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Old 09-20-2018, 05:12 PM   #1
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99 Beaver Monterey Air Compressor Question

We bought the Beaver several years ago used from a dealer. It needed some normal maintenance which I did and its been a great motorhome. My question is in regards to the air compressor on the cat 3126. I know that the compressed air powers the parking brake and the 4 air bag Magnum chassis suspension. My question is regarding an air dryer/filter in the system. I dont see one. The air builds to normal pressure and holds although I never hear the pressure bleed off. All systems work as they should although I was curious if theres supposed to be a dryer. I have inspected the air system and see nowhere that appears anything has ever been removed or replaced. I do bleed the air tank regularly. Sorry so long winded. Thanks for any advice.
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Old 09-20-2018, 05:40 PM   #2
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It probably doesn't have an air dryer. The 95-96 Monterey's didn't.

You could install one - it's not too hard or too expensive, but if your good about the draining the tanks (and you haven't had any problems with any air valves or such so far) you may just want to leave it as is.
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Thanks. Yes no problems, all works good and I drain the tank very often without a whole lot of moisture coming out. Thanks again.
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my 99 does not have a dryer. wish it did. My system generates a LOT of water, even out in the southwest. when i use the air system as a source I have an air/water separator that I plug in before the hose. When i hook it up it often compltely fills the bowl.
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Thanks. I drain the tank every night after a day of driving. A little moisture but not anything to worry about.
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If you live/drive up north where it gets below freezing, water in the air system can be a big problem. It can freeze in the air valve(s) causing them to stick open or closed.

Adding an Air Dryer is not that hard, if you have some space near the compressor to mount it. If nothing else, carry some brake alcohol with you in case you get stuck somewhere in freezing weather.
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