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New 1500 air suspension; yes or no?

Kind of in the air on this one, as I haven't found the answer I'm looking for. Is it worth the cost? The stock coils ride exceptionally well, but am wondering if the bags really make that much of a difference. Most positive reviews come from those who haul/tow frequently. After looking at all reviews, I have to say there are merits to downgrading from a LH to a lower trim level, maybe a Tradesman. Something about saving nearly $20,000 for the same driveline without all the extras niceties is appealing; makes me feel better about long term reliability without a bunch high repair cost stuff to worry about. I may tow a small TT and utility trailer from time to time, a couple of times a year max, but mostly commuting miles on relatively smooth roads (even my 3500 4x4 rides relatively smooth), and that money can go towards other niceties that I can really use as I age, like powered steps.
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If you aren't towing or hauling equipment in the bed, it isn't worth it. The ride quality comes from using coil spring versus leaf springs. If I didn't tow, I would have skipped it.

On the contrary, it is fun to play with and show off to people.
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If you aren't towing or hauling equipment in the bed, it isn't worth it. The ride quality comes from using coil spring versus leaf springs. If I didn't tow, I would have skipped it.

On the contrary, it is fun to play with and show off to people.
the fun factor is what i like most about it since i really dont even tow at all.
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i guess another thing to consider is long term repair costs

the air suspension will likely cost loads to repair once out of warranty
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there were some snafus with the air ride on the GC's, essentially the same system. But yea, great and useful for levelling, but otherwise as you said its just an extra cost. You'll lose maybe 1 mpg because the truck won't hunker down in aero mode, but WTF is 1 MPG...
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Figured I could take that cash and invest in some Amp steps, maybe a set of helper bags in the springs in I ever need them. Agree, though, that it's a neat idea, and am glad someone in the light truck market finally decided to put it on the options sheet. Moot point, anyway, as I saw a standard bed crew this morning, which the air is not available with, and I like the look of that longer bed (had to double take to make sure it wasn't an HD).

I'm basically asking for longevity reasons; agreed it will be a bear to fix once out of warranty (mainly parts costs). Same reason I'm second guessing the diesel. I believe one of the gas motors may be a better option, in a lower trim level; I can always add nice leather if wanted.
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i guess another thing to consider is long term repair costs

the air suspension will likely cost loads to repair once out of warranty
Another reason for getting rid of it when the warranty is near over, I rather not have to do major maintenance or replace things on that system, no thanks.
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With the max care warranty your air suspension is covered for basically the life of the truck. I think after 8 years the cost of your air bags and compressor will be negligible.
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Air Bags

Love my air ride and so does my 89 yr old mom when I lower it and she can get into it easier than her car. Drove air ride semi's for years never had trouble with air bags on them or the trailer's. From what i understand the bag density on the ram are just as relevant (weight ratio) as those were to the semi's. When I'm on the highway and the aero ride kicks in and your busting wind I can tell a difference. Pulling a trailer and the way it levels out is really sweet also.
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Drove my dream rig; a LongHorn 3.0 with the air system. Yes, the ride was fantastic, as was handling. The issue I have is how complicated it seems to be; in 20 minutes I couldn't figure out why it wouldn't allow me to raise or lower the system from the outside with the key fob (maybe needed to be programmed or something?) and it would get stubborn when in Off Road 2, not letting me lower it until I turned everything off and got out. That aside it was impressive; everyone around me stared as it dropped from Off Road 2 (when it finally cooperated) to Entry; kind of crazy, though, how one end drops at a time, then the other end has to catch up before repeating the process. Have to think about it some more.
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