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How to Reduce Bounce with Airbags on a 2018 GMC Sierra 3500


I recently purchase a 2019 Arctic Fox truck camper for my 2018 GMC SINGLE AXLE 3500 1 ton. I have installed ride rite air bags but the ride is still very bouncey and I am wondering what the correct air pressure would be I know they say to inflate till level but? it never touched the overloads on a recent trip to the beach I can tell because the truck is brand new would some Tork Lifts help ingage the overloads? Camper 3500 plus lbs Truck specs says max payload 4099?? Pretty sure? Any comments would be great!


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I do not have an exact air pressure for you to fill the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs part # F2709 on your 2018 GMC Sierra 3500. As you mentioned, you should fill them until the truck is level but if you feel the ride is too rough then you can deflate some air as this would in turn improve ride quality.

The other option to help improve ride quality and reduce bouncing without deflating the airbags would be to add the TorkLift StableLoad Suspension Upgrade part # TLA7202 which will be an excellent addition to the Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper Springs. The bouncing feeling you described is somewhat common on trucks with airbags and truck bed campers. The StableLoad will reduce this by as much as 20 degrees. The TorkLift StableLoad Suspension Upgrade is also very easy to install as you can see in the attached install video.

As long as the cargo weight rating (CWR) of your truck exceeds the weight of the camper then you will not need to worry. The cargo weight rating (CWR) is usually listed on a white tag inside the driver door jamb.

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