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Old 05-27-2016, 09:14 PM   #1
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Bad front airbag. What to do?

Left front air bag is leaking badly. Cannot air up that bag any longer. Others air up to some degree. Is it okay to drive it a few miles slowly? or is it flat bed time?

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Old 05-27-2016, 09:18 PM   #2
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Hello - will the front tire clear the fiberglass fender panel when you turn and lean when transitioning on to driveway apron ??

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Curious--do you know for a fact its the air bag--or perhaps it is the dump valve stuck open/leaking?????
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The tires clear the fenders turning the wheel lock to lock even with the airbag empty on this coach. That's not what I'm worried about I'm worried about damage to the suspension driving without the airbag inflated . I don't know if that is a problem if I go slow or not . It is definitely the airbag there is a hole in it you can feel and see.
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Old 05-28-2016, 10:23 AM   #5
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A competent truck mobile mechanic should be able to replace the bag in 1-2 hours at your location. Excessive rust and corrosion may add to the time.


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Maintaining enough air pressure to keep the park brake from engaging is the big issue, there are protection valves to keep about 65 PSI in the tanks for the brakes , but if they fail and you get below 45 PSI the park brake will come on WHERE EVER you are on the road.
With lower than optimum air pressure , braking power for the service brakes is reduced.
If your drive for service/repair, is only a few miles at slow speed , it's your call as to, try or not. But have a tow company on speed dial.
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Mobile Truck Mech would also be my choice. Had to do that with my last coach.
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Thank you all I hopefully have a mobile truck mechanic coming on Tuesday after the airbags arrive.
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SEE...broke down in your motorhome some where safe is always better than risky driving to a repair shop. I have found that mobile repair service is usually cheaper and your repair is not being done by the least qualified mech in the shop. And you get to stay in the rig watching tv while the repair is being done.
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SEE...broke down in your motorhome some where safe is always better than risky driving to a repair shop. I have found that mobile repair service is usually cheaper and your repair is not being done by the least qualified mech in the shop. And you get to stay in the rig watching tv while the repair is being done.
Lesson learned. At least for stuff like this. Some things you have to go to a shop.
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SEE...broke down in your motorhome some where safe is always better than risky driving to a repair shop. I have found that mobile repair service is usually cheaper and your repair is not being done by the least qualified mech in the shop. And you get to stay in the rig watching tv while the repair is being done.
Agree, last I lost all my steering and engine cooling fan ATF fluid, Coach Net would tow me on Monday but I opted to find a mobile mechanic service. I stayed cool in the rest area with my generator running and my direct allowed me to watch some sports so we were there a little over 24 hours. I called Cummins and they said they couldn't get to my coach for at least a week. I actually found two different mobile services that could get there on Monday. Worked for me.

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my coach manual says clearly that it's ok to drive to a shop in the event of airbag failure. there will be no damage to whatsoever.
check your manual, i bet it will say the same.
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I tried it recently. I would not at all advise driving very far or over any irregular surfaces of you have a bad leak. Depending on how bad the leak is from the blown airbag you may have no Springs whatsoever. It is possible to damage your suspension or knock your alignment out. If the leak is bad your other bags may not air up since it affects all the bags. If it's bad enough your brakes May lock up if the pressure drops low enough. Call a mobile truck repair service.
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my coach manual says clearly that it's ok to drive to a shop in the event of airbag failure. there will be no damage to whatsoever.
check your manual, i bet it will say the same.
Well I just had to check my 1995 Country Coach manual. (Its near 100 degrees again today so lots of time to waste....)

It says "IN THE EVENT OF THE FAILURE OF THE AIR BAGS.............. COUNTRY COACH RECOMMENDS TO MANEUVER THE VEHICLE TO A SAFE STOPPING AREA WHERE THE NECESSARY REPAIRS CAN BE MADE PRIOR TO CONTINUING TRAVEL. CONTINUED OPERATION OF THE VEHICLE MAY RESULT IN DAMAGE TO BOTH THE TRANSMISSION AND THE UNDERCARRIAGE."

(Yes, the manual's statement is in All Caps.)

So some CC owners may need to stop and not drive with the loss of an Air Spring. I suspect I will do so.
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