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Old 07-22-2014, 11:15 AM   #1
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Air suspension / leveling bags

We just bought a used 2009 Monaco Dynasty Regal IV, with 76,000 miles, in FL. We drove it to the Asheville NC area. On the trip, although it was smoother than my '07 Itasca gas, it was not as "shock absorbing" a ride as I expected, possibly my expectations were too high. However, it started me thinking that maybe after 76,000 miles the air bags were a little tired. The air leveling is Power Gear, I do not know about the suspesion. Does anyone have thoughts on whether the bags could, should be replaced? And if so what something like that would run?
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:26 AM   #2
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I have no idea how air bags would become "tired." They either fill with air or they leak. Air suspension is not a panacea; nothing, for example, can turn I-10 in Louisiana into a decent road! Air suspension eliminates a lot of the "jiggling" of a normal suspension, but even it has its limits!

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Old 07-22-2014, 11:33 AM   #3
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Might be time for new shock absorbers.
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:44 PM   #4
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First thing is to find out if you are running the correct tire pressures. In case you don't know the air pressure you use if you haven't weighed the rig is on a decal on the wall on the left side of the drivers seat. The best thing is to load up the rig with fuel and water and have it four cornered weighed. If you can't get that done the use a CAT scale at a truck stop and weigh each axle. Then look up your tires on the web and find the correct cold tire pressure for the weight. Some people fill them to the max amount written on the sidewall and that will make for a rough riding mh and bad handling
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:32 AM   #5
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The first thing to do is weigh the coach then check the tire pressure. You can download a tire pressure chart from the internet. Just go to your tire mfg's web site. The next step would be to verify the tires aren't wearing poorly. After that I'd look into new shocks. Unless your airbags are leaking, there is no need to change them. That won't change the ride.

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I too was expecting a much smoother ride when I bought the Windsor with the 8 air bags. I replaced the old shocks with the Bilsteins and it seemed to help with the rough ride and definitely stopped the "porpoising" that I was experiencing!

I think I may be running too much tire pressure and intend to pursue this more.

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Old 07-23-2014, 09:35 AM   #7
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Thanks all for the feed back.
I will have to get the coach weighed, when we get back to MI and put all our "stuff" in. I'll then have a better idea of what tire pressure I should be running.
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I replaced all six tires and checked weights, adjusted tire pressure to tire chart specs. Ride improved greatly over the nine years old tires.

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