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Old 06-19-2003, 04:58 PM   #1
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Suspension question

Yet another for you folks...

My 79 Excella 28 is behaving like Galloping Gurdy, when I hit bumps in the road it's hold on time. I'm thinking I need new shocks in the front (got new in back). Any thoughts on heavy duty shock? I'm sure having fie batteries in the front is also not helping...

Any thoughts there?

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Old 06-19-2003, 05:21 PM   #2
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Air Bags

Are your Air Bags in the front pumped with 55 psi ? if not try that
I would put Blisteen shocks on it you can get them at automotive parts house for P-30 GM Chassis.
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Old 06-19-2003, 05:36 PM   #3
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Suspension

Well, there are actually no air bags in teh front... just springs and shocks.
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Old 06-19-2003, 05:47 PM   #4
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I think you found the problem

I think you have found part of the problem My 79 excella has
the air bags front and back and I think that's the way it came from the factory. I recommend replacing the shocks and then install new air bags and you will love the difference in the ride.
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All Airstream Motorhomes had "air bags" installed within the front springs.

The front end, at time of manufacture by Airstream was aligned with 55 pounds of air pressure in the bags.

To remove or underinflating them causes severe vertical bounce when hitting the smallest of dips.

LOSS OF CONTROL, can happen, as a result.


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Old 06-20-2003, 03:39 PM   #6
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OK, great to know. What is the brand/ model number, and where can I get me some. Are they an item that I could install myself with some mechanical skills?

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Air bags are usually not hard to find..

Our part number is 12810.


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FIRESTONE airbags are available at www.campingworld.com as well as many RV supply houses.
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Great, I got some, and am instaling them today.

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When we first got our MH we were bringing her home and as we started to enter thr freeway we hit a relativily small bump and she shook so hard we had to come to a complete stop. It happened a few more times we had done the airbag thing aligned the front etc. Finally we got a good front end guy and he said some bushing was worn out and replaced them with something (I apoligize I can't remember and we are in Kauai so I can't look it up til we get home) I know they were blue but long story short it solved the problem that was 8 years ago.
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