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Old 06-28-2021, 01:06 PM   #1
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I just purchased a CC Intrigue in Virginia and drove her to Arizona. The height control has an issue, it resulted in breaking the two front shock absorbers on the trip. She rode like a bucking bronco when on rough or pot holed roads. I did have 6 new tires fitted before heading West as the installed ones were 15 - 17 years old.

Looking at the manuals for the height control valves I have not find a good visual or photo as to what it should look like installed, would anyone have one or could direct to a link where I could view one please.


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Welcome to CC ownership and the forum. Take a look at this Google search for some images from this forum. Also, the DynoMax chassis manual I received for my coach shows the height control valves; did you get the chassis manual for your coach?
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Old 06-28-2021, 03:06 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response, I did receive a manual with the coach but could not make out the linkage as shown in the manual. Looking at the link you kindly supplied clarifies it a lot. It's currently by belief that the ride height valve is permitting the addition of air to both front bags but is not adjusting the air pressure lower to correct the ride height. It result in the front being extended over time to the max when traveling. I unfortunately did not read about setting the height manually -- which does function correctly and then pulling the fuse to prevent the travel mode from making corrections.


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By chance, did you buy the 40' Intrigue that was forsale in Glouster Va.?

The leveling valve is located right in the center of the coach, just rear of the axle center line. It attaches to the sway bar. It's pretty easy to replace but be careful!!!!! when you remove it, the coach is likely going to settle all the way down on the suspension. Make sure you have sufficient clearance so you don't get crushed. Only a few air lines, one piece of linkage and I think two bolts that hold it on.

Bad news is the shocks, they are somewhat difficult to obtain (I just bought and installed new Koni's for mine) and they are not cheap. They are fairly easy to install, just take a little muscle to get them loose.

Let me know if I can be of any assistance.
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Old 06-28-2021, 04:18 PM   #5
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Yes that was the coach I purchased. I knew it needed some TLC but appeared to have good bones. I did purchase new tires from Motorhometires dot com and had them installed at previous owner place prior to driving it. The ride home took only 3 days while the bucking was not enjoyable it otherwise performed ok. A rock did claim the drivers side windshield and lost a front hub cap.



I have purchased Koni EVO shocks for front end and was planning to do the airbags but may get the air suspension sorted first than install new bags. I have removed the front shocks [they had tried to remove themselves] and to my surprise it only took 30 minutes to remove both.
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On some years CC's (Not sure on yours!), you can manually adjust the ride height, then pull the HWH fuse and it will remain in that location.

Find a level spot, and manually adjust the front to say about one fist size space between the top of the tire, and top curve of the cutout. Then find the HWH fuse and pull it, and if your's is like many of that era - it will hold that height for you.

And yes to the rough ride. Our front leveling arm pulled loose, and we raised to fully inflated front air bags. Felt like were on a wooden wagon with solid axles!!!

And great safety tip on whenever your under a coach, to consider 'What would happen if the coach settled?.' Wood blocks under the wheels as a minimum!

Take your time, learn your coach. One benefit of buying, hopefully at a good price point, a coach that needs attention. Is that you will know exactly what has been done to it, when you get it sorted out...

Enjoy, and welcome,
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One name and number for while learning about your coach. Olstrom Custom Coach Eric Olstrom 8300 Valencia building #4 Tucson AZ 520.624.2024.
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Yes that was the coach I purchased. I knew it needed some TLC but appeared to have good bones. I did purchase new tires from Motorhometires dot com and had them installed at previous owner place prior to driving it. The ride home took only 3 days while the bucking was not enjoyable it otherwise performed ok. A rock did claim the drivers side windshield and lost a front hub cap.



I have purchased Koni EVO shocks for front end and was planning to do the airbags but may get the air suspension sorted first than install new bags. I have removed the front shocks [they had tried to remove themselves] and to my surprise it only took 30 minutes to remove both.
I own a sister to you coach you bought (also an '01 Intrigue) and showed it to several friends. It looked like a VERY nice coach and I only live about 60 minutes from where it was located. As I said, the replacement of the leveling valve is pretty easy and they are pretty easy to obtain from any truck shop/parts supply, just be careful. Don't let the coach come down on you. I'm a big guy and there is not a lot of room under these coachs with the suspension up, almost none with it down. I made wooden ramps from 2 X 10's to drive mine up on to gain access and clearance.

Bags are likely in my future, but have not tackled that so far.

Any other issues I can help you with, please PM and I will get back to you. YOu will love your coach once you get it sorted out. They are awesome!
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I just purchased a CC Intrigue in Virginia and drove her to Arizona. The height control has an issue, it resulted in breaking the two front shock absorbers on the trip. She rode like a bucking bronco when on rough or pot holed roads. I did have 6 new tires fitted before heading West as the installed ones were 15 - 17 years old.

Looking at the manuals for the height control valves I have not find a good visual or photo as to what it should look like installed, would anyone have one or could direct to a link where I could view one please.


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Dennis. Most likely a height leveler control value is bad. I just replaced mine. About $150 each no big deal. But do both sides
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