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Old 11-24-2016, 10:00 AM   #1
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Air bags and alignment

I had an alignment performed. was out 2 degrees, so you know what happened to my tires. Handles better and does not wipe out the tires but told it has to have front air bags, they no longer exist. This is a P32 2001 Georgie boy 32 foot, any thoughts
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Old 11-24-2016, 10:24 AM   #2
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The air bags may have been replaced with coil springs that are based on the weight of your coach. The replacements are Blue in color and some of the originals are also blue. Does the front end look low? Does it bottom out on bumps? The air bags fit inside the coil springs. If airbags were installed previously they would have had to be removed, not easy to do. If it needs them the frond end would look really low.
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I do not know if your springs will now accept air bags. Anyway these are the ones I used as replacements
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I used a strap wrench to install the air bags in previous MH. Just evacuate the air then turn and push
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I just replaced the airbags on my 89 P30. No matter what people say, it is a pain. Make sure you view the videos on YouTube. I had to use a heatgun and a ton of zipties but it is something a novice can do. Don't forget the trailer jacks.

I can't believe someone would go to all the trouble of removing the old bags without replacing them. That was by far the hardest part, using a ripsaw, razor knife and needlenose vice grips to get them out. Also, you should still have, or see evidence of, the original air hoses and fittings that were installed unless they pulled those out, too.
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Old 11-26-2016, 08:58 AM   #6
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I had an alignment performed. was out 2 degrees, so you know what happened to my tires. Handles better and does not wipe out the tires but told it has to have front air bags, they no longer exist. This is a P32 2001 Georgie boy 32 foot, any thoughts
The alignment shop should have ride height specs which should be checked and corrected before performing an alignment. Adding air bags and changing the ride height now will change the alignment and negate what you just had done.
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I just replaced the airbags on my 89 P30. No matter what people say, it is a pain. Make sure you view the videos on YouTube. I had to use a heatgun and a ton of zipties but it is something a novice can do. Don't forget the trailer jacks.

I can't believe someone would go to all the trouble of removing the old bags without replacing them. That was by far the hardest part, using a ripsaw, razor knife and needlenose vice grips to get them out. Also, you should still have, or see evidence of, the original air hoses and fittings that were installed unless they pulled those out, too.
Ours originally came with air bags which lasted about 10 years before dry rotting and disintegrating. There were just a few fragments of the bags left when i replaced with new. I'd imagine that there might not be any sign of the bags if i had kept driving for another year or two.

I was concerned about alignment when i replaced the bags myself. Decided i'd install the bags and then make a decision on alignment. Aired then up to 90 lbs and didn't notice any change in ride height. Took the rig out for a test drive and found the ride to be good with a slight pull to the right on crowned roads. I know, not scientific or fool proof by any means, but i figured i'd let it suffice. Had new tires installed last year and am definitely keeping an eye on them. So far, so good!.
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