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Old 11-05-2015, 12:39 PM   #1
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More Ride Height Questions - S-Series

I've posted a few questions already, but to summarize:
  • April '05 built 2006 Patriot Thunder - pretty sure it is on an S-Series chassis (although the guy on the Monaco tech line told me it was on a Magnum chassis(
  • Levels fine when parked - it only has air leveling
  • Driving it is decidedly high on the driver front corner and low on the passenger rear
  • Bag heights are 11 inches driver front, 9ish passenger front, 9 driver rear, and 8 passenger rear.
Monaco told me that when in "Travel" mode the HWH system was inactive except for providing air pressure to the Monaco air ride valves, which are controlled by two adjustable sensors on the drive axle and one on the steering axle.

Procedure for setting the ride level is to get the drive axle set and then do the front.

Mine was at a truck shop this week that do most of the RV dealer work in the area including one of the Monaco dealers. They spent 4 hours trouble shooting it and can report that all the solenoids are getting voltage, but they are telling me that the travel mode level is still partly controlled by the HWH system and are trying to determine where the fault is. They are telling me it is NOT in the Monaco parts.

Other question, anyone know where the auxiliary air pump is located?

Anybody have any experience with this stuff?
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Old 11-05-2015, 01:55 PM   #2
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My auxiliary air pump is located just forward of the drive axle on the passenger side. I have also heard that some have it located behind the steer axle. If I may add. A s you have stated the Travel Mode ride height is solely controlled by the ride height valves which you have three. If the motorhome is sitting or riding not level then the problem is with the ride height valves. I have seen the control rods from the valve to the body break and seen then stick. I have also seen then leak. You have stated in your post that you have a problem with the measurements being off. Once these valves have been adjusted for ride height they compensate for fuel and water load. The aux air compressor only comes into play when parked and level and air tanks drop below 80 lbs. Mine will always keep my parked motorhome level except if I turn off the Salesman switch or the battery disconnect switches. If you call me we can talk the whole thing over.
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After getting additional information from Monaco and HWH I was able to convince the truck shop that they were barking up the wrong tree inspecting the HWH components, and that the problem was in the air ride control valves.

Turned out that the low rear corner was mostly caused by a broken eyelet - it is the rubber connection between the rod and valve. The rest of the control valves needed a little adjustment.
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What does this auxiliary pump look like?
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It looks like a very large gas model airplane motor. It also has a glass water separator next to it with a couple of solenoids. They are all grouped together attached to their own framework. If you raise your chassis up with the air system and look in about two feet just forward of the passenger side drive wheel you should see it hanging from the overhead.
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