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Any information about air springs from personal experiance please.
We travel on some very bumpy roads, including one we have to use everytime we leave and return home
Would air springs give us a more comfortable ride?

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Hi Jan,

I had them on my original Hymer, 1993 – 2010. They were great as far as improving the overall comfort of the vehicle i.e. they cut out the rolling effect, but they didn't improve the ride on a bumpy road.

They were also an added bonus for levelling the vehicle.
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I have just had Full Air suspension installed on my A class Hymer by SAP in Doncaster. Have only done about 70 miles since fitting but found a very great improvement in the ride. My wife commented yesterday on her first 20 mile round trip that the motorhome seemed to 'glide' now rather than reacting to each deformation in the road surface. Going over the white hatching in the road previously produced drumming from the suspension (Goldschmitt springs on the front and Alko on the rear) now I hardly feel any disturbance at all. It certainly doesn't 'crash' over potholes like it used to. It also doesn't lean as much round traffic islands and sharp bends.

There is a facility to auto level, within limits, when parked and the vehicle will tip towards one side when emptying the grey water tank. You can also raise front or back independently which could be useful on ferries.

Whilst it wasn't a cheap modification I am happy with the ride improvement and would install again if I changed vehicles in future.
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I have no experience of it, but there were many threads about it on the old site which might turn up with a search.

I'd search the words air and suspension if I was looking for it.

I don't remember anybody having done it who was unhappy with the results though.
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Agree with Javea on all points. Our air suspension (VB Air) has improved the ride on our Ducato PVC. You don't get that horrible clunk as the springs hit the stop when you go over a big pothole. Obviously, there's some noise and movement but it's greatly improved. One indicator, is that the dog, who has her bed on the floor no longer leaps to her feet looking distressed when we go over a bump.

There's also an "off road" setting where you can raise the suspension if you want to go on forestry tracks etc. We've been to Spain & back with it, but the roads there are so much better. It's the UK where you need it most, apart from the self-levelling function which we use when sited - stops the wine glass sliding off the table (smiley thingy).

Not cheap, but we wouldn't be without it.
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Air assisted springs are not like air ride. Big difference in ride and cost.!!

We have had air bag assist-ors on some cheaper chassis RVs and they could be varied with load and terrain to help.
But on the high end rigs air ride was far superior to compensate for everything including 'lean'.

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Air assisted springs are not like air ride. Big difference in ride and cost.!!

We have had air bag assist-ors on some cheaper chassis RVs and they could be varied with load and terrain to help.
But on the high end rigs air ride was far superior to compensate for everything including 'lean'.

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I see there are 2 types Ray which ones have you experience of ?
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As I said Jan, both types.
The cheaper chassis with regular van leaf springs and helper air bags between the axle and chassis members. Helpful but in effect just stiffened up the ride. $$
The bus type chassis with full air ride and no springs was superb at controlling harsh terrain and body roll plus enabling a level rig when parked on a slope. $$$$$$

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Just for information: Full air is the "Rolls Royce" but we're talking £3 to £6 thousand depending on the options.
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If you are talking about Air Springs which are the inflatable ones that are retro fitted to vans to improve rear end sag and prevent side to side rolling especially when being passed by heavy vehicles then they are good for this but they will not improve the ride over bumpy roads. They will make it worse as they stiffen the already existing rear suspension.
I fitted it to my old Glendale in the early 90s and it made it better when cornering and all the above but it was like there were no springs at all when going over bumpy roads.

I hope this helps
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