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Old 04-14-2015, 09:30 PM   #1
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I am towing a Seismic 3712 (19,000 lb gross, approx 3100 lb pin weight) with a 2000 F-350 crewcab 4x4 with the 7.3. I am thinking of puttting airbags on to help with the small amount of "rocking" that I get in turns and for the harshness of the ride over some of our highways.

What do some of you use? Any recommendations on a specific kit? I would prefer to get one of the kits with the air compressor and tank, but we will see how the budget is. Any thoughts?
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Old 04-14-2015, 09:51 PM   #2
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We have the Firestone bags without the compressor. I have a small hand pump I use on my air shocks on my Harley and it works great. $50. My bags leak about a pound a week so no issue.
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Old 04-15-2015, 10:12 AM   #4
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Timbrens also help at a lot lower cost and zero maintenance.
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Old 04-15-2015, 11:41 AM   #5
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Firestone Airbags here... Have been happy with them.
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Old 04-15-2015, 12:23 PM   #6
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I am towing a Seismic 3712 (19,000 lb gross, approx 3100 lb pin weight) with a 2000 F-350 crewcab 4x4 with the 7.3. I am thinking of puttting airbags on to help with the small amount of "rocking" that I get in turns and for the harshness of the ride over some of our highways.

What do some of you use? Any recommendations on a specific kit? I would prefer to get one of the kits with the air compressor and tank, but we will see how the budget is. Any thoughts?

I had your exact same truck for 5yrs and ran airlift 5000 bags with no problems whatsoever. I am not being the weight police at all so please don't be offended but I thought I would point out that you will be WAY over your GVWR with that trailer. When I owned that truck I originally thought I would be able to tow anything with it. I was really disappointed when I realized the GVWR is 9900lbs and the truck weighs 8200. That only leaves 1700lbs for payload/pin weight. Again, not calling you out at all, just thought I would mention it in case you weren't aware.
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:32 PM   #7
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You will like the air bags ! I towed several years without them and when I got my new truck decided to put them on. Do you have to have them "no" do they help "yes" after averaging 5,000 miles a year for the last six years and spending the winters in the south west you are lucky to see 30% of the rigs that are within the gvwr ratings . Everyone has to decide if they are comfortable with what they have . I have seen some that shouldn't even be driving a car must less pulling a trailer. If you get air bags be sure to share your thoughts on them on the forum and good luck !
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Airbags all the way.
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I went a different direction than the air bags. I chose a SuperSpring. I liked the ride of the truck as it was unloaded and didn't want to stiffen the ride. I know you can do the same thing with air bags but I didn't want to fool with adding and releasing air. The SuperSpring has no effect on the ride when you are not towing. It works great when I add the trailer. Easy install takes about an hour.
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Old 04-17-2015, 12:19 AM   #10
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Thanks for the thoughts. Grumpy, are the Timbrens the rubber bumper things that replace the bumpstops? I have those, but didn't know what they were called.

Blderman, I am aware of what the paper says the truck can do and appreciate your points. Mine is a cab and chassis that ford used to haul car haulers or a box to car shows and then sold it to a dealer. They finished it out as a pickup truck and sold it to my dad for use in a business. It has a higher gvw and tow rating than a standard 1-ton pickup (though not what the new trucks show, I agree with that), and the ride to go along with it . I have upgraded the brakes, added a custom 4R100 tranny (BTS), exhaust brake, tuner (DP Tuner with custom tunes), upgraded turbo, and a few other things to help it along. I will one day own a newer truck, but can't afford the 66,000 list on one of these things. I have built this one so far with cash. Sorry to be long winded, but I wanted to relay what this truck has. So far, it has towed ford car haulers, commercial trailers, a 31 foot camper by my father, and a 41 foot Evergreen fifth wheel (17,000 lbs) from Washington to California and then back to Ohio. We then towed the Seismic from Ohio back to CA, where we are now. I am told that the air bags are more stable than what I have now and am looking into them.

Again, thank you for all the input. It is most helpful as I keep researching. If there is anything else people have done to build their trucks, I am always looking for ideas
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