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Old 11-02-2020, 08:30 AM
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Default F150 Air Spring Suspension - Yes or No?

I'm towing a Key West Billistic 281CC with a 2014 F150. Tow capacity on the truck is 11,300 lbs. Towing is fine, but the rear of the truck sits low which causes swaying, headlights aimed up, some bottoming out, etc. Would you all recommend air bag suspension lifts or anything else? How about doing nothing?
Old 11-02-2020, 09:27 AM
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Before spending any money, I would want to know my loaded trailer weight and tongue weight. It's hard to know what needs to be changed without that. Lots of people will recommend airbags or other assist springs, but they are all just band-aids IMO.
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towing is fine but...is not towing fine. Get that load weighed, including tongue weight, and go from there. You don't need more than 5-7 percent tongue weight with most boats. You need to also make sure YOUR truck is rated to tow 11k lbs, it probably isn't as it's a very specific combination of options to meet the gcwr with that 11,300 trailer. If you're bottoming out you're likely close to the axle weight rating.

You'll probably need to either move the axles forward or winch stand back to get the tongue weight down to where it's safe without airbags or helper springs. All those will do is bring the back of the truck up and maybe move a tiny bit of weight back to the front end.
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I have AirRide 5000's on my F250, and I would strongly suggest adding a pair if you're tongue weight and total weight of the boat/trailer are within the specs.

My F250 is rigged to tow an 11,000 lb. fifth wheel trailer.
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Look at the hitch receiver's weight ratings. I bet it says 5,000 lb. max without a WD hitch. Address that first.
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i am in the same situation as you, changed out he hitch to a higher rated aftermarket and added the airlift system air bags. Its a great setup.
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Originally Posted by K-dawg View Post
Before spending any money, I would want to know my loaded trailer weight and tongue weight. It's hard to know what needs to be changed without that. Lots of people will recommend airbags or other assist springs, but they are all just band-aids IMO.
This.

You need to make sure that the rig is properly set up and balanced first. Go to the scales and weigh everything first to determine all axle weights and tongue weight. Armed with this information you will be able to work on set up and make sure that you are within all specifications. Adding more equipment to your truck before you take these steps is as K-dawg said just a band-aid and will only guarantee you one thing, less payload, after you subtract the added weight of this added equipment from your present payload.
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Air ride 2000s should be all you need. They have zero effect on ride when unloaded. I had them on my 2015 f150 and I loved them. Get the package with the onboard air compressor, makes life so easy.
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Good feedback, guys. I realized I needed to upgrade my hitch so I swapped the stock 500 lb. tongue and 5,000 lb. carrying capacity for 1,000 lb. tongue weight 10,000 lb. carrying capacity.

Once I get the trailer and boat setup properly, I’ll check the tongue weight and go from there.

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I had a '13 F150 SuperCrew with the long wheelbase and it was absolutely fantastic with a set of the air bags installed towing a similar sized rig. I had the whole kit with compressor and everything but ended up installing just the bags with lines run to schrader valves on each side of the lic plate. Never had any second thoughts on leaving off the onboard compressor as the installation of the onboard would have put a "T" in between the 2 bags and I have been told(no direct experience) there is a little bit of push from side to side in that configuration under load.
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Originally Posted by Bamaman View Post
I have AirRide 5000's on my F250, and I would strongly suggest adding a pair if you're tongue weight and total weight of the boat/trailer are within the specs.

My F250 is rigged to tow an 11,000 lb. fifth wheel trailer.
I ordered them today for my new Ram. It doesn't squat bad but I hate an unlevel truck....

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Originally Posted by ssdan1024 View Post
...I swapped the stock 500 lb. tongue and 5,000 lb. carrying capacity for 1,000 lb. tongue weight 10,000 lb. carrying capacity. ....
Numerous folks on the truck forums will say that the 500/5000 non-WDH capacity is a truck limitation, not a hitch limitation, and make a good argument for it. Others will persuasively argue the opposite. And Ford will never specifically answer the question. That being said, at some point the lack of a WDH will become a safety issue. Without an expert engineering analysis of your unique operating parameters you (or any of the rest of us) will probably never know where the tipping point is. Getting accurate weights is only the first step. While there is surely some safe margin within which to work, we are all left to guess where it is.

But specifically to the primary question of suspension mods. My boat/trailer tongue weight is 420# but my 2018 F150 (145" wheel base) sagged a bit and felt generally uneasy stock so I installed Air Ride 2000 bags. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Only takes 10 - 12 psi to make all the difference. 5 psi otherwise. The 5000 series is designed for 3/4 ton and above trucks. Most on the forums are not happy with them on 1/2 ton rigs.
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Looks good, huh?


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Your bunks need to be a foot longer, looks like transom is not supported.
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Originally Posted by doyall View Post
The 5000 series is designed for 3/4 ton and above trucks. Most on the forums are not happy with them on 1/2 ton rigs.
According to Air Lift the load lifter 5000 is what they recommend for my 1/2 ton. I put them on and have no complaints. I run 5psi unloaded and between 20-30 depending on which boat I am trailering. My 2" drop hitch puts the nose of the trailer down just a little more than I would like. The 1" rise hitch puts the trailer nose high. So with the bags I can adjust the trailer tongue height easily.
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I have been really happy with the Timbren springs I put on my 2500. Was supposed to be temporary due to the airbags I wanted on back order. I think I am gonna stay with them for now.
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x2 on the Timbrens. Zero affect on unloaded ride, almost zero chance of any kind of mechanical failure. The reduction of rear end squat and improvement in stability is amazing.

And only about $250 and 20 minutes to install.

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