Air Suspension - who knew?

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Apparently you didn't watch the video, they're not selling anything just explaining the difference in the physics of what each system does... having a degree is one thing, actually understanding how it applies is an entirely another concept that eludes some people.
No one is ragging on the Ram air suspension, just that some people have unrealistic ideas of what it does and it also doesn't have the greatest reliability track record.
You should carefully re-read what I said.
Leveling anything will transfer some (vehicle) weight back to front of the truck... It also evens the load distribution on the trailer axles, AND helps a great deal with aerodynamic drag. This will help a great deal with handling, especially on slick roadways at highway speeds pulling a 28x6x8.5 v-nose enclosed trailer. Is it a replacement for a load distributing hitch? No. But it eliminates that sag you see from most of the trailers going down the road. It's a lot of work getting your rig level with traditional springs
Now, if I were pulling 8,000 or more with a 1500, I would want a LDH. I don't want or need one for 5500 lbs.
My physics degree is 35 years old... it's been a while, but I assure you I understand both Applied Physics and Mechanics. Heck, that's the easy stuff. :cheers:
 

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You should carefully re-read what I said.
Leveling anything will transfer some (vehicle) weight back to front of the truck... It also evens the load distribution on the trailer axles, AND helps a great deal with aerodynamic drag. This will help a great deal with handling, especially on slick roadways at highway speeds pulling a 28x6x8.5 v-nose enclosed trailer. Is it a replacement for a load distributing hitch? No. But it eliminates that sag you see from most of the trailers going down the road. It's a lot of work getting your rig level with traditional springs
Now, if I were pulling 8,000 or more with a 1500, I would want a LDH. I don't want or need one for 5500 lbs.
My physics degree is 35 years old... it's been a while, but I assure you I understand both Applied Physics and Mechanics. Heck, that's the easy stuff. :cheers:
You mentioned that you tow a 6000# trailer, but you didn't say what your tow capacity is for your specific truck. There is a rule-of-thumb: If your loaded trailer weighs more than 50% of your tow vehicle's GVWR, you need/should use a WDH. Here is the tow chart for the 2023 1500 DS models, but it should be close for the DT also.
 

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You should carefully re-read what I said.
Leveling anything will transfer some (vehicle) weight back to front of the truck.
I read what you said but it's WRONG!
You should have watch the video because it makes your statement of leveling with airbags transfers some weight back to the front axles completely false. Guessing physics wasn't your major.
The front axle looses more weight when leveled with airbags.
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And just in case I cued up the video to where they show this:
 

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I read what you said but it's WRONG!
You should have watch the video because it makes your statement of leveling with airbags transfers some weight back to the front axles completely false. Guessing physics wasn't your major.
The front axle looses more weight when leveled with airbags.
In picture format:
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And just in case I cued up the video to where they show this:
Makes sense, I do not have an air ride suspension, but I did install load lifter 5000 ultimate plus airbags since I tow a camper regularly from March/April through late October or early November. I air up enough to bring rear up to untrailered ride height which takes about 50 lbs of air with trailer attached. I also have a weight distribution hitch with sway control. Rear airbags made towing a dream now. Steering was squirrely before installing the airbags.
 
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I read what you said but it's WRONG!
You should have watch the video because it makes your statement of leveling with airbags transfers some weight back to the front axles completely false. Guessing physics wasn't your major.
The front axle looses more weight when leveled with airbags.
In picture format:

And just in case I cued up the video to where they show this:
Physics and Math Double major... I'm "wrong" because I don't agree with YOU!

I've towed with and without air suspension, and with and without a load distributing hitch. Sorry, but I know what works in the REAL world.
You take ONE video of a few guys opinions on a SHOP FLOOR.

And Sorry if I'm not buying what they're selling.
 
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Makes sense, I do not have an air ride suspension, but I did install load lifter 5000 ultimate plus airbags since I tow a camper regularly from March/April through late October or early November. I air up enough to bring rear up to untrailered ride height which takes about 50 lbs of air with trailer attached. I also have a weight distribution hitch with sway control. Rear airbags made towing a dream now. Steering was squirrely before installing the airbags.

Exactly... REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE
You mentioned that you tow a 6000# trailer, but you didn't say what your tow capacity is for your specific truck. There is a rule-of-thumb: If your loaded trailer weighs more than 50% of your tow vehicle's GVWR, you need/should use a WDH. Here is the tow chart for the 2023 1500 DS models, but it should be close for the DT also.

2024 1500 Ram Crew with 3.92s... I couldn't even tell you what the GVWR is. I've towed this trailer, at that weight with a 1/2 ton Ram for 22 years.
 

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Exactly... REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE


2024 1500 Ram Crew with 3.92s... I couldn't even tell you what the GVWR is. I've towed this trailer, at that weight with a 1/2 ton Ram for 22 years.
Well, going by the attached chart your GVWR should be about 6900#.
 

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Physics and Math Double major... s I'm "wrong" because I don't agree with YOU!

I've towed with and without air suspension, and with and without a load distributing hitch. Sorry, but I know what works in the REAL world.
You take ONE video of a few guys opinions on a SHOP FLOOR.

And Sorry if I'm not buying what they're selling.
No your wrong because the facts presented. The video is controlled testing of the difference in weight transfer between using air bags or a WDH.
The only person here being a jerk is the one who refuses to accept the facts because "they've been doing it this way for over 20 years". Trust me I don't go out of my way to tell someone their wrong unless I can back it with facts, which I've done.
If you don't want to believe the video, take your truck and trailer to a CAT scale, you can see it for yourself.

In the future, keep the name calling of any other member to yourself.
 

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Yep, but you and I know all they're doing is lifting the body. If you could measure the "squish" of the springs with the bags deflated before putting tongue weight on, then after the trailer is sitting on the tongue, then after inflating the bags they would see that the bags do very little to "un-squish" the springs.
Edit: I see someone else already addressed this.

But to those questioning suitability/reliability of only air suspension you may be thinking of supplemental airbags added to conventional metal spring systems. They are not engineered to be fail-point-averse systems. These are. There are 50,000 trailers with nothing more than air suspension systems. Metal springs can (and do) fail as well.

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1500s with air suspension do not have metal springs. Only the air "springs". I know this because if the system fails the truck sits on the bump stops. Same as happened with my 2009 MB CLS 500 with air suspension.
 
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Ive had air bags on my last 2 1500s and just ordered them on a 2024.

For the record, in a 1500, if you have air, there are NO springs, just air filled rubber bags or doughnuts.

With several hundred thousand miles driving on them, the ride is far softer than any spring suspension. I've never tried driving in the lowest mode so can't speak to any rough ride there.
 
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