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Old 01-08-2018, 12:06 PM
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F350 with 5th wheel, need air bags?

I will take deliver of my new 2018 F350 CCLB 4X4 in a couple of weeks.


My current truck is a 2006 Ram 2500 4X4 and it needs air bags on the rear to level for towing, RV is 13500 GVWR. Which is more than the Dodge is rated at, so getting new truck.



The Ram sags with the trailer hitched so I installed the airbags.
Does anyone with a 14k trailer and a 350 use airbags or does the stock suspension handle it fine?
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Old 01-08-2018, 01:40 PM
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You will probably not need air bags. I have a 2017 F350 CCSB SRW 4x4 with a 14,000 GVWR 5th wheel camper. The back of the truck sags a bit, the front of the camper is a bit high, I have 7" of clearance between the truck bed rails and the camper, so all is good.


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Old 01-08-2018, 04:33 PM
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I agree with mtnguy. He also has good taste in trucks and RVs :-)
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No bags needed. We tow nice and level...
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Old 01-08-2018, 04:54 PM
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My trailer is 14k empty and my 350 is level with a 3k pin weight. The rear overload spring only touches in the back and the front only touches on bumps. I was holding off on air bags until I got the new trailer and saw the set up. I needed them on my previous '15 250, and am glad i don't need them now. Just one less thing to worry about.

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Old 01-08-2018, 05:38 PM
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Perfect, thanks all.
The air bags as just one more thing to air up, air down, etc... glad to see I won't need them.
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Old 01-08-2018, 11:42 PM
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That's one nice looking rig slapshot12.



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My trailer is 14k empty and my 350 is level with a 3k pin weight. The rear overload spring only touches in the back and the front only touches on bumps. I was holding off on air bags until I got the new trailer and saw the set up. I needed them on my previous '15 250, and am glad i don't need them now. Just one less thing to worry about.

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Thanks! They've only been together for 2 weeks. Just got the Momentum after Christmas. I'm very happy with both!!
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Old 01-09-2018, 08:14 PM
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Since we’re all showing our great truck/trailer combos here’s mine. Ford/GrandDesign

No airbags but headlights shine high at night with low beam. I rarely tow at night.
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Hi mtnguy,
What hitch are you using in your truck? Nice looking rig.
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Old 01-09-2018, 08:56 PM
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Hi mtnguy,
What hitch are you using in your truck? Nice looking rig.
Radio flyer, Im not mtnguy but we have identical trailers and trucks. Grand Design Reflection 337RLS and 2017 F350 CCSB 4x4.

Im using a 37 lb Andersen Ultimate Hitch. The hitch is set at the center height position. I have 7-1/2 clearance between the truck bedrails and the trailer overhang.

The truck bed sags 3 when the trailer is hitched.

Heres a picture getting ready to lower the trailer onto the Andersen ball. Notice the red stick I use to gauge how far to back up. I remove the stick before lowering the trailer onto the ball.
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Looks like a popular combo. Ford / Reflection by Grand Design.
No issues with F350


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Old 01-10-2018, 07:05 AM
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Radio flyer, Im not mtnguy but we have identical trailers and trucks. Grand Design Reflection 337RLS and 2017 F350 CCSB 4x4.

Im using a 37 lb Andersen Ultimate Hitch. The hitch is set at the center height position. I have 7-1/2 clearance between the truck bedrails and the trailer overhang.

The truck bed sags 3 when the trailer is hitched.

Heres a picture getting ready to lower the trailer onto the Andersen ball. Notice the red stick I use to gauge how far to back up. I remove the stick before lowering the trailer onto the ball.
You good on clearance for turning with the short bed? I need to replace my slider hitch from my 2005 as I am now using the puck to rail adapter and it's putting me way nose high... .tempted to try the Anderson....I feel like the trailer is further back on my new '17.
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It more depends on the configuration of the trailer nose for clearance in tight turns. I used to have a Reese 20k slider until I got the AUH. The nose of my Coachman is curved enough that I didn't need the slider and I am very happy with the ride and weight of the AUH.
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Yep, we have a very square nose 5th. I'll check next time how much clearance I have with the new truck.

We are also considering a GD as our Alfa is getting rather old. Sounds like we would be good with a Anderson if we upgrade. Thanks!
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