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Old 02-16-2014, 08:38 AM   #11
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Since no one mentioned it, two things:

1) Airbags are used to smooth out chucking in 5th wheels, bounce on bumpy roads, and bed leveling under rated load (older trucks with marginal springs).

2) They DO NOT increase your load carrying rating (Payload).
The GVWR of your truck will not increase with airbags or helper springs.

If you are pulling overloaded, airbags will not increase your "safety".
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:45 AM   #12
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Yes my truck does handle my 5er quite well. I just thought adding the bags might smooth out the ride a little. Especially going over bridges that aren't exactly even with the road surface, and you get that porposing. I agree that the suspension on this truck holds up excellent under the load. Thanks all for your feedback.

Sounds great. Keep us posted on the results.
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:35 PM   #13
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Just installed the Airlift 5000 airbags and the Wireless one air compressor. Took 2 of of us about 3 hrs for everything and it works great. I like that I have another remote to play with plus it has 3 different memories air pressures so once I figure out where my 5er sits the best I can put that psi into memory as well as one for pulling the car trailer. It will also maintain the set pressure. I also teed in a Schrader valve I case the compressor ever quits
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:45 PM   #14
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Since no one mentioned it, two things:

1) Airbags are used to smooth out chucking in 5th wheels, bounce on bumpy roads, and bed leveling under rated load (older trucks with marginal springs).

2) They DO NOT increase your load carrying rating (Payload).
The GVWR of your truck will not increase with airbags or helper springs.

If you are pulling overloaded, airbags will not increase your "safety".
Agree with not increasing sticker payload or GVWR, but they do increase the ability to carry the load neglecting the axle brgs.

Won't open up the can of worms about the safety issue.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:58 PM   #15
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Camping World sells Airlift and will install them for $39.00. I'm pretty handy too, but for $39 I had them install them. My time is worth much more than that and they did a great job. Traveled from Michigan to Florida in January and even my DW commented on the improved ride! Now that says something!!!
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:37 AM   #16
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I also had airlift installed by camping world last week on my 2011 Silverado 2500HD. You can't beat the price. Had another shop that wanted to charge me $250.00 to install.

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Old 04-18-2014, 12:31 PM   #17
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Since no one mentioned it, two things:

1) Airbags are used to smooth out chucking in 5th wheels, bounce on bumpy roads, and bed leveling under rated load (older trucks with marginal springs).

2) They DO NOT increase your load carrying rating (Payload).
The GVWR of your truck will not increase with airbags or helper springs.

If you are pulling overloaded, airbags will not increase your "safety".
Where they increase the safety is that you can level the truck, giving you better steering control. It's not that most fifth wheels exceed a 3/4 ton truck's payload or towing capacity, but many of the heavier ones will cause the truck to squat in the rear end. The bags will both level the truck and make the ride smoother. I went backward from a Blue Ridge fiver weighing in at 12,300 lbs dry to a Cruiser fiver weighing in at 7,910 lbs dry. While my truck wouldn't have to have air bags to tow either one, I wouldn't be without them.
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Old 04-27-2014, 11:24 PM   #18
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Just do it, i have it on my 08 2500 and the make a huge difference
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