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Old 09-18-2015, 02:42 PM   #1
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Air suspension on 2015 Grand Tour

Has anyone ridden in the back on coach that had the optional air suspension?

Any negatives to the twin interior verses the rear couch? Thanks,,
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Old 09-18-2015, 04:11 PM   #2
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I rented a Sprinter Van from Advanced RV with the air suspension and it was a dramatic improvement versus my Sprinter Store upgraded Airstream Interstate. The entire ride was smoother and more enjoyable. It felt much more like a car. There was less noise inside from things bouncing around. I was much less stressed driving it. I also thought it was substantially better with cross winds. I was able to steer having one finger on the wheel versus my white knuckle grip on my Interstate.

For the Lounge versus Twin argument, there are many threads discussing this. My two cents are that you should get the Lounge only if you need the additional seating and if you primarily use it as a daily driver. It's probably slightly more in demand too because it appears flexible and it may affect resale value. However, I think the twin is far easier since the bed is always down and made and will be much more comfortable. It's also easier to get in and out of especially at night. The new Twin Grand Tour can be made into a King bed if you wish so I think it's the clear choice unless you require the additional seat belts.
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:21 PM   #3
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I would agree with migriffin's comments about twin vs. lounge bed. I have a lounge because we often use the rear seats to haul the family and friends. I converted it to a twin because it's easier to get out of than a large bed.

Every thing I've read about the full air suspension indicates it works great, but I have no first hand experience.


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Old 09-18-2015, 11:19 PM   #4
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Great responses. Thanks.

One question one question for Boxter-how did you Convert it to a twin?
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Old 09-19-2015, 10:04 AM   #5
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Bob,
There is an entire thread on the twin vs lounge bed issue. See this thread.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/1663507-post.html

I posted pictures of my bed mod stating at post # 22 in this thread.

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Old 09-20-2015, 03:32 PM   #6
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There's one other consideration no-ones mentioned so far: the ability to carry more behind the lounge is lost with twin beds. I cart around a couple of folding bikes, a couple of folding chairs, tools, electric tire pump, etc. Not sure I could get those inside with twins, and certainly not out of sight.



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Old 09-21-2015, 11:03 AM   #7
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I own a 2015 Interstate Lounge purchased new in November. We use it for day trips with our children and grandchildren. It has been mostly problem free and we enjoy it. Not so enjoyable is the ride for the people in the back. When the 2016 came out with air suspension we test rode one and found it to be a night verses day better ride. We looked at retrofitting it but it would require the removal of most of the tanks and generator to do the installation. We had concerns about having problems with the coach after the installation. Neither I nor my wife are mechanical at all.

I decided to trade in my coach for a new 2016. I will be picking it up in a few weeks. I now have concerns after reading all the horor stories about electrical, generator, A/C, macerator and other problems. Further, I recently visited the Jackson Center Airstream facility and saw an Interstate being assembled. It is a small assembly line with three stations. They allow each unit to be at the station for two hours. If longer is required they pull it off to the side. All the installation is done manually with many workers screwing things on running wires etc. One can see how easily something could be missed or misinstalled.

Now wondering if I made a mistake and should have done the retrofit.
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Now wondering if I made a mistake and should have done the retrofit.
ALL decisions can be second-guessed. If you had done the retrofit, you'd still be asking if you should have done the trade-in instead.

My advice is the classic, "Don't worry. Be happy." If you have problems with your new Interstate, you'll deal with them, with help from your friends here on the AirForums. Just like an airplane or a boat, an RV is a just collection of parts that usually all agree to move in more-or-less the same direction, and so problems are inevitable when one part decides it doesn't want to play well with the others. The best campfire stories aren't about how you didn't have problems; they're how you did have problems, but solved them and had fun anyway.
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Old 09-22-2015, 12:01 PM   #9
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I just called Airstream and was told they don't offer an air suspension retrofit. I have a message into one of the service writers, but in the meantime, has anyone talked with Airstream service on this? Anyone had it done? Suggestions for whom to contact?
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I received a return call from Chris (didn't catch last name), who stated categorically that it's only offered on new manufacture coaches, no "after market" installation.
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I also asked Airstream when I was at Jackson Center and they said no. They do actually install them in the service bays for the units that will go on the assembly line. There is nothing underneath so an easier job

I spoke with Advanced RV in Ohio and they do retrofit the exact same air suspension system. However, they have to remove all the underneath fixtures (tanks, pipes, generator) and then reinstall them.
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I also asked Airstream when I was at Jackson Center and they said no. They do actually install them in the service bays for the units that will go on the assembly line. There is nothing underneath so an easier job

I spoke with Advanced RV in Ohio and they do retrofit the exact same air suspension system. However, they have to remove all the underneath fixtures (tanks, pipes, generator) and then reinstall them.
Did they quote ha price?
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You can plan on spending about $10,000 on a full air suspension retrofit. Advanced RV is an authorized installer for the VB-Air Suspension system. The Sprinter Store (Upscale Automotive) in the Portland, OR area as sells and installed a competing system made by Glide-Rite. Both systems are reported to be approved by Mercedes for Sprinter installations.


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Old 09-23-2015, 01:29 PM   #14
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When I spoke to Advanced they also mentioned the $10,000 range but could not provide an exact quote. They wanted to see the unit (which is understandable) and indicated the quote would be on a time charge basis because of the unknowns of removing items for the retrofit. Advanced produces their own Sprinter based motor homes (very high end) and has done other retrofits.
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