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Old 10-04-2011, 09:57 PM   #1
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Moving coach with collapsed suspension

On a Damon 2008 Astoria we have marginal door height. 4 inches can be gained in the height of the coach by letting air out of the suspension. Will driving the coach into the shelter with collapsed suspension damage anything?
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:31 PM   #2
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no, if your just moving in and out of the building it won't hurt anything
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:15 AM   #3
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no, if your just moving in and out of the building it won't hurt anything
It just might!! Check the tire clearance on the front. On ours if I turn more than a few degrees the tires catch the fender reinforcing.
The air bags themselves should be OK as they have a stop built in and will hit it first so it shouldn't damage the bags.
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Keeping the rig down , with the motor running, and braking with low air pressure, two major considerations and as mentioned you probably can't turn.
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You will also find if its a freightliner chassis that as soon as you take parking brake off the bags will start to inflate. It overides the dump switch soo dont linger to long going into the building as the unit will be coming up.
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:32 AM   #6
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You will also find if its a freightliner chassis that as soon as you take parking brake off the bags will start to inflate. It overides the dump switch soo dont linger to long going into the building as the unit will be coming up.
My 2005 Spartan MM will do the same.

I wrestled with this issue, opted to modify the building.
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Thanks for all of the replies. I had not thought of the deflate switch being over ridden by taking the parking brake off. Can that function be defeated?
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Although I do not recommend it, I tripped a breaker in my battery compartment while troubleshooting bad chassis batteries. I could not see that it was tripped. It powered much but not all of my drivers area components. Examples are the air dump solenoid, the jacks and a couple other things. I raised the jacks at the pump valves. I convinced myself that the air bags would inflate if I got the coach down on the road where it was level. Nope. Instead I cracked the passenger side windshield when I moved it with the airbags down. Now I don't think the same thing would happen by merely moving it straight into a building, but I will tell you that I will never try to move it with uninflated airbags again. I agree that I would modify the building.
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I recommend that you find the listed exterior height for your coach. If your door is that height or an inch higher, then you'll be OK.

Our coach is listed as 11' 11". Our door is exactly 12'. I press the air bag dump switch and hold it as I drive into the building. That lowers the coach a couple of inches.
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