Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-25-2015, 11:24 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Posts: 27
Front bags/coil conversion

What have people replaced their front coil-air bags with? I have saw a couple options such as the super duty HD coil springs. Any other recommendations?
__________________

__________________
preemiedad3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-25-2015, 11:28 PM   #2
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Posts: 27
It's a p30 94 Damon 35'
__________________

__________________
preemiedad3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2015, 07:00 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Snowbird - Waterford Mi and Citrus Springs Fl.
Posts: 3,609
I bought a '94 HR 34' w/tag axle knowing the front air bags were shot. What I didn't know, was that after installing new ones the front end height and handling would change very little (if at all), even when inflated to max suggested pressure. Had to find that out the hard way (normal). This led to new spring investigation, eventually going with the heaviest springs I could find. They were suggested by the supplier for P30 MH's over 28'. Those worked. They raised the front end noticeably, improved handling by a ton, and despite my initial concern going into it, did not result in a harsh ride. These springs don't need airbags (or associated hassles) ever, and cost just a few dollars more than the air bags delivered to my door. IMHO, these should have been what the coach came with, vs. the air bag patch GM went with.

350-6560SDM Heavy Duty Coil Springs

I replaced the springs myself after watching this video. About 45 minutes per side, w/no surprises, using common hand tools. If you are capable of handling/changing a tire of this size without too much trouble, you should be OK with the spring.

__________________
1997 37' HR Endeavor, 275hp Cat, Freightliner
03 CR-V Blue Ox, Ready Brake
ahicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2015, 08:00 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 478
After replacing front bags in my old P30...twice on one side.....I would recommend just doing the springs. The only trouble I had when I took the approach of disassembling was getting the ball joints separated. And frankly that was a bear in my case. Once I got a pickle fork that was large enough it went easier.
__________________
Bucky1320 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2015, 11:45 AM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Posts: 27
As you all stated, did the airbags and it didn't change height on front. Going to replace springs and hope for the best. Also saw the super springs that Henderson has and thinking may go with those . Any thoughts on the benefits of the brand compared to other replacement springs for the front?
__________________
preemiedad3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2015, 12:26 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Snowbird - Waterford Mi and Citrus Springs Fl.
Posts: 3,609
I considered the price difference, for maybe 2 seconds.....
Since I wasn't able to find out differently, I'm assuming they likely came off the same machine.
__________________
1997 37' HR Endeavor, 275hp Cat, Freightliner
03 CR-V Blue Ox, Ready Brake
ahicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2015, 04:05 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Posts: 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by ahicks View Post
I considered the price difference, for maybe 2 seconds.....
Since I wasn't able to find out differently, I'm assuming they likely came off the same machine.

So you ended up going with the cheaper?
__________________
preemiedad3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2015, 04:26 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Snowbird - Waterford Mi and Citrus Springs Fl.
Posts: 3,609
I went with the springs in the link I posted. This one?

350-6560SDM Heavy Duty Coil Springs
__________________
1997 37' HR Endeavor, 275hp Cat, Freightliner
03 CR-V Blue Ox, Ready Brake
ahicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2015, 04:31 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Posts: 27
Front bags/coil conversion

How much would you say it raised? And how long have you had them?

As you can tell, definently pondering the cheaper.
__________________
preemiedad3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2015, 06:03 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 478
What I don't get is how the air bags could have not raised the front end. How much pressure did you put in them? I suggest springs only because they last. But if the bags didn't raise the front, then I suspect the coils won't either.
__________________
Bucky1320 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2015, 08:17 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Snowbird - Waterford Mi and Citrus Springs Fl.
Posts: 3,609
Mine raised up about 2" initially, then settled down to maybe 1.5" after a couple of trips. That's where it was when I sold it to get our DP.

There is some serious difference in weight capacity between the springs we're talking about and air bags. I think I bought Firestone (red). Don't remember max capacity as far as air pressure.
__________________

__________________
1997 37' HR Endeavor, 275hp Cat, Freightliner
03 CR-V Blue Ox, Ready Brake
ahicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Conversion to All Electric - Induction Cooktop Install Dutch Star Don Newmar Owner's Forum 31 10-10-2017 11:47 PM
Front End Alignment and Wind Noise Tytlfamily Class A Motorhome Discussions 1 06-02-2015 11:56 AM
1999 DSDP another with front airbag leaking down RV2015 Newmar Owner's Forum 15 05-13-2015 02:50 PM
HELP! ACE Front Left OEM Speaker Not Working.... skyking650 Class A Motorhome Discussions 10 03-19-2015 12:01 PM
Next on the agenda - New front leveling valves ScottRussell Class A Motorhome Discussions 3 01-23-2014 02:40 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:16 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.