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I currently have a F350 towing a Solitude 375RES. and don't have air ride suspension.

Looking at a new Ram 3500 do I get it or not? What do you like about your air ride ?


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Mine has been flawless for 6 years and 82k. My pin weight is 6k and the truck sets the same loaded or not. Really nice ride either way.

Notice ride height is the same. Truck sets lower than most DRW's unloaded for easier entry/exit.

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Get it.. I have heard NO bad reports on it as of yet.


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I had a Chevy C4500 with a Link Air Ride suspension in the rear. It was great. Smooth ride when hitched to our 5th wheel. Bed would lower 4 inches to aid in hitching and unhitching.

It really smoothed out the rough roads.

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fowlthing wrote:

I currently have a F350 towing a Solitude 375RES. and don't have air ride suspension.

Looking at a new Ram 3500 do I get it or not? What do you like about your air ride ?


It's not air ride, it's air assist. Similar to adding bags to a normal leaf sprung truck, except on the Ram, the bags do more of the work and they're integrated for ride height.


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the bear II wrote:

I had a Chevy C4500 with a Link Air Ride suspension in the rear. It was great. Smooth ride when hitched to our 5th wheel. Bed would lower 4 inches to aid in hitching and unhitching.

It really smoothed out the rough roads.


Apples and oranges. Ram 3500s aren't air ride.

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fowlthing wrote:

I currently have a F350 towing a Solitude 375RES. and don't have air ride suspension.

Looking at a new Ram 3500 do I get it or not? What do you like about your air ride ?


If I was buying new I would have gotten it for sure, I was shopping the used market and couldn't find one.

I would also make the Ram a DRW, that 5er starts with a dry pin 2,900# with a 2,600# CCC, you will likely be at close to GVWR of 16,800# towing/carrying pin likely will be at 3,700#, which is very close to the TOTAL payload of a Ram 3500 SRW.


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Posted: 02/09/21 09:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don't know about the 3500 but when I was driving my 2500 with the air ride, it was the most comfortable truck to drive I have ever had - both towing and not.
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wish my F-350 had it.

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Are you looking at dually or SRW?


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