Tag Axel height adjustment

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  1. mogbl

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    :Eeek:I have a 2009 Fiat Dethleffs A7871 Tag axel Beastie which is great. The problem is the rear over hang can scrape when getting on and off ferries etc. I saw one whilst at Euro Disney the rear of which was very jacked up, probably too high. The owner a very nice Italian chap stated via sign language as I did not understand a word. That there was adjustment on them to jack them up. Anyone had any experience of this???

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  2. lunarman

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    Dont know about adjustment. The only suggestion I can make is to speak to AS Suspension of warrington. They will fit you with Air suspension but it wont be cheap £2.5k for a tag axle but you will be able to jack it up going on/off ferrires.

    http://www.as-airsuspension.co.uk/
     
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    I am wondering if Driverite do an air bag spring "assister" kit... much less than £2.5 k !!!

    I am probably asking a stupid question...

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    The trouble is JJ, its an ALKO chassis. Driverite only fits normal chassis. Also as its a tag axle 2 kits are required, hence the cost

    Lunarman
     
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    Hi guys. Our's has 2 wheels on the rear of the chassis to accomadate this problem. I have not got a picture to post, never been able to attach one.
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    Ok John... fair enough...

    I was thinking... just fit one kit to the front tag axle and pump it up when needed... the second axle would just follow it over the sticky up bit...????

    JJ :Cool:

    These air assisters thingies were not originally made for my Iveco 35-12 but they do them now... bet they get around to the ALKO in due course...
     
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    Thanks everyone but trying not to go the air suspension way if I can. The Italian chap did it without. Had a mechanic look thinks that the suspension is on a spline mechanism that can be rotated slightly to raise the height. He shall have a closer look Monday.
     
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    I couldn't be doin with that-------------just picture the scene------you drive all the way round the loading roadway---there in front of you is the ramp --with a steep climb----so you have to stop----get out the tool to adjust the height----while the ferries deck-hands are trying to load the whole boat in 5 mins-----while the queue builds up behind you--------
    I would be toooooo embarrased to stop !!!!
    I would look at ----either lifting the back suspension permanently-------or--air bags on back axle with on-board compressor----to lift when necessary.
    I know nothing about the Al-Ko system, but it sounds like the stub axle assembly is fitted the chassis on a spline---so maybe it can be re-positioned ????????? Remember that by lifting the suspension it will slightly affect stability
    Nigel
     
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    personally i would look at have some loading wheels fitted under the towbar like the ones that skip lorries have at the rear
    ok so it still bottoms the rear of the van but it then rolls instead of scraping. and in normal daily use they don't touch the ground.:thumb:

    andy
     
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