The First Of My Questions

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  1. The Old Man

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    Moving From Beginner To Advice Seeker

    Well having collected, driven, parked and had a lengthy exploration of the van, the first of many questions I think!

    Under the passenger front seats I found this guage;

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    Instincts told me that is was to do with some sort of air suspension unit.

    My buddy was soon diving under the rear of the van to confirm that there were air suspension units in place.

    A lot of wading through the masses of manuals and guides that I now own gave some information via pictures but as it was in German I was lost to go any further.

    What is obvious is that the left unit is low on pressure.

    So:

    Is this unit user serviceable or is a garage visit required?

    If user serviceable, how?
     
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    Looking at the readings the pressures are within the parameters so appears to be working fine...green is good in my book!
     
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    Agreed but it's the approaching the 0.5 bar difference that I was concerned about.
     
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    Its nearer the centre of the green than .5 bar so perfect I would say. I would monitor it and I bet it doesnt move.
     
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    Not the clearest of pictures but I suspect there is a cap on the centre of the 3 metal items.
    Removing the cap will probably reveal a car tyre valve type inflation point.
    The other 2 I would think are valves to direct the air to left or right airbag, in which case if both valves are opened the pressures should equalise.
    IMPORTANT, Always ensure these valves are closed properly before driving the vehicle.
     
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    Er, user fillable maybe - but surely - like tyres - won't you need a compressor ?

    I'm only asking cos I'm interested, I do like to know the basics even if I can't get my head round the technicalities. Is it a job for the driver with the airline on a garage forecourt - or is it a job for eg ATS - bung this on the 4 poster, mate, and stick some air in me suspension please!
     
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    Thank you. I will update soon. :)
     
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    The volume of air required is small so a small 12v compressor(as per the fix & go kit) or even a foot or bike type pump will do it.
     
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    we had similar on our MH, the centre silver thing is probably a release valve to let air out, the other 2 should be tyre type valves where you can add air to either or both sides, using compressor, foot pump or take to a garage, but you will be surprised how little air it will take to change, the air bags are not very big

    I would worry too much about the difference between the 2, the gauges will be indicative mainly and could possibly have been filled differently to suit the weight distribution
     
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    This morning I loaded the van with my basic needs for a couple of days away.

    Drove to a petrol station to fuel it, £80 in diesel!!!!! I hope that's an annual thing:cool:

    Tomorrow I set off for a 'sit in the van and find out how it works!':D
     
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    Enjoy your first trip and it will all get easier!(y)
     
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    Looks like the middle fitting is a schrader tyre valve for charging both air bags and the two other fittings are bleed valves. I guess you should fit an air supply to the middle valve and pump it up to a pressure reading slightly above the bag setting you require, then drop each individual side back down to your required setting by opening each bleed valve separately to release air, watching the relative gauge, till it shows the desired pressure.
     
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    That makes more semse to me.
    Many folks wont know you can push in the centre 'pin' on a schrader valve to release pressure so having seperate pressure release valves and a central inflation schrader valve make a lot of sense.
    So easy to over-inflate an airbag.
     
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    You've raised a valid point there @pappajohn, looking at it again, it's more probable that the two valves are to separate the single fill point (schrader tyre valve) from each side of the circuit. In which case, to top up the lower pressure on the left hand side, connect your air supply to the centre fill then crack open the left hand valve and the pressure rise will show on the gauge. If you overfill it or ever need to reduce the pressure, do as PPJ suggests and release air by pressing the centre probe in the fill valve to expel air from that side of the circuit. Make sure the two valves are closed off once you've set the pressures you want.
    Sorry for any confusion I may have caused with my first post :oops:
     
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    Many thanks.
     
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    The pressures do vary if you park on a camber. Get it dead flat to set the pressures. I use a portable 12V compressor which we carry for the tyres.
     
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    After a trip to the dealer this morning I can confirm that you are correct in every detail.

    Thank you.
     
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    Back hope after my day and night away. Called back for a small family emergency but I had achieved my goals.

    Thanks for the help and advice from all at Cornish Farm and VanBitz. I had to leave early this morning before I could pester them with my overnight thoughts.

    So I called by at South Hereford Motor Caravans on the way home.

    One blind that failed this morning was fixed straight away.

    Questions about the heating and hot water that I couldn't get working were also answered and my mistakes outlined and the correct methods demonstrated.

    The sticky garage and locker door locks were inspected and lubricated with 'spray grease' and although this helped the Sales Manager decided that they would order and replace four of the lock barrels as there was some evidence of wear.

    So all round a successful couple of days, if my van trips continue with this level of help and service I will be very happy.

    Next the scarey bit, totting up how much I spent and the MPG for the trips.:drinks:
     
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