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Old 06-02-2019, 08:55 PM   #1
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2000 Monaco La Palma air suspension

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I just found out that my 2000 La Palma has an air ride suspension, but there's no information about it in any of the documentation that came with the RV. I just happened to notice the valves mounted to the fender well and saw the "bags" in place of the OEM suspension. Any help would be appreciated. Randy

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Old 06-03-2019, 06:23 AM   #2
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If you mean valves as in Schrader valves used for wiring up tires, then my guess is that it's an after market setup installed by the previous owner. If the original leaf springs are still in place then I'd guess these were a supplemental kit.

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Old 06-03-2019, 06:36 AM   #3
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Also, I just Googled "2000 Monaco LaPalma" and found a PDF file of the sales brochure on the RVUSA web site. Unfortunately I couldn't copy a link to the site to add to this post. It says your rig rides on a Ford Chassis with leaf springs. Those air bag must have been an after market add on. Your leaf springs are very likely still there otherwise there would be no way to keep your axles in position without extensive modification.
Basic rule of thumb on supplemental air bags is to keep a minimum of 5 to 10 psi in them when lightly loaded. Add air as needed to assist in controlling spring sag and to firm up the ride.
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Old 06-03-2019, 12:51 PM   #4
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Old 06-29-2019, 01:37 PM   #5
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Air suspension

I learned my 2000 Monaco has an aftermarket air suspension system. I donít see any switches for an on board compressor and there are inflation valves installed in the fender flanges. If I buy small pancake compressor, should I get 110vac or 12 vac? Thanks
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I have had these on our last RV. They hardly take any air and build pressure fast. Some systems even tell you to use a hand pump. I like an inexpensive 110v pump that I can plug into the outlet on the outside of the RV. I have also used a self contained battery operated pump.

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