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Old 06-10-2015, 04:27 PM   #1
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Air Bags??

A few years back we had a 34' 5th wheel and 2011 F-250. After the first trip it was evident that I needed air bags to counter the soft rear suspension and get rid of some of the drive line shudder.

Our current setup is 2014 Ram 2500 and a 36' travel trailer. The tongue weight is in the 1300lb range (haven't made it to the scales yet) and we're using a 1,400 lb Equal-I-zer hitch. Hitched up everything looks very level and handles fine. On the rough interstates it can get pretty uncomfortable with the bounces and I'm curious if the air bags would do enough about that to warrant spending the money???
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Old 06-10-2015, 04:57 PM   #2
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Yes, a friend of mine was having the same issue. We put the bags on before he left for a fairly long road trip. He said the difference was like day and night, in a good way.
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I put on Firestone Ride-Rites last year. What a difference. The plus is you can put as much or as little air in them as you want.
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I ordered a set today and hope to install them before our trip next weekend. Now to figure out what air pressure does the trick....
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I ordered a set today and hope to install them before our trip next weekend. Now to figure out what air pressure does the trick....
I bought the Firestone Air Bags since I had good luck with them on the last truck and they installed easily.

This go around.....not so much. Firestone advertises them as no-drill but on the 2013+ Ram 2500/3500 you do indeed need to drill a new hole where the bracket mounts to the axle. The instructions are also terrible. I wasn't interested in doing that so I returned them and bought the AirLift version. WOW.. what a difference. The instructions were great and the mounting method was much better and didn't require any drilling. The AirLift version is also ~$100 cheaper with a $50 rebate.

I haven't had a chance to tow with it since I installed them but I suspect it'll make a nice difference.
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Im more of a timbren kind of guy. I looked at bags for the Tahoe, but ended up with the timbrens after all. I have Timbrens on front and back of this vehicle. Other than my suspension is warn and sets on the timbrens pretty much all the time, I get no "squat" with the camper hooked up. Hope the bags work out for you!
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Im more of a timbren kind of guy. I looked at bags for the Tahoe, but ended up with the timbrens after all. I have Timbrens on front and back of this vehicle. Other than my suspension is warn and sets on the timbrens pretty much all the time, I get no "squat" with the camper hooked up. Hope the bags work out for you!
I really thought about going that route but was afraid that the ride would be too rough once it was loaded. I just need some softening of the suspension when we hit a wavy stretch of road. At least with the air bags I can adjust the pressure if needed and fine tune it. My other issue was 4 Wheel parts would exchange the air bags for me but I couldn't return them. They don't carry the timbren line.
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I bought the Firestone Air Bags since I had good luck with them on the last truck and they installed easily.

This go around.....not so much. Firestone advertises them as no-drill but on the 2013+ Ram 2500/3500 you do indeed need to drill a new hole where the bracket mounts to the axle. The instructions are also terrible. I wasn't interested in doing that so I returned them and bought the AirLift version. WOW.. what a difference. The instructions were great and the mounting method was much better and didn't require any drilling. The AirLift version is also ~$100 cheaper with a $50 rebate.

I haven't had a chance to tow with it since I installed them but I suspect it'll make a nice difference.

You'll love the Air Lift air bags. They work fantastic!

On the Super Duty's, if you have a factory fifth wheel hitch, you need to drill (1) hole. But as far as installation, very easy. The customer support is great too! Good luck!
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