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ncrowley

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Posted: 07/01/18 06:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you get a diesel pusher with air bags, you can get a hitch saver from Source Engineering in Oregon. You can get it for the rear and the front if both are needed. Most folksy just need the rear. It allows the air bags to inflate to the stop in the shocks. We get about 4 inches higher in the rear. You have to hold a switch down to get it to go up, and then it goes down when you let go of the switch. We have a driveway with a dip as you get out that was causing problems. We had to fill the dip with wood and now we do not have to do that.


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Posted: 07/01/18 10:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A word of caution on continued driving when the hitch rubs on driveways. A friend thought it no big deal that he had a little scrape now and again until one day it broke. He had just left after filling his tank and the scrape he heard was one too many. The hitch broke off, the tow was being dragged behind on the safety chains, pedestrians started yelling, my friend slammed on the brakes and the toad crashed into and under the M/H!!! He then panicked trying to separate the car and made another bad decision by driving the M/H forward which pulled off the rear cap! Many thousands$ later he is still kicking himself, Bob


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Posted: 07/01/18 10:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Isaac-1 wrote:

I am surprised to see no one has mentioned helper air-lift air bags on a gas class A. I am planning on adding some to my class A to help get in and out of places (gas stations, etc.) at low speed.

My DIY cost estimate for the project is around $650


A friend did that, then realized he had to start adding air way before he got anywhere near the gas station in order give it time to go up, that or stop nearby and wait while it went up. Then there’s the ‘do I need air, and if so how much?’ issue.

In the end he gave up and added a caster wheel, it always works instantly IF needed.

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Thanks for the answers so far. The consensus seems to be "block it" and "bag it". I may still be wasting my time but I am hoping to "buy it" first. I understand that the Super C coaches ride quite a bit higher and have really nice floor plans. I just need to win the lottery to be able to afford one.

In the event that I wind up with a 2007 to 2013 class A diesel, which seems to be what I can afford pre-lottery winnings, is anyone aware of models with short 7 to 8 foot overhangs and higher than usual 14 to 17 inch rear clearances? Looking at those first may enable me to either block it OR bag it without having to do both at the same time.

Here is a picture of my crazy driveway for reference.

https://i.imgur.com/i4CvRGI.jpg

I know that the RV I am looking for is a unicorn, but hey, I still believe that I can find it.


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Posted: 07/04/18 02:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are going to get the diesel, I would really look into the hitch saver at Source Engineering, as I said in a previous post. Call them and you can can get more information. I think your driveway will need a solution like that.

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Posted: 07/04/18 04:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you opt for a hitch mounted roller device, inspecting the hitch is still recommended when you know you've been dragging. Depending on the depth of the dip, a lot of stress can be put on the hitch mounting assembly with or without a roller device. The roller will minimize any sliding/scraping damage of course.


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I've got casters on each side of the hitch. They mount to the hitch. Works great.

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Isaac-1 wrote:

I am surprised to see no one has mentioned helper air-lift air bags on a gas class A. I am planning on adding some to my class A to help get in and out of places (gas stations, etc.) at low speed.

My DIY cost estimate for the project is around $650


The post above yours.. Re-read it [emoticon].

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Posted: 07/06/18 02:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our Class A (a 32-footer) had about 7 ft rear overhang. The original owner, from whom be bought it, had put wheels, maybe 6" diameter, close to the outer ends of the rear bumper. On the odd occasion we encountered a step in the road or a curb when entering a gas station, the wheels would hit just before the bumper would have grounded.

They probably struck maybe 6 times in the four years we used the coach.


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My rig is 12.5' to the drive and distance to the tag is of limited use as the drive has most of the weight.

The hitch is about 17", however that would drag and damage the mud flap. The mud flap could be left off as it's of limited usefulness. Manual air leveling could add a few inches.

My 04 36' Endeavor had 10' overhang and more ground clearance. I think Monaco lowered the frame and increased the ceiling height.


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