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Old 11-18-2015, 02:32 PM   #1
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Air Suspension

I have a 38 ft gulf stream independence. On a frieghtliner chassis, I think the ride could be alto better. We are planning. To go fulltime next spring and I was wondering about air suspension, Do you have any ideas? Thanks

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Old 11-18-2015, 11:16 PM   #2
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Doesn't your Freightliner already have air bags?

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Old 11-19-2015, 12:20 AM   #3
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I have a 38 ft gulf stream independence. On a frieghtliner chassis, I think the ride could be alto better. We are planning. To go fulltime next spring and I was wondering about air suspension, Do you have any ideas? Thanks

Are you considering upgrading your current coach or getting another with a better ride? IMO the further out you can get the airbags from from the frame rails (outboard mounted airbags) the more stable the ride. As far as improving your current I think it would be cost prohibitive to try to re-engineer the suspension on the coach to gain a remarkable difference. Right now the freight liner has either four or eight bags mounted on the frame rails. Some custom frames manufacturing companies mount them all the way out to the edge of the tires. Throw us a bone here so we can determine what you need or want and I'm sure there are plenty of smart people who will jump and give you some good advise.

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Old 11-19-2015, 02:11 PM   #4
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Weight the coach then adjust the tire air pressure via the tire manufactuerer tables.
Assumning you have not done so, it may help a lot.
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Old 11-19-2015, 02:45 PM   #5
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The 2008 and later Gulfstream Independence was built on the Freightliner MC chassis, which has leaf spring suspension rather than air and a front engine. Converting to air suspension is probably not financially practical, but I suppose auxiliary air bags could be added, just like they can on any leaf spring gas chassis, truck or car. I doubt if it would do anything for the ride, though.

The Independence is very much an entry level diesel coach, so I would not expect any of the nicer attributes, in house or chassis. My guess is that you will be looking to trade up before too long.
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Old 11-20-2015, 05:44 AM   #6
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Thank you all for your reply! I believe I will let it be. ,I just wanted to know what my fellow. Rvers thought!

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