Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class C Motorhome Discussions
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-29-2016, 12:39 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 3
air shock recommended pressure

I have a Forest River Forester 32 ft unit. I can't find any recommended pressure to set the air shocks listed. I have heard 50#, is that about right?

heatwaverv is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-29-2016, 01:35 PM   #2
Senior Member
Healeyman's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 213
Originally Posted by heatwaverv View Post
I have a Forest River Forester 32 ft unit. I can't find any recommended pressure to set the air shocks listed. I have heard 50#, is that about right?
Do you really mean air SHOCKS or air BAGS?

I have tried more and less in my BAGS and 50 is what I always use.


Healeyman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2016, 02:05 PM   #3
youracman's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 59
Blog Entries: 1
air shock recommended pressure

Originally Posted by Healeyman View Post
Do you really mean air SHOCKS or air BAGS?

I have tried more and less in my BAGS and 50 is what I always use.


X2 (Typical Firestone air bags on my rig)
Ed Sievers, Denver, CO
07 WGO 31ft Class C Toad: '16 Soul with 6-spd DIY
If at 1st you don't succeed, you probably shouldn't try skydiving
youracman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2016, 12:59 PM   #4
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Republic of Texas
Posts: 59
If you have air BAGS then you adjust those to level the coach left-to-right and for ride comfort (to dampen bumps to some extent).

I have a new 2017 31 foot Forest River Sunseeker with rear RideRite air bags. The unit has 4 slides (1 right, 2 left and 1 back/rear), so the left side is a little heavier. I have the right side at about 40psi, and the left side at about 75psi, which puts the coach perfectly level left/right and about 1/2-inch higher than if at 10psi (the minimum you'd want in the bags). If I set them both to 50psi (or whatever) the left left side is lower.

We recently got back from a 9 day trip from Dallas to Yellowstone and I played with pressures along the way, and found the ride is a bit better with more air in the bags (although below you will see that other suspension upgrades made more of a difference than the air bags). It also sways a bit less with more pressure (I noticed this a lot before I did other upgrades). I also like the rear a bit higher to keep the naughty bits a bit further away from the road (like the leveling jacks, etc.).

This all of course only applies if your air bags are not tied together (only one valve, so one unified pressure in both bags). If they are tied then it's pretty much for ride comfort and *some* weight control (air bags do *not* increase the carry capacity of the chassis, but they *can* put less weight on the suspension adding life to springs, etc.).

To use air bags to level, measure at the center of the rear wheel from the ground to the top of the wheel well (in a vertical line from the ground across the center of the wheel to the bottom outside of the well) on one side and then the other. Then adjust the air pressure on each side so that the distance is the same. If you have (rear) factory sway bars (which are weak) then another benefit of higher pressure could be less sway. Do not exceed the max pressure of the bags...for me that is 100psi.

Note that I ditched both of the wimpy factory front and rear sway bars, and installed heavy duty Hellwig sway bars which made a HUGE difference in sway (turns like an SUV), and upgraded the shocks to Koni FSDs which made a similarly large difference in overall ride over bumps on crappy roads (almost like an SUV). So now air bag pressure is just to level the coach left/right and raise the butt a bit.
2017 Forest River Sunseeker 2800QSF
2013 Ford C-MAX SEL towed
hilgert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2016, 05:21 PM   #5
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 3
Thank you to all that replied to my post. The dealer didn't even mention them, but I noticed that the coach seemed real unstable in the rear. I also plan on pulling a toad(4 wheel down) so I wanted to find out more about the bags. The manual told me max. pressure and talked about normal loss of air over time but, no recommended #. Bob
heatwaverv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2016, 10:16 AM   #6
Senior Member
OLYLEN's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Olympia, Wa
Posts: 1,512
I run heavy most of the time, full fuel and full water. So I have experimented and best ride "for me" is 80#. And I tow most of the time, don't think this makes much difference.


2004 Clss C 31' Winnebgo
OLYLEN is online now   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Recommended Air Compressor to Carry on RV LewF Gear and Product Discussions 74 12-06-2015 06:32 AM
Recommended tire pressure for 2012 Excel Wild Cargo YouTheMann Excel Owner's Forum 17 04-06-2015 10:40 PM
Recommended Minimum Tire Pressure carolinagirl Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 43 01-02-2014 07:43 PM
Air Pressure on Tag vs Tag Tire Air Pressure dmason Monaco Owner's Forum 3 07-24-2013 08:49 AM
Recommended tire pressure? zeddy MH-General Discussions & Problems 14 03-03-2008 06:44 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:56 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.