VB Full Air Suspension

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  1. Robert Clark

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    Has anyone had VB full air suspension fitted ?

    Would appreciate any feedback

    Thank you
     
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    Hi Robert I have just returned from Court Conversions Tiverton we had EP jacking and semi VB Air to rear and on the drive home it's very noticeable how much better the ride is its on a Hymer Exsis with Alko chassis I didn't go with full as I was more interested in keeping the rear end up when loaded and towing the car trailer,it's turned out a real benefit and well worth having,tried the jacks earlier brilliant.
    Certainly would not hessitate recommending VB and Court Conversions they did it all in two days.e
    On talking to the fitter if you have VB full air it's linked to your EPsystem and all works automatically what we have had done has a really good professional finish with a purpose made gauge panel fitted under steering wheel in the little shaped alcove above fuse box complete with adjuster switches.
     
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    Thanks @Speve
    We've had the E&P jacks for a while now - they're great!
    Not sure about spending another £6k on full air suspension though as our Carthago has no body roll and handles great - just that we feel the bumps on uneven roads.
    We do a lot of miles and would like the extra comfort - just want to be sure before buying
     
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    Hi Robert,

    I have the full VB air fitted on our 6 wheeler. Mick at SAP in Doncaster fitted it and did a fantastic job, which involved some additional chassis fabrication.

    We have the Fiat Ducato X250 that sat nose down so was really in need of a front spring upgrade, but I elected to go full air.

    As the kid's have got older they have got somewhat more discerning in their travel expectations and journey's for them in the rear were becoming more intolerable especially travelling through Belgium etc. and so the full air suspension has made a tremendous difference to the quality of ride for them.

    Overall I have been very impressed with the difference in ride quality, stability, cornering etc. and believe the van is actually running more economically.

    I also had the E&P levelling fitted which links in well with the VB Air. The suspension drops the van to its lowest possible point before the E&P levelling system takes over allowing for a greater stroke on the hydraulic rams.

    I'm glad I invested in it and would do the same again if I needed to.

    If you need any more info just ask

    Cheers

    Andy
     
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    Well I agree I couldn't justify the extra for full as we have Golschmitt Spring upgrade on the front,but it's certainly worked out well for us towing, we like yourself never had any problem with wallowing but felt the back was a little to close to the road when loaded and the trailer hooked up.(y)(y)
     
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    Cheers Andy appreciate your feedback.
    Did you have any issues with your insurers having made this modification?
     
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    Got the full air...

    Fantastic bit of kit...

    Smoother ride over rough roads..... Next to no roll in windy weather and when larger trucks over take.. you know that suck and blow effect..

    And up to a point no need for leveller`s or ramps.. (y)
     
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    None whatsoever. My insurers are Caravan Guard.
     
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    Worth £6k though?
     
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    It was on when we bought the vehicle.. (6 months old)... but..

    Yes I probably would have it fitted, and may very well when we get our new one, once we have road tested it.. (y)
     
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    I was considering investing in a new van, but decided in the end that there was nothing worth trading ours in for. Instead I elected to 'upgrade' our present van with extra's I'd probably be looking for on a new one. So I took the view that the cost for full air was a small price to pay in the grand scheme of new van upgrade.

    Life's a short ride so why not make it a more comfy one if you can!
     
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    Another thumbs up for Mick at SAP Doncaster. We had full air put on our Cathargo, o problems with it, and it is great being able to drop it low for loading, it saves me moaning about my knees.
     
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    I know someone who has it fitted to a Murvi PVC. They went to Iceland (the country not the shop :)) last year in company of two other Murvis and they were able to go much faster over the rough roads there than the other two. But I believe the owner bought it more for the self-levelling ability than road handling, although the latter was certainly a major bonus but with Continental tyres with sensible pressures in them we still have all our fillings in place after doing a few miles down here in southern Italy. :)
     
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    That's exactly what I'm thinking.
    I've spent so much time, effort and money getting the van exactly how I want it, I can't imagine going through the whole process again in a year or two's time.
    I've made my mind up - air suspension is a GO!
    Wonder if I can get it fitted before the end of next week?
     
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    Hello Robert @Robert Clark,

    We have the full VB 4C with leveling. Same van as yours I believe. It really does make a difference to the ride. We don't even need to stuff pack things to stop them rattling and you can have a conversation whilst driving. The price you have been quoted seems a bit high but I guess they are expecting you to negotiate. Might be worth your while trying Rosmia in West Sussex.
     
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    we couldn't have full air something to do with the rear wheel drive Mercedes and Alco combination, cant really say I have noticed as much difference as I would have liked for £5K (just for rear) but where it has been excellent is for ferry loading we can lift the rear and don't ground any more

    Also it interfaces with the E + P and drops the rear axle before levelling, better for the suspension / air bags apparently
     
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    That's who quoted me
    They fitted my E&P levellers too
    Have asked a company in Birmingham for a quote too - maybe a bargaining tool?
     
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    My quote includes linking to the levellers and it seems a good combination
    Looking online there is a great video which shows the differences between all of the ALKO suspension upgrades and the full air does appear to be the optimum solution
     
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    If you intend to hang on to the van I don't think you will regret it. Hope it works out for you.
     
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    Thanks guys - have emailed Mick at S&P and Court Conversions for a quote
     
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