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Old 08-09-2012, 01:57 PM   #29
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Question The Right Parts?

Yet another excellent thread!
We learned recently that both airbags, front and back have holes in them. I'm figuring holes cannot be repaired?

And if we do remove the bags, I'll be tempted to send smartstream's guide for installation to the mechanic! That is just one of the wonderful things I learn here that I would never have expected to find anywhere. What great tips, you-folks, thanks!

So are there choices that have to be made about replacement airbags? Or is there basically one kind? We already have the system in place so I'm figuring I do not need to go the "Summit Racing an Airlift 1000 kit part number 81560 for 89 bucks" route, right?

And I imagine this would not be a great candidate for used parts?!

This is for a 1986 345 moho, by the way.

Thanks all, for any pointers on this. Actually, I"m not even all that sure about the condition of the springs or shocks, but the general mechanic (not AS specialist) going over the coach didn't mention that these need replacing.

Any thoughts on this, most appreciated.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:04 AM   #30
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The front bags are made by a couple of companies and are the same just different colors. Yes $90 is about what they cost per pair. I priced buying one bag and it was almost as much as the whole kit, now I have a spare bag.

Check out this thread
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f311...t-s-87273.html
It is all you will ever want to know about your air bags. Truckspring is a great source with lots of info.

Cheers, Dan
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:36 AM   #31
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I have weighed several classics to optimize the Tire Pressure. Most need 75 PSI or more in the front tires which run pretty close to maximum load. The rears usually only need 45-60 depending on the model. If you go drive one of the new square boxes with a straight front axle you will be pretty impressed with the ride of the Airstream.

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Andrew,
Thanks for the great advice. Honestly, I've only walked through the new square boxes at RV shows, but never riden in one. Your comment just makes me want to ride or drive one even worse. Believe I'm getting my beast out for a 60 or so mile round trip drive on Sunday, just to do a shake-down. Will adjust tire pressures and front air bag pressures before heading out, just to see if there's any difference.
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Old 08-11-2012, 01:33 PM   #33
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When I bought my 345 the PO picked us up in Witchita in a newer Class C motorhome, and we had a 4 hour drive to get to Dodge City.
After 4 hours of buffeting, and swaying in that, we got ito the Airstream, and the ride was very different.
I know its not comparing eggs with eggs, but even my buddy commented that the 25 year old Airstream felt more "All together" and better built. It rattled less, wandered less, felt more stable, and did better in crosswinds we both felt.
Later I found out that I had no air in the front airbags, so it should have been even better!
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When I bought my 345 the PO picked us up in Witchita in a newer Class C motorhome, and we had a 4 hour drive to get to Dodge City.
After 4 hours of buffeting, and swaying in that, we got ito the Airstream, and the ride was very different.
I know its not comparing eggs with eggs, but even my buddy commented that the 25 year old Airstream felt more "All together" and better built. It rattled less, wandered less, felt more stable, and did better in crosswinds we both felt.
Later I found out that I had no air in the front airbags, so it should have been even better!
3 years ago when I drove the MH down from Oregon, I had no air in the front bags as well and I'm not sure the rear bags were bumping up either. Now that all is fixed, new front and rear bags, air compressor system working, new shocks, front suspension/steering fixed and front end aligned correctly, I have to say this all made a difference like between night and day! With the new front bags and inflated correctly, I have no porpoising or bottoming out at all.
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