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When to get airbags

Discussion in 'Dodge Ram Power Wagon' started by ttusomeone, May 19, 2020.

  1. ttusomeone

    ttusomeone Senior Member

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    At what point should I consider getting airbags for my 2019 PW? A couple times a month I’ll be pulling about 3000 lbs, several times a year about 6000 lbs, and a few times a year about 8000 lbs. I don’t expect to really ever reach the 10000 lb tow limit. Each trip would be interstate driving for 100-200 miles each way though. I know the truck would pull that fine without airbags, but mainly wondering if I’ll see enough advantages to warrant installing them (more stability, level ride when loaded, etc.). Thanks!
     
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    Never if thats all you'd be towin. Inside the door jam is the gvw sticker that tells you how much it can tow.

    Blue Mule
     
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    ttusomeone Senior Member

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    The rated towing capacity is around 10,600 lbs. I doubt I'll get within 1000 lbs of that anytime soon. My question was more around would I see advantages with airbags for the weight I'm pulling or are they really for when you reach and exceed the stated capacity.
     
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    I run airbags at 40 lbs when pulling my toyhauler fully loaded! 1100lb RZR requires that the 80 gal freshwater tank be full to balance!

    I'm probably closer to 11000, maybe 12000!

    Upgraded brakes on camper, soon on truck! Good weight distribution!
    Experience helps a lot too!

    The bags make a noticeable difference! I used to run the bags at 30, had a little hint of porpoising at highway speeds on expansion joints! 40 has all but eliminated it!

    I went to 45 bringing it to camp the other day! 17-18 miles of milled surface, 2 good whoop-d-doos! No issues at all!

    These PWs are not great haulers, airbags are a huge aid when you do!

    Equilizer 1200 is the WDH I run!

    Sorry for the repeated pics!

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    The overall trailer weight isnt the main factor when it comes to needing bags or not...its more the tongue weight of the trailer.

    These power wagons have a low payload, and its for a reason. If you start pushing that number (in tongue weight or in the bed), then yes the bags are gonna do wonders for you.
     
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    Mostly for the extra load capacity. Not really any benefit unless max plus load is a constant possibility

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    Well, I ended up ordering a set of LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate airbags and Daystar cradles. I know I won't need them all the time, but it gives me a peace of mind when I do. Plus I haven't done a truck upgrade in a while, so it was overdue. :)
     
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    I disagree,I tow about 6k to 7k regularly no where near the max. Power wagon pulls great just with the soft suspension you get some sag. Air bags work great to eliminate sag .I run 20lbs in the bags
     
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    Thanks for the info. That was going to be my next question once I got them installed - what PSI do people run.

    What do you keep in them when you aren't towing?
     
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    I keep them at 5psi when not towing.I thnk it depends on how much you are towing to determine how much you fill them up
     
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