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wachuko 09-26-2017 05:53 AM

Something else that I forgot to add... bright red LED strip on the front TV/Screen... can't count the times I hit that sucker while looking at the unit they had at the local dealer :angry::lol: . I don't even know why we need that one there? Most likely a newbie reaction, but thinking about removing that one...

On another note, saw that my wife had downloaded an app for RV parks and places... and already has a list of local parks to visit :brows: She has bought into it and is excited to start using it. Woohooo!!!

TayaraTravel 09-26-2017 06:07 AM

Regarding lumps in the bed, we have no topper and don't find them troublesome. We use the RV Superbag https://www.rvsuperbag.com/

FlyFishinRVr 09-26-2017 11:04 AM

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Originally Posted by wachuko (Post 2013380)
And the suggestion of finding a spot/parking where the rear of the AI can overhang, to keep it from sticking out so much, was great.

Just be VERY careful when doing this. It is really easy to scrape the propane "box", or tear it off entirely. Until you crawl under there, or try to, you have no idea of just how little ground clearance there is back there. :blush:

c21bill 09-26-2017 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by FlyFishinRVr (Post 2013570)
Just be VERY careful when doing this. It is really easy to scrape the propane "box", or tear it off entirely. Until you crawl under there, or try to, you have no idea of just how little ground clearance there is back there. :blush:

Good point. I have my wife go back and check for clearance when backing over a curb or parking stop.

wachuko 09-26-2017 11:44 AM

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Just be VERY careful when doing this. It is really easy to scrape the propane "box", or tear it off entirely. Until you crawl under there, or try to, you have no idea of just how little ground clearance there is back there. :blush:

Valid point... did not think about that. Looking under it (photos found online), there are a lot of places where things can get impacted... I am also seeing some components that are quite exposed... probably should make some sort of shields to avoid accidents...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1506447811

Boxster1971 09-26-2017 12:12 PM

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Originally Posted by FlyFishinRVr (Post 2013570)
Just be VERY careful when doing this. It is really easy to scrape the propane "box", or tear it off entirely. Until you crawl under there, or try to, you have no idea of just how little ground clearance there is back there. :blush:


I've lost one LP fill panel cover rolling over a big pothole and damaged another backing over a snow bank. That panel behind the RH rear tires is the lowest point under the van and very vulnerable. I considered trying move it higher for better clearance, but that meant unhooking the LP fill line which requires emptying the tank. I added air bags to rear axle that allow me to raise the rear for better clearance.

The low point in the middle are not as vulnerable.

wachuko 09-26-2017 12:44 PM

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I've lost one LP fill panel cover rolling over a big pothole and damaged another backing over a snow bank. That panel behind the RH rear tires is the lowest point under the van and very vulnerable. I considered trying move it higher for better clearance, but that meant unhooking the LP fill line which requires emptying the tank. I added air bags to rear axle that allow me to raise the rear for better clearance.

The low point in the middle are not as vulnerable.

Thank you FlyFishinRVr and Mike... very clear now with this photo...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1506451398

I did order it with the air ride... but can't risk forgetting to raise and taking all that out in the process...

FlyFishinRVr 09-26-2017 12:56 PM

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I added air bags to rear axle that allow me to raise the rear for better clearance.

I thought I read somewhere that with the air ride, you can stop the van and raise the back up, but the moment you put it in drive or reverse, it automatically goes back to a "normal" ride height. If true, would the air ride really provide a benefit when parking, or does it just naturally ride a bit higher? Even 1" would be a big help..... :blush:

Boxster1971 09-26-2017 01:05 PM

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I thought I read somewhere that with the air ride, you can stop the van and raise the back up, but the moment you put it in drive or reverse, it automatically goes back to a "normal" ride height. If true, would the air ride really provide a benefit when parking, or does it just naturally ride a bit higher? Even 1" would be a big help..... :blush:

That is true with the VB Airsuspension. Someone who has it on their van will have to clarify if it can be used to raise the rear in such situations to back over a curb. I installed a pair of Dunlop airbags that I sourced from the UK. With my remote controlled AirLift compressor I can adjust the ride height manually from the drivers seat.

FlyFishinRVr 09-26-2017 01:28 PM

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That is true with the VB Airsuspension. Someone who has it on their van will have to clarify if it can be used to raise the rear in such situations to back over a curb. I installed a pair of Dunlop airbags that I sourced from the UK. With my remote controlled AirLift compressor I can adjust the ride height manually from the drivers seat.

Good to know Mike, thanks! I thought the VB system was the only one that would work with our vans, so it's good to know there are options. :wally:

MISGM 09-27-2017 03:40 AM

Hello All: New to forum and posting - I too have just purchased a 2018 AI and bought the metal stems for my duallys. I need a recommendation from folks for a competent installer on east coast (yes I have the Alcoa Wheels).. Thanks in advance...

wachuko 09-27-2017 05:26 AM

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One more thing: new dually tire valves. Checking and airing up the duallys is a PITA. Heres a link:
http://yourtireshopsupply.com/produc...yvalve-dl1spal

Im assuming the 2018 still has the Alcoa aluminum wheels.

A few $ less from eBay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dually-16-St...-/361945587746

Lineolated 09-27-2017 05:29 AM

Discount Tire in Richmond VA installed mine in new tires I purchased. They did a good job; Id go back.

wachuko 09-27-2017 05:32 AM

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Hello All: New to forum and posting - I too have just purchased a 2018 AI and bought the metal stems for my duallys. I need a recommendation from folks for a competent installer on east coast (yes I have the Alcoa Wheels).. Thanks in advance...

Can't help there, newbie here as well without my rig as I wait for delivery...

I ordered them and was going to ask the dealer to install them before delivery... Not sure what they would charge for this. Remove wheels, remove tire (or push to have the access without removing the wheel), install, guessing they will need to balance the wheels if the tire rotates in the rim, install it all back...

Welcome to the forum!!!


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