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Old 09-25-2019, 11:58 PM   #1
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Air bag replacement

Pondering whether to replace the suspension air bags on my 14 year old chassis. Wondering what would happen if one failed? Is the unit driveable? is the air brake system isolated from the air bags so it would function?
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Old 09-26-2019, 12:21 AM   #2
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Won't be able to build enough pressure to release the parking brake nor air up the suspension.
Time to call flatbed since it's really hard on a rig to be towed with no air suspension. I suppose it could be done though.
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I had RR air bag blow out while starting up for trip in my driveway. It was very loud and it took out shock. Had to call mobile guy to repair. He couldn't find replacement bag, had to order from Spartan. You can't drive with bag down and air line broken. This repair cost $$$$.
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Old 10-20-2019, 11:30 AM   #4
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My rear bags were getting weather checked upon inspection 3 years ago. Worse condition last year so had them replaced. Front bags were OK then but starting to show weather checking now. Will try to replace before heading west this winter. Availability of front bags seems to be a bit more limited now for my aging coach. Spartan (Charlotte) did not have in stock last week but could order for very high price. I found another source with help of iRV2 forum members for much lower cost.
I will purchase myself and Spartan will install for me.

I highly recommend you replace the bags before you have a failure.

Best of luck!

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Old 10-20-2019, 11:50 AM   #5
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Our Essex was 12 years old when we replaced all 6 air bags. They were very cracked and even can cause a accident if they blow out while driving. Did the job ourselves and wouldn't recommend that for 98% of owners. Do it now before the problem comes up.
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Cheaper Air Bags

Would you mind sharing where you got the cheaper air bags?
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I found another source for the front air bags for slightly less $$

SDTruckSprings.com.

$245 per bag with free shipping.

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Found some for $120 and free shipping for my 06 Beaver. Can look it up but think it was Finditparts or something close. If you want to pm me I will look it up
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Airbags have a rubber bumper inside for when deflated. With a unit like Monaco's which have 4 bags per axle you can block off a line either with a plug or can use a round or oval head screw. Take of airline at the bag, insert appropriate size screw and reattach airline. Will get you where you are going within reason. Only 2 bags per axle would probably work for short distance to get you to a safe place. Little trick that comes with experience. 43 years and 3 to 4 million miles driving truck. Been there done that. Good luck, Don
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Thanks Don, good tip. I just replaced the 1 inch line on 1 side in the front. I have the plug and cap used to test and isolate 1 bag. Will get what I need for the back and carry that as we’ll. Different lines altogether
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Found some for $120 and free shipping for my 06 Beaver. Can look it up but think it was Finditparts or something close. If you want to pm me I will look it up
Must be different # for your Beaver. W01 358 8760 bags are $263 each at FinditParts.com

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