickem66's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 105
I too have Firestone Ride-Rites and installed the valves in rear bumper area, actually the plate my trailer lights/brake plug is in. I don't inflate with a compressor since it takes so little volume to get to the 20 lbs I use in them when towing. I can pump them using a bike pump from 5 lbs to 20 lbs in about 5-6 pumps each side.
__________________

__________________
2016 FR3 28DS
Past 2012 Forest River Rockwood 2104.
2016 Nights Camped = 34, 2015 = 21, 2014 = 22, 2013 = 24

lickem66 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:57 PM.