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Old 01-29-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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FYI---Front Air Bags

After a 2 month stay in the San Diego area we left a week ago for home. Five minutes after getting on the fry the coach was bouncing and bottoming out on the frame. My wife panicked and wanted off the fry. NOW. Of course I did. I knew nothing about air bags. I powered up the laptop and came to this site for some info. Decided to go under the front and look. I tried but could not fit until I raised the front jacks. I found what I was hoping for. A 6" rod with a hole in the end hanging from what I now know is the valve controling the front bags. The rod was hanging from the valve and swung to a male gizmo that the rod would connect to. I pushed the two together and the problem was solved.


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Old 01-29-2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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A safer way to do it would be to drive up on bits of timber to raise the rig enough to fit without the jacks and then use the jacks as backup - but at least you got the job done.

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Old 01-29-2013, 09:16 PM   #3
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Harbor Freight Tools has servicable 5ton acme screw jack stands, very handy for this type of work. I took a pair to Quartzsite & used them several times. I needed a short, maybe 4", wood block to accomplish a good solid support at decent access height, but i carry wood blocks anyway.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:20 AM   #4
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When I replaced my height control valves I replaced the push on pins with shoulder bolts so there is no way that rod is ever go to fall off my control arm.
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