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Old 04-06-2013, 08:45 PM   #1
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Cool Airlift 1000 finally installed! First impressions...

So after 2 trips pulling our 267BHS with the RAM last summer there was plenty of power to get things moving but I felt that the coil spring rear suspension could use a little help keeping the weight balanced. On the RAM forum (the one that led me here ) I found many 4th Gen RAM owners installing the Airlift system after being dissatisfied with other solutions. I finally got the bags installed a few weeks ago and this past week was our first camping trip. They were totally worth it!!!

Without Airlift our fully loaded truck and TT with the WDH engaged would raise the front of the truck by about 1/4" but drop the rear by almost 2".

With the Airlift and WDH the front stayed even and the rear dropped only about 1/2".

Immediately I was happy but the real grins came as we hit the road Not that it was all that bad before but man did it feel so much better. Some of the roads we travel in SC are a bit rough and before we could really feel the TT pushing on the back of the truck. There were several times on our ride home today that I almost forgot that the TT was back there.

Anyone with a TV that has coils spring rear suspension and wishes they had a bit more support when towing should give the Airlift system look. It was the best use of $100 and a couple hours that I have had in quite some time.

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Old 04-08-2013, 07:42 AM   #2
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Hi,
I'm new to the fourm, but have just purchased a Jayco TT and will be pulling it with a 2011 RAM. I had heard of other owners who had experienced rear end squat and fixed it with the Air Lift 1000 bags. In fact, I just ordered a set and they should be in by tomorrow.

Glad to hear your expeerience was a positive one. What is your estimated toungue weight and what PSI do you have your bags set for?

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Old 04-08-2013, 08:40 PM   #3
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Re: Airlift 1000 finally installed! First impressions...

I have 30psi in the bags. Not sure of the actual hitch weight... have not had a chance to get her to the scales but dry the hitch weight is almost 700 lbs so I would guess we are close to 1000 loaded.
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:11 PM   #4
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Thanks!
I'm thinking my toungue weight will be about 100 less loeaded, but 30 psi gives me solid a place to start. I'm going to check to see if my floor jack will lift the truck enough that I can do this myself once the weather turns to the good. As long as I can get them in before going to get the trailer, I'll be good to go.
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Old 04-12-2013, 03:54 PM   #5
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Hi Spectre,

I just finished in stalling the bags on a 2012 Ram 1500. It was easy, if you fold th bags like a hot dog bun and tie wrap them to hold the position they will fit in easily. The easiest way to do this install, is to loosen one wheel lift it as high as you can by the axel near the wheel, put an axle stand under the frame on the side your working on and then remove the wheel. Once you remove the wheel you can lower the jack under the axle....it's not necessary to remove the shocks. The spring will be extended enough to get the bag in easily. Once in place you can cut the ties, insert the spacer on top, connect the hose clamp about an inch from the end of the hose and then connect hose to the barbed connector on the bag. You can run the airline through the frame to the trailer hitch, there are two holes on either side of hitch that will work perfectly. I preferred a separate valve for each bag so they don't equalize when shifting weight from side to side. It makes the truck angle better side to side. They work great...I would caution that you reduce the pressure to 5 lbs. connect the trailer and use the WDH to adjust the front ground to fender distance or weight back to what it was before hitching the trailer. If you still have a noticeable squat in the rear then I would inflate to raise the rear end to level it out. Make sure your trailer is riding level or a little lower than level at the tongue. Hope this helps.

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I'm thinking my toungue weight will be about 100 less loeaded, but 30 psi gives me solid a place to start. I'm going to check to see if my floor jack will lift the truck enough that I can do this myself once the weather turns to the good. As long as I can get them in before going to get the trailer, I'll be good to go.
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I hadn't thought of running the two separate valves to enable side to side leveling. Thanks!
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Re: Airlift 1000 finally installed! First impressions...

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...I would caution that you reduce the pressure to 5 lbs. connect the trailer and use the WDH to adjust the front ground to fender distance or weight back to what it was before hitching the trailer. If you still have a noticeable squat in the rear then I would inflate to raise the rear end to level it out. Make sure your trailer is riding level or a little lower than level at the tongue. Hope this helps.....
This is a great point. +1
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I've had an AirLift Ride Control system in my '97 Tahoe with Leaf Springs and loved it. When I got my RAM, I decided to put in the AirLift 1000 into it, however what I found out is the heavier duty AirLift systems operate differently than the 1000 series on coil springs.

For the Ride Control system, you add your load, then you add in air to balance.
For the 1000 series, you must pump the air bags up to full capacity, add your load, then REMOVE air to balance.

What AirLift support told me is that the 1000 series bags must fill the voids of the coil springs before the load is applied, thus keeping the coils expanded. When the air is removed, the coils can relax and balance the TV.
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Hi James,

is this the procedure for a WDH or a WCH? I have read that you should use the WDH to distribute the weight back to the front axles and only use the airbags to do fine adjustments for sag, if needed. You must keep a minimum of 5 psi in the bags at all time to prevent wear.

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I've had an AirLift Ride Control system in my '97 Tahoe with Leaf Springs and loved it. When I got my RAM, I decided to put in the AirLift 1000 into it, however what I found out is the heavier duty AirLift systems operate differently than the 1000 series on coil springs.

For the Ride Control system, you add your load, then you add in air to balance.
For the 1000 series, you must pump the air bags up to full capacity, add your load, then REMOVE air to balance.

What AirLift support told me is that the 1000 series bags must fill the voids of the coil springs before the load is applied, thus keeping the coils expanded. When the air is removed, the coils can relax and balance the TV.
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I installed a Firestone RideRite kit this weekend on my F150 to see if it helps while towing. The first year I towed with the truck everything felt great, the second year it was a bit mushy but nothing had changed in my setup-loading, WDH, cargo...all the same.

The ride is definitely firmer...I only have 20psi in them right now. I might try bringing each down to 10 psi and see how that feels. My thought was to pump them up to around 30-40psi for towing.
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