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Recommended Rear Axle Air Bag Kit for 2017 Ford F-250 Towing 5th Wheel Trailer

Question:

We are in the process of buying a Ford F250 for towing a fifth wheel. We were told by our salesman to contact you regarding the purchase and installation of air bag lift system to provide increased towing capacity. Is this possible? Please reply. Thank you.

Expert Reply:

A rear-axle air bag kit in a truck like a 2017 Ford F-250 can certainly help deal with rear suspension compression from the pin weight of a 5th wheel trailer. Air bag kits can be equipped with on-board compressors that eliminate having to manually inflate the air bags to find the correct pressure for the trailer's pin weight. Being able to do this from the comfort of the truck cab while you're able to feel the results can make life much easier. All rear axle air bag kits for your truck are shown on the linked page.

I recommend Firestone's Ride-Rite kit # F2600. This kit fits both 2WD and 4WD trucks so long as there is at least 7-1/2-inches of space between the inside edge of the rear tire and the outside edge of the frame rail. It offers no-drill installation and up to 4800-lbs of load-leveling capacity. Note that Firestone makes the actual air springs for many other brands of air bags.

For a compressor I recommend the single-path, heavy-duty model # F2097 which will allow you to control both air bags at the same time, up to their maximum psi pressure of 100-psi. The bags must always have at least 5-psi pressure.

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