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Old 02-07-2016, 05:01 PM   #1
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Air bag vs overload springs

Just wondering what everyone thinks. I've been planning on putting air bags under my 14 F-250, long bed crew cab 4x4 but had someone ask me about overload springs. So I'd like some advice from the experts. I just purchased a 16 Salem Hemisphere 3563 QBQ, first 5th wheel. We just upgraded from a 33' Cougar 29 RBK TT.
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:12 PM   #2
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I'd go with air bags. We had them on our race team dually that pulled a 48 ft, 2 car hauler that went about 20k, loaded.

Air bags have the advantage that you can adjust the pressure to manage the ride loaded and not loaded. Overloads really just kick in at a set rate when you squat enough to get into them.

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Old 02-07-2016, 09:12 PM   #3
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X2 on the air bags.......adjustable.
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:13 PM   #4
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X3 on the airbags. I absolutely love em
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Old 02-08-2016, 12:38 PM   #5
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Just installed some Firestone RideRite bags last weekend on my '12 250 and it's a night and day difference in the stability of the truck when towing, I highly recommend them considering how much the 250's squat.
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Old 02-08-2016, 12:39 PM   #6
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Are Air Suspension Bags Necessary?

I have a 2014 Dodge Ram 3500 Turbo Diesel Dually with a full length bed. It seems to haul our 43' 2015 Forest River Sandpiper fine. Though, it does squat down when we connect it. Is it advantageous and worth the cost to invest in Air Bag Suspension? I'm happy with the ride but would do it if it saves problems with my truck. Please advise. Thank you!!
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Old 02-08-2016, 02:10 PM   #7
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I have a 2014 Dodge Ram 3500 Turbo Diesel Dually with a full length bed. It seems to haul our 43' 2015 Forest River Sandpiper fine. Though, it does squat down when we connect it. Is it advantageous and worth the cost to invest in Air Bag Suspension? I'm happy with the ride but would do it if it saves problems with my truck. Please advise. Thank you!!
$350 for the kit on Amazon and I installed them myself with the help of a friend. Took about 4 hours and the install was pretty straight forward. I fill mine manually but you can add an onboard compressor, just more money and install time. So for the price, worth every penny if you ask me.
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Old 02-08-2016, 02:16 PM   #8
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F250 air bags

Fall of 14 wife bought me 2014 Greywolf 27RR (33 foot)...new suburban wouldn't handle it....so she got me F250 6 box crewcab diesel lariat....A very good combination....and Im putting the air bags in ...adjustable and can get low beams where they should be....when towing
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Old 02-08-2016, 02:16 PM   #9
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I put them on my F-350 because I wanted to soften the ride when unloaded and be able to level the truck with anything I load up. I went with AirLift Ultimate 5000 and their wireless air. Been really happy with it so far and looking forward to seeing how it does with the new Columbus we have ordered.
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Old 02-08-2016, 04:14 PM   #10
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Again, what's the pin weight and what's the "Payload Sticker" on the driver door frame show. Sounds weird your truck needs help, better check the axle rating too - actual truck weight minus the axle weight is payload. Some F250 and 2500 trucks could haul a lot but TT tongue weight is usually 10%, 5r is 15-20%. 5r hitch usually weighs over 150 lbs., you could be looking at 1,650 to 2,150 Payload before you and yours get in the TV.
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