Weight distribution vs air bags

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With my truck stock I need a 7" drop to haul most trailers.. If I had a 7" lift... o_O

Yep….. mines a 10” adjustable drop as it is now. Stock was a 3” rise.

wanted to stay with an adjustable should I need to attach and tow anything other than my trailer .
 

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on my last ram i had airbags and superspring helper springs for carrying my camper and towing my fishing boat.on the Powerwagon i use a wdh to tow my 22' travel trailer.different applications. i will say the wdh feels much better.
 

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I have the Airlift 1000 and use the Andersen WD hitch. They have kits to handle you drop too. I have never notice the air bags rubbing.


I'm towing a 22'+5'V nose snowmobile trailer. 3000# unloaded.
 
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I haul automobiles on 5th wheel Kaufman Wedge or flatbed. I wasn't going to do the math, figure where to mount airbags and a compressor, so I bought Sumo Springs.

I towed my Kaufman Wedge with it last week, fully loaded, and I have to say that I was impressed. It reduced the squat by alot, never felt any bumps, to include railroad crossings.

Best money that I have invested. Before the Sumo Springs, severe squat, bone jarring bumps, etc. Now the only way I know that either trailer is there is when I take off or stop.
 

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I’m curious as to what has worked for you personally. Weight distribution hitch or air bags.

I know the difference between the two, but interested in what has worked in the real world.

My situation:

26’ enclosed car trailer, 10,000 lbs max, empty 3200#, realistic typical weight 7500-8000#. lifted Ram 7”. Airbags would help keep level when load on the rear is heavy, whether towing or not. WD hitch would benefit only when towing.

Have not had any problems towing with the basic setup, but entertaining the idea of improving with one method bs the other.

Both are relatively @ $600, so that’s not a factor.

would like to hear what you have, why you went that route, and would you change anything.

Thanks in advance :waytogo:
I have a '19 Longhorn with 4WD and factory air system. I talked to a factory Rep before buying it with the system. The leveling bars seem to way more than they did some years ago (as does everything). I do not use them anymore towing my RV, i do use two sway bars. No doubt they the leveling bars would help sway, but I have thousands of miles in the west where it tends to be windy. I do OK without them, but i do not drive in high winds anyway.
 

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I am not a fan or air bags. They may be helpful if you need to adjust the height at the rear of the truck but otherwise are not good in the long term. When one airbag fails the other one is worthless and I would not want to risk having a problems many miles from home.

I added SuperSprings to my 2500 truck and gained 1400 lbs of payload capacity. No impact on the ride when the bed was empty but with a 3700 lb camper in the bed the truck was still level. SuperSprings will never wear out or fail and it takes me less than an hour to put them on a truck and the wheels stay on the ground.
 

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My PowerWagon has bags and an Equalizer WDH! Bags with cradles help with the lighter rear coils and let me keep articulation! WDH makes it a pleasure to tow!

WDH needs to be set up properly for your vehicle and camper/trailer!

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I had to adjust for the second camper’s weight and height!
 
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I added SuperSprings to my 2500 truck and gained 1400 lbs of payload capacity. No impact on the ride when the bed was empty but with a 3700 lb camper in the bed the truck was still level. SuperSprings will never wear out or fail and it takes me less than an hour to put them on a truck and the wheels stay on the ground.
You DID NOT add any payload to your truck. Your GVWR is still the same and your GRAWR is still the same. It may feel better but you did not add any capacity to anything.
 
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