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Old 07-10-2014, 12:31 PM   #1
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Air bags and load bars

I have load stabilizing/sway control bars but I was still not able to level well, so I just added air lift air bags to my truck.

I'm getting some different answers from the dealer and not sure of the order.

Do I connect trailer, level with air bag, then connect stabilizing bar or do I connect trailer, stabilizing bar, then use air bag to complete leveling.
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:54 PM   #2
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Need more information. What camper, truck, hitch do you have?
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:57 PM   #3
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I set my WDH up for a nice level setup when I first got my TT. A couple of years later I noticed that it seemed the leaf springs on the truck had lost some of their springy so I installed the Firestone Ride Rite air bags in the spring of 2013. I didn't do anything to my WDH setup other than put 20 psi in the bags.

Also, I installed separate schrader valves on each airbag instead of teeing them together to a common feed. This allows me to maintain the same volume of air in each bag regardless of loading. Imagine two balloons hooked together with a pipe. You squish one balloon and the other one gets bigger.
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Need more information. What camper, truck, hitch do you have?
Toyota Tundra 1/2 ton, 5.7 4wd.
26 foot Jayco Octane Toy Hauler
ez-hitch, 1000 lb load distribution

Because this is a toy hauler with a front mounted generator, the tongue weight is 1000 lb so I am at the limit of the distribution bars as well as the tundra.
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Old 07-11-2014, 06:49 AM   #5
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The factory instructions that came with my WDH were to:
1) Load the TV and level with the air bags.
2) Attach trailer and re-level with the WDH.
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Old 07-11-2014, 06:57 AM   #6
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I will tell you that I find general trailer dealers and service shops better at offering advice with regards to hitching, adjusting and choosing the right product than RV dealers!

Plus when you get stuff adjusted or serviced there, it costs a whole lot less!

Here it's $150/hr in an RV dealer shop in a trailer shop... something like $75 to 90$/hr....

That makes a whole lot of difference on a brake change for example!
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Old 07-11-2014, 08:44 AM   #7
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Hi
I have air bags in the truck also

Frist I hook up the trailer, with all the bars
Then if it is not level I will take over to a tire place, and add air in the bags to make it level.(It was low only 20lbs in each)
I am sitting level now with 40lbs in each air bag.
I notice right away. That it is pulling a lot better.
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Thanks for the advice folks. That helps a bunch. It will be a few weeks before I take another trip but I am looking forward to seeing how these air bags work out.
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