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Old 02-25-2013, 06:33 PM   #1
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Air Bags on an AC Tradition

I could hear some air leaking from a front air bag on my new motor home that I am planning to pick up soon. It has only air bags for springs.
Questions -
1) If it is a small leak can I take the chance of driving it home (up north) before I fix it so that I can have my mechanic up north do the job.
2) What does it cost to replace these things from an RV repair shop.
3) I have read other threads where the writer said he did the job himself. Is it relatively easy and do you need some heavy duty tools to do it.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:21 PM   #2
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If you have a leak, you should use soapy water to determine where it's coming from. If it's a very slow leak, you should be ok driving as long as you monitor it. If it's an airline, you could probably replace that pretty easy, but if it's the actual air spring leaking, I'd replace that before getting on the road.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:36 PM   #3
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I had a 99 Tradition with air leaking from one of the rear airbags. It took longer, and some additional rpms, to air up, but was fine while running.

The new airbag was $150 and I believe 1 hour labor to replace.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:41 PM   #4
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X2, on check it out before you drive, may be something simple, air suspension dump valve, or an air line. If it is the bag it's self get it fixed before you travel, a complete failure could leave you stranded with not enough air for brake safe operation, and a leaning coach can be nearly impossible to drive.
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:28 PM   #5
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This is a simple repair for any heavy truck shop.

I would spend the hour's labor and have peace of mind on the way home. Have the system checked for leaks while the technician is at it.

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Old 02-26-2013, 09:42 PM   #6
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Thanks for the great response as always. 'Preciate it.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:36 PM   #7
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You can, however, drive as long as you want with that moderate leak, as long a the air pressure gauges in the dash stay up around the 120-125 mark. Your onboard compressor can keep up with a rather large leak in the suspension. Or even in the brake system.
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may be door air seal if equipped or brake line when releasing park brake
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