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Air bags and B&W Hitch

My dad has an 03 F-350 with a B&W hitch to pull his 5th wheel. He wants to add air bags on the rear to keep it from sagging less. Several trailer places that sell the air bags have told him they can't install the air bags due to the hitch. And that the bag mounts would have to be welded to the hitch.

So, I know there are a lot of guys out there using these hitches and sure there are more than a few with air bags on their trucks. So my question is, what did you do to install them?


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Would've liked to see some more input on this thread. I have the same hitch and did a search in the suspension forum hoping to learn from it. Anyone?
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Air lift makes bags for the b&w hitch got mine on order , I'll have them installed by Friday I'll let you know how it goes !


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I have the B&W turnoverball (with Companion Slider) and the Firestone Ride-Rite bags. The only issue I had was my exhaust routing had to be moved to accommodate the passenger side air bag and heat shield.

Air bag recommendations are on the B&W website, under FAQ. It does say 2005 and newer so your advice may be correct.
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I also run Firestone Ride Rites with a B&W hitch with no issues.

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Thanks for the input. Good to know options are available for this setup. She sags a little more than I'd like on the back side, so looks like my next investment.

A friend and I installed the hitch, along with the 2013 bed, and wouldn't you know it the exhaust had to be lowered a few inches. Getting crowded under there I guess.
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Thanks for the input. Good to know options are available for this setup. She sags a little more than I'd like on the back side, so looks like my next investment.

A friend and I installed the hitch, along with the 2013 bed, and wouldn't you know it the exhaust had to be lowered a few inches. Getting crowded under there I guess.
Initially mine was lowered and it looked horrible. So I had it moved up and in.

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I just rotated the "over the axle" pipe about 1/2" and it cleared the hitch and the tail pipe was in the right location.

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My dad has an 03 F-350 with a B&W hitch to pull his 5th wheel. He wants to add air bags on the rear to keep it from sagging less. Several trailer places that sell the air bags have told him they can't install the air bags due to the hitch. And that the bag mounts would have to be welded to the hitch.

So, I know there are a lot of guys out there using these hitches and sure there are more than a few with air bags on their trucks. So my question is, what did you do to install them?


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Wondering how this turned out.

I've done some browsing around looking at the two different brands suggested in this thread and it looks like the Air Lift system is pretty user friendly as far as options go. The Ride Rite site didn't seem to have the "go to" set up to dial in on the truck/ hitch combo. Not saying it can't be found, but the link provided by RUFFSTUFF was good info.
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