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Old 09-04-2014, 10:33 AM   #11
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Here’s my experience with the airbag/WDH combo, my set up is in my signature. It does improve ride quality in regard to bouncing. The trick for me was to find the sweet spot, I got my equalizer 4 way set up correctly first, and then I started working on the ride quality with the airbags. To little pressure and it was still bouncy, to much bag and it took weight off the equalizer bars causing the trailer to sway. I ended up running about 30 lbs and it works great. I prefer a firmer more compliant ride and this was tough to achieve with Fords yuppy friendly rear end. The bags helped tremendously, not to mention their uses when not towing (gravel etc. in the bed).
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:42 AM   #12
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You'll be very happy with air bags. We just wrapped up 9500 mile trip from NJ to Glacier NP, Moab UT and a few other awesome places along the way. I also own a 2010 F150 Screw 5.4 3.55 4x4 6.5 bed.Trailer is a 29' Coachmen 6500# dry. With wife and kids and a full water tank generator strollers etc we weighed in @ 15500#. Just a hair over max GCVW. I thought I'd be 1000# under.

I was prepared to buy a new truck along the way if need be. We were absolutely amazed at how it handled the trailer. The 6 speed trans is amazing. No problem stopping or accelerating. We did climb several mountain passes, secondary highways, in second gear 4500 rpm @ 45mph. On the flats I had no problem maintaining highway speeds 65-75.

I'm using a traditional 1200lb Reese equalizing hitch. Dealer also threw in a friction sway bar and I added a second friction sway bar. Didn't experience any sway under normal conditions. In high winds there were some white knuckle moments but I never felt in control.

As for the airbags... You'll have to find your sweet spot. Started at 60psi. Found 35 psi ideal. I always wanted to make sure the bars were carrying the weight and not the truck. I have a bicycle pump w gauge on it. Usually about dozen pumps to fill. Always deflated when unhitched.

Best of luck to you
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:02 PM   #13
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Just put Firestones on my F250 and I don't know how I got along without them.


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Old 09-09-2014, 06:23 PM   #14
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Air bags are worth every penny!! Running the Airlift Ultimate 5000s here, love them!!
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:37 PM   #15
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Here’s my experience with the airbag/WDH combo, my set up is in my signature. It does improve ride quality in regard to bouncing. The trick for me was to find the sweet spot, I got my equalizer 4 way set up correctly first, and then I started working on the ride quality with the airbags. To little pressure and it was still bouncy, to much bag and it took weight off the equalizer bars causing the trailer to sway. I ended up running about 30 lbs and it works great. I prefer a firmer more compliant ride and this was tough to achieve with Fords yuppy friendly rear end. The bags helped tremendously, not to mention their uses when not towing (gravel etc. in the bed).
Curious to know how that 6.2 is working. The Ford dealer I use have some 350 trucks coming in with only a few thousand miles on them. Some have the 6.2 gas engines and others have 6.7 diesels.
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:02 PM   #16
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You will not be disappointed with airbags...period! ,)


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Old 09-09-2014, 09:18 PM   #17
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Air Bags

We enjoy the Firestone air bags. I use them at 60lbs. That puts my truck at the exact height it was before I loaded the trailer on it.
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:21 PM   #18
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I echo the sentiments of previous posts, they are good, but if they are worth it is still questionable from my perspective , as Timbrens provide a very similar function at a fraction of the cost. I had both and I liked the Timbrens, but I do like the Air Lifter 5000 better, only because they were a gift from my sons.
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:26 PM   #19
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JMO, too much weight transferred to the front axle

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Thanks for all the replies. I should have been a little more clear on this. I don't have an issue with too much tongue weight nor is the steering light. When I tighten the bars up to level the truck then the steering gets very heavy due to the weight on it. I have to be careful with what we can carry which at this point is not an issue. When I have the bars tight to lift truck to level that is when the rough ride starts.

My two cents...

A red flag went up in my mind due to your statement above.

The WDH is meant to distribute tongue weight equally between the front and rear axles of the TV. They are not meant to level the TV. That is one of the reasons airbags would be used for; leveling. Before hooking up, measure from the top of your front and rear wheel wells down to ground vertically through the center of the wheel/axle. Then hook up. Re-measure without the bars installed. Now install the bars and measure again. Adjust the bars until you have an EQUAL amount of drop over the front and rear axle. To me it sounds that you may have adjusted your bars to put too much weight on the front axle.

Just my two cents.
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:34 PM   #20
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I installed AirLift bags and compressor with the auto-leveling feature on my 2004 Chevy 2500HD to tow my Sanibel 6301. They are incredible and worth every penny. I chose the AirLift because of their joust bumper inside. Just liked that feature.
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