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Old 02-24-2018, 10:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Air Bags or not .. that is the question

I have 3500HD LWB SRW and I pull a 30ft enclosed trailer off the class 5 hitch

the trailer is around 10K and I am thinking that air bags might be a good idea to level the truck. It would also give me on board air also.

I know its not required as I have towed without them but I think it would help with stability if I can get the truck to sit level and it will keep me off the overloads on bumps.

agree? if no please educate me

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Old 02-24-2018, 06:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Agreed.

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Agreed.
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Old 02-26-2018, 10:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm not a fan of airbags, recommend a proper weight distribution hitch setup. WDH will also help with sway.
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm not a fan of airbags, recommend a proper weight distribution hitch setup. WDH will also help with sway.
What is the down side on the airbags? That is part of why I posted was to educate myself. I have never used them. My buddy has a set for his 5-er and loves them.
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Air bags make it to easy to overload your trucks rear axel.
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Old 02-28-2018, 02:36 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Bags don't make it easy to overload the rear axle anymore than anything else ,there really is no downside except the maintenance just to keep them in good order like anything else on the truck, makes it easy to keep the truck level , no hassle with lights shining at the trees done right improved ride and easier on you and your passengers. If you put a good compressor and tank and auto leveling system its easy. I have had either bags or total air ride on all my trucks and would not be without them. A good WD hitch is fine with a BP trailer but the bags work well in combo. No real downside.
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Bags don't make it easy to overload the rear axle anymore than anything else ,there really is no downside except the maintenance just to keep them in good order like anything else on the truck, makes it easy to keep the truck level , no hassle with lights shining at the trees done right improved ride and easier on you and your passengers. If you put a good compressor and tank and auto leveling system its easy. I have had either bags or total air ride on all my trucks and would not be without them. A good WD hitch is fine with a BP trailer but the bags work well in combo. No real downside.
Now that's the kinda data I am talkin about

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Old 02-28-2018, 10:50 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Run them if you have a reason to. I lowered the rear and removed the overloads so I run bags to replace the removed overloads and to maintain the same height loaded or unloaded. Like hauler said, auto leveling is the way to go.

With a 10K trailer I'm surprised you're 3500 is sagging.
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my neighbor runs them and swears by them.
overloads will be rough all the time.
i will get a set when i get my issues worked out.

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