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Offline NCbob

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MCI suspension question.....
« on: August 16, 2006, 05:26:32 AM »
We all know that there isn't such a thing as a system that doesn't leak...some...and moving around in the bus while it's parked causes the leveling valves to use air....then the system goes down.

Has anyone come up with any sort of system to block the body up from the air beams without doing damage to anything else?

We'll be living aboard the bus for the winter and I don't want to have to run a compressor every couple of days to keep the air bags inflated. I could probably cut some 4X4 blocks to fit...but I'm not positive that I want to crawl under the bus to install or remove them.

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Re: MCI suspension question.....
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2006, 05:36:29 AM »
Why not hook up a small 115V air compressor into your system so you can turn it on every so often.
That will also let you pre air the coach if you want to move to another spot without having to idle.
Not to mention, you could use the air hose for 'Personal' entertainment, if you were so inclined. ;) :D :-X

Hey, it was just a thought for a gent' of your advanced years!

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Re: MCI suspension question.....
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2006, 08:08:28 AM »
Bob, I've read that some folks use a solenoid upstream from each leveling valve to shut off the air supply from the coach when parked. After you get those installed, you could later tee-in a manual leveling system.

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Re: MCI suspension question.....
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2006, 08:47:34 AM »
Why do you want to keep the bus up?  Once it has settled down, the bags are fine.  Then your entrance door will be lower to the ground for easier entrance and exit.  I have a manual leveling system along with the automatic system and can level the bus in less than a minute.  It'll last about a week then slowly come down.  I suppose you could eventually get the system to not leak, but it is a big job, especially on an older vehicle.  If you don't have manual leveling valves, level the bus with blocks first, then just let the bus settle down onto the chassis blocks-it'll be fine.  Good Luck, TomC
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Re: MCI suspension question.....
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2006, 08:50:56 PM »
Bob, I don't think the coach bouncing around has much to do with it settling. Our valves have 6 second delays built into them. If yours are anything like that, then movement of the coach shouldn't make any difference.

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Re: MCI suspension question.....
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2006, 04:39:45 AM »
   As was already mentioned, letting your bus settle onto the bumpers, gives you a rock solid "house" that will not move with movement or rock in a stiff wind. It also makes an easier step into the bus.  YMMV, Jack
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