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Old 12-23-2012, 10:24 PM   #1
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1993 Magna, driving on uneven surfaces.

Is the Gillig Chassis on a 36' 1993 Magna capable of traveling on uneven surfaces when we are off pavment desert riding. It looks like it sits pretty low, but I do see on the auto leveling 8 bag system there is a raise feature, Does that mean I can manually raise the coach to give larger clearance over bumps and valleys.

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Old 12-24-2012, 11:02 AM   #2
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If you have the HWH system like my coach does you can indeed raise the coach to get over high clearance problems. But once you start to drive it will auto re level itself. We take our 42' tag Affinity to Quartsite every year and park it in the desert. We go over big bumps and valleys to get where we park.

Last month I bottomed out on a bad driveway. I just pushed the raise button till I could clear and drove on.

Hitting stuff with the bottom of your coach can get very expensive. For much more on this check out the excellent blog wheelingit and their adventures with a 40' class A dp. They almost always park in boon dock situations.

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Old 12-24-2012, 11:41 PM   #3
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You can raise the coach with the leveling system however your speed is limited. When the coach is raised, the angle of the drive shaft in relation to the motor and transmission is at a greater angle which could damage the U joints at higher speed.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:46 AM   #4
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I expect if I am pulling off to the side of the road and lifting the coach because of a few bumps to avoid high centering my speed would be running at a slow creep.
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