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Old 11-21-2015, 12:41 PM   #1
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RAM 2500 auto leveling rear suspension

Looking at a RAM 2500 Laramie Cummins short bed and one of the vehicles has auto leveling rear suspension - is this a must have feature or just nice to have?
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Old 11-21-2015, 12:46 PM   #2
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RAM 2500 auto leveling rear suspension

I waited 5 months until the auto leveling was available on the 2014. I'm very happy with it and enjoy the ride. Must have in my opinion.
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Old 11-21-2015, 08:38 PM   #3
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It was a must have for me.
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Old 11-22-2015, 09:21 AM   #4
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I suggest that you look into the air suspension 2500's by searching on the following forums which are dedicated to the Ram CTD trucks.

Dodge Cummins Diesel Forum

http://www.turbodieselregister.com/forum.php

Both the forums are great sources of insights. However the Turbo Diesel Register is akin to an owners group and you can access all the back issues of their quarterly magazines in addition to getting the new ones if you are a paid subscriber. If you are going to buy a Ram CTD, I would suggest you go ahead and pay the annual subscription, do your research, and make sure you get what you want and more importantly, understand what you are getting. By the way, you can join the forum without subscribing to the annual membership. For me personally the value is the depth of technical information and experience represented in the publications past, present and future.

I personally chose the coil spring suspension after my research.
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Our 2012 Ram 2500HD Cummins went from the purchase city Indianapolis to Oskaloosa, IA where a complete Kelderman level ride airbag suspension was factory installed front and rear. It has an on board air compressor that we also plumbed into an external air chuck beside the rear license plate for an air hose for tire maintenance on the road.

The big advantage for me being short is the droppable rear end which lowers about 6" when the rear shocks air is dumped. The truck sits level regardless of the load. The ride is much improved over the original coil springs.

Towing, we run the stock Michelin LT265/70R17E tires at 80 psi. Seems to steer better with the stiffer front tires.
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I purchased a 2015 RAM 1500 with 4 corner air suspension. I know the 2500 only has the rear air available but with that said, I will be ordering a 2016 RAM 2500 in Feb. with factory rear air. Given my experience hauling a 25FC all summer long with a factory auto leveling, I don't know if I could ever do without it. Individuals I ran into with the 2500 factory auto leveling were as impressed as me. And this is not just for towing, it also improves the overall ride when empty. I say go for it!
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I purchased a 2015 RAM 1500 with 4 corner air suspension. I know the 2500 only has the rear air available but with that said, I will be ordering a 2016 RAM 2500 in Feb. with factory rear air. Given my experience hauling a 25FC all summer long with a factory auto leveling, I don't know if I could ever do without it. Individuals I ran into with the 2500 factory auto leveling were as impressed as me. And this is not just for towing, it also improves the overall ride when empty. I say go for it!
Greg, can you share with us the difference between the two systems?
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There is an option on the 1500 for front and rear air suspension. The 2500 is on the rear suspension only. They work similar in that they both adjust to a level ride no matter the load on the vehicle. It is just the 1500 does front and rear because it also has other adjustments like lowering at highway speeds and raising the truck for off roading. The 2500 rear leveling is geared for keeping the rear level depending on loads. But also has a tow option that lowers the rear so the front and rear of truck are parallel to the ground, then the truck maintains a level ride dynamically depending on loads (trailer, people, fuel, cargo etc.). As these factors change your 2500 will remain level and parallel level to the ground.

PS: if you get auto level there is a special method that MUST be followed for your initial load leveling hitch to be setup. Most techs at dealerships and RV places have no concept of this method and will set you up incorrectly if you have this factory leveling on your truck. It's in the RAM manual but it is not the best description.
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PS: if you get auto level there is a special method that MUST be followed for your initial load leveling hitch to be setup. Most techs at dealerships and RV places have no concept of this method and will set you up incorrectly if you have this factory leveling on your truck. It's in the RAM manual but it is not the best description.
PlanB, could you provide a reference for this method? I couldn't find anything in my 2014 2500 manual regarding the initial setup.
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PS: if you get auto level there is a special method that MUST be followed for your initial load leveling hitch to be setup. Most techs at dealerships and RV places have no concept of this method and will set you up incorrectly if you have this factory leveling on your truck. It's in the RAM manual but it is not the best description.
I just ordered a RAM 2500 Laramie Cummins short bed. Do you have a better description of the correct initial setup?
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I waited 5 months until the auto leveling was available on the 2014. I'm very happy with it and enjoy the ride. Must have in my opinion.
Please be advised that several tests were made using automatic rear end leveling.

They "ALL" proved the same DISADVANTAGE.

When automatic leveling took place, the principle purpose of the load equalizing hitch was VOIDED by that system.

Further proof was the large number of roll over accidents that we (Caravanner Insurance) paid for when automatic leveling was used. Also improper inflated "air bags" and "air shocks" did the same thing, namely defeating the purpose of a load equalizing hitch.

Simply put, it took the bend out of the bars, meaning weight was not being properly transfered.

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PlanB, could you provide a reference for this method? I couldn't find anything in my 2014 2500 manual regarding the initial setup.
Go to the Ram Trucks Owners Manual access page.

Instructions are given beginning on page 646 for 2015 and page 694 for 2016.

It's interesting to note that the Ram instructions now have an implied 67% front axle load restoration for the 1500 models with air suspension and 50% for "All Other 1500(Non-Air Suspension)/2500/3500 Trucks".

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Greg, can you share with us the difference between the two systems?
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Alen,

The owners manual that comes with the RAMs I do not believe they come with the instructions. I have attached, I hope, a pasted together PDF images out of the online RAM manual for air suspension adjustment with a WDH.

The RAM online manual is much more robust with info. than the paper form. Here is the link to their web site to select your vehicle. This is where I got the info:

Ram Trucks Owners Service Manuals

Note: the 2500 instructions (air suspension) for weight distributing hitches is very vague. Also read the instructions for the 1500 too, also included. The measurements for initial adjustment are different, that makes since, but it does not mention to turn off the load leveling air suspension before making these initial adjustments, as it notes for the 1500 and I am accustomed to. I would suggest putting the 2500 into JACK MODE, but it does not mention this and thus makes no since to me. The 1500 does mention the JACK mode. The physics are the same between both trucks so JACK mode makes since to me or the 2500 will be fighting to correct you when adjusting for the WDH setup. Hope this makes since and the attached file works. My attachment is from the 2016 RAM user manual. same instructions as the 2015.

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Please be advised that several tests were made using automatic rear end leveling.

They "ALL" proved the same DISADVANTAGE.

When automatic leveling took place, the principle purpose of the load equalizing hitch was VOIDED by that system.

Further proof was the large number of roll over accidents that we (Caravanner Insurance) paid for when automatic leveling was used. Also improper inflated "air bags" and "air shocks" did the same thing, namely defeating the purpose of a load equalizing hitch.

Simply put, it took the bend out of the bars, meaning weight was not being properly transfered.

Andy
Andy, would you please share with us these studies you mention? If true these would be important to know. Per my noting in this thread, most RV centers and Ram dealers have NO idea how to setup properly the Ram factory air suspension when using a WDH. As i noted, if JACK mode is not initiated for the initial setup then the purpose and dynamics of the WDH will basically be nullified. Is this dangerous, I can't say, but putting into Jack mode,then adjusting, then the air suspension will only supplement the WDH +/- has the payload changes on the TV. How this is would intice roll over would be interesting. I wonder how all the semis handle running on air?
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