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Title: What brand and where to buy air bags
Post by: rnjump on September 28, 2017, 03:51:49 PM
   We have a new 2016 30' Forest river Georgetown Class A. After driving it a while and visiting with others I believe it really needs Air Bags. This chassis design is called the Ford F53. Where would I buy the Air Bags and who is the best manufacturer? Do I install all four or just the fronts for a while?  Thanks again
Title: Re: What brand and where to buy air bags
Post by: John From Detroit on September 28, 2017, 06:27:51 PM
Air-Life is a company in Lansing, MI, and since my retirement is paid for by Michigan, I naturally advertise them.. Many RV dealers carry Air-Life, as does JC Whitney..  Or you can google for them.


I"m told Firestone air bags are a bit sturdier.. but I had Air lift (the one set I had) and no complaints.

I will be putting air lift on my motor home.. Some day (hopefully next summer)

Title: Re: What brand and where to buy air bags
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on September 28, 2017, 06:49:34 PM
I would start with the rear and see what it does for you. You did not describe why you think it needs air bags or what you expect to achieve with them, so hard to offer much advice.

Firestone and Air-Lift seem to be the major providers.

http://www.sdtrucksprings.com/suspension-air-bags/firestone-air-bag-kits/ford/motorhome-class-a
https://www.airliftcompany.com/vehicles/ford/pickup-f53/
Title: Re: What brand and where to buy air bags
Post by: rnjump on September 29, 2017, 06:55:44 AM
  I understand the addition of air bags will take out some of the body roll or top heavy feeling. I don't plan on doing any towing. Maybe later I will tow a Jeep around,
Title: Re: What brand and where to buy air bags
Post by: Lou Schneider on September 29, 2017, 01:21:52 PM
For body roll, you want an anti-sway bar, not air bags.

Air bags adjust the ride height.  An anti-sway bar goes from the body to each side of the axle and allows both sides to ride up and down together, but resists one side moving up or down by itself.  Thus the anti-sway, it resists body lean that compresses one side while raising the other.

Here's one example:

https://www.etrailer.com/Anti-Sway-Bars/Roadmaster/1139-144.html (https://www.etrailer.com/Anti-Sway-Bars/Roadmaster/1139-144.html)
Title: Re: What brand and where to buy air bags
Post by: kdbgoat on September 29, 2017, 01:25:29 PM
There's some good reading right here:

http://www.rvforum.net/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=212:a-motorhome-handling-primer&catid=28&Itemid=132