Air Bags

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  1. Lite bug

    Lite bug Road Train Member

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    Can air bags be used to make disconnecting and connecting loaded gooseneck trailer ?
     
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  3. 24kHotshot

    24kHotshot Medium Load Member

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    I just ordered a firestone airbag setup and will get it in about 2 weeks. Not a gooseneck setup but I'll see how much height difference I can actually get inflating the bags while loaded if that helps.
    I disconnect my trailer every week, i'm actually sorry I didn't get hydraulic landing gear upgrade :D
     
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  4. crocky

    crocky Road Train Member

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    I don't think so, because you have leaf spring suspension that is already at its expected ride height. The airbags just assist and aren't really meant to rise the right height a lot. You'd need to have an actual 4 link airbag suspension to be able to dump the bags to unhook as a semi can.
     
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  5. Lite bug

    Lite bug Road Train Member

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    Yes that is what I thought and putting this out there to see if it being done by someone. Thanks
     
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  6. crocky

    crocky Road Train Member

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    Yeah, I'm actually toying with adding double air bags helpers to my truck or going with a full airbag 4 link set up. The ride on my 5500 is umm horrible on those lovely concrete highways they keep building all over the place. It will beat you to death... way worse than my F550 was.

    They actually make a front and back air ride system for my truck, but it's insanely expensive. I was thinking of taking to a local fab guy to make 4 links for at least my rear axle. They want like $5k just for the rear setup in this vid.

     
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    Lite bug Road Train Member

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    Thinking about summer heat and at 66 years old looking to making dropping loaded easer.
     
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  8. 24kHotshot

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    The rough ride is one of my biggest problems with my truck. I'm beat by day 4. Hoping the firestone airbags I ordered would help even a little.
    Also giving my truck a diet. Building a bracket on the trailer for my truck spare and getting rid of anything I don't need immediately from the tool boxes.
    Have a welder friend willing to copy my whole upfit in aluminum but I dont think the weight loss will justify the cost.

    Also need new shocks for the rear. Don't know what to get. Any recommendations would be great.
     
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  9. 24kHotshot

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    Hydraulic landing gear upgrade
     
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    crocky Road Train Member

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    I edited my post. check out the vid.. it's a super expensive set up but they might make it for yours as well
     
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  11. crocky

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    yeah, that's the better option..
     
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