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Old 05-19-2014, 07:50 PM   #1
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P-30 air bags

I'm sure this must have been covered elsewhere, but the search didn't come up with anything. Sorry if it has been discussed to death previously.

Our new to us 1997 Landyacht 30 is in need of new air bags.

We called our local Chev dealer and got a price of $330 - for one!! This is for the original equipment part.

We can buy these else where for a similar price, but for a pair.

Firestone sells their 4100 at a much better price, around $100 a pair.

Is the Firestone product as good as the Chev? Guess we want to know if there is a good reason to spend the extra $200.

Thank you to anyone who can help out.
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:01 PM   #2
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Buy either Firestone or Airlift bags, they are all about the same and can be had for about $100 a pair. The most difficult thing is getting the old bags out. There is really no easy way. To get the new bags in remove the valve core and squeeze all the air out. Lubricate them with hand soap and twist them like you would squeeze the water out of a wet rag and while twisted kind of screw them in through the hole in the bottom "A" frame. Once you get it started they just screw right in with very little fuss.
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Dan's got it right. I've used airlift and there are great. His install method is what I did to install mine. Getting the old ones out is not a problem: just cut them up with a knife and grab the pieces with vise grips to pull out. You could spray them with soapy water for lubrication. Good luck.
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:40 PM   #4
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I used an old bread knife, serated edge made it easier, by the second one it was easier as I cut between each spring coil and like woodytwo said just use vise grips to pull long strip. Ebay had better prices than you quote. Reason mine had to be replace is that AS and/or PO didn't make sure they were centered before fully inflating and the end of the coil rubbed holes in the bags.
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put my airbags in boiling water, they were very soft to fold and easier to install. Get the cheap ones they are exactly the same.
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put my airbags in boiling water, they were very soft to fold and easier to install. Get the cheap ones they are exactly the same.
Had forgot about that, DW thought I was cooking dinner, until she saw what I was cooking couldn't understand why, but I had read about it and it is the only way to make them pliable, I used screw clamps to hold shape and was able to push them up the coil bottom opening, just unscrewing the clamps as it went in.
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