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Old 10-02-2017, 05:31 AM   #1
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How long does the air last in the ride rite air suspension? My 260ds was delivered to me from PA. I live in VA. The ride rite had no air and the guy that drove it didn't know anything about putting air in them. I took it on a trip and after two days they were down to 10psi. Could driving over 300 miles with no air cause damage?
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Old 10-02-2017, 07:16 AM   #2
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I think that air bags are meant to have some pressure in them. The Ride Rite manual will likely say a minimum of 5 or 10 lbs is required. Think about it this way...if air bags are needed, that means your suspension system is overloaded and needs help. Without the air bags, the system is likely to "bottom out" with driving. "Bottoming out" means the rubber bumper on the system is likely to contact the spring. The air bag prevents this if it has sufficient air in it. If not, it can become pinched between the bumper and the spring. Pinching the air bag may put a hole it it and then it won't hold air. Did you check the air pressure when you started the trip? Maybe only 10 lbs was in the air bags to begin with...they usually don't need too much air to help. 10 lbs shouldn't allow the bags to be damaged.
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Old 10-02-2017, 10:33 AM   #3
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10 psi minimum to prevent damage. I run 70 to 80 psi in mine. They will lose pressure probably 10 to 15 psi a week. Check them every couple days when travelling and before taking a trip.
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:15 AM   #4
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How long does the air last in the ride rite air suspension? My 260ds was delivered to me from PA. I live in VA. The ride rite had no air and the guy that drove it didn't know anything about putting air in them. I took it on a trip and after two days they were down to 10psi. Could driving over 300 miles with no air cause damage?
I had the same experience with my 319MB only I went much longer before discovering. No damage to mine. I do find they lose a few PSI per week, so before every trip I inflate to about 80PSI and all is fine for the duration.

On the positive side, they make the coach ride much better & I am glad I have them. I find 60 PSI is about ideal for my bigger rig; you might want a lower number. Fortunately they don't take much air - some people say you can air them up with a classic bicycle pump but I have not tried that.
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You do not want to run them without air as they are made of rubber, and the friction of the empty rubber bag "folds" will rub a hole in them in no time at all.
Recommended minimum is 10 psi.
Maximum is recommended at 100 psi.
Be aware that the "bags" are fairly small, about the size of a 3 lb coffee can, and if using a compressor to fill them, will hit 100 psi or more in a matter of 15 seconds or less. If your not paying attention it is very easy to over inflate tham and blow them out.
When adding air via compressor, just "blip" them for 3-4 seconds at a time. Pressure you run will be determined by your rigs weight, and what feels comfortable to you.
You'll find most run between 60-80 psi or so.
And, yes, they will lose several psi per week, especially when sitting/storage.

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