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Posted: 04.09.2019  ·  #1
Any recommendations for a good rear air suspension system? Im thinking of getting it for our new van, Its 7 metres and has a large rear overhang. My concern would be boarding ferries and grounding it at the back. How many inche's can you gain at the rear?


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Have a look at easytop suspension they are the best value air springs I have found so far.


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Thanks Bounder...Do you have them on your camper?


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Our ride-rite bags give 2-3 inches of lift at the rear axle, probably a little more at the back bumper.

We also bolted some 1" PTFE blocks to the bottom of the rear bumper to cut down on the metal grinding noises whenever we bottom out! With an 8ft 6in overhang, this happened often!


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https://www.sospensionieasytop…serie.html

Seems pretty good!

Anyone got them fitted?
How much power does the pump consume when on?

This is probably a dim witted question (and I think I know the answer), but does anyone use it to level-up?


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Also, if your van has the Alko chassis then a different kit is required. Standard van kit is completely different.


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https://www.sospensionieasytop…serie.html

Seems pretty good!

Anyone got them fitted?
How much power does the pump consume when on?


Power consumption shouldn't be an issue, they should be wired to switch with the ignition, once pumped they shouldn't need constant charging.

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This is probably a dim witted question (and I think I know the answer), but does anyone use it to level-up?


Was thinking along similar lines but in my case it was more about 'unlevelling' on the driveway at home to stop standing water collecting on the roof.


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This is probably a dim witted question (and I think I know the answer), but does anyone use it to level-up?


I'd like to know the answer to this also. I want to raise mine at the front, can I do that with air suspension?


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Our ride-rite bags give 2-3 inches of lift at the rear axle, probably a little more at the back bumper.

We also bolted some 1" PTFE blocks to the bottom of the rear bumper to cut down on the metal grinding noises whenever we bottom out! With an 8ft 6in overhang, this happened often!


Off topic. Kevin is your Dad's motorhome finished and on the road?


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I have the drive rite system. Can rise up to 4 inches at the back.
Ally, if you fit them to the front, yes you could rise the front a couple of inches. Different system than the rear I think. Same principle


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I bought a kit from this seller off eBay 5 yrs ago still working well didn't bother with the compressor thought If I found a need for it I could add it at a later date so far haven't found a need for it. Only required topping up once a year and then very little.
Just MO but don't think any would help with levelling. Don't know about the fronts though I think that would be full air suspension a different system to rear assist


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Off topic. Kevin is your Dad's motorhome finished and on the road?

Not yet.


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This is probably a dim witted question (and I think I know the answer), but does anyone use it to level-up?


I'd like to know the answer to this also. I want to raise mine at the front, can I do that with air suspension?


You can get different springs to lift the front a bit


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You can get different springs to lift the front a bit


Yeah, not cheap to buy and not cheap to fit. Mine sits stupidly low at the front.


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You can get different springs to lift the front a bit


Yeah, not cheap to buy and not cheap to fit. Mine sits stupidly low at the front.



Alot of vans do and it's not easy or cheap to lift them


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I can use mine to level from side to side, but only get a few inches variance between them


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What kind of suspension do you have in the front Ally?

Airbags are cheap but it's finding the correct mounting hardware is the trick. Maybe your towbar fabricator could make something up for you! ;-)

I found a crowd in the US that offer a bolt-on airbag kit for the front of ours for $200 plus delivery. Its a matter of swapping out the springs, for the bag kit.
Another $200 for a basic 4 valve control switch panel (not including pump or air tank). The 4 valves would allow you to raise or lower each corner independently.

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https://thorbros.com/stuff-sal…racket-kit
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We have a meaty anti-roll bar at the front of our camper so I don't know how good it'd be at levelling side to side with the roll-bar in place, but it'd b a cool feature to have for front & back levelling (with a little bit of side-to-side).

It's somewhere down at the very very very bottom of our 'things to do' list though... :lol:



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Thanks Bounder...Do you have them on your camper?


Not yet, still working on a few other projects before I go for them, but I intend to order a set.


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Thank's for the replies and great info guy's :up: It seem's a lot of you have them on your MH's and not a bad word said.....I'm also pleasantly surprised how easy fitting them are.. ...If I could get an extra 3 or 4 inch over stock ride height I'd be happy :-)


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Wouldn’t any of us be happy with an extra 3-4 inches😋😋


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Wouldn’t any of us be happy with an extra 3-4 inches😋😋



No I'd be in danger of tripping 😁


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Wouldn’t any of us be happy with an extra 3-4 inches😋😋


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Wouldn’t any of us be happy with an extra 3-4 inches😋😋



No I'd be in danger of tripping 😁


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We have the VB system fitted to ours by David Byrne, Midleton, Must say it is an excellent product fitted very neatly with all the bells and whistles, It was quite expensive when the previous owner fitted it, I came across a receipt for something over €1500 I think, we also use it to raise the rear end when going on ferries but it don't raise it much, a few inches at the most I would think, you wouldn't use it instead of the levelers to level the van

https://www.vbairsuspension.co.uk/en/page/dealers/list.html.


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Wouldn’t any of us be happy with an extra 3-4 inches😋😋



No I'd be in danger of tripping 😁


I found a way of making mine 12 inches.................
I fold it in half 😁


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If those few inch's stop the rear from grounding Pat...That'll do me :up:


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Sounds painful 😬
It will John. It won’t be money wasted. I’ll show you mine in Carlingford 😝😝


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If those few inch's stop the rear from grounding Pat...That'll do me :up:

We have a big overhang at the back coupled with a very low Bike rack and never had any problem.


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ll show you mine in Carlingford 😝😝


Eh up??!!! o.O :lol:


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It’s a bit special. Only late at night now. Don’t want everyone having a gander at something that is frankly,...... a bit special 😬😬🤣


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It’s a bit special. Only late at night now. Don’t want everyone having a gander at something that is frankly,...... a bit special 😬😬🤣


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Will ye elephant men stop drinking and go to bed. :lol:


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Wednesday is the new Thursday. And frankly it makes way more sense. I’m planning a cue.


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I have the drive rite system. Can rise up to 4 inches at the back.
Ally, if you fit them to the front, yes you could rise the front a couple of inches. Different system than the rear I think. Same principle


I also got Drive Rite fitted on ours and im very happy with it.


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