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Old 09-15-2018, 08:32 PM   #1
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Bouncing....Need Airbags?

Hello,

I have a 2017 Ford F350 Diesel Crew Cab Dually towing a 2017 Montana 3820FL with a pin weight of 3000 +. The truck on smooth roads handles great however when we are on the interstate and hit dips and bridge abutments the overload springs load up and launch the unit into significant bouncing normally 3 -4 good bounces before it settles down. In addition on the really bad ones the unit will bottom out. The truck is very close to level and the Monty appears a little nose high. I am considering purchasing Airlift air bags to see if they will correct or reduce this issue. Please chime in and let me know your thoughts and experiences.

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Old 09-15-2018, 10:41 PM   #2
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Shocks are supposed to keep the bouncing to a minimum. Perhaps heavy duty shocks would help. Airbags in my experience improve ride height at the expense of ride quality.
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Old 09-16-2018, 06:14 AM   #3
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Shocks are supposed to keep the bouncing to a minimum. Perhaps heavy duty shocks would help. Airbags in my experience improve ride height at the expense of ride quality.
I agree that OEM shocks aren't what they should be. Maybe a set of Bilstein shocks will help. I actually installed Air Lift bags for the sole purpose of ride improvement and it works for me. I only air to 45 psi while hooked.
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Old 09-16-2018, 06:36 AM   #4
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I found it necessary to install airbags on my Ford dually because the rear would drop to an unacceptable amount, eating the rubber bumpers at the rear springs. The drop also caused a sporadic slight shutter of the transmission when first starting out because it effected the alignment of the two piece driveshaft. Diesel Forum reflected others were noticing the same thing when towing. Both issues gone with the Airbags. Have no bouncing.
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:52 AM   #5
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We use airbags and heavy duty shocks not to mention the trailersaver BD3 hitch and the Mor ryde IS . We do a lot of miles on our wonderful interstate system and a smooth ride is important to us and also expensive to get.
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Old 09-16-2018, 07:26 PM   #6
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My F250 with trailer package has overload springs like the F350. I was considering airbags or timberin springs. My rear would drop 3 1/2 inches and front would raise 2 inches when hitched.

Instead I installed Super Springs SSS-3 Super Stops. They replace the factory overload spring bumpers with thicker rubber base (and spacer) so the factory overload springs are always engaged when hitched. Now when I hitch my rear drops 2 inches and the front raises 1/2 inch. I also have a Reese 5th Airborne pin box.

I just completed 1,800 miles and the ride in the truck is better than ever. Things stay in place on the counters inside the Montana, so it's riding fine.

Very happy with the setup, no maintenance. Less expensive than airbags or timberins.
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