air suspension

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by musson, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. musson

    musson Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2013
    Messages:
    385
    Likes Received:
    136
    Location:
    grantham
    Hi i have a swift voyager on a maxi chassis

    With the air suspension fitted does it improve the ride.

    When parked up will it improve the van stability, thought about fiama jacks
    under towbar.

    What types/makes are best value and is it best to use two gauges

    Thanks
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  2. dave newell lvs

    dave newell lvs Trader-Vehicle Services

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Messages:
    2,513
    Likes Received:
    3,318
    Location:
    Telford, Shropshire
    Is it on a std Fiat chassis or is it on the AlKo chassis? Auxilliary air suspension can certainly help with on road stability but its not likely to make much difference to rocking and rolling on site. We fit the Dunlop system and the most popular option for the filling point is a single gauge which both side's air lines connect to via a simple tap in each line. The top of the range option is a built in 12V heavy duty compressor with control panel on the dashboard but it is a painfully expensive option.

    D.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  3. MikeD

    MikeD Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    Messages:
    1,977
    Likes Received:
    1,759
    Location:
    London
    We have a 2012 Autotrail Tracker FB on a Ducato chassis.

    The vehicle was lively in cross winds and did not drive at all well. The tow bar impacted the ground occassionally.

    Dave Newell fitted air assisted suspension to the rear only (around £700) with on board air compresser and two independent air pressure gauges and it has totally transformed the way the vehicle drives.

    The rear is stiffer so does make it more stable on site but even on the original chassis we have never felt the need for Fiamma jacking.

    Cross winds and especially with lorries overtaking are no longer the white knuckle ride they were and the chassis has been transformed.

    It was without doubt the best money we have ever spent on the motorhome.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  4. MikeD

    MikeD Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    Messages:
    1,977
    Likes Received:
    1,759
    Location:
    London
    With respect Dave I thought the on board compressor option with control panel was good value from yourselves. The free trip out and recommendation to a great site nearby were just icing on the cake.

    ps: the Funster discount you give took the pain out of the "option". (y):D
     
    • Like Like x 2
  5. Minxy Girl

    Minxy Girl Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2007
    Messages:
    8,537
    Likes Received:
    9,911
    Location:
    E Yorks
    We had it on 2 previous MHs (coachbuilts) and it certainly made a difference both in handling when cornering, on the straight or a winding road, less body roll when being passed by trucks and in windy conditions. When stationary it also supported the rear better so it didn't move around when we walked about. We now have a PVC so don't need it but if we went back to a coachbuilt again it would be one of the first things we'd add.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  6. Lorryman100

    Lorryman100 Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2015
    Messages:
    220
    Likes Received:
    409
    Location:
    UK/Scotland
    @ dave newell lvs I have just emailed you reference fitting of the Dunlop air assist system after reading this post, thanks folk's.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  7. daveandsan

    daveandsan Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2013
    Messages:
    1,237
    Likes Received:
    1,772
    Location:
    South Staffs
    Dave Newell fitted air suspension on our Hobby and I must say it made a vast difference when going round islands and on the motorway when being overtaken by coaches. Another bonus is it makes it slightly easier to level up on site.(y)
     
    • Like Like x 2
  8. Gorse Hill

    Gorse Hill Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2013
    Messages:
    1,399
    Likes Received:
    1,603
    Location:
    Stretford
    Defo worth the money, mines on a maxi and improved ride/stability massively
     
    • Like Like x 2
  9. dave newell lvs

    dave newell lvs Trader-Vehicle Services

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Messages:
    2,513
    Likes Received:
    3,318
    Location:
    Telford, Shropshire

    I didn't say it wasn't good value, just expensive, as in high cost. Very pleased that you are happy with your system(y);):D.

    D.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  10. Charlie

    Charlie Funster

    Joined:
    May 16, 2015
    Messages:
    2,236
    Likes Received:
    2,585
    Location:
    Herefordshire / Worcestershire borders .
    We have a PVC with air. On our one you can adjust each side individualy so it helps with levelling. The ride quality is excellent and so much better than a van without it.
    We intend to either tow a trailer with a motor cycle on it or a car on an Aframe so the air should assist this as well.

    But it's the ride quality that is the biggest gain !
     
    • Like Like x 2
  11. Zigisla

    Zigisla Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2015
    Messages:
    999
    Likes Received:
    1,172
    Location:
    Fareham, Hants
    If I may jump in on this one. Will Air make the same differences to a brand new vehicle or are the benefits mainly on older vehicle that have well used suspensions?
    The benefits sound really good, but would it be worth waiting or getting done sooner rather than later. Vehicle is only a month old.
     
  12. Popeye

    Popeye Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2011
    Messages:
    7,711
    Likes Received:
    16,922
    Location:
    New Forest
    I had mine fitted to a three month old Frankia Platin Plus and really pleased with. I did not have the onboard compressor just the twin 8inch bellows to the rear axle. I use a standard cigar lighter compressor to raise the pressure.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  13. Charlie

    Charlie Funster

    Joined:
    May 16, 2015
    Messages:
    2,236
    Likes Received:
    2,585
    Location:
    Herefordshire / Worcestershire borders .
    The benefit to a new vehicle is huge. Do to one where the suspension components are used the benefit must surely be even bigger.
     
  14. Minxy Girl

    Minxy Girl Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2007
    Messages:
    8,537
    Likes Received:
    9,911
    Location:
    E Yorks
    YES it will make a difference, you've got a longish MH (Sunlight A72) so you will certainly notice the better handling, ride etc - if you wait, once you DO get it you'll kick yourself for not doing it sooner!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. Gorse Hill

    Gorse Hill Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2013
    Messages:
    1,399
    Likes Received:
    1,603
    Location:
    Stretford
    Mine was a new M/H (7.2 meters) and made a big difference to the ride and stability, well worth the money when you consider that a new awning on the side of you van cost just as much if not more
     
    • Like Like x 1
  16. denisejoe

    denisejoe Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2014
    Messages:
    1,153
    Likes Received:
    836
    Location:
    Isle of Sheppy
    I don't think you can fit air to older alko chassis I enquired at a show and was told it couldn't be done

    Joe
     
  17. Bertie Bassett

    Bertie Bassett Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2014
    Messages:
    2,743
    Likes Received:
    8,714
    Popeye, may I ask where you had yours fitted and which type please?
     
  18. Popeye

    Popeye Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2011
    Messages:
    7,711
    Likes Received:
    16,922
    Location:
    New Forest
    PM sent old mate......
     
    • Like Like x 1
  19. Bertie Bassett

    Bertie Bassett Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2014
    Messages:
    2,743
    Likes Received:
    8,714
    And muchas g's for the content(y)
     
  20. Neckender

    Neckender Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2007
    Messages:
    971
    Likes Received:
    1,188
    Location:
    Stoke on Trent or Benidorm
    My last motorhome was a brand new Auto Roller on a Ford Transit chassis and from new it was very low at the rear and looked overloaded when empty. I fitted the Dunlop system myself and was very pleased with it as it raised the rear by 100mm (4") it was also a superb ride with great handling. Our latest new van an Auto Sleeper Broadway I had the dealer fit rear air suspension before we picked the van up and again superb ride and handling.
    Worth every penny, I also raise mine through the cig lighter socket with a 12volt compressor.

    John.
     
    • Like Like x 1
Loading...

Share This Page