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Howard H

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I have booked my motorhome into Rhino installs to have air assist fitted I was given the choice of the comfort kit which consisted of the air bags and compressor /gauges or the the basic kit which is just the air bags and 2 valves to manually inflate them. I chose the basic kit (£695) but I am now wondering should I go for the comfort kit at an extra cost of how much I don’t know ,do I really need the compressor surely once inflated you just leave them? Or do you have to on a regular basis adjust them . What do other funsters have and recommend . I am having them fitted so I can uprate to 3850kg or according to Sv tech I can, I have done the the wheels and tyres it is not a cheap hobby this motorhoming :LOL:
 
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laneside

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From our experience if you have the compressor you will fiddle and adjust them whilst the newness is a novelty and seldom alter them again.

The one advantage of the luxury kit is it makes it easy to use them for a few degrees of levelling of the van.
 
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I have the basic. Once adjusted to the pressure we prefer, have not had to touch it for the last 18 months.
 

SteveJ

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I have a RideAssist kit fitted and can very easily & quickly adjust it using a standard floor standing bike pump. Though to be honest I last adjusted it about 2 years ago as it doesn't seem to lose any pressure, not bad for a 16 year old setup.

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MikeD

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We had the full air assist, twin gauges and electric air compressor fitted on our first van.

Took the air compressor out when we sold it and fitted to our second van.

But would not have bothered if I did not have one.

The air bags are not huge and as long as you do not have a leak, once set you will hardly ever change the pressures.

I would use a hand push bike pump if the compressor fails. (y)
 

tonka

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I have a basic DIY fitted kit (£259 eBay) . Just use a standard foot pump. As said once blew up that's it. I only change it when going on a ferry.
In theory you could use a compressor to level the van a bit, but in my view that is a rare use.
 

Lorryman100

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I have the basic VB air assist fitted and use a bycicle hand pump to maintain the pressure. Over the winter storage time the pressure drops by about 2psi per side which is nothing. Personally at the time I didn’t think the extra expense of having a compressor was worth it as once the pressure is set it becomes redundant.

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On the Rapido 1.5bar of pressure raises the rear a good bit. When you consider the van is running at max weight it looks as if it is empty.

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MikeD

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I don't know what van u have or where you are thinking of putting the gauges but you can get a panel to fit in the dash on the FH side of the steering wheel.

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Or a digital setup from Drive Rite.
 

Zigisla

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We have just had the basic set up fitted. I am gadget man,:rolleyes: but the extra £200 for the compressor and gauges seemed far too much for something that it would very seldom use.:cautious: Check tyre px, check airbag px at the same time. Maybe a tyre pal would work.(y) In addition to having the dash panel fitted, if you have the Vanbitz alarm already, they have to move the switches to the end of the dash, which I didn’t want either. :D2
 

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