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Gjac

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Posted: 04/24/19 08:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bobndot wrote:

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Hmmm .... are you sagging in the rear a bit?


No Phil, I sit level.
What I did was make sure the rv was level using the 'autolevel' feature on my jacks. Once it was level I installed two small levels inside the cab so I can view them from the drivers seat . When I retracted the 'autolevel' system the rig sat level.
When I park at a campsite or overnight lot I can get level most of time without doing anything more that maneuvering the rig around a little.

Reason for bags in the near future:
The rear of the Sunseeker only has a slight upward sloped rear.
I scrape the rear triangle guards that protect the receiver etc.
I scrape them on my driveway when I back in and clear by 1/4" if I pull in forward. I also scape at a dump station I normally use as well as a few campsites hear and there.
I'm tired of my DW asking me 'what's the awful scraping sound"?
I either have to get some bags or leave her home. [emoticon]
I figure a set of bags with an on board compressor will help a bit.
I'm judging by how much they raised my truck campers that I previously owned...2" or so , up and down. I'm hoping the bags will offer me about the same up/down distance in this 24' C .

Problem I am having is making sure I order the correct bag set due to the Supersteer rear track bar that I have in place.
SS has been very helpful and it appears that both Firestone bags that sit on top of the spring as well as Air-lift's will fit as long as all bolts are installed in the correct way, so the threaded side (longer side) of the bolt doesn't interfere with the track bar or the AB mounts.
I plan to run a hard wired set of bags not a wireless. Not much of track record yet plus in my experience those inexpensive digital interface setups are not very reliable. I need this to work when I need this to work.

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Hi Bob, I notice from your profile you have hydraulic jacks, is that common for newer class C's?

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I think it depends on the brand you choose.
When I was shopping for my unit I really didn't pay attention to that. Its not an option that I would order. If it had them I would take them rather than place a new order.
I need to carry wood blocks to go under each jack foot, might as well just use them to level it under the tires as needed. That's what did in the past and find it easy enough.

I hardly ever use the jacks. My mechanic uses them when he is working on my rig in his parking lot . He finds it easier to do that than bring it inside and use a lift.

im up early, heading out fishing...wish me luck .

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I assume that air bags hold their air perfectly so that if I use them for leveling at campsites ... their lifting height would stay fixed at what I set it at when staying at any given campsite day after day.



The bags will hold the air pressure unless a line connection is not set correctly. Test them with a soapy solution and a spray bottle as you would test a tire. Mine would lose a little pressure over time when parked in my driveway for weeks or months at a time, I found that to be normal.

How you described the two air lines and switches is the way I did mine in the past. When using them that way to level the rig at a campsite, it might be all you need to do. Depending on the terrain of each site but most of time the bags did the trick.

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I never had any need for air bags until I got my cargo trailer for the motorcycle. The extra tongue weight of the single axle trailer would drop the rear end about 2”. I added the Air Lift 5K air bags and it resolved that issue.

With just 50# the hitch height returns to 16” with the tongue dead level. To my surprise when not towing I put 20# in and the great ride I always enjoyed got even better... go figure? Don’t have a built in compressor but both air lines run to a single Schrader valve and my portable compressor tops them up nicely.

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Gjac, BTW, when I bought my new rig last year, I was scraping the rear hydraulic jacks on driveway aprons. I had to have the mounting plates cut shorter in order to raise them to gain some clearance. All is fine now.

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Posted: 04/27/19 05:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did someone mention that the E450 chassis uses a 55 gallon fuel tank and the E350 chassis only has a 38 gallon tank.


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Our 24V Itasca on a 2001 E-350 had a 55 gallon gasoline tank.

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The 55-gallon tank was an option on the E-350 and most folks wisely optioned for that vs the 40-gallon standard tank. I love the extra range and fueling {vs price} options it gives us.

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IAMICHABOD wrote:

If you are looking for better ride quality,no problems with the front end and larger and more quiet cockpit area in a 24 Ft Class C the clear choice would be one built on a Chevy Chassis [emoticon]


I don't think manufacturers give the option to choose which chassis you get? I know we didn't have that option when we ordered our 2019 Leprechaun.


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Posted: 04/28/19 11:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The OP was asking about a 24 ft and they all come with that choice in the link I provided.

A very large and heavy Leprechaun like yours only comes on a Ford Chassis.


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