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TWZMYJP

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Posted: 03/16/20 08:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What made you go with airbags over something like the Sumo springs? I'm debating between them and only have direct experience with air bags.


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TWZMYJP wrote:

What made you go with airbags over something like the Sumo springs? I'm debating between them and only have direct experience with air bags.


bought the bags off Ebay before learning about Sumosprings. If I had to do it over, I would look carefully at Sumo. Nothing wrong with the bags, the placement might be a bit more forward on the leaves than I thought (thinking directly over the axle) but nowhere to bolt it down.

Time will tell. These were Airlift 5000 models. Off Ebay for about $400ish cost me 4 hours of shop time to have it installed. AND they found the sway bar mounts all rotted. All things considering, the spring shop wanted $1250+ to add a leaf. They also would have found the sway bar rotted.

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I have air bags on my 08 Bounder, I run 50 lbs in back and 20 lbs in front, you dont want to much presure in front or it will ride hard, I also have all new Koni shocks and new poly sway bar bushings and my ride is so much better than it was in stock condition..

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timmac wrote:

I have air bags on my 08 Bounder, I run 50 lbs in back and 20 lbs in front, you dont want to much presure in front or it will ride hard, I also have all new Koni shocks and new poly sway bar bushings and my ride is so much better than it was in stock condition..



I\ll let you know in a couple of weeks if the bags and bushings helped the sway, and ass drag.

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I had Sumo springs on one coach and went with air bags on another rig. The Sumo springs are not adjustable and actually just replace your original rubber bumper stops. With the air bags I can adjust for a nice ride or pump them up when the cross winds pick up to stabilize the ride on the highway. Since we traveled a lot in the Great Plains area, which is known for high winds, the air bags enabled us to stay on the road longer without fighting the cross winds. Mine had the on board compressor and dash control that allowed me to inflate or deflate my four corner air bags.

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rgatijnet1 wrote:

I had Sumo springs on one coach and went with air bags on another rig. The Sumo springs are not adjustable and actually just replace your original rubber bumper stops. With the air bags I can adjust for a nice ride or pump them up when the cross winds pick up to stabilize the ride on the highway. Since we traveled a lot in the Great Plains area, which is known for high winds, the air bags enabled us to stay on the road longer without fighting the cross winds. Mine had the on board compressor and dash control that allowed me to inflate or deflate my four corner air bags.


what compressor did you use? Are your bags independent of each other or did you hook the two bags into one line?

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RustyMacIntosh wrote:

rgatijnet1 wrote:

I had Sumo springs on one coach and went with air bags on another rig. The Sumo springs are not adjustable and actually just replace your original rubber bumper stops. With the air bags I can adjust for a nice ride or pump them up when the cross winds pick up to stabilize the ride on the highway. Since we traveled a lot in the Great Plains area, which is known for high winds, the air bags enabled us to stay on the road longer without fighting the cross winds. Mine had the on board compressor and dash control that allowed me to inflate or deflate my four corner air bags.


what compressor did you use? Are your bags independent of each other or did you hook the two bags into one line?


You can a order a complete set of air bags with compressor, controls and gauges, I have all the stuff with my air bags and can raise or lower the front and back separately.

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Rusty
Thanks for the pictures
I thought the air bags are usually put behind the axle
Anybody else got photos of their airbag install for the Ford F53 RV chassis ? Richard ?
Part numbers ?

This has been a long time coming and i want to be sure to purchase the correct items

It's been


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MrWizard wrote:

This has been a long time coming and i want to be sure to purchase the correct items


Easy solution: Diesel pusher. No need for aftermarket addons, correct items will already be in place, and the rest takes care of itself. Just sayin'


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Posted: 10/21/20 09:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had a DP a Safari Sahara
Bought this Gasoline Bounder
And sold the DP
I can manage most maintainance and repairs on this one myself

On the DP the most i could do was oil and filter changes, or anything electrical

All the mechanical was too big too heavy and TOO Da#$ expensive in a shop

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