View Full Version : Load assist or bags?

02-18-2010, 12:44 AM
Hey guys, Im new to the site and Im triing to get my rig right. I have a Ram 1500 4x4, 200 gal. lesco space saver, and a push spreader. The spreader is hanging off the back of the truck on a hitch mount. Obviously the 1500 cant haul the tank on its own without help. Do you guys think I would be better off using airbags or load assist. I can get them both for about the same price, so price isnt a factor.I know some are going to say to get a trailer but Im not interested in doing that due to parking in front of some of these houses is pretty tight. Im guessing the tank full will be around 2200lbs, I would also need to put a couple hundred lbs of fert. That would put almost 3000 lbs in the bed of the truck. Thanks in advance.

02-18-2010, 11:25 AM
get the air bags for sure, better ride and adjustability.

we have them on our 1 ton dump truck and will be putting them in my 350 srw and our 2500HD this spring.

02-18-2010, 12:26 PM
i have helper springs and they work great but if i did it again i would get air bags

02-18-2010, 01:19 PM
I was leaning that way, thanks for the help. Do I need to do anything to build up the front end suspension.. I know I have the power to hual but am not sure if I need to worry about the suspension in front.

02-18-2010, 08:06 PM
Leave the front end alone - get the bags you'll be happier with them...

Just make sure you get the adjustable bags with a in-cab controller...

02-19-2010, 12:12 AM
Thanks, I found some on jcwhitney.com for $250.They support up to 5000 lbs. Does anyone have suggestions on what brand is better. Im in crunch time, I need my truck ready for spring.:terribletowel:

02-19-2010, 01:46 AM
jcwhitney has spotty shipping, truckspring.com has either firestone airbags or air lift, same thing for 250 as well

02-19-2010, 04:19 AM
thanks for the help. i really appreciate it.

02-19-2010, 04:22 AM
I'll go through truckstop then. Thanks for the help. I really appreciate it.

02-19-2010, 08:04 AM
you realize that by putting 3K pounds in the back of your 1500 you are 2x over weight.... airbags and helper springs do nothing increase the load rating of your vehicle. your brakes, frame axles, springs, ect were designs for a max payload of 1500....do it right and buy a bigger truck....

Heck the tank alone when filled puts you over just on the water alone...

South Florida Lawns
02-19-2010, 12:58 PM
You need a set of helper/add a leafs. If you were just towing a trailer during the week I'd say air bags but since your gonna be leaving the sprayer in there all the time, you will want a more solid support system and beefing up your leaf pack is the best way

02-21-2010, 11:35 AM
That's a bit heavy for a 1/2 ton. But, I had the AirLift 5000 airbags with wireless remote installed on mine. Comes with it's own air compressor so you can adjust the amount of air without even getting out of the truck. I think i paid around 700-$800 for the set up with installation. It'll help save the suspension in the long run.

02-21-2010, 09:50 PM
Ya, I know. I really dont have money for a different truck. Hopefully that wont last long. Im thinking that I'm only going to fill up day to day depending on how much I have to do that day. I'm pretty sure I'm going for the bags with the controller just so I can adjust as the day goes on.