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post May 17 2018, 08:18 AM
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Hello everyone. I’m trading in my 36 ft 5er toy hauler for a heavy truck camper on Monday. Lance 1172. I will be towing my Jeep on a trailer as well.
Wet weight of the camper will be about 5k. Plus another 500 when the Jeep is back there.

I have a 2011 Ram 3500 DRW with a Cummins . I installed some Airlift 7500 lb bags recently. I have never used bags before. So couple questions.

Do I want to raise the back of the truck up to the level it normally is when empty? Or is a little squat desired? .

When I load the camper should I have a little air in them, a lot of air? Basically should I prefill the bags?

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post May 17 2018, 03:05 PM
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Type and Brand of Truck(s) Owned: 07 gmc 3500 dually D/A
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Truck and Camper Setup: 07GMC3500 dually diesel/auto airbags torklift tiedowns/fastguns 56 gal transferflow tank banks spd brake/tuner;06 adventurer 106DBS 2.5ownan geny awning topper torklift stairs remote bbq rear awning ext trl hitch/basket for sewer tote

we had a 5th wheel and had air bags which helped the squat after inflating, but since having our 2nd t/c I have kept a minimum of about 5lb when the t/c is unloaded and after loading I bump up the pressure to about 45 lb's and check the ride as they aren't for carrying the weight as much as stabilizing the cornering ability as well as road deviations. Just my take. I would not increase the air pressure in the bags til I loaded the camper and if loading a trailer that is adding weight to the truck. Every combination will give different results as to weight on the truck verses the air pressure in the bags. Experiment! Good Luck
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post May 18 2018, 07:17 AM
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Type and Brand of Truck(s) Owned: 2005 Chevrolet 3500 4x4
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Truck and Camper Setup: 2005 Chevy 3500 4x4 Edge Attitude, 4" exhaust, Airaid Air Intake, Ranchos, Air Bags, Hellwig Big Wig, Cabover struts. Lance 1172 loaded with 200 watt Renogy solar and Zamp controller

Good advice already given. Something else you should consider to help with sway is a Big Wig rea sway bar and also the front cab over struts. The 1172 is heavy and the cab over struts really help cut down on the stress on the truck.
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post May 18 2018, 09:07 PM
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Type and Brand of Truck(s) Owned: 1997 Ford F350 4x4 LB SRW CC 7.3 diesel
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My bags are always pre-loaded at 10 psi, empty or loaded. The on board compressor has an air sensing device in it that keeps the bags slightly inflated all the time (when the ignition key is on). I'm in the 45 psi club (loaded) as well. I have at least 10 years on them without any issues.
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