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Old 09-17-2014, 08:18 AM   #1
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Hi, we have a class a coach with airbags. I typically empty the airbags before initiating the auto leveling system. Does it matter if you level with the airbags empty or while they are still inflated? Is one way better than the other? Any comments on this procedure would be appreciated. Thanks, Rufus

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Old 09-17-2014, 08:38 AM   #2
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I generally level after bags deflated. I would always defer to the owners manual.

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Old 09-17-2014, 08:45 AM   #3
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Generally you want to deflate the air bags before leveling, as this allows the hydraulic levels more throw to allow for leveling. If you put the levelers down before deflating the air bags, you can run out of travel before the coach reaches level.
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Old 09-17-2014, 08:51 AM   #4
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You need to check with your manufacturer. I don't really believe it will make any difference about leveling, but let them advise you. Monaco recommends extending the slides while the air bags are at "travel" height. I use the following procedure:

On Arrival:

Turn off engine

Extend slides

Dump air (to get the entry door step as low to ground as possible)

Auto level

At Departure:

Start engine

Turn off air and wait for the bags to fill to "travel" position

Turn off engine

Retract slides

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 09-17-2014, 08:56 AM   #5
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I believe you are talking hydraulic leveling with airbag suspension. In that case Cbones has the correct info. Some of us have have airbag leveling with no hydraulic jacks. The sequence and the leveling logic is different, FWIW.
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Thanks guys for the info. I generally deflate the bags prior to leveling the coach for the reason mentioned in one of the replies. Our coach is a Tuscany XTE and requires to be level prior to extending the three slides. Rufus
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As soon as I turn on the leveling system on out motor home the air bags automatically dump all their air.

I would think you would want to do this, particularly if the ground is unlevel, so that you have more adjustment in the leveling system.

If you leave the air bags full, the jacks have to travel that much further to reach the ground before you start to level the coach.

Before I dump the air I put blocks under the jack location to give me even more adjustment, and to spread the pressure of the jack over more area.

The jacks might run out of travel before the coach is level.

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