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Old 08-28-2014, 04:21 PM   #1
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P32 front air bags

I just went to check the air pressure on my front air bags and both were bad. The air came out just as fas as I was putting it in. I have a 2003 p32 workhorse chassis. What and where can I purchase new air bags. And are they something I can do on my own? What kind of cost am I looking at for the 2 air bags? Thanks
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Old 08-28-2014, 04:27 PM   #2
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2 Air Bags = $100
You can do it.
Here's the directions: Air Bag Replacement - JdFinley.com
Here's a post to reference your options:
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Thank you so much! To think I have only had this unit 5 months. I was told by the last and original owner it was in perfect condition. I guess it will be for the next owner.
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2 Air Bags = $100
You can do it.
Here's the directions: Air Bag Replacement - JdFinley.com
Here's a post to reference your options:
Air bag suspension
Where can I buy the air bags?
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Where can I buy the air bags?
Amazon, free shipping for kit, but only used bags, less work as other parts were good.

I used the boil the bag method, but added 3 screw clamps to keep it in a tight bundle to slip in the bottom opening. loosening each clamp as it went past the opening.
Mine needed replacing due to previous installer didn't center and top of coil spring rubbed a hole.
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:23 PM   #6
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Look up 'AirLift 1000' on this site and get the part number:
1999 Chevrolet Motorhome Air Bag Suspension Kits | Air Lift Company
This linked example if filled in for my 16,500 lb P32.
After you get the P/N, do a Web search for the best price - Amazon has them.
I recommend installing the remote filler lines if you don't have them. If you do, you can just order/install the air bags.
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Easy-peasy...use lotsa dishsoap...
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When do you cut the wrap ties?
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As I'm pushing the bag up in to the hole...in fact I found using a bottle jack the last three inches helped a lot. They have 100lbs in 'em...28 months so far...purchased from Amazon.
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I found the tie wraps loosen up as the Air Bag is 'screwed' up into the hole. You can cut them when loose, but I let them slip down to the next tie wrap and snugged them up for some added squeeze on the air bag.
A few remembered hints:
Make sure you have a cup of soapy water under the RV with you to lube the Air Bag and hole as it goes in.
For me, the hard part was keeping the top bag protectors in place. One of my top bag protectors fell out just as the air bag 'poped' in the last few inches - Took me a half hour to get it back in place. I taped the 2nd one on the bag (when the bag was 2/3 way in) and then just left the tape on.
Last - make sure you jack the entire front end up so the tires are off the ground when you install the new air bags. Then after installation (with front end still up) air up the air bags to 90PSI or so, let the air out, and air them back up the 2nd time to what ever pressure you use (I use 70psi with my 454 engine). I think Mr. Finley's directions has this in them - make sure you do it to get the wrinkles out.
It's not a hard job, but it will try your patience. Just keep at it - don't give up.
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You can pick up either the Firestone or AirLift bags for $90-$100 with free shipping from a number of online sources. They are very similar quality products. I just got a set of Firestones from truckspring.com
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I ordered the air lift kit for the front of my Hurricane. I've been given lots of advise on how to install them. What I need to know is whats the best way to get the old air bags out from inside the springs. Thanks
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I used a sharp long knife and sliced the heck out of them, then pulled out the pieces.

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I ordered the air lift kit for the front of my Hurricane. I've been given lots of advise on how to install them. What I need to know is whats the best way to get the old air bags out from inside the springs. Thanks
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I used a sharp long knife and sliced the heck out of them, then pulled out the pieces.
Thanks, I guess that will be my project for today.
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