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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 180
posted March 29, 2005 11:40 PM  
I have a 2wd 1-ton Dodge Cummins Dually, and a 28' enclosed trailer, which is pretty well loaded up. The problem is the ride quality. The pickup handles the trailer great, but It acts like the trailer rides better than the pickup. When I'm hauling down the road, it feels like the pickup chassis and the trailer stay pretty level, but the rear suspension of the truck is bouncing around. This makes for a pretty uncomfortable ride in the truck, especially if the road is not the greatest or if is has uneven seams. I've tried changing air pressure in the tires, new shocks all around, weight distribution hitch, height of the ball, etc.

Anyway, has anyone added airbags to the rear of their truck? Airlift makes a heavy duty add-on setup which can be controlled from the cab. Looks like a nice setup, but do you think it will help? Or, am I just not thinking of another possible cause/solution?

Thanks for any help.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 229
posted March 30, 2005 07:05 PM  
I can't say they'll help in the feel of the ride... but they are definately worth the money and alot better than a helper spring or overloads...we've used airbags in our ast three haulers ,they help with keeping the tow vehilce level when loaded which helps with stability...

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 192
posted April 01, 2005 10:57 AM  
I used them on my F-250 and the truck rode much better with about 70 psi in the bags when towing the trailer

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 180
posted April 03, 2005 03:05 PM  
Thanks guys. The literature I got says you can adjust the air in the bags while you are driving. Can you really feel the difference when you change the pressure?

Also, I have a Reese weight Distributing hitch with 1000# bars. The airbag guys say I won't need the dist. hitch anymore. Are they right? Thanks again.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 192
posted April 05, 2005 12:02 PM  
I didn't have the change on the fly option on my bags. I filled them with the airhose and gauge.
As far as the Reese hitch and the distributing bars, I would use them anyway. Those seem to make a great deal of difference in how the trailer pulls behing the truck.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted April 08, 2005 10:37 AM  
I had 98 ext. cab RAM 1500 with air bags with valve stems on each side you fill with air comp and check with gauge, worked great had to let air out when not towing to get smooth ride.
Last year got 2001 Chevy c1500 ext. cab and put the onboard compressor you control from inside. Compressor is loud and takes forever, next one will be like one on dodge, cost alot less too.
Once you get it set you know what you need so don't have to adjust on the road.
Hope this helps

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