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Old 09-11-2016, 11:51 PM   #1
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Do you have airbags?

Whenever I lower the hitch onto the ball and raise the jack's foot the tow vehicle's rear end drops about 2 1/4". I use a weight distribution hitch that does transfer some of the weight to the front wheels so handling is not really a problem. It just kind of bugs me to see the rear of the truck sag down so much. I am seriously considering adding air bags to the rear suspension of the truck to eliminate this sag.

Fellow travel trailer owners, I'd like to know if you have air bags and do they work for you? What are your experiences with them?
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Old 09-12-2016, 12:32 AM   #2
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I'm no expert by any mean so take this with a grain of sand but you might need to re-adjust the hitch.
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Old 09-12-2016, 03:13 PM   #3
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I'm no expert by any mean so take this with a grain of sand but you might need to re-adjust the hitch.
I would check that first before I spent money on air bags. My less than 1/2 ton truck has 700lbs of tongue weight on it and around 300lbs in the bed and sits nice and level while hooked up.
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I have a bit too much trailer for my truck; however, the truck sits level with WDH hooked up. So I also recommend checking your WDH setup first before buying more stuff.
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Old 09-12-2016, 05:16 PM   #5
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I recommend buying more stuff.

This is America. We invented the whole concept.

(Besides, what could be bad about airbags AND a weight distribution hitch? [other than chasing the perfect setup endlessly as one affects the other])

Before you take my buffoonery too seriously, I might do exactly the same thing. But not until after I put some fancy new HD shocks on the back to see if that addresses my complaint first.

Ah, the endless chase for the perfect road manners. It's been a hobby of mine for nearly half a century.
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Old 10-20-2016, 10:49 AM   #6
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I think if you are dropping that much you have a issue with your WD / hitch adjustment.

When I switch to my truck I have now I had to make adjustments based on the mfg directions.

Before buying air bags I would look at the WD and do some research r call the mfg.
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I have a 2013 F-150 tow rated for 11,300lbs and 1,150lb tongue weight with a WDH (I figure I am close to my max tongue weight). My hitch is adjusted properly but I still get a 2" sag so I installed air bags with an onboard compressor. I wouldn't do without it. Once I hook up, I hit the pump button and inflate the bags until my dash mounted gauge reads 30lbs. It makes a big difference on how the rig handles on the road and windy conditions.
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I have a 2013 F-150 tow rated for 11,300lbs and 1,150lb tongue weight with a WDH (I figure I am close to my max tongue weight). My hitch is adjusted properly but I still get a 2" sag so I installed air bags with an onboard compressor. I wouldn't do without it. Once I hook up, I hit the pump button and inflate the bags until my dash mounted gauge reads 30lbs. It makes a big difference on how the rig handles on the road and windy conditions.

So I'm planning on installing my air bag tomorrow but want to install the compressor for it one day soon but how was the install, what kind and do you have any pics of the compressor?
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The compressor is mounted on the firewall inside the engine compartment. It's really not very big. I will try to take some pics this weekend and post them. The gauge is mounted on the dash to the left of the driver. I had the dealer do the install and it took about an hour, give or take. Mind you, I already had the bags on and just had the lines changed and the comp. installed.
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Forgot to add.....I went with Air Lift equipment.
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