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Old 10-15-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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Air bags on back axle on a class c

Have a Tioga 32 foot and it looks low in the back, I was thinking air bags would help any suggestions?
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:30 AM   #2
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Some of the class C motorhomes are close to, or over, the chassis weight limit - especially the longer versions being made today. Have you weighed your Tioga?. We had a 23 ft. Midas Mini, back in the late 70's, and adding air bags to the rear axle really helped the handling.

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Have a Tioga 32 foot and it looks low in the back, I was thinking air bags would help any suggestions?
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:41 AM   #3
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I consider the rear airbags an absolute necessity on any class C short of the smallest versions. They are infinetly adjustable and once you find the sweet spot you would never drive with out them again. They also great for minor leveling.
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Our Aspect came with the Firestone rear air bags.
It is not that the MH is over wright. But that most of the weight is on the rear axel.
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I installed them on mine. Huge difference.
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I was thinking the same thing, thanks guys! Who did you have put them on. Or are they pretty easy to install?
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I was thinking the same thing, thanks guys! Who did you have put them on. Or are they pretty easy to install?
I installed myself. I had to make some mounting plates to attach the top brackets to.
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I installed air bags on our 2005 Aspect. Big difference in handling, also took care of the sag in the rear.
But the biggest improvement was installing new shocks. At 65,000 miles it was long overdo.
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I"ll echo everyone else. I ordered Firestones on mine. I did have a small leak, fix it by just checking all the connections. They're pretty easy to install/work with.
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... once you find the sweet spot you would never drive with out them again.
I have air bags in the rear of our new-to-us (since Sept.) 2004 Itasca Spirit. Didn't know I had them until someone pointed them out to me. So what exactly will they do for me? Improve handling? Smoother, less-bumpy ride? And how do you find the "sweet spot"? Owner's manual says 20-100 psi. So is it a fill-them-all-the-way up proposition? Part way? I haven't a clue. Any education would be enlightening.
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If they are the Firestone brand like mine. I keep 50 PSI in them.
This is something you have to try for the load you carry. Everyone can be different.
The bags will stiffen up the rear end. Giving you better rear end control.
Check your owners manual. There should be something in your packet about the air bags.
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I installed Firestone Ride-Rites on our previous 2006 Winnebago View . . . sure stopped much of the side-to-side rock and roll, plus really help me stay in the correct lane! The "sweet spot" for that rig was at 70 psi.

Our newer Navion iQ, which is on an updated Mercedes Sprinter chassis, does not have air bags and I don't think it needs them - pretty stable handling.
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First I will say lucky you have air bags, best thing yet for a "C" type. As to the right pressure it depends on a lot of things, your load, how it is stored, are yuou pulling a toad. The air pressure in your tires etc. From my experience I used 55 lbs for a 26 foot C , pretty heavily loaded, with 85 lbs tire pressure. You can bump it up and down to find the sweet spot. I am going to bet it will be in the 45-60 lb range 5 lbs one way or the other is not going to influence it a lot.
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Ok I have bought the firestone that said no drilling. Not sure we're to run the air lines? Also anyone know where and if I should add a air pump?
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