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Old 05-02-2014, 07:57 PM   #29
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To me the biggest problem with the P-30 is the front suspension travel is very short. No matter what you do if you hit a bump or pothole you are going to hit the bump stop. If you get under there and look you will see everything is packed in pretty tight. If you want to remove the entire front suspension an design something new you may or may not be able to come up with something better. I just happen to have too many other things to occupy my mind so for now I'll live with what the good people a GM think is best.
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:49 AM   #30
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On the 34.5 the front end and front ride is greatly effected by the rear air bag level. After taking it to a frame shop for front end work w/parts replacement ($$$$) every year I learned about the rear air ride. The bag height was a good 1" below minimum. The best I could level it was to the minimum height (9 1/2"). Had to bend the adjusters to get it there.
With raising of the rear 6 years ago and new front coil springs/bump stops/air bags 4 years ago, I haven't needed any front end part replaced in 4 years.
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Old 05-05-2014, 08:06 AM   #31
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Front Suspension:
Though mine didn't have these or do I know if they were ever on my 'Silver Bullet', the Airstream manual does talk about the spring over shocks:
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:01 PM   #32
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Ok, well I'm still no convinced I should trade in mr Koni FSD's for AC Delco, or whatever the original shocks were... Just not sure what to do next. I will check airbag an tire pressure.
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:18 PM   #33
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Hi,
We just bought a 345 classic in Iowa and drove it after compleet Check at Adventure RV in Davenport to Baltimore MD. We shipped her then to Germany, she is on the ship now, ETA is may 28th!
We replaced all shok's by Billstein HD, added new air-lift helpersprings 1000 for the coils. The Tag-shok's were changed by Adventure RV with OEM parts, not really expensive these, about 60$ per shok. We bought all shok's from "shokwarehouse.com", very affordable, quick service!
There is no aftermarket shok for the Airstream-Henschen tag-axle, as far as i know.
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:11 PM   #34
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We just bought a 345 classic in Iowa and drove it after compleet Check at Adventure RV in Davenport to Baltimore MD. We shipped her then to Germany, she is on the ship now, ETA is may 28th!
We replaced all shok's by Billstein HD, added new air-lift helpersprings 1000 for the coils. The Tag-shok's were changed by Adventure RV with OEM parts, not really expensive these, about 60$ per shok. We bought all shok's from "shokwarehouse.com", very affordable, quick service!
There is no aftermarket shok for the Airstream-Henschen tag-axle, as far as i know.
Airstream motorhome tag axles use the exact same shock as the trailers.

Depending where you buy them, the go for less than $ 35.00 each.

The real issue is that the tag axle is a torsion axle, that only last about 25 years. In the case of the motorhomes, when the tag axle is done, it places an excessive amount of weight on the drive axle.

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Old 05-13-2014, 08:45 AM   #35
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There are some new shocks for sale in the classifieds that will fit your coach
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Old 05-14-2014, 06:15 AM   #36
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Napa has a listing for tag axle shocks . . . Napa know how lol
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Napa has a listing for tag axle shocks . . . Napa know how lol
Tag axle shocks are horizontal shocks, exactly the same as used on the trailers since 1969.

They are certainly cheap enough from some parts stocking dealers.

To my knowledge, no one has a proper replacement.

Vertical shocks do not work when mounted horizontally.

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Old 05-15-2014, 06:19 AM   #38
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There are two types of shocks ,I don't remember the exact name of each of these , but one is the common one that is used on auto truck apps . The other one is some kind of super high performance app which is big $$$$$. The high performance one has to be installed vertically . But the common one can be installed vertical , horizontal or upside down and will work . Example steering stab is a common shock . This all was said by Bilstein engineer at their Concord N.C. plant .
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Just got back form 4 day trip MH handled like a champ . New bilstein shocks and 70 lbs in front bags worked great.
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good to hear!!!!
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:43 PM   #41
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Just got back form 4 day trip MH handled like a champ . New bilstein shocks and 70 lbs in front bags worked great.
Glad to hear you had a great ride! Okay, and now for the questions. What model of bilstien did you install. How did you decide on 70lbs over the 55lbs that is recommended. I am looking to understand not criticize since I don't know squat!
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Talking Bilsteinshoks and Airlift

Hi Dave and Felicia,
I have missplaced my invoice, but you may find on the website from
- www.shokwarehouse.com - all informations. Go to the "search by vehicle" section, choose Chevrolet P30 + the year of your rig. Then you will see all options. We have bought the expensivest Bilstein HD shoks, they had. My thought was, "cheap can't be good"...! Maybe i am wrong, but anyhow, the Bilsteinshoks (HD!!!) where about 340,- Bucks front and rear only! I am from Germany, we will pay here this amount for only one pair in Euro, what we oayed there for both!
Our 345 drove very smooth then, Bill, the "old" owner was very surprised and impressed about the result if changing shoks. Tag axle is a OEM Airstreamshok!
The bags in frontcoil are from "Airlift", we put only 55 psi, like in manual, everything was fine.
By the way, shokwarehouse ship's free, if you order fr at least 90,-$ !!! The guy who served me was Carlos Escalante, he was very "handsome".
Have a great day.

P.S. Our "baby" is still on the ocean...! ETA is 27th of may, we count the days!!!
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