Do you notice your tow vehicle sagging when you hitch up your trailer? Don't let it slow you down any longer!
Towing hefty loads can be a demanding endeavor, both for the driver and the vehicle. You rely on a capable tow vehicle to manage the weight and maintain stability on the road. However, even top-notch tow vehicles can struggle with the added weight, resulting in rear-end sag, reduced passenger comfort, and added stress on suspension components. In such circumstances, the question arises: should you consider installing airbags on your tow vehicle? Let's explore this topic further.
The first aspect to ponder is the tongue weight of your trailer. A properly loaded trailer places slightly more weight between the trailer axle and the hitch, enhancing the trailer's self-recovery in case of sway. Yet, this arrangement typically adds extra tongue or pin weight to the tow vehicle, leading to rear-end sag. Some degree of sag is normal, and most tow vehicles are designed with this in mind. However, today's loads are heavier, tow vehicles are more capable, and overall loads have significantly increased compared to two decades ago.
One of the primary advantages of equipping your tow vehicle with airbags is their ability to reduce rear-end sag, consequently alleviating strain on suspension components. This not only ensures a smoother ride but also extends the lifespan of your vehicle's suspension. Furthermore, airbags can enhance your tow vehicle's handling by maintaining a consistent ride height and minimizing body roll.
How Do Airbags Work?
Airbags are installed between the axle and the frame. By inflating the airbagsyou can alleviate the stress on your vehicle's factory components. These airbags share the load with the original equipment, allowing your tow vehicle to maintain a safe and comfortable ride height while carrying the added weight.
Wondering About the Inflation Process?
Basic airbag systems employ a Schrader valve, akin to the valve on your tires. These valves can be conveniently added anywhere on your vehicle. Simply connect your air hose to the valve and inflate the airbags to your desired pressure.
"But I won't have an air compressor when I hitch up my trailer."
For those who frequently tow different trailers with varying loads or seek an ultra-convenient experience, an onboard compressor setup is the solution. You can effortlessly adjust the airbag pressure via dash-mounted switches, wireless remotes, or even a handy Bluetooth app. The ability to fine-tune the airbags according to road conditions and handling preferences is a game-changer when towing.
"But I already have a weight distribution hitch for my travel trailer."
Indeed, a weight distribution hitch greatly improves the towing experience with a travel trailer camper and is an essential component. However, pairing a properly set up weight distribution hitch with airbags can significantly enhance your towing experience.
"I love my new airbags! I can haul so much more weight now!"
Hold on a moment. While your vehicle may physically carry more weight, it doesn't necessarily mean it's legal. Your vehicle's VIN tag specifies its towing and payload capacity. For instance, if you own a 2024 Ram 3500 equipped to tow 37,090 pounds (according to factory specifications) or carry a payload of 6,560 pounds, adding 7,500-pound airbags won't increase these capacities. Airbags are designed to help your truck manage its maximum payload while maintaining ride quality and handling characteristics as if it were unloaded.
In conclusion, the addition of airbags to your tow vehicle can be an excellent choice, particularly if you regularly tow heavy loads or have varying loads on your trailer. It can enhance handling, reduce rear-end sag, and prolong your vehicle's suspension life. At Inferno Customs, we offer top-quality airbag systems tailored to your specific needs. Why not get in touch with us today? Let us help you elevate your towing experience!