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Old 07-30-2011, 05:26 PM   #1
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Suspension Air bags, Freightliner

I have a 40' Alfa and the manual says to let the air out of bags before using auto level. How long can the bags be left that way without being damaged?

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Welcome to the forum. As far as I know Air Bags are always deflated before operating the jacks. Some experts will come along on this but to my thinking the Air bags will gradually bleed off thereby puting more stress on the jacks if you try to use them before deflating. I think it is standard prodedure to deflate. At least in my MH I have to deflate or risk damaging the jacks per instructions.
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Thanks for your input, it helped....................
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There is a rubber bumper inside the air bag. No damage will occur with the full weight of the coach sitting on that bumper. However, driving with the bags deflated will result in a pretty rough ride and turning with the bags deflated may cause wheel well damage.
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Thank you, I didn't know about the internal bumper.
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Because of a broken ride valve I had a miserable 50 mile trip, 3 weeks ago. It was violently porpoising and knocking things around till you got below 30 mph. with the suspension on the bumpers, you definitely in a limp home mode!!!
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