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Old 06-21-2018, 04:57 AM   #1
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Ride Height Time

Recently test drove a new 2018 DSDP. After starting, air pressure built up in the normal amount of time. But the suspension took forever to reach ride height so we could be on our way. Salesman said it must be an issue that needs attention. Drove another identical coach and it did the same thing. This is the first Spartan chassis I have driven. Anyone have the same experience? Is this normal for Spartan chassis?
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Mine is an oldie but it takes about 7-10 mins to aire up from dumped.
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Had they both been sitting awhile with no air in tanks?
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I would imagine they both had been parked for a while. My only comparison is my current coach (FTL chassis) which reaches ride height in just a couple of minutes after tanks fill and this is after it has been parked for a few weeks. Since this occurred on two brand new coaches I assume that this must be normal. It just took a really long time to the point we thought something must be wrong. Thanks for the insight.
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My 2008 MM sometimes takes 45 minutes to reach ride height in the front.
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My 07 Meridian takes about 3 minutes at fast idle to go from zero to 130psi. If I just let it idle it takes forever - probably doesn't but seemed like it the first and only time I did it.
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My 2008 MM sometimes takes 45 minutes to reach ride height in the front.
45 minutes is not normal, I suggest it's time to have a HDT shop inspect your air system for leaks.
If you're a DIY guy, fill a spray bottle with kids bubble solution, crawl underneath and spray anything resembling an air line/fitting/bag/ etc. A dirty desiccant filter can cause this too. I found 4 air leaks on mine.

My MH takes about 7 minutes to air-up after draining the tanks of ALL air; at fast idle=1,200 RPM.
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I agree with you. 45 minutes tells me there is something wrong in CC Wanderer's coach. Wonder when he changed his Desiccant Filter last? And the first place I'd start with my spray bottle is the ride height valves up front.
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Spray bottle and soapy water. Good start. I'll also look into changing the filter mentioned above.
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Spray bottle and soapy water. Good start. I'll also look into changing the filter mentioned above.
Buy kids bubble solution from a dollar store, it works much better than dish soap.
Gotta confess, one time I used laundry soap, didn't work; read the bottle- HE soap does not suds much.
When you change the desiccant filter, clean everything well FIRST thing, it's too easy to get dirt down into the dryer body. BTDT, had to completely remove the dryer to clean out the dirt. Then I had to deal with insuring there were no air leaks at every fitting I disturbed.
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I am in the 7 probably -- max 10 minute, range on a 2000 Spartan MM.

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My 2005 Travel Supreme takes less than 5 minutes with the tanks empty.
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My Travel Supreme takes less than 5 minutes, just like DA_BUS.
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