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Old 09-10-2014, 04:52 PM   #21
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Airbags will help to level the rear end and provide a better ride. Having the rear level will alow you to setup hitch with less tension and should improve the steering and ride.

Before i bought my fith wheel I was pulling about 6500lbs and I used them then also. Improves the ride and stability of the truck.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:21 PM   #22
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Thanks to everyone who replied. Going to look at a bigger truck but with the information I received will be putting them on whatever I get.
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Old 09-19-2014, 04:12 PM   #23
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Though I am dealing on getting a 350 I had bought ride rites to put on my 150. So after getting trailer set up at site I installed them on truck. I put 5 psi in like many say they do when not towing and it was really bad as anything over a 1" bump they bottomed out bad. Put in 10psi and is much better however truck is lifted, handling a little off and ride is stiffer. Have the bag height at 5" which is low end of what Firestone says it should be. Is this how it is after putting them on? Won't know how it is going to work with trailer till Moday or so.
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Old 09-19-2014, 04:31 PM   #24
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Air bags are worth every penny!! Running the Airlift Ultimate 5000s here, love them!!
X2. I run 35 to 45 psi depending on water in tanks on my old trailer. Will be taking possession or our new 3008W on the 25th, so we will see if that changes.
BTW I run 7 psi in mine when not towing.
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Old 09-21-2014, 12:55 PM   #25
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When I installed these bags I hooked them together with a T fitting. On way out to trailer I was in a wicked side wind and truck was not handling worth crap. I had a side to side rolling motion. Took the T fitting out and do not get this anymore and truck is way more stable. Still doesn't ride near as good as with no bags but will try it with trailer. Seeing as there is no height control valve to add or exhaust air like any of the air ride I have had on tractor/trailers I can see this happening.

I can't be the only one that finds the bags bottom out with a bang when only having 5 or 10 psi in them with no load. Can't see these staying on over the winter as something will break with the roads we have in the winter.
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Old 09-21-2014, 01:56 PM   #26
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Have run the same Air Lift bags since 97 on 3 different trucks now and never had a problem with them bottoming out when unloaded. I set the pressure to 10# and the on board compressor keeps them inflated. 14 yrs on the same bags.
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Old 09-22-2014, 12:11 AM   #27
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Have run the same Air Lift bags since 97 on 3 different trucks now and never had a problem with them bottoming out when unloaded. I set the pressure to 10# and the on board compressor keeps them inflated. 14 yrs on the same bags.
With mine it rides really good with 5 or 10 psi but if you hit any size bump or dip it comes down and sounds and feels like there is no suspension. Put about 15 psi it is ok unless it is a bigger one but the truck is up 2 to 3 inches above what it should be and doesn't handle well. I wouldn't care much with the 15 psi in them but sitting that much higher is not good.
An on board compressor is pretty much a must have in my situation.
Also taking the T fitting out made a difference as I don't get the side to side rolling in side winds and uneven roads that I could feel with just the truck and would imagine having a trailer would be worse.
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Old 09-28-2014, 10:23 AM   #28
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Brought trailer home yesterday and am amazed at the difference that the air bags made. Would never have believed that it would have made this much difference. Though I am not sure about the empty ride being that much better as I need to keep close to 15 psi in them so they don't bottom out unbelievable the difference when towing. Will have to drop the Blue Ox down a hole as tongue was up with 35 psi in them with the setting I need to have to keep drive axle gvw under specs and to keep the steering axle gvw within 10 kgs of empty weight.
Old Coot you are right about having an on board compressor for adjusting on the go as just a few psi change for road condition makes a huge difference in ride.
Still need a bigger truck for this trailer but we are looking at putting trailer at a monthly site next year.
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Those that have trucks bottoming out and lower ride quality empty. Tell us about your truck. 1/2 3/4 1 ton and make, GM RAM FORD ???
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Those that have trucks bottoming out and lower ride quality empty. Tell us about your truck. 1/2 3/4 1 ton and make, GM RAM FORD ???
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