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Old 07-09-2005, 06:52 AM   #1
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I need to replace the airbags in my 1989 370LE. I've just emailed Airstream for the manufacturers name, part numbers and price.

I'd like to do the work myself, but am clueless as to where to begin. Does anyone have any documentation, tech manual info or anything else regarding removal/install they would share with me? Also, if someone could explain how the airbag system works and where the various componnents are located would be helpful. I realize I may have to take it to a dealer to get the work done, but I'd like to try it first.

Any hellp is gretaly appreciated.

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Nick,

Are you doing the front or rear bags? The process is simple in either case, but it is different.
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Old 07-09-2005, 08:49 AM   #3
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I want to do both.
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But, WHY do you need to replace your airbags?
Be prepared to pay a bundle for them. Each!
Also be aware, in case of bag deployment, often times an insurance company will... how to put this? If you install new bags for any reason, (and "you" means you, personally, not a garage) and during an accident they fail to function, the insurance will not cover injuries caused by that, or the cost of installing new ones!

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Because I had an Airstream dealer look at them and he said they need to be replaced.

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But, WHY do you need to replace your airbags?
Be prepared to pay a bundle for them. Each!
Also be aware, in case of bag deployment, often times an insurance company will... how to put this? If you install new bags for any reason, (and "you" means you, personally, not a garage) and during an accident they fail to function, the insurance will not cover injuries caused by that, or the cost of installing new ones!

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Elizabeth....they mean the SUSPENSION airbags not the safety ones

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Hello Nick,

I purchased my rear airbags from Fleetpride. The part number is W01-358-5405. They run about $120 each. The front airbags can be found at Camper's Choice for $72.95. This includes both bags and extension kit.
The part number is S047. I will pm you with install instructions.

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Old 07-09-2005, 11:34 AM   #8
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I need to replace the airbags in my 1989 370LE....I'd like to do the work myself, but am clueless as to where to begin. Does anyone have any documentation, tech manual info or anything else regarding removal/install they would share with me? Also, if someone could explain how the airbag system works and where the various componnents are located would be helpful. I realize I may have to take it to a dealer to get the work done, but I'd like to try it first....
Nick:

Don't know how much of the Chevy P-30 technology transfers to your Gillig chassis, but for the Front Bag change-out check out this thread.

http://www.airforums.com/forum...t=front+airbag

I did the fronts, and would do it again.

Rear bag system here:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ghlight=airbag

and here:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ghlight=airbag

The operation of the leveling jacks will temporarily deflate your rear airbags since the sensor for the air bag auto fill is actually mounted on the tag axel (again, I am talking P-30 frames and tag mounts). When the rear end is "lifted" by the leveling jacks the tag angle increases, giving the main rear air bag control valves an indication the rear suspension bags have too much pressure, and will then bleed ALL of the pressure out of the air bags.

A bit of movement (and a full volume tank) will bring things back to normal. When the main suspension bags are totally deflated my main axle support is actually resting on the frame.
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Elizabeth....they mean the SUSPENSION airbags not the safety ones

Aaron
Duh, do I feel dumb! (Hitting self on forehead with heel of hand!)
SUSPENSION airbags are easy to replace! No big deal there! While I haven't actually done it myself, I have handed the tools to the mechanic..... VBG!!

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Many thanks to all of you for your help. I'll verify the Part numbers with Airsteam if they can.


I'll also check out the threads.

Thanks again...........
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lots of luck . airstream will give you their numbers. and their inflated prices. that has been my experience.
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Old 07-09-2005, 09:23 PM   #12
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Try Fleetpride for your chassis as well. Also, if you being in your old bags to any decent truck parts shop they can match them for you. I'm always amazed at how these guys know "exactly" what it I I drop on their counter - scary, but cheaper than a dealer or the factory
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Old 07-09-2005, 09:46 PM   #13
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Thanks for the tips. I haven't been able to access Fleetpride's web site. I keep getting a message that the site is not available. I'll try again later.
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