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Washboy

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I've been testing my first air bag leveler for 4 hours. It lifted the front tire of my Mailbu nearly 7" with only 30 psi applied.

I spent just under $100 for enough material to make two levelers. I spent about 2 hours fabricating the 1st one...I think I can cut that time in half for the second. (I spent alot of time thinking and mindlessly staring off into space.)

My next test will be lifting the front of my Sierra D/A. Baby steps before the acid test...a month on the road, looking for unlevel camp sites. [emoticon]

* This post was edited 01/12/09 05:09pm by Washboy *


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Yep, what Drifter_59 said.

At first blush, I took it to be a substitute replacement for a product like the Firestone Air Springs, but after carefully re-reading, I figure it's really a leveling board replacement. [emoticon] [emoticon]

Come'on, spill the beans! [emoticon]

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Nags! [emoticon]

Yeah, if the first one works as expected, I'll fotodocument it's sibling for y'all.

Basically, it's a 24" length of 8" diameter Kuriyama Gatorflow discharge hose with a valve stem installed and the ends glued and clamped with some aluminum strap and bolts. Looks alot like the old LevelAirs except they're black instead of red.

As for staring off into space...I was trying to use as much of my shop machinery as possible. Then, I realized that a sharp utility knife, a tape measure, a center punch, a hammer, a hacksaw, a cordless drill, a couple of bar clamps and a couple of wrenches would be alot easier than setting up jigs and stuff. Afterall, it ain't furniture!

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Washboy,

Goodluck! I made mine last month and tested them out over the Christmas break.

I tested them on my wife's SUV first. With 10 lbs of pressure, it lifted very easily and quite high. The pressure stayed even at 10 lbs.

In acutal use, I had one leak around the valve stem. My trailer is MUCH heavier and it took 21 lbs to lift it 3 inches. I tightened the valve stem and it held steady at 21 lbs for the remainder of our trip (5 days).

A couple of tips if you don't mind...
1) Always level side to side before leveling front-to-back.
2) Build/buy a set of chaulks that pin themselves between your trailer tires.
3) Spend another $25 on materials to make a dual inflator/deflator. This little contraption will save you time... Use the following link for a description on how to build it.

Y thingy

Oh, and the bags work great. You will enjoy them the second time much more than the first. You will not be worrying as much about them loosing air.

I'd love to hear a report back regarding how they worked for you.

Happy Travels,

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If you're looking for plans to build your own leveling bags, check out the plans created in the following link. I collected all of his info into a Word doc and printed it out and headed to the store and after that the garage. I followed his plans precisely (with the exception that I used steel straps) and the bags work great! The gentelman who created these plans did one of the best jobs I've ever seen regarding documenting his assembling process.

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Thanks for the 411 TTR. I knew I wasn't the only tinkerer out there. BTW, I built my 1st pipe clamp chocks back in 2003...they're still working great today.

My test is now at about 8 hours and the leveler is still holding at 30psi. Guess I'll go ahead and build the 2nd.

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Very nice!!!

I like the black much better than the red that I have. What pressure is the black hose material rated at?

Oh, and if you have a small leak, I bet a can of "Fix-a-Flat" would solve it. That was my back up plan if they leaked and I couldn't fix it without tearing them apart.

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Kuriyama rates the Gator Flow at 150psi WP

Wow! What a great instructional thread...that guy oughta write a book! I could have spent less thinking time and more building time if I had seen that earlier.

I used 1-1/4" x 1/8" aluminum strap but everything else is nearly identical. Amazing!

My dual inflator will feature a brass cross fitted with a radiator petcock for handsfree deflation and a pressure guage. Instead of hose I'll use a length of 3/8" poly tubing and a couple of push-lock fittings...stuff I already have on the shelf. I carry a portable air compressor on every trip so I expect inflation will take less than 30 seconds.

Now...has anybody come up with a level that beeps so I can "hear" when I've got the coach level? That would be good for all my solo travels. On second thought, maybe I'll just build a remote inflation control valve that I can control from inside the coach... [emoticon]

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