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Posted: 11/23/20 05:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Do air bags really help with the ride and sway of the coach? Also, is it best to have them on front and back?
If so, what cost can I expect for installation?

Newby to motorhomes, so don't laugh!!

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Posted: 11/23/20 05:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Might be helpful to know what chassis you’re looking asking about. Ford/Chevy/Workhorse.


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Yes, be specific about your motorhome.


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I installed air bags on the rear of my 95 F53 chassis to supplement the old tired leaf springs. To my surprise, the ride was better in the rear, with less road noise.

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We REALLY need to wait for the OP to tell us what chassis and coach they have.

Any other facts you have on your coach would assist in getting good answers: age, miles, what else has been changed on the suspension, axle weights, etc.

Barring that, we could give 10 suggestions that don't apply to their coach for every one who guessed correctly. Could lead you in circles!

* This post was edited 11/23/20 06:37pm by wolfe10 *


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Air "bags" are springs. They will only help mildly with sway/body roll assuming your current springs can not carry the load. If your current springs are so bad that you are bouncing off the bump stops they will help a lot.

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Short answer is yes. Longer answer is HOW MUCH and that will depend on multiple factors starting with who made the chassis. So we need to know.

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I installed them on my Workhorse W chassis. With a dash control, I could inflate or deflate them as needed. When out in the Great Plains, with the heavy winds, I was able to pump them up and minimize sway which allowed me to continue when others were pulling off. When there were light winds I could deflate the bags and regain a smoother ride. I also liked being able to raise the rear end if I needed driveway clearance, etc. All things considered, I feel they were a good investment and accomplished my objectives.

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Put them on my 99 Ford F53 38 foot rear first and a total dream to drive. Put them on the front the next year. No blow around when you meet a big rig. As stated by rgatijnet1 complete control on how it control. Raise or lower side to side due to side winds.

You will get a lot of answers , a lot from people who have not done it also. For my Ford it total worked.

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OP here.

Still shopping, but most of the ones I've looked at have the V-10 Ford motor with the F-53 frame.

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