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Old 08-03-2021, 04:32 AM   #1
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Question Driving with one corner sitting low (likely damaged air shock in back)

Hi, we are chronic RV renters of class As and about to fly out for our next trip. We are being told that the RV we've rented just took on some damage and now sits low in one back corner, and rides "a bit stiffer." The owner is investigating the air shocks. Our trips are heavy on driving -- we plan to drive about 2,500 miles over 10 days. My question is: based on this information, would you drive an RV in this condition? Is this issue likely to be just a little annoying -- or will it be unsafe? Thanks for any feedback! - C
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Hi, we are chronic RV renters of class As and about to fly out for our next trip. We are being told that the RV we've rented just took on some damage and now sits low in one back corner, and rides "a bit stiffer." The owner is investigating the air shocks. Our trips are heavy on driving -- we plan to drive about 2,500 miles over 10 days. My question is: based on this information, would you drive an RV in this condition? Is this issue likely to be just a little annoying -- or will it be unsafe? Thanks for any feedback! - C


No and definitely not if one air bag is blown and the owner shouldn’t let you.
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Old 08-03-2021, 05:16 AM   #3
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If its a rear engine diesel RV then no.

It can tear up the driveline, unseal or crack the windshield, and damage the air bag mounting.

If its a front engine gas motorhome, tell him to let the air out of the other air bag and let it ride on its springs.
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I think it's a safety issue and if you do drive it, who's responsible for any damage that occurs?
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I make it unanimous! Do not contract to use this MH, at the very least you'll be sitting alongside a road waiting on a tow truck at some point.
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Please let us know what kind of RV this is. Answers for a diesel pusher are not relevant if you are renting a coach on Ford F53 chassis.


BTW, air shocks are NOT the answer for suspension issues on any Class A motorhome-- gas or diesel.


This COULD be an easy fix, but both you, the renter and he the owner need it fixed right.
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If an air spring is leaking, you can't safely drive the RV. The air system will have a heck of a time trying to inflate the suspension and that can affect the air brakes.
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I am "assuming" a DP with a bad ride height valve which would be an easy fix
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I am "assuming" a DP with a bad ride height valve which would be an easy fix
Yea, without more information we're making EWAG's. Spartan MM chassis has one ride height valve for the rear, two for the front suspension; so lawtalking really needs to supply more details.
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