Air Suspension

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  1. Redjumpa

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    Hi guys
    My air suspension has had a catastrophic failure and cannot be repaired.

    I can't afford to replace it at the moment and wondered if it's safe to drive as it is and if not what should I do with it.
     
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    What sort of catastrophic fail. There is not that much to go wrong with them.
     
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    It could be something as simple as a valve failure in which case a tyre valve core can be fitted very quickly. Other than that it may a union has come loose or a burst pipe but airbags themselves are pretty robust items
     
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    Both airbags are split and I can't source replacements due to their age. I've been told the only option is to fit a complete new system. Maybe I need a second opinion?
     
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    From my memory of the Hymer (I used to run a 694) the manufacturer's suspension would not have been air and so, I suspect, your air bags are an after market add on to improve the ride and possibly increase the load capacity.

    If yours has not been 'up plated' to carry more load due to the addition of the air suspension, and the broken parts are not in any way causing problems (perhaps best to remove them), you can run without as you would still have the original suspension.
     
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    The one problem there may be is that when the Air suspension was fitted the original suspension bump stops may have been removed. If you are not going to replace the bags you may have to refit bump stops.

    Lunarman
     
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    they do not need to cost a fortune

    They do not need to cost a fortune...

    I imported mine from the USA from airlift and a complete system with compressor and a remote control system cost me a few pence over £300.00 over here it was over double. But firestone make a system as well as others.. it is a case of looking about.. You will be able to fit lift bags to replace what you had I am sure they come in all sizes and shapes.

    Bob
     
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    I would speak to Marcle liesure
     
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    Deffo :thumb: you can buy new bags seperatly :thumb: indeed all parts can be sourced seperatly
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    edit you should be able to drive your van with the normal pre fitted suspension - prob just a bit more body roll than you are used to
     
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