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Hi guy I am thinking about getting a travel trailer and was wondering if any one has put in air bages in the rear coil spring to help with the tongue weight. Just looking for any info on them like are they easy to install and do they help out as far as pulling a Trailer any info would be great thanks Eric.
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Hmm I know a guy that did this on a 07 ram I believe he got the keldeman (sp) air ride kit, he even could control the ride height of the truck. He liked it a lot. Depends on what your towing though. If your truck can handle the weight without being all over the road i would let it ride. I do know air bag systems are expensive
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Beefing up the suspension so as not to damage the truck is a good thing. However, beefing it up in the hopes of increasing the GVWR is a very bad thing. The trucks are designed to tow a certain amount of weight and that's it.
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If you stay under the recommended towing for your vehicle, you won't need the air-bags. If you don't already have it, you can switch to the 3.92 gear ratio. I see that you already have the Hemi so you can be as high as 9950 lbs.

When towing a heavy trailer (travel trailers too), the best money is spent in a "load distribution" hitch. This will actually help to move the weight across your entire truck instead of just the hitch. Without it, you will have major handling problems. With it, you will be able to tell everyone "You can't even tell it is back there".
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If you stay under the recommended towing for your vehicle, you won't need the air-bags. If you don't already have it, you can switch to the 3.92 gear ratio. I see that you already have the Hemi so you can be as high as 9950 lbs.

When towing a heavy trailer (travel trailers too), the best money is spent in a "load distribution" hitch. This will actually help to move the weight across your entire truck instead of just the hitch. Without it, you will have major handling problems. With it, you will be able to tell everyone "You can't even tell it is back there".
Thanks guys for the input I am not trying to tow more just trying to reduce the sag from the hitch weight I know the load distribution hitch will do that. I was just wondering if it would help with it and with the sway.I do have the 3.92 limited slip gears and dodge says i can tow 9750 lbs and the trailer that I am thinking about is buying weights 7200 dry so i feel after all is said and done i will be close to my tow weight loaded. what do you guys think thanks Eric
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I think you should get the load equalizing hitch and skip the bags. Weight wise, you'll be fine. You've got 2500 pounds of stuff you can load up the trailer with.

Make sure you keep the loading in the trailer level (not to much in front of the axles and not to much behind).
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Weight distribution is a good thing.

My situation may or may not be a lot different, again depending on many factors, including any toungue weight, any weight distribution in the trailer, etc,,,,

A quality weight distributing hitch is generally a good thing, unless you encounter a lot of uneven terrain. (Most people don't) Somewhat of a hassle to hook up, but not really a big pain,,,

In my situation, I don't have a trailer, but in a couple weeks I'll be throwing approx ~1,100~ lbs of motorcycle and gear in the bed of my RCSB.

I don't even have to try it to know, on it's own, it will sag quite a bit,,,,

Ive previously been reading up a lot on bags on other forums (dodge 'squak' and dodge 4um)

Last weekend, I installed the Airlift 1000 kit in my 09. Pretty easy. Took longer to figure out where I wanted the lines run than it did to pop out the springs to install the bags. $79.95 shipped. (Don't have to remove the springs with the Firestone kit)

Lots of folks on the other boards with 4th Gens who carry loads or tow trailers and have either the Firestone or the Airlift kit have been quite pleased with the results. One even use both the bags and a load distibuting hitch.

As I haven't actually loaded the bike up yet, I cannot confirm or deny my results. They are super easy to adjust once installed, and would come in handy if you ever hauled something moderately heavy in the bed.

For $79.95 and a couple hours of your time, you can have bags that many say helps with both towing and hauling. (In the threads I read, no one who had them said they were ineffective, and the one guy who had both the L D Hitch and the bags started off with the hitch and added the bags later)

Probably, it all boils down to how much weight you are dealing with, where ya put it, and how often you haul it that will determine what's right for you.
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I pulled a 29 foot Travel Trailer with a 850lbs tongue weight all Summer long. I used a WD hitch and an Airlift bag system. I opted to use the air bags because of the heavy tongue weight. I've towed with and without the bags and I love it with the bags.
To get most of the 850lbs weight off the truck hitch you need arms like a gorilla to tension the WD hitch.
If your trailer doesn't have a high tongue weight (less than 500lbs) I wouldn't bother with the airbag.
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I tow a 2010 260f energy with equalizer hitch, which has a heavy tongue weight.
i put on the air bags and love em. just nice to be able to control sag and keep truck and trailer level while taking some of the stress off suspension. i only paid 275.00 for
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