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I am a complete dweeb....-) and I am searching and learning as fast as I can. I ran across this photo of a Bird for sale. I could not help but notice how far down on his tires the coach is. Also the clearance of the body looks mighty close to the ground.
So my question is, is this a result of the air being bled off? Is this how you want it to be when you are spread out in a spot to camp? Or am I seeing things? Does the air syspension have this much effect on the height of the coach off the ground? Thanks Ahead.

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I am a complete dweeb....-) and I am searching and learning as fast as I can. I ran across this photo of a Bird for sale. I could not help but notice how far down on his tires the coach is. Also the clearance of the body looks mighty close to the ground.
So my question is, is this a result of the air being bled off? Is this how you want it to be when you are spread out in a spot to camp? Or am I seeing things? Does the air suspension have this much effect on the height of the coach off the ground? Thanks Ahead.

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Looks like that BB has after market wheel well flares. That makes the coach appear to sit lower. The suspension looks to be deflated and in the park position. Looks good to me.
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You answered my question. I am afraid I was not real clear. I did not know that birds lowered down into the park position. Like I said, I am very new at this. So is it any birds that have air bag suspension that will do this? Lower down to Park I mean. How big are the bags? I mean how much lift do you see when you go from Park to Run?
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Jack, My old BB lowers about 5 inches in the dump position. There are four air bags on each Axel. After parking for an evening I dump the air from the suspension. Even without the leveling jacks sit up the bus sits more stable (less movement) with the air bags deflated.
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Hi Jack,

Most Wanderlodges have air bag suspensions. When you start your bus, the compressor mounted on your engine will build pressure. You need to toggle 1 or 2 switches on the dash to close the valves on the suspension and the airbags will begin to fill, raising the bus. The stransmision shift from park to drive does not switch the lift automatically on.

And at the end of a trip, after you have parked your bus, you can deflate the air suspension by toggling the aforementioned one or two switches to "dump" your suspension.

The raising and lowering action is purely manual. As a matter of fact, you can accidentally dump your suspension while driving, with some very jarring results.

I mention two switches, because some of us with tag axles have a second switch that operates only it. The other switch takes care of the drive and steer axles. There are times when the tag needs deflated seperately from the rest of the suspension.

Hope this helps and welcome to the group!!!

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Jack, most air suspension systems will leak down over time, some faster than others…it’s hard to stop all the small air leaks that my be in the system. With that said, most owners will dump their air suspension when setting up at your destination. One of the benefits of doing this is a lower step from the coach to the ground. The air bags have rubber bump stops on the inside that the coach sits on when the air is dumped. As Rick mentioned, the coach is very stable when in this position…if the pad is fairly flat I won’t even bother with the leveling jacks…just dump the air and break out a cold beverage!

Here is a shot of my coach with the suspension dumped.
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Jack, most air suspension systems will leak down over time, some faster than others…it’s hard to stop all the small air leaks that my be in the system. With that said, most owners will dump their air suspension when setting up at your destination. One of the benefits of doing this is a lower step from the coach to the ground. The air bags have rubber bump stops on the inside that the coach sits on when the air is dumped. As Rick mentioned, the coach is very stable when in this position…if the pad is fairly flat I won’t even bother with the leveling jacks…just dump the air and break out a cold beverage!

Here is a shot of my coach with the suspension dumped.
Don't tempt Woody with that shot. (Looks Good)
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Don't tempt Woody with that shot. (Looks Good)
I am guilty of teasing Woody with photo’s of my coach…but this photo is for the good of the membership, no teasing implied or expressed
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I have a 1980, first year with air suspension and do not have a suspension dump valve.
My front suspension will leak down overnight while the rear takes up to a week to leak down. I try not to park where the ground slopes toward the front of the coach.
Eventually I'll add a dump valve but it isn't high on the "to do" list.
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Looks like that BB has after market wheel well flares. That makes the coach appear to sit lower. The suspension looks to be deflated and in the park position. Looks good to me.
Rick,

I believe that those were original on some year(s) and Randy's Burned 'Bird had them;


And the rear air bags were definitely deflated in this picture
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