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Old 09-17-2017, 07:40 PM   #1
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Harsh ride

just bought a class a national seabreeze lx 22.5 wheels Michelin tires new condition with air bags 17,100 miles on the coach. Ford f53 v10 power. We drove to Seattle from LA 1st morning after we bought it. As it turned out i blew my hip out and never left the coach for 12 days. Not being able to check air pressures that dealer was supposed to do, i had to trust they did it. When I got back, wife pumping the gas many times, I had friends check and no air in air bags. I was actually happy that the harsh ride had a reason. or am I wishfully thinking? I'm new to all this and would like to know if the ride is improved that much with the bags and what pressure should I run in them.I am out of commission for a few months but itching to get back on the road. also is a pump worth having to alter the pressures while driving? Thanks,Mike
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You should never drive your coach, or any coach with air suspension, with no air in the airbags, except maybe a short distance in an emergency. Rook
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Old 09-17-2017, 09:38 PM   #3
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Yes, your ride will better with air in the air bags. An on board pump would be ideal as you play with the pressure a bit. Hopefully someone can tell you the correct pressure to run.
Sorry to hear about your hip and hopefully you will get better soon.
To bad the dealers incompetence may have cost you an air bag thru no fault of your own.

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Harsh ride

You didn't post a year for your coach or location for air bags, but the gas chassis didn't come with air bags and when they were present they were to help level the coach not improve ride.

One that greatly affects ride quality is tire pressure. Have coach weighed loaded up to run down the road with you and wife in it. Then look up your tires on the manufacturers website. It will give you recommended air pressure for your load.
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I installed airlift on my 2013 Thor Hurricane 33g on all suspension, front and back. My final set up 4 airbags, one compressor and 2 dual pressure gauges with 4 individual manual pressure switch. I set the pressure on front left and right at 25psi and the back left and right at 45psi. Just make sure each air bag has each own pressure. With this pressures, my RV raises by almost half an inch front and back.
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Curious, you say you drove from L.A. to Seattle first morning. How long did that take you?

I'd for sure check the tire air pressures. Over inflated tires will cause bad ride and poor handling.

Weigh your RV and set the tire pressure based on the tire manufacturers recommendation.
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We took our son his wife and grand baby to Seattle for his new job. We left on Saturday morning and got there Monday evening. Tough ride on the clock for his first day Tuesday at work. Took a slower trip back 5 days 4 nights. Thanks for your input I will do as you say as soon as I am able.
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I have a 1998 Sea Breeze and have air bags in the front coil springs @50 psi.
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