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Posted: 11/30/19 11:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Auto Leveling Airbag system???? I don't know enough about this feature - can you help?

This truck has more than enough towing & payload capacity for my 5th wheel needs, BUT... it does NOT have Auto Leveling Airbags. Should I pass on it for that reason?

Or - am I likely to do just fine WITHOUT auto leveling air bags?

Or - can I do just as well installing an aftermarket airbag system?

I can wait for another truck to come along that has factory airbags, if they are something that I am quite likely to want to have.

Lastly, will airbags make for a more comfortable ride when we are not towing?

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At 15k GVWR, you are probably looking at 3000-3500lb pin weight...this truck is rated for 5300lb payload...should be fine even if you have some other cargo in the truck.

Airbags wouldn't be a bad thing but hardly necessary. Plus if you do want them, you can always do after market.


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I have the factory (rear) air suspension on our 2015 RAM. The air suspension "seeks" it's own level whatever the load is you put on the rear axel! I had Firestone air bags on our old '06 RAM just for leveling the ruck with the fiver on. Now the 2015 levels itself each and every time I add weight to the box. My truck ALWAYS sits level, load or NO load!

Our rear air has worked flawlessly since new! I love it!

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With the trucks sitting so high these days, I have virtually no air in my manual air bags to seek a level 5th wheel while towing. The air bags came in handy with my cabover camper but not needed at all for my 5th wheel.


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I agree with dapper dan, I have the Factory Rear air Ride, it's a flawless system. Take my advice look for it or simply order the truck YOU want.

I run full RAWR of 9,750# or more and the truck rides GREAT and sets nearly level loaded or not.

I had bags on my 11 DRW RAM, they improved the loaded ride a lot. Unloaded the bags did not change the ride. My 15 with factory bags rides much better than the 11 did unloaded.

You are spending that much on a new truck $1,300 isn't going to make a big difference. If you decide to get a GOOD air bag system you will spend about the same. then from personal experience you will be dealing with air line leaks with any weather changes.


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Apparently the ride is better, even with an unloaded truck, with the factory auto level air, because with that system, the leaf springs themselves are not as stiff.

Looks like that's the way to go. Thank you.

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DesertDogs wrote:

Apparently the ride is better, even with an unloaded truck, with the factory auto level air, because with that system, the leaf springs themselves are not as stiff.

Looks like that's the way to go. Thank you.


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Something has to carry the truck whether air or steel springs, I added air bags to a older truck 2006 and it did make it stiffer in the rear with only the minimum 10lb pressure in them.
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PacBrake bags required 5psi empty. Did not notice and difference. Personally never heard of 10 psi min.

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As a side note, that is an absolutely gorgeous truck!!

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