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  1. chasthedagger

    chasthedagger Funster

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    Can anyone tell me if they have fitted an air suspension system to their motorhome, we have a hymer on an alko chassis.
    Or did you have one fitted.
    Prices for both would be helpful.
    Thanks.
     
  2. rapido convert

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    Hi, there , yes i have as have many on here it is very easy to do, if you search the forum you will find many that have also fitted air to an alko chassis. Diy around £500·00 mark inc gauge.
    cheers andy.
     
  3. DP_JAY

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    More like £1000 for an alko I think
    I've done two but both are Fiat chassis.
     
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    If you have a search you will find a DIY guide in picture. I think it was done by Andy @Techno100

    Seen a recent post here that said somebody had got all the kit including compressor and gauges for less than £500.
     
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    Mine was a standard chassis Peter
     
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    This is a very clear guide by Techno100
     
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    You'll not get all the kit for less than £1000, and that's if you fit it yourself, it a good days work for 2 guys, if youre on a wide track alko, then the Dunlop kit isn't available, only for the standard width, cost fitted is around £1550, had it done myself last month. Dunlop won't sell you a kit without gauges and compressor
     
  9. Ethle the wondervan

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    I prefer the handling without any wind in mine, thorough waste of time in my opinion. I don't understand why people think that adding two bags of air can improve on a properly engineered suspension system.
    Careful distribution of loads within the vehicles capability will be much more beneficial.
    Improved springs and dampers - yes!
    Air bags - no!

    That's wot I fink anyway (y)
     
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  10. markh

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    If you run them without air, they will split, that's why Dunlop won't sell you a system without gauges and a compressor any more, it makes a huge difference to the handing on my alko, and it's essential when I've got the scoot on the back
     
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    I brought a Dunlop kit from.
    http://www.marcleleisure.co.uk/store/air-suspensions-c-58.html
    To fit to my Adria vision with alko chassis, the job to fit took a full day and was more difficult than I expected, but I am very happy with the results and consider it money well spent
    It cost £794 without the pump but included the gauges,
    The handling on my A class with large garage was bordering on dangerous at motorway speed with a strong crosswind, after fitting the air suspension she now handles perfectly safely, before fitting the air suspension If a coach passed at 60 plus you would need to know and allow for the suck and blow effect of it passing, but now I can relax and it doesn't matter what comes pass, it makes driving enjoyable again,
     
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    Contact Dave Newell, (Telford. His ads in the right hand column of *FUN*). He did a first rate job fitting a Dunlop system to our Hymer, and (I think), he gives a discount to *FUN* members.(y)
     
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  13. Ethle the wondervan

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    I've got gauges, that's how I know there's no air in 'em. When I find the time I'll take take 'em off and save some weight. :)
     
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    The previous owner had the air ride system fitted and told me how good it was (cost a lot of money).
    On the motorway on the way home I did not like the feel of the back end at all, it felt unstable, as if the back end wanted to swap with the front. I had a friendly mechanic check the vehicle over for safety and he declared all was well regarding the chassis and standard suspension condition and fixings. So then I started experimenting. I reduced the pressure in the air ride system by half and found an improvement, I let more out and it was better still. Since then I have not had a repeat of the instability felt on that first trip, even during powerful crosswinds in Spain.
    Any road, that is my experience of this stuff and I ain't impressed. :nerd:
     
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    Well they are split if you've run them empty for so long, although yours (air ride) are on a van (leaf sprung) chassis not an alko chassis, so hard for you to comment on their effects on an alko
     
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    Can I buy your gauges??? o_O
     
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    Let me know when you do and I will take it all your hands for you. :D
     
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    You cant have the gauges. :D
     
  19. Ethle the wondervan

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    I'm sure the principle is the same whatever the chassis. With proper weight distribution a 'standard' vehicle should handle the way it was designed without resorting to add-on gadgets. If a vehicle feels unstable because of a non-standard load, like a motorcycle on a rear carrier for example creating a 'pendulum effect', then I would suggest that set up is not fit for purpose.
    I know it's a common arrangement, (and I am a very experienced motorcyclist so am sympathetic) but when I see overloaded vans 'shimmying ' down the road it fair gives me the collywobbles. :eek:
     
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  20. DuxDeluxe

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    A lot of people (self included) have fitted Air assist to the rear suspension in order to uprate the payload. A benefit is an improved ride. The air bags directly replace the rubber cones on a standard or camper chassis so if you simply run without air or remove them then you are taking a risk. However, it seems that you know what you are doing and it is your van so quite welcome to wreck the suspension. Are you sure it wasn't fitted as a part of a weight upgrade?

    SV tech and other real experts would doubtless not agree with your point of view......
     
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