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Old 01-15-2012, 10:27 PM
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I did the airbags on mine, I like them for 3 major reasons;
1) helped a lot with load handling
2) lifts the back of the truck up so it's actually level with the front "leveling" kit
3) under a hundred bucks to buy, and a half hour with basic tools to install
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I did the airbags on mine, I like them for 3 major reasons;
1) helped a lot with load handling
2) lifts the back of the truck up so it's actually level with the front "leveling" kit
3) under a hundred bucks to buy, and a half hour with basic tools to install
I have the firestone air bags. They level the load great but the ride sux. Even when I am not towing, whenever you hit a bump it feels like the rear of the truck has no shocks. It's like sitting on a seesaw and dropping a 500lb weight on the other end. At this point, I'd rather have the softer ride of the factory shocks. I thought about putting the factory axle bumper stops back in versus the taller ones that came in the air bag kit.

I tow a 4500lb travel trailer with a weight distrubiting hitch and a 5500lb boat.
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Maybe too much air pressure?
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I have the firestone air bags. They level the load great but the ride sux. Even when I am not towing, whenever you hit a bump it feels like the rear of the truck has no shocks. It's like sitting on a seesaw and dropping a 500lb weight on the other end. At this point, I'd rather have the softer ride of the factory shocks. I thought about putting the factory axle bumper stops back in versus the taller ones that came in the air bag kit.

I tow a 4500lb travel trailer with a weight distrubiting hitch and a 5500lb boat.
It sounds like too much pressure in the bags. I don't have that difficulty when I'm towing and I don't even feel them back there when I'm not.

Do you take the bags down to 5# when you're not towing? The ride is definitely rough if you don't. My trailer is on and off a couple of times a week so I'm looking to add the on board Inflation system as it can be a pain to inflate and deflate the bags if you do it frequently.
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Hi Everybody,

Just came back from a trip, towing about 4500lb. The truck handled the load pretty well I would say, plenty of power, so I am quite happy here even though it seemed to have . What I didn’t like though, is that the rear end was feeling kinda “springy” to me, bouncing up and down sometimes (at least that was my feeling).
There are no mods on the truck other than few cosmetic ones and adding a canopy. I read a bit about these air bags you can install and I phoned the dealer to see what they think about the problem and if they have any suggestions. First thing they said was to blame it on the hitch equalizer, maybe wasn’t set and adjusted properly, so I am going to have it looked at just for the peace of mind.
Has anyone else experienced similar issues? Is it the hitch equalizer or is the coil springs in the rear suspension? If it’s the springs, will installing the air bags help?
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Try using some real heavy duty shocks, not ones you can buy at a store, even use doubles if you must, that should help a little. If you want to use air bags which would be the best but not very cost effective way to correct the problem.

I was towing my 32" Thor with my van no weight distribution hitch just dead weight and it wasn't bad, it was a little bouncy when I hit a pot hole but it was quick to recover even with my 10 year old shocks (Monroe). I didn't have a problem with sway at all, mainly because I'm a pretty good driver. But just try better shocks.
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Hi Chris,

Of course, never overload your truck. But with heavy loads, we think the best answer is Total Load Control. Of course, we make TLC - but there are two objective reasons TLC is the best: 1) We use 9" air springs - the largest for any 1/2-ton truck - and bigger is definitely better and 2) TLC is the only independent air suspension - the air springs do not interfere with the factory suspension - but in fact improve steering, handling, braking and ride!

Here's a quote from Goldviper, a Z member - and satisfied TLC customer (you can see this post in the Towing Forum under 4th Gen RAM).

"Hello All,

I installed the TLC Suspension on my 2012 Ram Laramie 4x4 last weekend and I am really please with the results. No more SAG. I will be carrying a RZR S in the bed of the truck and the air bags will keep the truck level. I pull a trailer now and they really work."

Hope you check us out at the vendor forum or TotalLoalControl.com.

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hi all i have went the airbag route twice.no issues but on my new 1500 im going to try the timbrens , seems to be a very economical way to go if they work as good as if heard and an easy install.im not sure if they will work on the 1500 yet,i better check it out.i know people were putting them on the ram 2500,s instead off airbags and liked them.just a side note if you dont want to bend over all the time to air your bags up you can put your air valve under your fuel filler door.i put a Y in the line and used single valve.just a newbies .02 cents
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hi all i have went the airbag route twice.no issues but on my new 1500 im going to try the timbrens , seems to be a very economical way to go if they work as good as if heard and an easy install.im not sure if they will work on the 1500 yet,i better check it out.i know people were putting them on the ram 2500,s instead off airbags and liked them.just a side note if you dont want to bend over all the time to air your bags up you can put your air valve under your fuel filler door.i put a Y in the line and used single valve.just a newbies .02 cents
I have the timbrens on mine, installed them last spring, excellent product, they replace your factory bump stops. When unloaded, they sit about an inch above the axle, so they don't affect the factory ride, when you load up, whether it's a load in the box or you hook to a trailer, your truck will settle til the timbrens come in contact with axle, they soak up alot of the load and pretty much stop the rear from sagging, all the while relieving your factory suspension. No more concern, they are maintenance free.
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I have not done a tongue weight yet but I do know the Reese anti-sway/load equalizer hitch does make a huge difference. It must be adjusted with the trailer LOADED to normal towing/traveling weight.
I had one of these on my last camper. Best system I have ever used. I will be putting another one on my next TT when I get it.
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Timbrens are like a add-a-leaf which will help when the springs are overloaded. They're fine and all, but Airbags will actually Take Up some of the load working IN CONJUNCTION with the springs at all rates.

Air Bags are a god send for hauling/towing.
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