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Old 08-10-2008, 10:44 PM   #1
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Is anyone using airbags?

Hi Guys

Looking for advise on purchasing rear airbags, will it make a difference? Info T/V 08 GMC 2500 Sierra CC Diesel, towing 08 Silverback 5th with 5th Airborne coupler. Hitch weight loaded 2159 lbs. Hoping to level the T/V better and reduce or eliminate the jouncing and chucking that I am experiencing.

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Old 08-11-2008, 07:35 AM   #2
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I don't have them personally but know several who do. Most use the firestone bags. It'll definitely help the leveling and maybe the "jouncing" but I'm not sure the chucking is gonna get any better with them. That hitch is an anti-chucking hitch so I'm not sure what's going on there. Check your hitch for wear and fit and make sure it's adjusted properly. The 5th Airborne has an adjustable "air spring" make sure it's adjusted properly too.
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Old 08-11-2008, 08:10 AM   #3
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This is only my 2nd year of pulling a camper. I just put a set of air bag's on my truck this year. They work great for leveling. I never had any other handeling trouble with my set up. My brother uses the same bags that I do. Made by air lift. I think I paid $219 on ebay. That's just for the bags not the auto leveling set up.
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:55 PM   #4
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I tow an ultra lite that only has ~400 lbs hitch weight.
Then sometimes I add a 500 LB motorcycle in the back of the truck.
Then sometimes I add motorcycle AND a bunch of fire wood....
I have airlift air bags and they do a GREAT job of leveling my truck.
They were easy to install but I didn't go for the on-board air pump.
I just pump them up with a bicycle pump or my home compressor.

They don't seem to help with that bouncy rocky horse feel though (sigh)....
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:37 PM   #5
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I just bought Air bags. I havn't installed them yet on my 2008 chevy duramax. I went with Airlift.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:18 PM   #6
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I have a 2000 Excursion 7.3L PSD with firestone airbags. I tow heavy 12K+ and they do a great job at leveling the vehicle. I did not go for the on board air pump i just check the bags before each tow and use the home compressor or if at the camp site I cary a 2-gallon compressor with us.
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:08 AM   #7
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I installed a set of Firestone Air Springs on my motorhome and it really helped with the rocky feeling when a 18 wheeler goes by. They really helped to improve the ride. I keep my curbside springs at about 10 lbs higher than the roadside to help balance the feel for the low side of the road. I don't feel like I'm constantly correcting the steering as I go down the road anymore.They are definitely worth the expense.
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:06 AM   #8
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The airbags will level your truck with the 5`er attached. I use Air Lift air bags. if your still having problems with "chucking" with the 5th Airborne then you have some other issues going on.
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:24 AM   #9
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I installed a set of Airlift air bags, and the have been great for me. I mainly use them when we bring the golf cart with us.
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I installed a set of Firestone Air Springs on my motorhome and it really helped with the rocky feeling when a 18 wheeler goes by. They really helped to improve the ride. I keep my curbside springs at about 10 lbs higher than the roadside to help balance the feel for the low side of the road. I don't feel like I'm constantly correcting the steering as I go down the road anymore.They are definitely worth the expense.
Awesome! I had installed air springs on our old motorhome just before we sold it and the difference was incredible. Going over a twisty mountain pass close to home was much nicer as they helped to control the swaying of the rig. When we ordered our new GT378 I looked into them but I could not find any. Due to cfsoistman's post I found them! Happy Happy Joy Joy, I'm going to order a set......

Thanks cfsoistman....

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