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I know this is a while back.
 
How do you like the auto system? I am considering adding a compressor and tank. But I was thinking old school mechanical valves with dumps wired in. I figured I could set loaded height below my empty ride height and effectively keep the bags "empty".
 
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I also have the air lift setup. I love it we have not had any issue. You will hear it kick on from time to time and usually at startup depending on sitting. I believe it checks every 5 to 15 min the pressure and adjusts.

The controller is nice you can control both or separate. I do not have a tank so the pump does it all. There is also og chuck located on either side just incase of pump failure to air up.

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8 minutes ago, srt6 said:

I also have the air lift setup. I love it we have not had any issue. You will hear it kick on from time to time and usually at startup depending on sitting. I believe it checks every 5 to 15 min the pressure and adjusts.

The controller is nice you can control both or separate. I do not have a tank so the pump does it all. There is also og chuck located on either side just incase of pump failure to air up.

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Where did you mount the pump ? I have head of guys using interior space for them. But I don't really like that option. I would prefer to put it under the hood to keep it as high as possible.

 

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Where did you mount the pump ? I have head of guys using interior space for them. But I don't really like that option. I would prefer to put it under the hood to keep it as high as possible.
 
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I was lazy. We had it all installed by dave smith when we bought our truck.

It is mounted on the frame under the front of the bed.

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Good to know. Thanks!
 
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Also if/when you purchase one check the instructions I installed firestone similar system on our old dmax. Specifically reccomend not installing in engine bay due to heat.

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I have the auto system, that is set up with a seperate compressor.

 The nice thing about the auto is you set a pressure ant it maintains that pressure, so slow leaks dont matter.

 Next you can have two set points, I use an empty and loaded, so just press one ot two and it goes to that preset.

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Are the auto systems pressure based? Or do they use a height control valve? 

 

I really hate the interface of most of the aftermarket controls. The PacBrake wireless system looks nice. No extra controllers. 

 

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Are the auto systems pressure based? Or do they use a height control valve? 
 
I really hate the interface of most of the aftermarket controls. The PacBrake wireless system looks nice. No extra controllers. 
 
Dave
Pressure based you set the pressure and it maintains. Until the ignition turns off. That's why when you turn on itll usually do a slight adjustment.

I can take a picture of the controller tonight. But it's about the size of a garage door opener and obviously wireless.

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To make mine work with a seperate air system you just replace to air systems air compressor with a 2 way NC 12vdc air valve.

 The way the system works is when aire was needed the compressor would turn on till the needed pressure was met.

 The stock controller can also control up to 4 individual bags.

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10 hours ago, Fishin2Deep4U said:

 

I know this is a while back.

 

How do you like the auto system? I am considering adding a compressor and tank. But I was thinking old school mechanical valves with dumps wired in. I figured I could set loaded height below my empty ride height and effectively keep the bags "empty".

 

Dave

Its nice to be able stand away from the truck and push a button to add or remove air till you get the ride height you want. or to remove the camper and just push a button from inside the cab to lower the bags. You always know exactly how much air is in each bag in the cab whenever you want to check it. 

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Okay so my wife has convinced herself that we need to get a dually for our camper and towing.
She mainly wants it due to movement "bouncing or swaying".

We have an arctic fox 990. Would anyone with one or setup for one and have a dually be interested in demonstrating how it rides?

I'm trying to see if it's worth the upgrade?

Thanks,

Joel

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My old Arctic Fox 990 and towing my 20' Sea Ray was the reason I bought my 2008 dually.  One trip westbound over Stevens Pass was all it took to convince my wife. I did put on the Firestone air bags and extended bumpstops but that was all it needed.  When I upgraded to the Lance 1160 all I needed was a longer hitch extension.  Put a lot of miles on with that setup up and down the west coast a few times and then our big trip cross country from Washington to Massachusetts towing a 7x14 enclosed cargo trailer. Never a problem and the wife was quite happy with it.  One upgrade I did that I thought made a difference was replacing the stock disk rotors with dimpled/slotted ones.

 

Doug

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47 minutes ago, Fuzzy Bear said:

My old Arctic Fox 990 and towing my 20' Sea Ray was the reason I bought my 2008 dually.  One trip westbound over Stevens Pass was all it took to convince my wife. I did put on the Firestone air bags and extended bumpstops but that was all it needed.  When I upgraded to the Lance 1160 all I needed was a longer hitch extension.  Put a lot of miles on with that setup up and down the west coast a few times and then our big trip cross country from Washington to Massachusetts towing a 7x14 enclosed cargo trailer. Never a problem and the wife was quite happy with it.  One upgrade I did that I thought made a difference was replacing the stock disk rotors with dimpled/slotted ones.

 

Doug

 

What were you using before the dually Doug? 

 

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On 1/28/2020 at 2:43 PM, Fishin2Deep4U said:

 

What were you using before the dually Doug? 

 

Dave

 

I had that Atlantic Blue 2003 3500 SRW.  To that I had added the extended bumpstops, airbags and a thick sway bar.  With just the camper it wasn't too bad if I got the airbags just right.  The boat pushing it was just too much.  With the dually there were no white knuckle moments.  Even when some jerk cut me off in traffic on I-5 in Los Angeles.  The look on his face as I came at him was pretty good.  He got off at the next exit.  I'm thinking he has to clean his seat.

 

Doug

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Fuzzy Bear said:

 

I had that Atlantic Blue 2003 3500 SRW.  To that I had added the extended bumpstops, airbags and a thick sway bar.  With just the camper it wasn't too bad if I got the airbags just right.  The boat pushing it was just too much.  With the dually there were no white knuckle moments.  Even when some jerk cut me off in traffic on I-5 in Los Angeles.  The look on his face as I came at him was pretty good.  He got off at the next exit.  I'm thinking he has to clean his seat.

 

Doug

 

 

 

I'm thinking about a non-slide for me. Would nice to be able to still tow the boat on occasion. 

 

Dave

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My Arctic Fox 990 and 20ft Duckworth are no problem at all for my 2014 3500 SRW. Between tow haul mode and the exhaust brake it works great! The airbags I use have an internal jounce (bumpstop) in them and sway is minimal. Its nice to be able to fine tune the airbags on the fly with the controller. 

Dave I mounted my airbag compressor/controller under the hood on the drivers side and have the air intake drawing from inside the fenderwell and even Terry cant hear it running. We all know how deaf I am so I wont even bother saying I cant hear it...…….

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I have the truck, but we would have to run a couple of straps over and under...…..
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My Arctic Fox 990 and 20ft Duckworth are no problem at all for my 2014 3500 SRW. Between tow haul mode and the exhaust brake it works great! The airbags I use have an internal jounce (bumpstop) in them and sway is minimal. Its nice to be able to fine tune the airbags on the fly with the controller. 
Dave I mounted my airbag compressor/controller under the hood on the drivers side and have the air intake drawing from inside the fenderwell and even Terry cant hear it running. We all know how deaf I am so I wont even bother saying I cant hear it...…….
I agree my truck I'm my mind does just fine I also have 3500 srw with airbags. I'm not sure if my bags have bump stops in them though.... also what sway bar did you upgrade to?

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