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Old 08-26-2019, 06:48 PM   #1
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Air bags down to go in garage

Anyone let the air out of their bags in order to lower the motorhome for additional clearance to go into their garage? I canít raise my door anymore and was wondering.
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I have read of a few who do so, It is hard on the driveshaft joints, differential carrier bearing and transmission tail-piece bearing with prolonged driving. I really doubt any damage will occur just backing up for 100', just exercise care not to use the fuel pedal hard/quickly, thus reducing stress on those components.
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I'm sure you know this, but just to cover all the bases, don't make any turns after you dump the air.


Do you have much of an incline from apron to threshold? Don't want to get high centered.
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No real worries if you are only driving straight forward for 50 feet and at a crawl. Just don't try to do anything more - there is much extra stress on a lot of components.
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Old 08-26-2019, 08:04 PM   #5
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Also, if you have the wheels turned or turn them you could tear up any number of things due to the reduced clearance. For example, my front tires will hit the brake lines well before being hard over if the suspension is unloaded. I make sure they're pointed straight before I dump air.
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Other than the fenders, nothing should be hit or taxed with the air down. This is just like bottoming out the suspension on a road heave. The rig is designed for it.

With that said, you certainly should not drive that way any appreciable distance. One bump and the frame / suspension takes a wack from not having any compliance to soak up the bump.

Driving in / out of the storage spot shouldn't do any damage as long as it's straight shot or mini turns.
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Don't forget that your airbags will start re-inflating when you put your coach in gear.
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Other than the fenders, nothing should be hit or taxed with the air down. This is just like bottoming out the suspension on a road heave. The rig is designed for it.

With that said, you certainly should not drive that way any appreciable distance. One bump and the frame / suspension takes a wack from not having any compliance to soak up the bump.

Driving in / out of the storage spot shouldn't do any damage as long as it's straight shot or mini turns.

If that upper part of your post was meant for me, thanks for the heads up. The guy who replaced the tires told me about it. I'm new to this bus. I'll look into why that's happening.
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