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Old 10-23-2010, 12:00 PM   #1
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Can any one assist? I would like to installed air bags on the front and rear of my 2005 Pace Arrow w/ w-22 chassis for a better ride. Is this a good idea?

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Air bags definitely help in supporting loads and cushioning the suspension, however, they also like to add alot of "spring" to your suspension. In the truck camper world, we use them only on the rear, but usually beefier shock absorbers and sway bars usually follow close behind because of the bounce and sway the air bags added.

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Old 10-23-2010, 12:47 PM   #3
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I have a 1999 pace arrow. I installed airbags and would advise anyone to put them on their class A. I was a service manager for a large dealership (6 lots). I installed many airbags on motorhomes. I never had a customer complain that the ride was not greatly improved. The ford F53 improved the most due to the rough riding leaf springs. Most of the times i also installed bilstein shocks to control the soft ride
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Old 10-23-2010, 01:35 PM   #4
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I put rear Firestone Air Helper Springs on my Class B. Ride is not better, but handling is much better, no lean, and I get more ground clearance. I have learned to just put 50 psi for highway riding, and 75psi for more ground clearance in National Forest.
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Originally Posted by intruder3295 View Post
Can any one assist? I would like to installed air bags on the front and rear of my 2005 Pace Arrow w/ w-22 chassis for a better ride. Is this a good idea?
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Depends on what you mean by a better ride.
Is it jarring over bumps, is it swaying when trucks pass you, Does the steering constantly need correction, etc. etc.
Give us as much info about your concern as possible and I am sure you will get an answer to your question.
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We added the Firestone air bags (from JC Whitney) to our vintage Class C. It made a huge difference in the ride and handling. And only took a couple of hours to install both sides.
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They come standard on W22's from Triple E. Mine had rears only and I bought a small (firestone) pump and controlls. I had to run air lines from the front to the rear. Keep them away from any excessive heat - catalytic converters - or you might hear a bang and get a "flat". It made a big difference in the ride - 5 lbs either way would take out the jounce and firm up the ride. I would adjust the driver's side a few pounds lower on a high crowned road and the coach would go straight. I would also go up 5-10 lbs if I was full of water and fuel.
Biggest improvement you can make to the coach. 2nd is Koni shocks.

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